FC Academy teaches week-long programming during the summer months to students ages 9-15 and during that time they create their own short films from start to finish.

To support and showcase the wonderful work made by our students we invite you to join us as we screen the final films on the big screen!!

There will be food trucks, musical entertainment, and most importantly movies! Just bring your blankets and chairs for a perfect evening for the whole family to enjoy!


Where: Melrose Middle School Courtyard

When: August 28, 2023

Time: 6PM-9PM

Class Locations Featured: Boston, Newton, Beverly, Woburn, Weston, Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Andover, Lynnfield, Lowell, Medway, Marlborough, Hingham, Stow, Melrose, Maine, Hopkinton, Lexington and Wakefield

Join us on November 10, 2021 at 7pm for a live screening of The 11th Order followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker Joshua Defour!

About the film: 

On the morning of April 22nd, 2008, Lance Corporal Jordan Haeter, 19, and Corporal Jonathon Yale, 21, volunteered to stand guard at Joint Security Station Nasser in the heart of Ramadi Iraq. Haeter had just gotten into the country a few days prior, while Yale had already logged seven months into his tour. The two men had barley gotten acquainted when an oil truck barreled through the serpentine and headed toward the post, where dozens of sleeping Marines and Iraqi police laid unaware.

The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival, sponsored by Final Draft and Designware, returns to the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, from Wednesday, October 6, to Sunday October 6-10.

This year’s gems include “Kiss The Ground,” a pro-Earth documentary by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, and hosted by Woody Harrelson, “Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story,” “The Game Is Up,” Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories, by Mary Jo Peltier, “Extra Innings,” a Boston Red Sox centric film starring T.J. Thyne and directed by John Gray, and Songbirds by Dagan W. Beckett.

Opening Night of Wednesday, October 6, includes the 2021 A-Town Teen Award Winners; Best Film – Sol Yudowski for “Ink,” Best Actor – Luca Rugerio for “Washed Up,” Best Production Value – Angelina Santiago for “Photo Project and Best Writing – Sonya Panariti for “Home Is…”

Our opening night showcase film is Alternate Ground a Boston-made supernatural feature film by Daniel Groom.

Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8 offer award-winning films during the “Lonely Seal Happy Hour” from

4:00-6:00 PM. Award-winning short films that screen alongside the evening features include “Extra Innings,” by John Gray, The Plumber, by Cate Carson, and “Voices,” by Jake Hart, a former member of The Blue Man Group.

Saturday evening October 9, welcomes the World Premiere of the “New England Ska Summit,” followed by a concert.

Sunday, October 10, features a 9:00-10:30 AM “Meet & Eat Breakfast, featuring “One All The Way,” a film by David Baram, about three elderly men who return to Patterson, New Jersey, in search the world’s greatest Hot Texas Weiner.

Music video finalists include Wren Wilder’s “Egyptian Cotton,” Eden Neville’s, “Video Games,” and Luis Zavaleta’s “Escapement,” while songs include Michelle Rose’s “Ghosted” and Eden Neville’s “Half Of Me.” Michele Rose will also perform during Friday’s Happy Hour.

Screenplay finalists include “ABCD” by Laurie Lamson, “One Foot Over the Edge” by Katelyn Wells, “A Man Called White” by Randy Hines, “Goodbye, Kid. Hurry Back,” by Terri Kauffman, and “Bright and Beautiful” by Zachary Smolar.

The Awards Ceremony is on Sunday evening at 7:00 PM.

Our festival is showing filmed content from 20 countries. As always, we support Women Filmmakers, our LBGTQIA community, and Minority and Disabled Filmmakers.

The Lonely Seal Story dates back nearly 47 years, so we have deep roots, even though our festival branches are only four years old.

“We’re thrilled to be back at the Regent because it’s an oasis of independent expression, nestled in a 105-year-old classic cinema house,” festival founder Hammad Zaidi said.

Tickets and Festival Passes are available at the Regent Theatre Box Office and on FilmFreeway.

Contact: or (323) 252-7325.

