Staff and Interns

Filmmaker, Educator and Director of Community Supported Film and SheridanWorks, Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan is a filmmaker and educator whose documentary and experimental films address issues of social and economic development and the tipping point between order and chaos.  For nearly 20 years Michael has engaged the public in stories from Asia, Africa and the Americas about people challenging the status quo and struggling to improve their lives.

Early in his career Michael co-founded a documentary production unit for Oxfam America and since then has worked to break new ground in the effective use of media to educate and change policy. PBS, ABC, National Geographic, TLC, and Discovery have aired Michael’s work as a producer, cameraman and editor. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Cyberarts Festival and many other galleries have exhibited his experimental work. The National Education Media Network, the Columbia International Film and Video Festival, the United Nations Association Film Festival, and EarthVision have screened and awarded his films.

For 25 years Michael has taught filmmaking.  He has been on the faculty at Northeastern University, MassArt and the former Boston Film and Video Foundation. From 2007-08 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia.

Michael founded Community Supported Film (CSFilm) in 2010. CSFilm amplifies local voices by mentoring and training storytellers and change-makers in under- and mis-represented communities. The documentary films produced during these collaborative projects are used in Screen & Discuss campaigns that bring local perspectives to the public and policymakers.

You can see Michael’s documentary and experimental films at SheridanWorks.



Zayde Buti, 
Program Coordinator and Editor

Zayde Buti works as an artist, teacher and video editor in the Boston area. His artwork is a meeting ground for music, comedy and performance art ( In addition to his role with CSFilm, Zayde gives private, in-home guitar lessons and teaches digital media workshops at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) in 2010.

Zayde edited the following films in the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions collection:



Operations and Communications Manager,
Caryn Anderson

Caryn Anderson is a nonprofit management and information specialist. She joined CSFilm in April 2017 to help launch the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions project. With years of experiencing traveling to over 50 countries, most in the developing world, and living and working in four (Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Pakistan), she found herself deeply aligned with the CSFilm philosophy that many communities need more of an authoritative voice in the global public dialogue about them. Her undergraduate degree was in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University. She has a master’s degree from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

Program Coordinator, Aakanksha Gupta

Aakanksha is a rising professional from India who just graduated with a Master’s in Civic Media: Art and Practice (CMAP) at Emerson College. Prior to this, she earned her BA in Communication from UMass-Amherst. Having lived in three different countries, she is intrigued by the ways in which media travel across different cultures and societies. She hopes to use storytelling to raise awareness and drive social change in communities. Most recently, she created a Community Storytelling Guide that aims to help mediamakers be better equipped to work with a large range of migrants to share their stories online, in an empathetic and respectful way. She is very excited to be on the CSFilm team, particularly helping with the NIRV project, which is very meaningful to her.

Katie Bradshaw, Program Assistant

Katie is a sophomore at UMass-Amherst, majoring in History and Classical Civilization, and is also on the pre-medical track. She’s so excited to be helping with the NIRV project, and edits for the website. She’s very passionate about CSFilms goal of providing people with the tools and spaces to share their own stories. She feels digital media and art are some of the most powerful ways of spreading a message and is incredibly excited to be part of the CSFilm team! 

Samantha Corsini, Programs Coordinator and Assistant Trainer

Samantha is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film/Video. She is a filmmaker who draws inspiration from cinéma vérité, reflexive documentaries, and the neorealism movement, and adapts it to her own personal style. Having deep interests rooted in political and social constructs and their effects on individuals and communities, she believes cinema is the most powerful medium to discuss these issues and is thrilled to be aiding in empowering others to do the same.

Sarah Chapple-Sokol, Operations and Engagement Coordinator

Sarah Chapple-Sokol, previously the Director of Education and Inclusion at the Irish International Immigrant Center, has worked in various nonprofits in the Boston area for ten years. With a passion for helping people from different backgrounds understand each other better, she is thrilled to be supporting the CSFilm trainees as they get their films about the immigrant experience out into the world. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Colby College and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.

Andrew Grant, Intern

Andrew is a Boston native with a passion for all things audio/visual from video mapping to photography to archival footage as well as sound and video editing. He thrives on the exchange of ideas and perspectives that come from being surrounded by a diverse and international community. He hopes that his study in audio/visuals can be used as a means to explore his curiosity in learning from individuals based locally and across the globe.

Rachel Darke, Intern 

Rachel is a junior at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, majoring in Film/Video and minoring in Sustainability. She is passionate about both visual and literary storytelling, as well as social and environmental justice. She believes in the power of stories that truth tell and is excited to work with NIRV to help immigrants gain the skills needed to tell their stories with their rightful voice.


RalphHaiti Program Coordinator, Ralph Thomassaint Joseph

Ralph Thomassaint Joseph is a multimedia journalist based in Haiti. Prior to the Haitian earthquake in January of 2010, Ralph worked for Enfòmasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (ENDK), a daily radio program launched by Internews, a non-profit that provides a platform for local news to be distributed globally. After the earthquake in Haiti, Joseph’s work was distributed to nearly 40 radio stations to keep locals up to date on the conditions in Haiti. In addition, he was part of nearly 600 news shows, which ended up serving as training tools for young and aspiring Haitian journalists. Joseph is the winner of the 2014 Prix Philippe Chaffanjon award for multimedia reporting in Paris, France.

