One thing I really appreciated was the sincerity and passion and thought the instructors provided.
—Aiko

INSTRUCTORS And ASSISTANTS

Cieara Adams is a Baltimore City native and graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts.  She is a practicing photographer/filmmaker and is seeking training to master her craft.  Her work focuses on social issues in underserved and underprivileged communities.

Rafael Alvarez has been writing about Baltimore for nearly forty years, while taking thousands of pictures with disposable cameras.  A former City Desk reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Alvarez wrote for the HBO drama The Wire, and has published ten books.  Educated in Catholic schools, he is a lifelong resident of Baltimore.  

Ricardo Amparo is a Baltimore City native who practices filmmaking and photography.  He is currently working towards an Associate's Degree at Baltimore City Community College.  He hopes to refine his own his skills in media while teaching others.

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.

Kathleen Beller started acting in television and film at age 14. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the film Promises In the Dark and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Phyllis Berger is a fine arts photographer and founder of the photography program in the Center for Visual Arts at Johns Hopkins University.  She also developed the JHU photography program in Ireland and has lectured in such diverse places as Croatia, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, and the Galapagos Islands.

Precious Blake is a community arts organizer and illustrator.  She received her BFA in Illustration with a concentration in Printmaking from MICA.  She is dedicated to serving underrepresented artists in Baltimore through community programming, event organizing, and advocating for equitable access to arts education.
 

 
I think the student-teacher dynamic is really nice and I felt treated like a professional.
—Roxy


Maya Bond is a Loyola University Maryland graduate with a degree in Communications and Photography.  She is currently a host for We Won't Keep Quiet, a podcast highlighting how the 2016 presidential election has impacted women of color.

Sabrina Bouarour is a lecturer and PhD candidate in film and media studies from La Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. She is currently making a documentary about the Baltimore uprising.  

Sakinah Bowman is an undergraduate in Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program with a special concentration in editing.   She mastered Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 in order to create her own visuals for her poetry and narrative works.

Helena Chung is a senior studying in the Writing Seminars and the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. After graduating, she hopes to pursue an MFA in poetry and eventually work at a nonprofit. You can find her online at helenachung.com.

Charles Cohen's most recent documentary film is The Crooked Tune, an Old Time Fiddler in a Modern World.  He holds an MFA in Film and Digital Media from American University and has written for the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and Baltimore City Paper

Taylor Daynes lives and teaches in Baltimore City. She earned her MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins and is currently pursuing ordination in the Episcopal Church. She hopes to focus her future ministry on the arts and community engagement.  

Michelle Dunn is a video artist/photographer and educator.  She holds an MFA from Towson University and her work has been shown and screened in galleries, contemporary art centers, and as public, urban projections.

Christina Dunnington is a junior studying Dance Performance and Choreography, along with Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, at Towson University. She hopes to pursue a career as a professional contemporary ballet dancer.

I love the instructors.
—Rae

 

Sebastian Durfee is an aspiring filmmaker from Shaftsbury, VT.  He iscurrently a student at Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing degrees in film production and theatre arts.

Jared Earley, memory maker, merges penchants for food and film through professional stints and personal indulgences. By day, he toils as a marketing, events, and PR professional. By night/weekend he consults for various film festivals and is the founder of the independent VHS screening series, playbackthetape.

Kiara Eldred is a graduate student in Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology and Biophysics (CMDB)  at Johns Hopkins University. Although pursuing a career in science, she has been involved in the arts for ten years with focuses in technical theater and performance dance.

Victor Fink is an independent filmmaker and director of photography based in Baltimore. He is co-owner of the production company MindInMotion and the producer and DP of the 2016 feature film Lotus Eyes.

Chrissy Fitchett, a graduate of MICA, is a practicing photographer and Program Coordinator for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.  Her work examines family structure, generational knowledge, and issues of political and social marginalization, such as forced migration and gender inequity.

Ceci Freed is a junior Film and Media Studies and Spanish double major at Johns Hopkins.  She is interested in pursuing a career in the television and film industry. 

Zoe Friedman is a multimedia installation artist.  She loves to explore, travel, and collaborate, and has created art projects all over the world.  She holds an MFA from MICA and is proud to call Baltimore home.  

Danielle Gboizo is a Baltimore native with a strong belief that every person has a story to tell. She'd like to assist the youth of the city in learning to create art to share with the world.  Her video diary Bath Time was screened at the inaugural BYFA event on June 4, 2016.

 

 
I felt like our instructor always maintained a positive perspective and made us feel that our ideas were valuable.
—Tuesday


Jason “J” Gray is a director, editor, sound mixer, musical consultant, and DJ.  He has contributed to several feature films in both cinematography and sound, and is currently a multimedia specialist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Multimedia Studios.

Les Gray studies Cinematic Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and hopes to inspire the community that inspired her.

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

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.

