Last weekend, I attended my first Boston Indie Mafia, Inc. as a managing member! Boston Indie Mafia 'kingpin' Joseph Bouvier introduced me to the crowd as Geena Matuson, the new member and 'marketing guru' - but two days later, I was granted the title 'Digital Strategist' for the entire non-profit organization!

Steve Anthony and Geena Matuson at Boston Indie Mafia event, March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

The event went very well, and began with a screening of the Rocco Mesiti film 'The Joe Baccala Story,' a mockumentary highlighting "40 years of Hollywood and mass mediaโ€™s negative portrayal of Italians Americans, pop culture and societyโ€™s acceptance of the mafioso and guido image, and those - like Joe Baccala - who take on the wiseguy identity as their own."

And thanks to Light Filters Studio, we got some photos of our inaugural 'Wicked Film Challenge' - the whole event!

Stacey Forbes Iwanicki and Rocco Mesiti gaze at 'The Joe Baccala Story' on the big screen at Boston Indie Mafia event, March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

Rocco Mesiti answers Q + A after film screeing 'The Joe Baccala Story,' with assistance from Lisa Meri.

Rocco Mesiti with entertainer and BIM member Curtis Reid.

After the screening, we introduced the Wicked Film Challenge competitors, and had them draw assigned 'genres' from a hat; I had added 'foreign film' as one of the options, but no one picked that one...

A 'Wicked Film Challenger' draws from a hat to determine the genre of her team's film at Boston Indie Mafia event, March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

A 'Wicked Film Challenger' draws from a hat to determine the genre of his team's film.

A 'Wicked Film Challenger' draws from a hat to determine the genre of her team's film.

Then, we had Mesiti assist, drawing from another hat in order to pick the character, line of dialogue, and prop that each team would use - Matahari is the assigned character, a 'bloody signet ring' is the prop - and you'll just have to wait for the next Boston Indie Mafia event to find out the line of dialogue each team will use!


And then - the 'hobnob & social' portion of the event commenced!


I chatted it up with Loi Hyunh, Boston Indie Mafia volunteer and 'Wicked Film Challenge' competitor, along with some other filmmakers, like Vincent Morreale of Paracelsus Films, Rebecca Maddalo, and Paul Ezzy!

Below, check out some more photos of the various, talented filmmakers, actors and artists who also attended this Hobnob & Social:

We all got a group shot of the Boston Indie Mafia members, along with incredible volunteer Christine Nordstrom, and Rocco Mesiti!

Boston Indie Mafia members Stacey Forbes Iwanicki, Lisa Meri, Curtis Reid, Geena Matuson and Joseph Bouvier with Christine Nordstrom and Rocco Mesiti at Boston Indie Mafia event, March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

Though this was my first time attending a BIM event as a member, I had first attended a 'Hobnob & Social' event back in January. My film 'Ice Cream For Breakfast' (2013) was screened, along with short films from several other filmmakers and animators.

Loi Hyunh and team for 'Wicked Film Challenge' with Geena Matuson and Steve Anthony at Boston Indie Mafia event, March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

I noticed that fewer people were in attendance at this event than the January event, and I discovered it was because the title of the event confused them - many people thought this was a social event expressly for people participating in the Boston Indie Mafia 'Wicked Film Challenge,' and didn't realize that the 'Hobnob & Social' is a networking event for the public!

Of course - you live, you learn - and all of the Boston Indie Mafia 'Hobnob & Social' events are networking events open to the public. There may have been fewer people than the previous event, but it was still teeming with great filmmakers and challenge competitors.

In fact, a local filmmaker thought this would be a great opportunity to get a group shot of filmmakers for the 'Save MA Film Jobs' campaign. In short - "Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Wants to Eliminate the Film Tax Incentive," and we don't want that to happen - read more on the campaign website.

Group shot of Massachusetts-based filmmakers, actors and creatives gathering at social event hosted by Boston Indie Mafia, Inc., March 2015. Photo by Light Filters Studio.

We'll soon submit our awesome group shot of us MA filmmakers to show that it's thriving!

- Geena