The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the 2nd conversation in the series, Conversations with Indie Filmmakers, a collaboration with Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMI). Conversations is a bi-monthly series of interviews with Indie Filmmakers, the purpose of this series being to offer insight into the creative world of filmmaking and share the personal journey of a filmmaker in making and producing a film.

These conversations are intended to empower the indie filmmaking community, create a platform for sharing experience and knowledge… the insider’s world of the do’s and don’ts of producing a film about scripting, writing, casting, directing, lighting, etc.

The 2nd conversation will be with the filmmaker, Alice Bouvrie, film editor, Bernice Schneider moderated by Alison Cupples of High Output Boston.

Alice Bouvrie has over 25 years of film and documentary experience. She earned a Master's Degree in Film Production from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. In 2005 Bouvrie was selected to participate in the Filmmaker-In-Residence Lab at WGBH for the 2005-06 year.  She is an active member of the Director's Guild of America, and an active member and former board member of Women in Film & Video/New England. As a graduate of the DGA Producer's Training Program out of New York, (DGA Trainee) she worked as an Assistant Director on feature films, TV series and specials, commercials and industrials.  Alice began producing documentaries as an independent 1993 and has completed four feature-length, award-winning films that have screened at festivals, in theaters, museums, and Universities around the country. Her first film co-produced with Teresa Metcalf, Living Under the Cloud: Chernobyl Today exposes the health and environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Iditarod...A Far Distant Place follows three mushers racing against time and the elements in the long-distance Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.  Her award-winning film, Prison Pups explores prison reform through a dog program where inmates raise and train puppies to be service dogs. Thy Will Be Done: A transsexual woman’s journey through family and faithprofiles Sara Herwig, a Male-to-Female transsexual who is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian church and is currently being distributed through New Day Films, a distribution cooperative.  A Chance To Dress was recently completed in March 2015 and is currently part of the New Day Films collection. Other films produced include two short works for the educational market, Am I Home Yet?, 5 Au Pairs in Boston, and William Wyman Artist Potter.

Bernice Schneider is an award-winning documentary film editor. She received her Masters of Science in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab under the direction of Richard Leacock. Bernice has edited numerous films for PBS’s American Experience, Frontline, Nova Science Unit, American Masters, and Independent Lens. She edited the feature-length independent documentary film, Rebel, about the politics of national memory as viewed through the lens of the secret life of a Latina confederate soldier. Another feature, Angkor’s Children, focuses on a grassroots movement to reinvigorate the arts in post-genocide Cambodia. Angkor’s Children has screened nationally and internationally, including within Cambodia at the Bophana Film Center. She edited Alice Bouvrie’s film A Chance to Dress, winner of the Arlington International Film Festival’s Best Short 2015. She also completed A Perfect Crime: the Leopold and Loeb Story for American Experience in 2016. Most recently, she completed editing Laurel Chiten’s documentary, Just One Drop which premiered in London in 2017. Her films have screened at prestigious museums, both nationally and internationally. Bernice also worked in the field with national correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault for PBS’s Newshour in Kenya, South Africa, Haiti, and Somalia, where she edited stories on a political and cultural change in the developing world. She has received honors and awards for her work including a Wallis Annenberg scholarship for women filmmakers, a CINE Golden Eagle, the Biographical Video Award, and an N.E.A. Regional Fellowship. Bernice also teaches editing at Emerson College.


Alison Cupples began her study of photography in high school and from there went on to Emerson College to develop her skills in Photography and Film. She graduated from Emerson College in 2003 and began to freelance. While freelancing, she broadened her skills in all areas of filmmaking as she was producing, shooting, and assisting in the editing process in addition to liaising with clients and developing projects of her own. Looking for a bit more stability, Alison joined the High Output team as an account executive in 2008 and has invested a lot of time researching lighting and lighting technology. She is thrilled to play a part in many of the productions that come through the area and to have relationships with filmmakers from all parts of our local community. Alison is also involved with the Jamaica Plain Arts Council as a board member which most prominently organizes Jamaica Plain Open Studios among other events and educational efforts that take place in the Jamaica Plain community throughout the year. Alison looks forward to a long career continuing with work in the local arts communities and using art and media as an integral part of social justice and change.


High Output Inc. is a premier supplier of production services and equipment for film, television, theater, and events, with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, and South Carolina. Founded in 1986 with an emphasis on state-of-the-art technology and superior customer service, High Output supports feature film, television, theater, live music, political events, corporate meetings, fundraisers, parties, and much more. The firm also designs and installs technologically advanced permanent lighting, AV, and rigging systems in venues of all kinds, and operates five sound stages for film and television production. For more information, please visit

Filmmaking is more than just rolling a camera and capturing a subject. It embraces many aspects of the arts and can include music, dance, theater, staging/carpentry, storytelling/poetry, the fine arts, photography, drawing/animation and puppetry. Our goal with Conversations is to engage the arts across all spectrums. We hope you tune in to this program, whether you are a seasoned filmmaker, an aspiring filmmaker or an appreciative audience of a creative film!

The Arlington International Film Festival | October 26 - 29, 2017

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East Arlington, MA

 Mission Statement:  To foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community.