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.


FC is proud to be partnering with the Center for Independent Documentary on a rough cut screening of “ACTIVIZED” ( WT), directed by Eric Stange (“Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive”, “Murder at Harvard).
THE FILM: ACTIVIZED profiles a handful of ordinary Americans who — for the the first time in their lives — have left their comfort zones and thrown themselves into a political cause. We follow their motivations, their goals, successes and failures, and how and why such activists are the embodiment of positive citizen participation in the best American tradition.

THE FILMMAKER: Eric Stange, executive producer and founder of Spy Pond Productions, is an award-winning independent documentary film producer, director and writer who specializes in history and science subjects. His work has been broadcast on PBS, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Before becoming a filmmaker he wrote about art and culture for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly and other publications. Eric has been the recipient of a Harvard University Charles Warren Fellowship in American History. He’s on the board of Common-Place, a web site devoted to early American history, and writes a column about media and history for American Heritage magazine.


Filmmakers Collaborative is proud to be partnering once again with the GlobeDocs screening series as FC Member Tim O’Donnell shares his documentary LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division I athlete to play basketball while wearing hijab. When a controversial ruling ends her chances at playing professionally, she re-examines her faith and identity as a Muslim American.

Tim O’Donnell (Co-Director and Co-Producer) and Jon Mercer (Co-Director and Co-Producer) will both be participating in a post film discussion.

The Boston Globe’s Loren King will be moderating the discussion.



Produced by Filmmakers Collaborative member Roger Lyons

ETCHED IN GLASS: The Legacy of Steve Ross

This is not your typical Holocaust survivor story. It’s the real-life account of how one remarkable Polish man found a second life in America, dedicating himself to helping people. It’s the story of Steve Ross, who rose up from 5 horrific years in 10 concentration camps as a child and spent the rest of his life in the service of his adopted country, while searching for the American soldier who helped free him from “the gates of hell”.Steve and others tell us about his miraculous survival and his emigration to the United States, where he settled in the Boston area. We’ll introduce you to his first and oldest friend in America, now a retired surgeon, and find out how Steve coped with his first taste of American life.

We’ll trace his transformation from timid orphan to gutsy street worker to licensed psychologist. We’ll learn how Steve changed lives over and over again, by getting kids off the streets, away from crime and into the classroom. We’ll meet a man who was saved by Steve from a life of crime, prodded to get an education and became a successful attorney, who feels he owes his life to his mentor. Steve himself steadfastly worked his way through college to earn 3 degrees, so he could be an advocate and advisor to young, at-risk people who needed help most, and did so for over 40 years.

Perhaps, Steve’s most enduring accomplishment was the founding of the New England Holocaust Memorial. We’ll show you how it came about with the aid of former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and led by the tenaciousness of Steve Ross. Despite initial opposition, the now-iconic memorial stands on Boston’s Freedom Trail to educate and enlighten thousands of visitors each week.

The film culminates in the emotional Veterans’ Day ceremony at Boston’s State House on November 11, 2012. Steve finally meets the family of the soldier who liberated him from Dachau after a 67-year search, thanks to an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” found on You Tube by the granddaughter of the soldier.

“Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross” is an amazing story of the union of 2 families, brought together by the good deed of a soldier who showed kindness to a teenage boy near death. This film is the story of survival, perseverance and hope.