Filmmaker Facilitator


Filmbuilding Facilitator (Mentor)

Urban Media Arts (UMA) seeks 3 (three) local Filmbuilding Facilitators (Mentors) to participate in an exciting creative placemaking project in the diverse City of Malden during a spring and fall session of 2022. UMA is looking for three local (Greater Boston) and accomplished filmmakers interested in cross-cultural connections and open to exploring a new process of filmmaking – intended to build rapport. These Mentors will provide guidance and expertise to two sessions (spring and fall) of a small group of novice filmmakers that will utilize a discovery-based Filmbuilding process to co-create a short film along a theme related to being part of the Malden community. This contractual position will offer filmmakers exposure to a powerful new discovery-based filmmaking process that allows participants to bond (even across differences). Mentors will also receive training in a complementary dialogue approach facilitated by the world-renowned Essential Partners group. Mentors will also be part of an experiment at increasing social cohesion in a small diverse city. Mentors are not directors of the filmmaking process or production, but rather guides and supporters.

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Commitment: Approximately total 25-30 hours per filmbuilding cycle, over weekend and evening sessions during a period of three months in August-November 2022 and again in April-July 2023.


  • Demonstrable experience as a filmmaker.
  • Experience and/or curiosity and interest in working with people from various backgrounds.
  • Open to a discover-based (less prescribed) filmmaking process.
  • Able to communicate with a small group (in English).
  • Access to Internet and video conferencing.
  • Able to convey interest and support of the participants and their collaboration.
  • Able to enforce communication agreements group makes about working together.


  • Attend Training session (2 1/2 hours) in Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), a flagship process used by Essential Partners.
  • Facilitate orientation/introduction (2 hours) to group of six novice filmbuilders.
  • Facilitate three separate meetings for both sessions (spring/fall) (total 6 hours each session) to help filmbuilders approach pre-production with a plan; give pointers on gathering footage/images; and assist in approaching the editing process. demonstrating this using a collaborative video editing tool, WeVideo (training provided by the assistant facilitators).
  • Be available for text/phone inquiries about content during specified “on call” times.
  • Attend screening and screening rehearsal each session: (dates tbd in summer and late fall).
  • Attend final event, a compilation of all films and panel discussion.
  • Provide video commentary and complete survey about experience and outcome.

Compensation: $1,000 per filmbuilding cycle or $2,000 for both cycles.

Application process: Please send letter of interest to and include a resume with links to film portfolio and three references that attest to character. Due by June 30, 2022. Send questions to

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