Department or Program

Media Arts and Sciences

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

David Olsen

Additional Advisor(s)

Salem Mekuria


This is a story about the film industry in Massachusetts and the far-reaching effects it has on the state and its identity. Since I came to Wellesley, about 42 independent and Hollywood films have come to Massachusetts, including two movies nominated for Best Picture in the 2011 Academy Awards. Not only do the productions benefit the Massachusetts economy directly, but they also contribute to the state through identity and tourism. This film weaves through the politics, elements, and expanding effects of the activity in Massachusetts. It is a story of perseverance and identity, struggles and successes, and hopes for the future.

Previous Versions

Nov 13 2012