Stories Lived

Camp Summit

Wayo Benavides (Director) and his fellow classmates at the Art Institute of Dallas were given an assignment to find a local organization and offer their video services.

Wayo and his team found CAMP SUMMIT.

Camp Summit is a one-of-a-kind camp for individuals with disabilities where the emphasis is on the campers’ abilities rather than their disabilities. Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual and are provided in a barrier-free facilities and implemented by trained, caring staff. The campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while having fun and experiencing new adventures.

The crew decided to spend two week’s with the campers so they bunked up in a cabin and took on the Camp Summit experience. During there time there they slowly fell in love with the people, experiences, and memories that were being made.

The crew had no idea something like this existed, what had started as school assignment quickly became a passion piece for every single member of the crew. Camp Summit drove these young filmmakers to tell the story in hopes that other hearts would be touched the way they’re hearts were.


About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Wayo Benavides

Wayo Benavides is an award winning Director and Producer as well as an accomplished Writer and growing Videographer. His dedication for leadership and teamwork have always been truly evident in his work, but became obvious during his study at The Art Institute of Dallas where he thrived and has since developed into a remarkable filmmaker whose talents have earned him manifold awards, including a “Silver Telly” which was granted to him for his work with Camp Summit.

During Wayo’s time at The Art Institute of Dallas he revealed his “hands-on” nature by being capable of retaining the information and techniques shown to him by his professors and be able to immediately apply the new skills to any of his current projects. His countless abilities were noted throughout his time at the institute when he applied to his university’s Horror Film Race as an amateur freshman, leading a crew of 20 plus, yet still winning many awards and recognition from the audience. His team only improved after that year, by then going on to become the first and only team to consecutively win first place in their collegiate years that followed.

As Benavides walks onto a new set, its is instantaneously clocked with his bright, infectious, and undeniable energy that lends his crew the determination and passion needed to complete the job at hand and create a marvelous work of art. This energy is prominent in everything Wayo does, whether it be producing a film, writing a script, or simply having a conversation and creating new ties and connections with anyone he speaks with.

Wayo Benavides is a man of zealous character and displays fervent passion for his art and in his everyday life. He has a strong passion for his art and wishes only but to create and share it with everyone he can.

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