PLEASE HELP – Immigrant and Refugee Doc Film Training Needs Your Support


We are thrilled to introduce you to the trainees selected to participate for free in the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions  (NIRV) documentary filmmaking training, production and public engagement project. Our two years of hard work launches in less than a month!

But we need your help now to raise the remaining
$14,200 of the project’s $65,000 budget.

With your help we will:

1. Train ten participants with new skills to educate, inspire and raise awareness
2.  Produce a feature length collection of broadcast quality short films
 3. Organize a national screen-and-discuss campaign to 
impact community action and public policy.

The women and men selected for NIRV come from around the world and bring a diversity of skills, interests and community engagement activities related to social and economic justice. We look forward to working with them to visualize the immigrant and refugee experience from their unique insider perspective and to sharing their films with the American public, media, educators and policymakers. Please help us share their powerful stories.

Meet some of our trainees – in their own words:

I was a Professor and an official in the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs before I sought Asylum. As someone passionate about history, education and social issues, I know that today film is our tool to change the world and influence public opinion. 
– Braulio Tellez-Vilches, emigrated from Cuba in 2016

My aunt and uncle swam from mainland China to Hong Kong and eventually came to America more than 40 years ago. They ran a successful business, paid their taxes and helped in their neighborhood for decades before I came. People need to know about the positive contributions made by immigrants. – Qin Li, emigrated from China in 2015

I will use the skills learned from this training to connect people in my community and to expose those who have not recently immigrated to the realities, challenges and inspiring stories of my community. 
– Rafael DeLeon, emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2009

With your support CSFilm is able to model a unique approach to documentary storytelling. Our work puts locals in charge of defining the story. With local knowledge and lived-experience they examine the issues of concern to their communities from the inside out.Over the last few months, as we’ve been reaching out to the immigrant community and the organizations that support them, so many people have told us what a timely, innovative and constructive project this is. To make it happen we need to raise the remaining $14,200 by the end of the month.

Contribute what you can to help get new immigrants and refugees into the public dialogue about their rights and place in the US and world.

Thank you in advance for your tax deductible donation and for being the “community” in Community Supported Film.

Best wishes,

Michael Sheridan, Founder and Director,
Community Supported Film

My ultimate goal is to use the power of filmmaking to improve conflict management in society. I have a passion for education and believe that with education all is achievable. – Wilson Thelimo Louis, emigrated from Haiti in 2016

I come from a storytelling culture in Bangladesh and there are so many stories to tell about immigrants here in America, especially about brown people, Muslims and the effect migration has on child development. – Mohammed Arifuzzuman, emigrated from Bangladesh in 2015

It was scary when my family first moved here. It meant, we had to leave everything we knew and start over. I was 13 and didn’t understand. … Film has become an important tool for me, especially when I can use it to help people imagine what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes.
– Kebrewosen Densamo, emigrated from Ethiopia in 2001