Co-creative Cinema as a
Catalyst for Community Change
Filmbuilding Malden kicked off Filmbuilding's Our City in Motion initiative, combining elements of collaborative visual storytelling, cross-cultural exchange and community engagement. Taking place from May-October 2023, the program involved a diverse cohort of community members (aka Filmbuilders) working in groups to co-create short films exploring the theme:
Who Is Malden?
Each group, mentored by a professional filmmaking artist, engaged in collaborative discussions, community exploration, filming, and story editing. The completed films were premiered at site-specific events within Malden in order to celebrate the work with the community, inspire meaningful dialogue, and explore further community connections.
Meet our team of Filmbuilders !
And our professional Filmbuilding Mentors !
Dan Girmus Nasara Hassan Asma Khoshmehr Alexander Nezam Bilal Sa'ed
Filmbuilding Malden: Imperatives
The Educational Imperative
(engendering critical, creative, collaborative and conceptual thinking; expanding possibilities within media arts education)
The Cultural Imperative
(telling personal and meaningful stories; celebrating ethnic diversity; sparking radical cross-cultural collaboration)
The Technological Imperative
(expanding image-based literacy and communication; demonstrating highly inclusive and accessible use of technology)
The Community Imperative
(encouraging civic responsibility and connection to community; enhancing sense of place; activating community spaces)
The Economic Imperative
(building partnerships and communication channels; employing individuals in various sectors; creating opportunities for local businesses)
The Peace Imperative
(engendering empathy and understanding across divisions; confronting complex demographic issues; striving for social harmony)