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Documentary Filmmaking Courses

Documentary Filmmaking Courses

Michael Sheridan is one of the best teachers one could hope to have. He has a genuine commitment to facilitating students’ ability to realize their vision, which is backed by a deep understanding of technology and technique. I had the pleasure of hiring Michael to teach over twenty years, and student reviews were always excellent.

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CSFilm focus of Art Ranger Podcast

CSFilm focus of Art Ranger Podcast

The Art Ranger, aka artist Melissa Smedley, produced a podcast on the work and sounds of CSFilm. It includes an interview with CSFilm director, Michael Sheridan, and a sound collage from the films of CSFilm filmmakers and trainees.

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CSFilm 21 Annual Report

CSFilm 21 Annual Report

In 2021 Community Supported Film continued to deal with the limitations caused by COVID, developed new programing, and in August turned all our attention to helping Afghans.

Financial support during COVID allowed us to take on many activities despite the barriers caused by the pandemic. We hope that the information provided in this report encourages continued support for ongoing and new initiatives.

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Hopeless and in tears

Hopeless and in tears

Hopelessly and in tears, I spend the entire day in a corner of the house hoping that God may hear my voice and help me out of Afghanistan so that I can get back to school.

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Watch Afghan Voices in Terrible Times: Screening and Discussion with Afghans in Exile

Watch Afghan Voices in Terrible Times: Screening and Discussion with Afghans in Exile

Afghan filmmakers and writers in exile spoke to their and their country’s trauma since the fall of the country to the Taliban. They shared their recent experiences and the films they made during Community Supported Film’s training and mentoring project: The Fruit of Our Labor – Afghan Perspectives in Film. Afghan filmmakers and writers in exile spoke to their and their country’s trauma since the fall of the country to the Taliban. They shared their recent experiences and the films they made during Community Supported Film’s training and mentoring project: The Fruit of Our Labor – Afghan Perspectives in Film. Michael Sheridan, CSFilm’s Director, spoke about the ongoing work of CSFilm to help evacuate and resettle Afghans and what the community can do to help.

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Vision and Mission

Community Supported Film (CSFilm) amplifies local voices in under- and mis-represented communities so that they can effectively communicate their lived realities through documentary filmmaking.

We believe that if people learn about the world’s challenges from the local perspective they will be better able to demand the right actions from their governments and to support effective humanitarian responses.

Michael Sheridan, Director of CSFilm, on the impact of local perspectives

Samples of CSFilm’s Work

Excerpt from Haitian filmmaker Bichara Villarson’s Owned and Occupied, part of the Owning Our Future: Haitian Perspectives in Film film collection.

Excerpt from Afghan filmmaker Aqeela’s The Road Above, part of The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film film collection.

Excerpt from Dominican filmmaker Rafael DeLeon’s She’s an American Child, part of the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV) film collection.

These films are made to stimulate dialogue. Here is an excerpt from a New Immigrant and Refugee Visions Screen&Discuss event.

Collaborate and Learn with CSFilm

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CSFilm wants to help your community tell their stories. Let’s explore how our model of training, filmmaking and public engagement can redefine the public’s understanding of your issues.

Screen&Discuss

Screen&Discuss campaigns inspire new thinking and action among diverse audiences. See documentation from previous events and learn how you can organize your own.

Issues & Analysis

News and views on the people, places and topics of concern to Community Supported Film and our project partners.

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