Inspired by the book BrainStorm, Sara Schley’s searing memoir of life on the bipolar spectrum, BrainStorm the Film will transform the landscape around bipolar as we know it. Our goal is to end the stigma, save lives, and maximize health for the millions of people with brains on the bipolar spectrum – and all those who love them.

BrainStorm the Film is an unprecedented initiative that combines inspiring stories of people with lived experience of bipolar, cutting-edge science, and breakthrough treatments in one coherent narrative. It tells a story of hope, substance, and beauty. The film will give viewers new knowledge and power to create real change in their lives: to go from devastation and despair to health and vitality.

MEET THE FILM TEAM! Join us in a conversation with the brilliant team: director, senior producer, bipolar doctors, as well as awesome people living with bipolar. Learn more about the film plus Q&A.

Event will be moderated by Michael Azevedo, Digital Media and Podcast Producer, from Filmmakers Collaborative

Date: February 8th

Time: 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT

For more info:


Cambridge Innovation Center
Monday, July 11
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Presented with Center for Independent Documentary, Filmmakers Collaborative, and LEF Foundation.
Every great story waiting to be told begins with a big question. How are we going to get it funded? Non-fiction filmmaking is more popular than ever, and the path to success relies on a maze of potential funding opportunities; from investors to grants, corporate partnerships, foundations, and crowdfunding. Matching the right kind of funding for the right film, and timing for the project, is key to moving a film forward and happens in many different ways.
We’ll learn from a set of real examples by local filmmakers who will present on successfully funded recent projects while discussing trends, opportunities, and challenges in the field. 

By editors, for editors. Editors bootcamp is a new in-depth program to empower Editors and Assistant Editors to expand their craft.  

Through presentations led by working editors, AE’s and post-production specialists – we’ll offer practical solutions to become a more effective editor and collaborator. Sessions include:

Editors Bootcamp is intended for editors, assistant editors, and emerging editors seeking skills to advance their toolkit and career. Our goal is to inspire and support your craft and deepen your skillset while learning tricks-of-the-trade through direct knowledge-sharing. 

FC members are able to attend the event at 50% off! For the promo code email Natalia Morgan at for the promo code. 


Join your community of film and media professionals for a festive Holiday Meeting at the headquarters of LogMeIn. Sigh up early below for a fun night of cocktails and presentations.

Cocktails & Networking:  6:00 – 7:30 PM
Presentations:  7:30 – 9:00 PM
333 Summer Street Boston, MA, 02210


An opportunity to see FC member Josh Seftel in a panel presentation of his series “The Secret Life of Muslims” in the WBUR Cityspace, Lavine Broadcast Center, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

Rais Bhuiyan was shot point-blank in a near-fatal hate crime ten days after 9/11. Not only did he forgive his attacker, he also fought to save his attacker’s life.

Richard McKinney planned to detonate an explosive at a Mosque. After he was given a Koran, everything changed.

In a special film screening and discussion, hear from these two men who have traveled on unbelievable journeys from hate to love, joined by Joshua Seftel, the filmmaker who told their stories for the Emmy-nominated series of films, “The Secret Life of Muslims.” This event, moderated by Yasmin Amer, producer of WBUR’s Kind World podcast, is a testament to the power of redemption, showing just how much is possible when we choose to overcome hate.


Rais Bhuiyan – Peace Activist
Richard McKinney – U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Activist
Joshua Seftel – Series Creator and Executive Producer

Women Lead. Women Share. Women Connect. Women direct the conversation. 

We’re thrilled to host an evening of inspiring storytelling by women in the film and        media industry about pivotal moments and unique challenges that led them to accomplishments and new places in their work and careers. 

Through sharing these stories, we hope to inspire connections and common ground through a deeper community conversation around the important role of mentorship in the industry.


Learning the ropes as a Production Assistant is where many get their start in the industry. PA Workshop is an immersive one day training program to prepare young industry members entering the workforce.

The workshop teaches the skills to be a valuable Production Assistant on feature film and commercial productions. Through hands on training sessions and detailed presentations, attendees will gain the knowledge and preparation to work on set.
Breakout Training Sessions Include:
  1. Set Etiquette: PA Responsibilities & Protocol
  2. Safety Training: Set & Equipment Safety Practices
  3. Career Paths: Resumes, Job Search, & Networking
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.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition represents the robust and diverse network of film, television and digital media professionals and businesses throughout the state.

Join your community of film and media professionals for a special MPC Winter Meeting at WGBH. Register below for a full night of cocktails and presentations!

Schedule and More Info

Cocktail Reception:  6:00 – 7:30 PM

Presentations:  7:30 – 9:00 PM


Women Lead. Women Share. Women Connect.

Women direct the conversation.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition is thrilled to host an evening of inspiring stories told by women in the film and media industry about pivotal moments and unique challenges that led them to accomplishments and new places in their works and careers.

Through sharing these stories, we hope to inspire connections and common ground through a deeper community conversation around the important role of mentorship in the industry.

Speakers Include:

Dorothy Aufiero, Producer
Maria Agui Carter, Writer / Director / Producer
Kelly Fredrickson, President; MullenLowe Boston
Mary Mazzio, Director
Tracy Heather Strain, Director / Producer
More TBA!

Panel discussion to follow moderated by
Lisa Simmons, Roxbury International Film Festival

Check In: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Talks & Panel: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Social: 8:00 – 9:00 pm

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture