HEROES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Ages 16-24
Spring 2017, Johns Hopkins Homewood

This biographical documentary workshop will explore the true heroes in the neighborhoods of Baltimore.   A hero may be a mentor at the local rec center, a church leader, the owner of a corner store, a barber, a mural artist, or a family member; anyone making a difference.  Student fellows will choose their subjects and work to connect their own stories to the stories of the "heroes" and of their communities.  Fellows will study professionally made biographical documentaries, and will learn to research, to obtain archival/historical images, and to conduct professional interviews.  And between workshop meetings, they'll be encouraged to spend additional time with their subjects and capture raw moments on their own.  Fellows will work collaboratively as "crew" on each other's films, learning all aspects of digital video production, and each fellow will produce an individual short biographical work.  Finished films will be shown at a public screening and made available 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.

Madison Krchnavy is a sophomore at Goucher College studying Media and Communications.  She is currently interning with the Maryland Film Festival and is the president of Goucher's Film Club.

Ellie Hallenborg is a junior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Math.  She is an Editor of Photography for the Johns Hopkins News-Letter and makes short films in her spare time.