Cameron Washington, a member of the SFWGS ‘94 for 6 years, returns to SFWS this year as a Nursery parent. He is the founder of Russian Hill Projects (www.russianhillprojects.com), a film and music production company, and is an award-winning filmmaker, music producer and musician.
Cameron started in Kindergarten with Monique and continued in the grade school through fourth grade with Mrs. Ricketts after which he left for a year of homeschooling followed by public school. He says, “Kindergarten with Monique is ingrained in my brain with some of my best school memories.” Even though Cameron left halfway through the grade school, he remembers his time at Waldorf as by far the best time of his schooling, both academically and holistically, and credits his time here with teaching him many of the tools that continue to inform him as an adult. He remembers his early grades math classes as being exploratory—“touching and feeling the math”—rather than his later experiences when the process was less important than the correct answer. He says that Waldorf’s whole emphasis on process and really understanding each step set a “good foundation for lifelong learning… it is a pretty amazing system.”
Since graduating from high school in 1998, Cameron has worked with actors, filmmakers and musicians around the country as he has built his career in the entertainment industry. He started out in the San Francisco music scene and through connections found himself drawn to LA and in New York, where he moved in 2004. In New York, he started to explore independent film, and developed experience with producing, writing, composing, and the vast array of media surrounding entertainment. He is an adviser for the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and also works with the New York Underground Film Festival. His first feature film, “High School Ripped Me a New One”, won Best Comedy at the New York International Independent Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival. To pursue this career, Cameron has had to be quite entrepreneurial; a creative way of being that he feels was rooted in those early years at SFWS.
Cameron moved back to San Francisco in 2009 when he and his wife Natasha Dantzig were expecting their first child. He knew immediately that he would send Parker to SFWS—he feels like being a parent almost allows him to “make up for lost time.” He is very excited about the education he sees his children embarking on. “With this complicated, globalized world, there is a lot to take in, and Waldorf gives this foundation to kids, it gives them the foundation to operate and navigate the world that& we live in. It teaches deep listening and how to be aware of your surroundings and in social settings. It is the creative foundation of the work that I’m doing.”