Staff and Interns

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

Michael Sheridan is a filmmaker, educator and activist whose documentary 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 in poor and developing communities challenging the status quo and struggling to improve their lives.

In 1996 he co-founded Oxfam America’s documentary production and since then has worked to break new ground in the effective use of media to educate and change policy.  He has taught documentary filmmaking for 15 years at the community and university level and from 2007-08 served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia.

Michael founded Community Supported Film in 2010, and also runs his filmmaking company SheridanWorks. Community Supported Film seeks to take the foreign out of foreign correspondence by providing intensive training in documentary filmmaking to storytellers and activists in conflicted and developing communities.   Their stories are screened in public engagement campaigns to educate concerned citizens and policymakers about sustainable paths to a more equitable and peaceful world.   He is currently working with 10 new immigrants and refugees in Boston on their production of films that will visualize their experiences and perspectives – New Immigrant and Refugee Visions.

You can learn more about Michael’s documentary films and video art at www.sheridanworks.com

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Training and Campaign Coordinator, 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.

 

Samantha Corsini, Logistics 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.

 

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

 

 

Haiti Program Coordinator, Ralph Thomassaint Joseph

RalphRalph 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.

 

Alumni

 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.