I am a writer, director, producer, and personal historian, and the owner of Tortoise and Finch Productions, LLC, an independent production company specializing in projects concerning social justice, public health, and human interest. In 2014, my company completed production on a feature-length, educational documentary titled You Look a Lot Like Me, which explores the social pandemic of intimate partner violence in the United States. The film had its premiere at the Awareness Festival in Hollywood, California, and is currently used as an informational and training resource in a variety of settings across the U.S. We continue to develop a variety of materials around domestic violence awareness and prevention and look forward to providing updates via the website for the film.
Over the past decade, I've conducted countless interviews covering a broad spectrum of difficult subjects and experiences, including domestic and sexual violence, mental illness, addiction, family and childhood trauma, and bereavement. I've also documented dozens of life stories and am passionate about working with individuals who are interested in preserving their unique family histories and traditions.
In May 2017, I released six coloring book journals for adults exploring a variety of topics and experiences, including surviving domestic violence, providing care for an adult loved one, and living with cancer or heart disease. More journals will follow. You can learn more and purchase copies at www.shermanpoint.com.
Before launching Tortoise and Finch Productions, I got my feet wet on several short film projects in and around the Boston area. I worked with Kozmic Gas Productions as the production supervisor and assistant producer on the film Drawing From Life, which starred the English stage and film actor Nicholas Jones. For three years, I served as the public relations and sponsorship manager for the Boston International Film Festival.
In my earlier days, I held a variety of positions entirely unrelated to film, including waitress, church secretary, appointment setter for an adjustable bed company, and sales representative for mobile medical record filing systems. It was through my work at a hospice that I first became inspired to work as a personal historian. My first job was at a Dunkin Donuts and I wasn’t very good at it. I can’t remember whether or not I was fired, but I feel fairly certain I should have been.
I am originally from Boston and am a spirited Red Sox fan who can often be found enjoying a night game at one of my favorite late-summer spots in the world: Fenway Park. When I'm not working or taking in a baseball game, I also enjoy cooking, traveling, good stand-up, live music, and spending time with my family and friends.