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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


Orientation for all summer workshops: Wednesday, May 30, 5-6, JHU-MICA Film Center (map)

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. 

Jake Golden is a Philadelphia native and a senior Writing Seminars major at Johns Hopkins University.  After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in screenwriting and film production.

 

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.

 

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.

 

BALTIMORE REIMAGINED: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS OF COMPOSITING AND ANIMATION
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, June 2-July 14, 9-1, Morgan State University, Holmes Hall, Rm. G-17 (map)

In this compositing and animation workshop, student fellows will create magical interpretations of Baltimore in both still and moving images.  Compositing combines elements from different images into a single, surreal but aesthetically coherent whole (sample images).  Fellows will capture the real world around them on video and in photographs, then replace and otherwise alter selected parts of their images to create alternate "surrealities," versions of their environments that express their personal visions or revisions.  They might revise their neighborhood or city, their own social groups or entire political systems; and might reflect on current truths, alternates to history, or aspirations for the future.  By scripting and recording each other in front of a green screen, fellows will also be able to implant themselves into their new realities.  The workshop will combine the practices of photoshop compositing, green screen video production, and keyframe animation.  Fellows will work together and with instructors to create short, individual projects.  Their work will be shared at a public screening and on the program website.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Baltimore Reimagined: An Introduction to the Arts of Compositing and Animation is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Morgan State University.

Kyle Yearwood is an award-winning visual artist from Baltimore.  His work has been exhibited at the National Black Theatre and at the Museum of the African Diaspora, and has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Afropunk, Essence, and on ABC2 News.  He was a 2018 Light City Neighborhood Lights grant recipient.

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.

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.

 

STORY, STORY, STORY: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 9-July 21, 1:30-5:30, and Thursdays, June 14 & 21, 6-8, Johns Hopkins Homewood (map)
No class meeting Saturday, June 30

The three most important things about a screenplay, it's said, are story, story, story.  In this screenwriting workshop student fellows will consider what makes a good story and how best to shape their own personal visions for film.  Through analysis of screened films and discussion of a produced feature screenplay, they'll learn about structure, character and scene design, meaningful action, and effective dramatic dialogue.  Then through in-class and at-home writing exercises, group table readings, and constructive critiques of one another's work, fellows will each develop a complete script for a short film (5-10 minutes).  Their screenplays may be shared on the program website and in outline at a public screening, according to individual preference.  Limited to 9 student fellows.

Lucy Bucknell teaches screenwriting and film studies in the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University.  She is the founding director of Writing Outside the Fence, a writing program for returning citizens and their extended community, and Principal Investigator for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

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.

 

PICTURES, POETRY, AND PROSE: THE ART OF THE ACCORDION BOOK
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 2-July 14, 9-1, Kids Safe Zone, 1622 N. Carey Street (map)

In this photography, creative writing, and book design workshop student fellows will explore how different artistic disciplines can succeed together.  They'll experiment with different styles of writing--poetry, fiction, memoir, short snips of dramatic dialogue--and different styles of photography--portraits, nature and street photography, black & white and color.  And they'll experiment further with how these varying forms can be combined in an accordion book to create new forms and distinct effects (sample accordion books).  A book may be a narrative, a collection of impressions, a series of contradictions, a society of personalities, or whatever a fellow dreams up.  Each fellow will have opportunity to create a number of books, developing their design skills, their vision of the world, their understanding of themselves as artists.  Fellows will learn aesthetic and technical aspects of photography, expand their writing skills, and be introduced to basic bookmaking.  Their work will be shared on the program website and at a public exhibition, where both books and individual pieces will be be made available for viewing.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Pictures, Poetry, and Prose: The Art of the Accordion Book is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and the Penn North Kids Safe Zone.

Somer Greer is a poet and photographer who, since moving from Florida, is happy to call Baltimore home. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University, and pursues photography all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. He is thrilled to help make Baltimore stronger through art.

Essence Smith is Executive Director at the Penn North Kids Safe Zone.  She has a passion for empowering today’s youth through education and leadership development. Essence believes you should be the change you want to see.

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.

 

DO IT YOURSELF: THE WEB SERIES FROM CONCEPT TO PILOT
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
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.
 

BYFA FELLOWS

EVENTS


Saturday, June 2

Photography Exhibition and Final Screening
for BYFA Winter & Spring Workshops
Saturday, June 2, 5-8:30
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, 110 Hodson Hall (map)
Awarding of Certificates and Reception to Follow

 

Saturday, June 30 -- Save the Date!

Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival 2018
Filmmakers and photographers of all ages
whose work is of, from, and about Baltimore
will share their work.
Saturday, June 30, 3-7:30
Creative Alliance (map)

Find out more at borninbaltimore.org.

 

Saturday, July 28 -- Save the Date!

Photography Exhibition and Final Screening
for BYFA Summer Workshops
Saturday, July 28, 5-8:30
Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
Awarding of Certificates and Reception to Follow