Sharon and Steven in Miami

Sharon Manchel, also known as BarMamma for her “dessert worthy yet unbelievably healthy bars” on Instagram (BarMamma) and Facebook (BarMamma), is The Film Professor’s Son’s wife and the Film Professor’s daughter in law. The mother of two sons, and the keeper of three, yes three, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sharon is also an avid work out enthusiast, a lover of reading and, of course, spends a great deal of time with Steve watching, for the most part, good movies. Sharon grew up in the Boston area and attended Tufts University, where she was an Art History Major. She and Steve met on a blind date, were engaged within three months, and were married one year from the day they met. With the boys off to college, Sharon turned her seemingly endless energy to health, fitness, cooking, dogs and lending a helping hand…and to taking care of Steve which, alone, is a full time job!

Each week, Sharon will share a recipe that she believes will go well both with the movies of the week and with maintaining a healthy life style.



Julie B. Brennan

Ms. Julie B. Brennan has developed extensive experience in all areas of employment and traditional labor law, with a specific focus upon training and providing counseling services to human resources professionals and defending harassment and discrimination claims on behalf of employers. Many of the cases in which Julie has represented employers have been published and have established important principles of law in favor of employers’ interests. Julie has an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell. An AV Peer Review Rating reflects the fact that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. Julie has been certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as a trainer on the issue of disability discrimination, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences for attorneys and human resources professionals. For several years, Julie has been named one of the few “recommended” labor and employment lawyers in Boston in the Practical Law Company’s Global Counsel Handbook. For every year since 2008, Julie has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine and Law & Politics. For every year since 2011, Julie has been named one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts by Boston Magazine.

Before joining Manchel & Brennan, P.C., Julie was an associate in the Labor and Employment and Litigation Departments of Choate, Hall & Stewart.

J.D., Suffolk University Law School,1993, cum laude; Editor, Suffolk University Law Review
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1989

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Court Admissions
United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; U. S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Honors & Distinctions
2008-present, selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers by Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine



Harrison Manchel is the Film Professor’s grandson and the oldest son of the Film Professor’s Son. After graduating from Dean College with a Business Degree, Harrison turned his lifelong love of the overnight camp experience into a full time job. Harrison now works exclusively for a very prestigious overnight camp for boys, Takajo (which well deserves its reputation), as the Assistant Staffing Director. During the summers, he is also in charge of running the lower youth sections of the camp. In addition to his love of all things camp, Harrison is a lover of tennis, working out, cooking and of course, watching movies. He also, now that he is older and wiser, enjoys spending time with his younger brother, Ben and, every once in a while, even hanging out with his parents! Each week, Harrison will select a movie that he knows, from experience, makes summers that much more fun for the kids.



Ben Manchel

Ben Manchel is the youngest grandchild of The Film Professor, and the youngest son of the Film Professor’s son. Ben is about to become a Junior in college, and is majoring in Educational Studies. Ultimately, Ben hopes to have a career that centers around working with young children facing challenges, both emotional and educational; perhaps working as an elementary school guidance counselor. Ben loves sports, especially basketball, and in his day was a sharpshooting three point specialist (at times in local leagues that did not have, or count, three point shots). Ben is also a very good tennis player and has a wonderful group of friends. Ben, like the rest of his family, loves the movies; however, Ben’s tastes run, if you will, to silly slap stick and at times just awful movies. As such, Ben is actually the perfect example of one of The Film Professor’s beliefs: “Just because you like a movie, does not make it a good movie!” Listed below will be films that Ben likes and, rest assured, the fact that he likes them does not make them good movies…so just have some fun with them.



Josh Swartz

Josh Swartz is an award-winning public radio journalist and podcaster. He is a producer and curator for PRX and the host and creator of the Bandwagon podcast. In addition, his reporting has been featured on public radio stations WCAI and North Country Public Radio. Josh is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop and has a BA in Film & Media Studies and Sociology from Middlebury College.