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THE BIG PICTURE (TBP) is a documentary feature that seeks to illuminate the critical role community movie theaters play in social cohesion by fostering feelings of togetherness, similarity, and cooperation. It follows the struggle of the residents of Belfast, ME, as they seek to wrest their treasured theater away from closure and create a community art center. Interwoven with this story will be the story of the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, which was rescued from destruction in 1989 by one of the most dynamic nonprofit fundraising events in the area’s history, as well as a deep look into the neuroscience behind shared experiences and their effect on human behavior. 

Associated Members

Anne Continelli


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