Filmbuilder (Community Story Creator)


Interest forms are due by June 30, 2022.

Urban Media Arts (UMA) is seeking a diverse range of Malden residents interested in taking part in the new city-wide initiative, Filmbuilding Malden: Our City in Motion. Acting as key participants in the project, residents (known as Filmbuilders) will work in small groups to co-create a series of short film projects that explore Malden’s identity and envision its future. Working alongside professional film artists, Filmbuilders will develop, shoot and edit their projects to be screened at special community events around Malden.

Filmbuilders will work online in mixed, multi-age groups as they develop and edit their projects, and will film their projects around various areas of Malden. Filmbuilders must be able to commit to a workshop session during either the Fall 2022 (Aug-Nov) or Spring/Summer 2023 (May-July). These workshops will involved some time (approx 35-40 hours over a three month period, mostly evenings and weekends). No filmmaking experience is required.

This position will offer participants myriad opportunities to build connections within their community and develop a range of skillsets related to team-building, creative problem-solving, visual storytelling, civic engagement and more. Involvement in the project will include complementary online training in community-oriented dialogue by the Cambridge-based Essential Partners organization. This large-scale project is a city-funded arts and culture initiative aimed at enhancing cultural cohesion, developing community assets, and strengthening Malden’s sense of place. For more information about the project, visit

Commitment: Approximately 35-40 hours (over 3 months) for weekend and evening sessions during either our Fall 2022 Session (Sep-Nov, 2022) or Spring 2023 Session (Apr-Jun, 2023). Filmbuilders may select their preferred season for participating.


  • Ability to commit to entire program: weekend and evening hours for online group gatherings
  • Able to converse in English
  • Experience working in groups and with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Access to stable Internet and video conferencing (Zoom)
  • Strong interest in community engagement
  • Interested in telling stories in a creative and collaborative way
  • Passion for working with different people and engaging in creative challenges
  • Willing to share experience by video, survey, and with public at screenings
  • No film or art experience required


  • Attend online training session (3 hours total) in Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), a flagship process used by Essential Partners
  • Attend online training session (3 hours total) in collaborative visual storytelling
  • Attend online or in-person group gatherings for project development and editing
  • Capture individual video footage for project
  • Attend community screening event and be able to discuss experience publicly in panel session
  • Support project reporting by sharing experience via interviews and surveys

Compensation: $300 as stipend (participants can contribute this to the project to help fund the contributions of non-profits and some advisors)

Application process: Please complete Filmbuilder Interest form by June 30, 2022. Interiews will be scheduled for each prospective Filmbuilder. Email questions to Tom Flint at


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