 Jessica Howard, Intern

Jessica is a junior at Tufts University where she is studying Film and Media Studies and Africana Studies. She is personally interested in using film as a medium to tell stories, and to impact representation in the media. She wants to explore both the artistic aspects of film as well as the social realities that exist around film. Jessica has experience working with documentary-based organizations previously and believes they can be an extremely empowering film form. She is very excited to be a part of the CSF team, and help more people learn about the work being done here to give resources to people with amazing stories to tell.

Mariana Berenguer

Mariana Berenguer, Intern                         

Mariana is a senior at Tufts University where she studies sociology and peace and justice studies. She is especially interested in the intersection of social inequality and collective social action and the space it creates for meaningful and lasting change. Mariana also has a passion for all kinds of film and recognizes the potential filmmaking and consumption has on how people see and interact with the world around them. She is excited to be working with CSFilm to harness the power of film to bring about positive change to communities that need it.

Jen RuggirelloJen Ruggirello, Intern 

Jen is a junior at Emerson College where she studies creative writing with a focus on screenwriting. Her interest in film fostered a deep appreciation for documentary filmmaking and the unique narratives that can be shown through that medium. Jen identifies as a feminist and advocate for social change through organizations such as Emerson’s PRIDE program and Emerson Peace and Social Justice. She’s active in the LGBTQ community and hopes to write films that encourage the viewer to engage in compassionate listening. Jen is very excited to intern at Community Supported Film and hopes to further her skills both as a filmmaker and empathetic ear for those with stories to tell.

Irfan AmaLee, Researcher 

Irfan AmaLee is passionate about creating creative media for children.  For more than 10 years he has been working as a professional in the children’s book industry and has been involved in social work as a peace education media creator.  Irfan has written more than 20 books, directed 8 movies and TV programs, written and directed 20 songs, 12 interactive games, 7 creative events, and has received 5 awards. Irfan is interested in being a social entrepreneur by combining his experience in media industry and his passion in peace education. Irfan just received a Master’s degree in Co-Existence and Conflict Studies at Brandeis University.

Katherine Bamberg, Program Assistant and Intern 

Katherine Bamberg is a student at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is pursuing a double major in Film Studies as well as International Development & Social Change.  Katherine is interested in combining both of these fields to work with indigenous media, and use film as a tool for social change.  She has a strong interest in working within the film industry of Cuba upon graduation.


Allison Cole, Intern

Allison Cole graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. She won the Best of Mount Holyoke prize at the annual Five College Student Film Festival for her experimental short Terrible Storm. Apart from filmmaking, Allison is passionate about activism, particularly in regards to gender inequality in media.  She is thrilled to be interning for Community Supported Film, where she can combine her love of filmmaking and her commitment to social justice.

Meaghan KelleyMeaghan Kelley, Intern

Meaghan graduated from Connecticut College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Anthropology. She is interested in how these two fields combine through the medium of documentary film. In college, Meaghan produced three short documentary films, as well as videos for the college newspaper and TEDxConnecticutCollege. Besides her film pursuits, she has also been active in the LGBTQ community, with a particular passion for promoting communication and collaboration between high school and college activist groups. Meaghan is excited to be working with CSFilm, where she can continue to learn about the documentary filmmaking field with an emphasis on her interests in applied anthropology and social justice.

Ali NewhardAli Newhard, Intern

Ali Newhard is a senior at Needham High School. She is looking to pursue a Film Studies degree in college as well as minor in History. Currently she is working on a film about the recent changes that have been made in the armed forces in regards to women and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. In the future she hopes to be able to document social changes with the use of documentary filmmaking as a medium.


StephSteph Rizzo, Intern

Steph Rizzo is a Junior at Emerson College. As a Journalism major and a Photography minor, she focuses on different mediums of storytelling through combing writing, photography, and various visual media platforms. Steph is a member of Emerson Feminists and an employee of Life Alive Organic Oasis and Café. She is a humanist—and in these spaces she interacts with those who care for the environment, their personal wellness and the rest of the human family. Steph wants to be a channel through which alternative facets of the community are heard. She is invested in positive social change and awareness through connecting with others in a direct, in-depth and personal manner. Through these experiences, Steph is a student and teacher in life—and is excited to collaborate with CSFilms to help spur growth.

 Meredith Saucier, Intern

Meredith is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts where she received a B.F.A. in Film with a concentration in directing. She has interned with Focus Features and Big Beach Films, and volunteered in Morocco with Al Saida Al Hora – an organization that equips rural women with income-generating skills.  She also volunteered with a group that teaches storytelling and film making to at-risk youth in Rabat. The convergence of film, storytelling, and development work was an ideal fit and was the impetus for Meredith joining CSFilm as an intern.  Meredith is in a Master’s program focusing on education in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her research interests are education equity for women and refugee populations, education in post-conflict regions, and using art, creative writing and film as tools for development.

Marie Sullivan, Intern

Marie is a fourth year student at Northeastern University where she studies Media Production and Digital Art. Her passion for travel and foreign language led her to South America in 2010, where she spent a year teaching English and volunteering with an environmental NGO. She is an active member of the Northeastern community and enjoys producing videos for student organizations. Her interest in documentary filmmaking and social activism led her to CSF, where she is currently an Intern.