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THIS FRIDAY: Michael Sheridan to Present at ACM Annual Conference

ACM_web_header_551x2791Michael Sheridan, director and founder of Community Supported Film, will join Anthony Riddle, BRIC Brooklyn Public Network, and Bonnie Schumacher, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, to speak about building documentary programs at the Our Town Annual Conference of the Alliance for Community Media.

Friday, August 19 • 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Westin Hotel, 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210 (next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

Requires Registration

Building Documentary Programs

Community media has a place in documentary traditions and history, but recently community media centers have created programs that systematically seek to build the tradition in their communities. Some have created filmmaking programs, learning cohorts, film festivals and other ways to support documentary practice. We’ll talk about how to develop these programs, what works, and how these programs contribute to social change, community building and supporting local film communities.

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Screening of Haitian-made films in Boston

Wednesday, June 29th, 6:00 – 8:30 PMOutdoors
Irish International Immigrant Center
100 Franklin Street, Lower Level, Boston, MA 02110 (entrance at 201 Devonshire St)

Join Community Supported Film (CSFilm) and the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) for a screening and lively discussion of Owning Our Future – Haitian Perspectives in Film. Haitian documentary filmmakers, trained by CSFilm, with backgrounds in journalism, theater and poetry, provide a unique opportunity to experience Haiti as it is lived by street vendors, business women, artists, farmers and more. Their stories nourish an understanding of Haiti that goes beyond the western media’s focus on crises and disasters. See excerpts of the films at

More Info: or Sarah Chapple-Sokol, IIIC, 617-542-7654 extension 36.


Michael Sheridan teaching doc filmmaking course in Boston

JUDE0664 Edited&CroppedIf you are interested in learning documentary filmmaking and are in or can get to Boston, USA, I’ll be teaching an intensive one-week course at Massachusetts College of Art and Design January 11-15, 2016.

This is an immersive, hands-on learning experience. Participants will develop an understanding of shooting techniques, composition, sound, story development, interviewing and editing.  See MassArt’s Course Description for further information. Email me with any questions at


Afghan Films to Screen at Swedish Film Festival

TFOL DVD coverA selection of films from The Fruit of Our Labor-Afghan Perspectives in Film are screening at the 3rd Annual Afghan Documentary Film Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, December 11-13.

The films include Beyond Fatigue, by Baqir Tawakoli, Searching for a Path, by Reza Sahel, Death to the Camera, by Sayed Qasem Hossaini, ‘L’ is for Light, ‘D’ is for Darkness, by Hasibullah Asmaty and Bearing the Weight, by Mona Haidari. Congratulations to the filmmakers and to the festival organizers Basir Seerat and Amazon Rezai.


Premiere US Screening of all Ten Haitian-made Films.





Owning Our Future-Haitian Perspectives in Film
Get your tickets now for the premiere US screening of all ten Haitian-made films.

Wednesday, October 21, 7:15-8:50pm
Kendall Square Cinema, One Kendall Square, at 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139
Q&A following with Michael Sheridan, filmmaker, educator and director of Community Supported Film

Arlington International Festival: October 15 – 22, 2015

Owning Our Future-Haitian Perspectives in Film
Ten Haitian-made fims that provide a unique opportunity to experience Haiti as it is lived by street vendors, business women, artists, farmers and more. Their stories, focusing on the economic and social development challenges faced by Haitians, nourish an understanding of Haiti that goes beyond its man-made and natural disasters.

Building Local Capacity – Giving Voice to Haitians
In the fall of 2014, Community Supported Film in collaboration with Groupe Medialternatif conducted an intensive 5-week documentary filmmaking training. Ten Haitians, with storytelling experience in print, radio, photo or TV journalism, theater, and ction writing, were selected from 83 applicants. Most had no previous experience with filmmaking. After three weeks of rigorous exercises, each student researched and produced a lived-reality documentary short. The resulting lms are gathered in this collection. Let us know what you think at

Produced by Community Supported Film and Groupe Medialternatif
Community Supported Film, Boston, USA,  strengthens the documentary storytelling capacity in countries where the dissemination of objective and accurate information is essential for effective development and conflict resolution.

Groupe Medialternatif, Port-au-Prince, Haiti,  produces independent media, creates media spaces and alternative means of communication, promotes exchanges on journalism and communication and provides media production services.

More info at and

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