Check out the festival trailer here:

ROUGH CUT SCREENING AND DISCUSSION with the team from Pixela Pictures: Jon Mercer and Tim O’Donnell

Tougher than a Tank (78-minute doc)

A story about reconnection and recovery. Noah Cass and Eddie Ryan are both Marines who sustained injuries while deployed in Iraq. While Noah’s injuries are mostly invisible, Eddie’s case is quite different. During a friendly fire incident Eddie was hit by two .50 caliber rounds in the head. The film documents Noah’s incredible effort to run 145 miles from his home town to Eddie’s in an effort to raise awareness for the ongoing therapy Eddie needs to keep making forward progress.

Link to film will be sent Monday, March 22 and will be avaible to view until Thursday, March 25 at 4pm.

FEEDBACK & DISCUSSION: Thursday, March 25 at 6pm VIA ZOOM


CodeSwitching: Directed by FC Member, Jonathan Swartz and Produced by Mike Mascoll.

CodeSwitching is a mashup of personal stories from three generations of students enrolled in a groundbreaking voluntary desegregation program. It explores shifting race relations in the suburban-urban axis, teen self-perception, and the role gender plays in fitting-in.

Enlisting a character-based approach, CodeSwitching is a moving look at the upside, and drawbacks, of years of constant code-switching. As students shuttle back and forth between the urban neighborhoods and the suburbs, they swap elements of culture, language, and behavior.

Participants in METCO, or, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, benefit from the venerable Boston/Springfield/Suburban effort in educational enhancement. Most achieve enviable academic success while some find navigating between the two highly-segregated worlds difficult.

Our storyline draws out the predicaments–alienation and it’s side effects–that often face high school and middle school teenage girls in METCO. They can feel estranged from their neighborhood friends and isolated at school. Stresses that their male counterparts may avoid, as teenage boys can reap thicker status and social benefits from athletics.

Employing documentary footage, theatrical sets, animation, and original music, CodeSwitching examines how the growing influence of social media may affect future generations of “Code Switchers.” Are they prepared for what lies ahead?

We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting a drive-in at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, MA! We will be screening student-made films from our FC Academy summer filmmaking program. Please come and join us for a night out with dinner and a movie!

Kowloon has created a very large area behind their building that is complete with tables, chairs, and spaces for your own chairs and set up. Each spot also has plenty of space to socially distance from one another. Come early and order dinner to be delivered to your table or just enjoy the films from the comfort of your car!

*Each table is allowed a max of 6 people and when not at the table please wear mask. There are sanitation stations and bathrooms available as well.*

The screenings will begin around 8:15pm after the sun begins to set.

For any other questions please feel free to reach out to Natalia Morgan ( or Laura Azevedo (

This film shares the life-changing experiences of female prisoners and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the incarcerated women.

It delves into privilege, poverty and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why — while also sharing a poignant and personal story about how empathy is a potent force that can help bridge the divide.








From Liberty to Captivity explores Pennsylvania’s booming and profitable sex trafficking industry threatening to destroy the very principle of “liberty and justice for all.”  This feature-length documentary reveals the reality and complexities of sex trafficking crimes and social justice issues, and plants the seeds of hope of conquering it.  Using Interviews with victims, historians, experts and archival footage, the film takes us on a journey through Pennsylvania’s rich history from the Underground Railroad to today’s problem of modern-day slavery. 

Meet Debbie Wright, a first-time filmmaker who left her job in the pharmaceutical industry when the reality of modern-day slavery hit close to home. It ignited a passion to raise awareness of the problem and led to the production of her first feature length documentary.





The 17th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) takes place April 24–May 1, 2019 at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, and Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Come meet FC Members Jackie Olive and Nubar Alexanian as they screen their films at the Salem Film Festival!


Jackie’s film ALWAYS IN SEASON will screen on Monday, April 1 beginning at 8pm

SYNOPSIS: Lennon Lacy, an African American teen, was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, on August 29, 2014. When the local authorities rule his death a suicide, his mother leads a fight to uncover whether her son was lynched. Her search for the truth intersects with an exploration of North Carolina’s history of lynching and racial terrorism and present day stories of communities seeking racial justice and reconciliation. 

Nubar’s short film RECIPE FOR DISASTER will screen in a block on Sunday, March 31 beginning at 10:30am

SYNOPSIS: An explosive invasion of green crabs is an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast.


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation