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Film + Audio Potluck

Back by popular demand!

Join us for another community showcase and potluck for filmmakers and audio producers in Boston.

Started in 2016, these seasonal gatherings are co-hosted by the PRX Podcast Garage, Sonic Soiree, Boston Film Potluck, and LEF Foundation. Together, we create a space for discussions that spark inspiration and collaboration among film and audio makers and reveal the creative processes and sustainable practices behind our work. 

Thanks to Rule Boston Camera and Shure, we'll be raffling a $250.00 gift card from Rule and a Shure MV88+ video kit at this event!


We’ll kick the night off with a showcase of audio stories and films on the theme of working across media - be it film, audio, theater, writing, or music.

For example, are you a filmmaker who's translated their work into an audio piece? Are you an audio-producer who's collaborated with a film composer? Have you departed from your comfort zone for a new space? Or does your work reflect this theme in some other way?

Thanks to all who submitted! Here are the three works-in-progress that will be shared at the showcase from 6-7pm.

  • MONA'S HANDS by Shireen Hamza (audio work-in-progress): In a cold city of hospitals, who tends to the body? Who heats the blood? Mona Bhatt, Ayurvedic practitioner, is one of many. This piece is composed of location recordings at Mona's practice in Brookline.

  • GUTAI by Wenhua Shi (film + live sound work-in-progress): Wenhua took on a radical use of single frame image capture and examines his strange and familiar hometown in China, which he has been away from for nearly two decades.

  • CHEKHOV'S DOGS by Katya Gorker and Elana Gordon (trans-media work-in-progress): Filmmaker Katya Gorker and audio producer Elana Gordon have teamed up on an ongoing trans-media project on mushroom foraging and identity.

The showcase takes place inside the PRX Podcast Garage and is limited to 50 seats.

Open to all! No ticket required.

Following the showcase, we’ll open things up for a potluck. Bring your own dish and join a conversation about media-making. 

The potluck takes place in Zone 3 - directly in front of the PRX Podcast Garage - and is open to all.

Here are the small group discussions that we'll be facilitating between 7pm-9pm.

  • Working Across Filmmaking and Podcasting - How does one turn a film into a podcast or a podcast into a film? Or, how does one build a creative practice in both filmmaking and podcasting? We’ll talk about the benefits and challenges of adapting your work across these two forms, and we’ll invite perspectives from those who’ve done it.

  • Marketing and Promotion - It's one thing to create a piece of narrative audio or documentary film. However, it's an entirely different beast to convince folks out there in the great blue yonder to listen, watch and consume your work. We'll talk about strategies for finding and maintaining audiences, explore "going viral," and discuss working with community groups and interested third parties.

  • Experimental Audio and Film - What does artistic experimentation look and sound like? This is a discussion for podcasters, musicians, sound artists, and filmmakers to explore what compels us to challenge conventions in form and process. If content is tied to form, then how can experimentation - as an attitude, not a genre - amplify the meaning and impact of our work?

  • Music and Sound Design - Music and sound design are powerful tools for changing the mood of a film or an audio production. But how do you discover the right music for your production, and how can you use it legally and affordably? How can you play with sound to give your story more impact? We'll exchange ideas and resources for pod- and film-safe music, sound design techniques, plugins, and collaborating with composers.

  • Stories with Social Impact - Ever wonder what about the social impact of your work? What are some ways of accurately measuring this impact? As more people are watching and listening alone on their digital devices, are our stories making a difference in reality? We’ll talk about the campaigns that encourage response and action to our work.

  • Live Engagements - Face-to-face interactions are a powerful way to interact with your audience. They can start and extend conversations about your work, so that the experience of listening or watching doesn't just end with the credits or their commute. Podcasters and filmmakers everywhere are hitting the road to host exhibitions, live shows, community dialogues, screenings, and more! We’ll talk about the opportunities and challenges of bringing your work to the people.

  • Freelance Life - These days it feels like everyone has a side gig. Whether you do it part-time or full-time, how do you navigate the ups and downs of freelance life? We’ll exchange tips on everything from accounting to generating leads and dealing with isolation. If you have a hustle, join us!

  • Intersection of Art + Journalism - When you’re making audio or film, how do you walk the line between reporting and storytelling? Personal and political? Subjectivity and objectivity? We’ll talk about the processes we share in common, the nuances that separate us, and whether its possible to create clear boundaries between journalism and art.


The Sonic Soiree is a potluck of the edible and audible, occurring monthly in living rooms throughout Greater Boston. We are a community of radio producers, sound artists and collaborators who come together to talk, eat, listen, and then talk some more.

The Boston Film Potluck is made up of Boston filmmakers, media artists, film collectives, and other film/video community members who get together for a monthly potluck to help make the wider Boston film community more visible to itself, and to think about what might be gained from more regular cross-cutting conversations among filmmakers in Boston.

LEF New England funds the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region, with a goal of broadening recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally. It also highlights the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England's independent film community. LEF is a private family foundation that funds creative endeavors in California and the New England region.