The BlueSpark Team

llew smallLlewellyn Smith

Project Director at BlueSpark Collaborative

Before joining Annie to found BlueSpark Collaborative, Llew founded Vital Pictures in 2004 (, the independent Boston-based documentary company and was its president until 2012. At Vital Pictures, a close partnership with producer Christine Herbes-Sommers resulted in a number of award-winning films for the company.  Llew was co-executive producer for the PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (2008)—a look at the surprising impact social and economic conditions have in determining health and longevity. Llew also served as director-producer for the Vital Pictures documentary Herskovits At The Heart Of Blackness (2010) a look at the consequences of race identity politics. In 2012 Llew directed and produced Vital Pictures’ Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street. The film follows community organizing and community building effort over a two-year period in a remarkable low-income Boston neighborhood where he grew up. Other films or series contributions include Africans In America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (1997), Race: The Power Of An Illusion (2003), Forgotten Genius (2007), and American Denial (for Vital Pictures, 2013).

Filmmaking honors include: The Council On Foundation’s Henry Hampton Award, Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award, the National Academies of Sciences 2009 Communications Award, The John O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association, the Eric Barnouw Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, Hollywood Black Film Festival Best Documentary Award, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award, the National Science Writers Award, multiple Emmy and Writers Guild nominations and other honors. For a select filmography

annie smallAnnie Stopford, Ph.D.

Director of research and development for BlueSpark Collaborative

Research Fellow, Center for Multicultural and Global Health, William James College.  Contributing editor, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Psychotherapist in private practice.

With a Ph.D. in Critical Psychology, a Master's degree in Adult Education, over 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, and fifteen years as a psychosocial researcher specializing in intercultural and interracial contact zones, Annie provides a critical interdisciplinary perspective to the process of production and development of BSC projects. 

Since moving to the United States from Sydney, Australia, in 2011, Annie's focus has expanded from one-to-one clinical work and academic research to collaborative media and research projects that challenge racism and racial inequality, and address the complex interface of the psychological and social in specific contexts.

Annie's work  has been published in the disciplines of psychoanalysis, critical psychology, African Studies, trauma studies and critical mixed race studies. She is co-editor of a special issue of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society on psychoanalysis, African Americans and inequality (published Dec 2014) and co-organizer of Psychosocial Dialogues: Film, Theory and Practice,  May 30/31, Lesley University, Boston

 A selection of Annie's publications:


Mass incarceration and the "new Jim Crow": An interview with Michelle Alexander.  Psychoanalysis, Cutlure & Society (2014) 19, 379- 391


“There’s no trust at all, in anything”: Psychosocial perspectives on trauma in a distressed African American neighborhood. In O'Loughlin, M. & Charles, M. (Eds.) Fragments of Trauma and the Social Production of Suffering. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, 221-242


Cambodia’s suffering: Reflections on two journeys to a “broken society”. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Vol. 16, Issue 2, 209 -217, 2011


The significance of African ontological relatedness in African-Western relationships, Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Issue 16, 2010


Working it out: Stories from African Australian relationships, published by PsyHealth, University of Western Sydney, 2009


Leaving “home”: The challenges of living with radical cultural difference. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Oct. 2009, 45 (4) 444-466.


Mothering children of African descent: Hopes, fears and strategies of white birth mothers. Journal of Pan African Studies, Nov. 2007 Vol. 2 No 1


Relational Theory: New growth in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, Nov. 2007, Vol. 14, No 1, 46-51.


 Psychoanalysis and interraciality: Asking different questions. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Sept 2007, Vol. 12, Issue 3, 205-225. 


Trans global families: The application of African conceptual and ethical systems to African-western relationships and families, Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, 2006, Issue 8.


Hold the cloth that absorbs tears: Migration, money and mutuality in African Australian relationships, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2006, Vol. 7, Number 1, 15 – 30.


Researching postcolonial subjectivities: The application of relational psychoanalysis to psycho-social research, The International Journal of Critical Psychology 2004, Issue 10, 13-35.









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