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Digital Communications Workshop with Michael Sheridan

Community Supported Filmmaking: From Afghanistan to Boston’s Immigrant Community, a Digital Communications Workshop with Michael Sheridan

Date: Friday, February 14th, 2014
Time: 2:10 – 4 pm
Location: RG 20, Rubenstein Building, Ground Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Illustrating principles of video storytelling, filmmaker Michael Sheridan will present highlights of his work in Afghanistan and Indonesia training activists, journalists and storytellers to make their own documentary films. Against that background he will discuss his current project similarly to empower recent immigrants to Boston to tell their stories with video. Catherine Rielly will Harvard talkshare insights on how she uses DevCom films in her work with Rubia and immigrant groups in New Hampshire. Michael Sheridan, DevCom Mentor since 2001, Michael is an independent producer of film and video with a special interest in international issues of social and economic development in Africa and Asia. As a Fullbright Fellow, he spent a year in Indonesia teaching filmmaking, subsequently trained 10 Afghan filmmakers to make documentaries about issues in their communities. Michael is the founder of Community Supported Film: www.CSFilm.org.

Charles Mann, following his retirement from a career as a development economist with the Harvard Institute for International Development and The Rockefeller Foundation, founded the Development Communications Workshop, a collaboration with filmmakers to help students use video effectively for development and to produce documentaries about development issues. www.DevComWorkshop.org

Catherine Rielly, experienced development economist, teacher, DevCom Executive Producer, is the Executive Director of Rubia, a non-profit organization that promotes empowerment of Afghan women and immigrants in Manchester, New Hampshire: www.rubiahandwork.org See her TEDx talk, “Empowerment by Stealth: Sewing Confidence, Literacy and Unexpected Power” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evh7ke5lJPY

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The Messenger is the Message: Lecture at Mass Art

This March, Michael Sheridan of CSFilm will be giving a lecture entitled: “The Messenger is the Message: Why I Worked with Afghans to Tell Their Own Stories” at the Massachusetts School of Art and Design.

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Frustrated by the American media’s self-centered battlefront depiction  of Afghanistan, Michael went in 2009 to make a documentary from the  perspective of Afghan villagers. To match the method to the message, he  trained Afghan women and men in lived-reality documentary  filmmaking. The intensive 5-week training resulted in a compilation of  ten short films that provide a unique view of Afghans’ daily efforts to  address their challenging social and economic conditions.

CSFilm Training Afghanistan

As Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here and Now, reported, “Michael put cameras in the hands of Afghans and gave them training to make films about their lives. The result is an unprecedented intimate look at Afghan life with exchanges no outsider has been privy to before.” From Michael’s work in Afghanistan, he developed Community Supported Film an organization dedicated to strengthening documentary storytelling from the local perspective.

Michael will talk about the process, show excerpts from the films made by the Afghan trainees and compare them to the stories and images provided by the mainstream media. You can watch excerpts of the films here.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in the Trustees Room (11th Floor, Tower Building) Boston, MA. Light refreshments will be served at 6:00pm, lecture begins at 6:30 pm.

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Bringing the Teaching Home – Doc Bootcamp Course at MassArt, Boston

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Michael Sheridan working with students in Afghanistan

Michael Sheridan will teach the Documentary Bootcamp course at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.  The course is a one week intensive, January 13-17, 2014, covering  the full production experience in fast motion: project definition, project planning, camera, editing, and presentation. It’s open to the public and to 10 students  of all levels of experience.  To learn more please go to MassArt’s registration page.

Students are welcome to use their own digital video camcorder during the course if it accepts an external microphone, allows for audio monitoring and has manual focus and exposure controls.

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“The Fruit of Our Labor Films” Available for Online Screening on Daazo.com! – 1 Month Only

daazoWe are very excited to announce that, beginning October 23, 2013, all ten shorts from The Fruit of Our Labor will be featured on Daazo.com – The European Short Film Centre. For one month, all of the films will be available to watch, comment on, or “like” through Daazo’s website.

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Daazo.com is a short film sharing site supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU that hosts several thousand contemporary shorts. Alongside these recent films, Daazo presents old classics that are not available elsewhere on the Internet.  Daazo creates opportunities for cinephiles to watch regular film premieres, follow or take part in film competitions, and find out about short film news and updates.

A scene from Hands of Health.

CSFilm is enthusiastic about Daazo’s mission and hopes our partnership will further open viewers’ eyes to the power of local perspectives in film.

The documentary shorts show aspects of life in Afghanistan that are not often covered in the Western media: Water Ways chronicles one village’s struggle to obtain clean drinking water.

Hands of Health follows a village’s Women’s

A scene from Water Ways.Council and their efforts to build a maternity center. All of the shorts were developed and directed by Afghan filmmakers during a filmmaking training conducted by Community Supported Film.

Visit Daazo.com to view the shorts from The Fruit of Our Labor.

 

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