Upcoming Events


Documentary Bootcamp – 1 week intensive filmmaking course

Course Description:

Documentary Bootcamp is a one-week, immersive, hands-on learning experience covering the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking from pre- to post-production.

Participants will learn storytelling principles, the aesthetic and technical skills for moving-image and sound recording, pre-prod and post-prod scripting, interviewing, project management and editing. Knowledge and skills will be developed through presentations, discussions, at-home or in-community exercises and reviews.

Participants will use the production equipment available to them in their home environments – whether it be phones or more advanced video cameras and DSLRs. Students will be expected to know their equipment’s basic functionality.

Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 will be used for editing and students will need to download and setup it up on their computers in advance of the class. (Adobe student and teacher 7-day free trial) Familiarity with computers is required. It is highly recommended that students have an external hard drive to store and edit their media.


Class schedule: January 4-8, 2021, Online
Overview: Monday-Friday: 9am-4:30pm; Thursday: Optional editing lab until 8:30pm

CSFilm Training Afghanistan

Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm, students meet together with the instructor. 1:00-4:30pm students work independently on exercises. Instructor available until 4:30pm.

Thursday the instructor will be available for an optional, but highly recommended, editing lab until 8:30pm.

Friday, 9am-4:30pm. Students work throughout the day on their edits, meeting together with the instructor and working independently, until the final review, 3:30-4:30pm.

$995 – REGISTER at MassArt Continuing Education

Please be in touch with any questions: michael [at] sheridanworks [dot] com


Starts Nov 2 – Visual Storytelling and Camera Workshop – register now

Learn how to shoot great moving imagery to create engaging stories. This course will cover the aesthetic and technical skills needed to visually construct scenes – whether for documentary of fiction filmmaking. Shooting grammar and techniques will be presented, exercised and evaluated in terms of their aesthetic quality, editability and impact on story. Students will use the equipment available to them, whether it is a phone or professional video camera, and will need access to Adobe Premiere Pro to demonstrate the editability of their shot material.

Online via Zoom

11/02-11/19, Monday and Thursdays, 6:30pm–8pm

Sign up at MassArt Continuing Education, $535

Check out some examples of student work.

Contact us with any questions.


Multiple NIRV Screen&Discuss events this week and next – Free and open to the public – Register!

New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) Screen&Discuss events typically present a selection of three or four films followed by discussion.  The films provide an insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The discussion allows the audience to share their reactions to the stories with the aim of increasing understanding across diverse opinions and backgrounds.

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NIRV Screen&Discuss hosted by Project FINE, MN, 9/16 – Register

Online from Winona, MN, September 16th, 6pm-7pm CST

Event flyer

Project FINE, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that helps newcomers integrate into the community, will host a virtual NIRV Screen&Discuss on Wednesday, September 16th, 6pm-7pm in honor of national Welcoming Week (Sept 12-20). They will screen and discuss Campaign for a New American by Qin Li (of China), Lift with Your Heart by Braulio Tellez-Vilches (of Cuba) and Seeking Settled Ground by Mohammad Arifuzzaman (of Bangladesh).

This event is free and open to the public. You can join the meeting at http://bit.ly/ProjectFINE. (Registration is not required; just download the GoToMeeting app and join the meeting at 6pm on 9/16.)


Online from Lafayette, IN – NIRV Screen and Discuss, 9/17

Online from Lafayette, IN, September 17th, 7pm-8pm

In celebration of Welcoming Week 2020, Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies will host a virtual NIRV Screen&Discuss event on Thursday, September 17th, starting at 7pm. The event’s focus is on immigrants in politics and will feature a screening of Campaign for a New American by Qin Li (of China) followed by a panel discussion with Qin, her film subject Dimple Rana, and immigrant politicians from the Greater Lafayette area.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration details to follow.