Since its inception in 1981, the Center for Independent Documentary (CID) has worked with hundreds of independent film and video producers making work of local, national and international significance on a wide range of historical, contemporary and socially significant issues. Whether advocating for LGBT and gender equality, drawing attention to the plight of our returning veterans, or following the lives of children and grandmothers battling AIDS in developing countries, CID gives expression to voices that all too often go unheard or ignored. CID films have been seen on PBS as part of American Masters, American Experience, Independent Lens and POV, received national cablecasts from HBO, Sundance, Discovery and LOGO channels, and have appeared at every major film festival receiving awards from Emmys to the Peabody. They are also used by a variety of nonprofit and community organizations, from churches to humanities festivals, around the United States and throughout the world.
CID works with filmmakers from all regions of the country and a total of 124 films are currently in development or production. The demographics of the filmmakers and the subjects of their films are equally diverse. The extent of The Center's engagement with independent producers is unique and includes cooperation at all phases of their projects. Whether it be management of funds, offering creative and technical support, assistance in preparation of funding proposals or devising strategies to maximize a film's impact upon release, CID works hard to make sure that each filmmaker is supported 100% of the way. Through the fiscal sponsorship program, filmmakers enjoy access to state, federal and institutional funding as well as to tax deductible individual donations. CID also provides professional development programs and collaborates with other organizations on initiatives that strengthen the production environment for independent filmmakers including offering workshops and rough cut screenings, a weeklong retreat seminar for 10 filmmakers held each summer in Vermont, and the PRIDE OF THE OCEAN film festival and seminars which provide a unique resource for LGBT filmmakers. CID's films are promoted through the organization's website (396,000 visitors this year) and social media (7,000 friends and followers).
At a Massachusetts state house ceremony, the Center was awarded the “Commonwealth Award” as Outstanding Cultural Organization in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for excellence, dedication, and vision in giving voice to independent New England documentary filmmakers and for broadening the audience of this medium. CID is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to transparency and providing our donors with complete information about the use of funds contributed to our organization. To view information related to our tax status or to see our tax returns, please visit our listing on Guidestar (our tax id is 04-2738458).
Susi Walsh, Executive Director: With the late Fred Simon, Susi is the co-founder of The Center for Independent Documentary and remains the driving force behind the organization. A filmmaker in her own right, she is also a founding board member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition and has been recognized by Women In Film & Video with an "Image Award" and an "Imaginnaire Award" for her work with independent filmmakers. She holds a degree in Interrelated Media Design from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Joe Dunn, Project Manager: Joe has an extensive background in film, television and theater. He served as Production Supervisor at the American Film Institute from 1990 to 2009 and has been an independent theater producer since 1997. He has founded two theater companies, worked as an arts consultant, a development officer, and holds a degree in Arts Management from Purchase College. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management at Northeastern University.
Mira Simon, Director of Marketing & Communications: Mira brings with her a wide range of account management and marketing experience having worked in the music, film, advertising and consumer research fields. She has also been an active participant in the New England arts community, helping to organize the 2009 National Media, Arts and Culture Conference, working at The Massachusetts Film Office, and assisting at the annual Boston Independent Film Festival. She holds a degree in Communications from Clark University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anthony T. Logalbo, President: A graduate of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Mr. Logalbo has been the Director of Finance for the town of Concord, Massachusetts since 1980. He previously served as Director of Administrative Services for the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Oakland, California. Mr. Logalbo is a past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, a member of the Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association, and is the treasurer of the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Harmony.
Marion Burke, Treasurer: Currently Director of Quality and Risk Management for the Department of Psychiatry at the Boston Medical Center, Ms. Burke has more than 30 years experience in hospital and nursing administration. An expert in her field, she has also taught at schools of nursing at UMass/Boston (formerly Boston State College), Boston City Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she also served as Assistant Vice President. Ms. Burke's administrative skills and her knowledge in the healthcare field have made her an important resource for networking and collaboration for projects, as well as for organizational planning.
Martin H. Alpert: Mr. Alpert has had extensive experience with cable television and television broadcasting in the New England area. He presently operates a real estate management and development company. Mr. Alpert was the chairman of the City of Newton Telecommunications Advisory Board for fifteen years. He is a Trustee for life of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Hebrew Senior Life Center.
Leslie Hitch: Ms. Hitch is currently the Director of Academic & Technology Services at Northeastern University. Prior to coming to Northeastern, she was the director of graduate programs in communications management at Simmons College in Boston. Ms. Hitch is an expert in business communications and management strategies.
As a non-profit organization, CID relies on individual contributions to stay up and running. If you believe in the importance of independent films, please give. Any amount is greatly appreciated.