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.
SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
Open to Ages 16-25
Saturdays, January 27-March 10, 9-1, JHU-MICA Film Center, 10 E. North Avenue (map)
Saturday, March 17, 9-1 must be reserved by fellows as a snow day
Orientation, Thursday, January 18, 5-6, JHU-MICA Film Center
This digital video workshop will encourage student fellows to consider their relationships to institutions and to the authority figures in their lives, and to formulate thoughtful, personally expressive responses on film. We all experience systems through individuals, whether “education” through a teacher, “medicine” through a doctor, even “family” through a parent or grandparent. Encounters may be positive or negative. Fellows will have opportunity to share a range of experiences in classroom discussion, and to choose which individuals and which institutions to “speak truth to” through their projects. In addition to teachers, doctors, family, they might consider ministers, counselors, police officers, or powerful adults not connected to institutions, from a local political activist to a neighborhood gang leader; anyone whose behavior has influenced their world views. Fellows will work collaboratively to create short films, honing critical thinking and communication skills. They’ll learn digital video- and audio-recording, and editing on Adobe Premiere. Their projects will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Dean Radcliffe-Lynes is an Emmy Award-winning producer of specials and documentaries. She also produces videos for nonprofit organizations and has extensive experience with content to facilitate prisoner reentry. Clients include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Girls Advocacy Project, Inc., and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Matthew Dillon is a Baltimore-born and based videographer and photographer. He has worked with Baltimore City Schools, and produces his own creative content.
Ceci Freed is a Film and Media Studies and Spanish double major at Johns Hopkins. She is interested in pursuing a career in the television and film industry.
EXPLORATIONS IN MAGICAL REALISM
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, February 3-March 10, 9-2, Morgan State University, Holmes Hall (map)
Saturday, March 17, 9-2 must be reserved by fellows as a snow day
In this digital filmmaking workshop, student fellows will explore and expand on the tradition of magical realism, a genre in which realistic narratives are enlivened by elements of the fantastic, the magical, the mythical, and the surreal. Fellows will combine animation and live action in character-driven vignettes that test the boundaries of consensus reality, and reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary world. The workshop will progress from development and pre-production, including the fundamentals of story design and screenwriting; to production, emphasizing not only technical skills, but the aesthetics of visual and sound composition; to post-production, including animation techniques and editing, using the Adobe CS6 Suite. Fellows will work collaboratively, while supporting each other's individual visions. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Explorations in Magical Realism is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.
Keith Mehlinger is Director of the Digital Media Center and Coordinator of the Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN) at Morgan State University. A producer/writer/director, he produced episodes of the syndicated series, Story of a People, and recently completed a short documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project, Mother's Lament.
David Lee Roberts Jr., an award-winning television producer and documentary filmmaker, is Adjunct Professor in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. Television credits include Metro Focus, and film credits include the upcoming features Covenant of Peace, about the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system, and Charm City, about Baltimore community reform and engagement.
Kyle Yearwood is an assistant in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation program, with proficiency in cinematography, editing, photography, special effects, and animation. He has worked as a videographer for the Baltimore MTA, interned for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, and currently freelances in visual production.
AN ARTIST’S EYE: PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY FOR CELLPHONES
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, February 3-March 17, 9-1, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Brody Learning Commons 4040 (map)
Saturday, March 24, 9-1 must be reserved by fellows as a snow day
Orientation, Thursday, January 18, 5-6, JHU-MICA Film Center, 10 E. North Avenue (map)
In this photography and videography workshop student fellows will realize the full artistic potential of the quality cameras already in their pockets. They’ll learn to engage more deeply with what they see and take an artist’s responsibility for selecting, framing, and communicating their discoveries. Through still and moving images, they’ll tell their own stories, reveal their own worlds. They’ll also explore the work of other mobile artists as they take their place in the evolving canon (sample photos & sample films). They’ll consider technical aspects of shooting with cellphones; working with tripods, grips, and external microphones. And they’ll consider aesthetic possibilities; focusing on composition, experimenting with line, texture, light, and color. Each fellow will write an artist’s statement, reflecting on themes that inform their work. Their photographs and films will be shared at a public exhibition and screening, and on the program website. Fellows are not required to own cellphones to participate. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Jamal Evans teaches in the Interactive Media Production program at Edmondson-Westside High School. For over fifteen years, he has inspired students to enter the world of media production. He also has a passion for social media and does freelance photography and video throughout the Baltimore region and beyond.
Daniela Zapata is a neuroscience and French major at Johns Hopkins University. She is a photographer, working with The News-Letter and with Visual Resources Collections. She also works independently on shoots for student groups and campus organizations.
Les Gray studies Cinematic Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and hopes to inspire the community that inspired her.
Malkah Bell is a recent graduate of Morgan State University's SWAN (Screenwriting & Animation) program, receiving her BFA in television and media writing. Since childhood she has had a love for writing and uses film as a her canvas to tell moving stories.
EASTSIDE STORIES: VIDEO DIARY ART
Ages 18 to 29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 23, 25, 30, & February 1, 5-8; Saturdays, January 27 & February 3, 1-6;
Sunday, February 4, 1-6; Safe Streets East, 2312 E. Monument St.
In this digital filmmaking workshop student fellows will explore the possibilities of the video diary for telling their personal stories and the stories of their families, friends, and neighborhoods. They’ll shoot with their cellphones, learning to capture what they witness with a critical eye; and they’ll work with digital film cameras and a drone, developing technical skills as they experiment with visual composition, including movement and light, filming in daylight and after dark. They’ll master the basics of audio-recording, collecting street sounds, original music, and their own and each other’s voices; and they’ll learn correct protocols for documentary interviews. In collaboration with community mentors and instructors, they'll revise and refine their narratives to achieve maximum impact. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 8 student fellows.
Eastside Stories is a co-production with Safe Streets East.
Annette Porter is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder, with Helen Morell, of Nylon Films, UK. Comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom or on a high altitude trail in Chile, she produces, directs, and shoots both stills and moving images.
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.
THE STORY OF ART: DOCUMENTING THE ARTIST'S PROCESS FROM INSPIRATION
TO FINISHED WORK
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, January 27-March 10, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Center, 10 E. North Avenue (map)
Saturday, March 17, 1:30-5:30 must be reserved by fellows as a snow day
Orientation, Thursday, January 18, 5-6, JHU-MICA Film Center
In this documentary videography workshop student fellows will work with artists in a variety of media, including painting and sculpture, to document the artists' processes from conception to finished work. Fellows will meet with and observe the artists in their studios in the Station North Arts District and consider how best to render their practices on film. Through research and interviews, fellows will investigate sources of inspiration, the artists' training and influences, and the requirements for working in various media: specific skills, methods, tools. Fellows will work collaboratively to make one or more short films that tell the "stories" of individual works of art. They'll learn interview techniques and the basics of digital video production, including lighting, camera operation, sound recording, and editing in Adobe Premiere. Their projects will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Terrence Nelson is a producer for TV One's "NewsOne Now" and a freelance journalist. The Morgan State University graduate has worked on projects with major media outlets, such as TV One, CNN, NY Daily News, Netflix, NBC, and MTV.
Jessica Pettiford is an undergraduate in the Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program at Morgan State University. She hopes to improve her own skills in animation while working with others and helping them learn something new.
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.
Check back for March workshop listings in late January.