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BALTIMORE

YOUTH FILM ARTS

 

 YOUR STORY.  YOUR CITY.

YOUR FILM.

 

The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program offers Baltimore City residents ages 16 to 29 the opportunity to learn
camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs to be shared at public screenings
and exhibits, and on the program website.  Participants are paid stipends for their contributions
and receive certificates for successful completion.

    Our mission is to build an online archive of Baltimore voices; a representation of our city, historical and current, real and imagined.  Be part of the project.  We want to hear from you!

                  The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program is made possible by the support of the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program and a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

workshops

A very open environment, encouraging.
—Christopher

I love the variety of ages.
—Eddie

SUMMER 2018


WHAT I SAW: DOCUMENTING HISTORY THROUGH FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 2-July 14, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood, 300 Shaffer Hall (map), and on location

In this digital documentary workshop student fellows will explore the history of Baltimore through the people who lived it.  Working with the nonprofit social service provider GEDCO, fellows will identify elders in the community whose biographies promise special insight into pivotal moments in the last century.  They’ll research the eras, locations, and events that compel them and develop thoughtful questions for interviews.  They’ll then meet with the elders and visit the locations.  They’ll learn the elders’ personal stories and attempt to contextualize those stories within the larger historical framework.  They’ll film significant settings with a new understanding of their meaning.  In partnership with instructors and with each other, they’ll make four short films that include interviews, archival material, and original footage of Baltimore.  This cross-generational collaboration will provide a unique opportunity for fellows to engage with and tell complex, true stories of individuals and of a community, a city, a nation in the 20th century.  Fellows will learn research and interview protocols, and all aspects of digital video production, including audio recording and editing.  Finished films will be shown at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Jim Mahjoubian, Video Production Coordinator for the Baltimore City Public Schools, believes any young person with an interest in film should be given an opportunity to explore and find their voice. In fifteen years of production and education he's helped many former students move into the industry with passion and integrity.

Stan Saunders is a retired broadcaster for WJZ-TV Baltimore.  He mentors youth in the Baltimore City Public Schools through his nonprofit program, Baltimore Academy of Sports & Entertainment (B.A.S.E.).  He also creates community-impact documentaries, leveraging his more than thirty years telling Baltimore stories. 

 

ANIMATED VISIONS: CREATING AN ORIGINAL GIF
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 2-23, 9-1, JHU-MICA Film Center, Room 218 (map)

In this short, intensive, hand-drawn animation workshop, student fellows will create original looped GIFs.  Using the "complex cycle" technique, each fellow will learn how to animate their personal vision for a system.  They might design a better process for waking up in the morning, reimagine transportation, improve on community building or education, envision an alternative to the prison system, dream up new ways of making music--the sky's the limit.  GIFs can run the gamut of moods from comic to dramatic to thought-provoking.  Fellows will learn the fundamentals of animation production, including storyboarding, animatics, pencil testing, and editing.  Final projects will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. No extensive drawing experience needed, but patience is necessary.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Gwyneth Anderson is an experimental animator and visual artist exploring themes of invisibility and perception. She has screened and exhibited work in galleries, festivals, forests, and vacant lots throughout the US and internationally. She recently moved to Baltimore from Chicago, where she was a teaching artist with both the Museum of Contemporary Art and Columbia College.

 

DO IT YOURSELF: THE WEB SERIES FROM CONCEPT TO PILOT
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 2-July 14, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood, Brody 4040 (map)

This workshop will offer a crash course in web series production.  Student fellows should come to the first meeting with preliminary ideas in hand.  Each will have opportunity to refine their concept and build a solid framework called a “story bible,” including character descriptions, plot summary for a pilot episode, and ideas for additional episodes.  Plans for individual projects in place, fellows will decide on a single, collaborative project, and work together with instructors as a team to develop, write, and shoot a short pilot.  The workshop will explore the creative choices that go into story design; character development; location scouting; casting; directing; visual composition, including camera work and lighting; sound design; and post-production, including editing.  Fellows will fill a range of roles that mirror those found on a professional, low-budget film set, and they’ll gain an understanding of how to overcome and even thrive amid the technical challenges of "indie" production.  The collaborative pilot will be shown at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 9 student fellows.

Marc Unger is a nationally known actor/writer/comedian. His work has been featured on network television and in theaters and film festivals in both New York and Los Angeles. He has shared the stage and screen with artists Stephen Adly Guirgis, John Hawkes, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Maria Unger is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Education. As the producer and co-creator of an independent web series, she performs various roles both on set and behind the scenes, including video editing, project planning, script supervision, pre- and post-production operations, and contract management.

Taelor Clay, a Morgan State University graduate, is an independent film producer and screenwriter, largely focused on stories that address and attempt to heal infighting in struggling communities.  She is Program Coordinator for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

 Jimmy Powell, Jr., an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a freelance videographer and editor.  His clients include the NAACP, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the University of Maryland Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

EYEWITNESS: PHOTOJOURNALISM IN BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 2-July 14, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Center, Room 218 (map)

In this photography workshop, student fellows will bear witness with their cameras to the human life around them; in their families, on the their blocks, in their city. The photograph is a powerful tool for change, both personal and social, and while great photojournalists have borne witness to great historical events, they have also recorded ordinary events in ordinary lives in ways that have moved the world.  Fellows will consider the work of Edward Steichen, Sebastião Salgado, and Baltimore native Devin Allen, among others, learning storytelling techniques from masters as they develop their own styles and create bodies of work that reflect their individual histories, passions, toils, and joys.  These individual series will contribute to the larger record of who we are as part of the "family of men." Fellows will shoot in both color and black and white, and experiment with digital cameras, disposable cameras, and their own smartphones.  Each fellow will write an artist’s statement that speaks to the ideas explored in their work.  Artists’ statements and a selection of photographs will appear together in a photo book, as well as on the program website and at a program exhibition.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Zoraida  Díaz, a Colombian-born photojournalist, covered some of the most impactful Latin American stories of the 80s and 90s for Reuters.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Libération, O Globo, The  Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Clarín, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.

Jalen Eutsey received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and is currently an MFA candidate in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.  He is an amateur photographer and documentarian who enjoys capturing the magic of the mundane.
 


MORE SUMMER WORKSHOPS COMING SOON!
 

SPRING 2018

(Click on titles for descriptions.  All spring workshops are fully enrolled.)

TALKING PICTURES: THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Developing visual literacy through photography
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 24-May 5, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL STORYTELLING: LEARN IT, SHOOT IT, SHARE IT!
Three genres for digital storytelling: fiction, documentary, and the broadcast segment
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 24-May 5, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood, Brody 4040 (map)

COMMUNITY-BASED FILMMAKING: THE BALTIMORE ARABBERS   
The world of the Baltimore Arabbers from the inside out
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 24-May 5, 9-1, JHU-MICA Film Center (map) and on location

EAST SIDE: THE SERIES
A documentary web series devoted to uniquely Eastside stories
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, March 24-April 21, 10-3; Thursdays, March 29-April 19, 6-8, Safe Streets East, 2312 E. Monument St. (map), and on location

CLIENT ASSIGNMENT: FULLBLAST S.T.E.A.M.
Creating a promotional video for a Greenmount out-of-school program
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is completed)
Saturday, April 7, 10-4, Open Works, 1400 Greenmount Avenue (map); Saturday, April 14, 5:30-9:30, Light City map); Sunday, April 15, 12-5, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)

 

BYFA FELLOWS

EVENTS

 

Tuesday, May 1 -- Extended Submissions Deadline!

Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival 2018
June 30, Creative Alliance

Filmmakers and photographers of all ages
whose work is of, from, and about Baltimore
are invited to submit.

Find out more at borninbaltimore.org.


Saturday, May 12 -- Save the Date!  
BYFA OPEN HOUSE
Free Walk-In Videography & Photography Workshops
Storytelling Booth • Photographic Portraits
Saturday, May 12, 1-5
All Ages Welcome • Food, Drink, Door Prizes
 Free and Open to the Public

TouchPoint at the Mondawmin Mall (map)

 

Saturday, June 2 -- Save the Date!

Photography Exhibition and Final Screening
for Winter & Spring Workshops
5-8:30
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 110 Hodson Hall (map)
Awarding of Certificates and Reception to Follow