Amy Hodges holds a BA in Photography from Virginia Intermont College and a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins. 

Zongyi Hu is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins University Masters of Arts in Film and Media program.

Jessica Hudgins lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing. She received her MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.

Alexander Johnson was introduced to animation through the Maryland Institute College of Arts – Young Peoples Studio.  He was the first animation student to attend Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program and is now pursuing an MFA in Computer Animation and Multimedia at the University of Baltimore.
 

 
 
What I learned in this class will
help me and stay with me throughout
my career.
—Terrai


Alec Jordan is a Baltimorean and a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he was president of the Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company.  He plans to develop his creative skills in order to pursue a career in photography and filmmaking.

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.

Jaeyoung Lee has recently moved from biology to The Writing Seminars and the Film and Media Studies Program.  He has spent the last year learning the ropes of digital filmmaking, and hopes to share the knowledge he's gained.

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.

Ilana Malkin is a Maryland native and a graduate of The Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. She will attend Georgetown Law in the fall, and hopes to focus on women's rights and advocacy within the Korean American community. 

John Mann is a documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University.  Works include the documentaries Shelter: Conversations with Homeless Men, Nicodemus, and Locust Point; the dance for the camera shorts Breathe In…Breathe Out and It Goes Without Saying; and the recent autobiographical short "if...then...”

Susan Mann is Professor in the Towson University Department of Dance.  She has performed leads in classical ballets and modern dances, and choreographed works for professional companies.  With her husband John Mann, she created the dances for the camera, Do You Like That?, Breathe in…Breathe Out, and It Goes Without Saying, which was named Best Experimental Film in the California International Short Film Festival.

Daniel Matsumoto is a sophomore film and media studies major at Johns Hopkins University.  In addition to working on short film projects, he’s an employee at the Digital Media Center, where he teaches patrons about digital filmmaking and photography.

 
A great network of passionate filmmakers.
—Keith


Brian J. McConnell is a junior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Film and Media Studies and Economics.  He also contributes to the Hopkins film community through Studio North, JHU Film Society, and as a teaching assistant.  He hopes to make movies in the future.

Jonna McKone is a filmmaker, storyteller, journalist, and interdisciplinary researcher.  Her films, photographs, and audio works have been broadcast on public radio and screened and exhibited at galleries and museums, most recently at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.

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.

Willie Moore's animated shorts have garnered awards including, “The Golden Eagle,” “The Paul Robeson Award,” and “The Rose Bud Award.”  His animated feature Bully Situation was released in 2008.  He is currently Professor of Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Rubini Naidu began using the camera to bring awareness to marginalized cultures while studying photography and psychology at Carnegie Mellon.  She has since pursued her interest in India, Kenya, and Uganda.  She works in international women’s empowerment at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health.

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.

Sage Okolo, a student at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, has participated in numerous film theory and production courses throughout her education.  She hopes to pursue a career in editing and television production.  Her collaborative film The New Definition screened at the summer BYFA event on July 30, 2016.

Ellie Park is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins University Film and Media program, studying the craft of screenwriting and visual storytelling.

The instructions were very hands on.
—Da’Ria


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.

Vonnya Pettigrew is CEO of Root Branch Productions & Film Academy.  A writer and filmmaker, she has produced content for a wide range of clients, including the Discovery Channel, Disney, and Starz.

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.

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.

Gwen Richards is an award winning writer-producer with extensive experience in broadcast journalism and in community-based health care.  She sits on the board of The Megaphone Project.

Vanessa Richards is a freshman majoring in Film and Media Studies, English, and Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins.  When not writing papers, she enjoys watching movies, listening to almost any genre of music, and attempting to explain what Afrofuturism is to anybody willing to listen.

Karis Robertson became interested in digital media in childhood, and has pursued her passion through a B.A in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University, and through work on film festivals and production. She is a production assistant for Morning News at Fox45, and plans to use her experiences to create films on the diversity of youth in African American culture. 
 

 
The instructors were very friendly and professional.
—Shemiah

 

Babatunde E. Salaam is a filmmaker, instructor, and program director with Griot’s Eye, a media program in Baltimore serving the cultural and creative needs of urban youth.  He has produced shorts exploring narratives of youth entrepreneurship, education, and the prison industrial complex.

Parisa Saranj was born and raised in the turquoise town of Isfahan, Iran.  She holds a BA in Journalism from University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College. She is currently living in Baltimore and working on a memoir.

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

Renee Scavone studies film and writing at Johns Hopkins University. She has found her niche in the school's performing arts and comedy scenes, and hopes to encourage others to do the same.

Essence Smith is Executive Assistant to the CEO and Program 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.

Ras Tre Subira is Founding Director of Griot's Eye and Afrikan Youth Alchemy.

Toroes Thomas is a filmmaker and Baltimore native. While attending Morgan State University, he created a popular video blog Where's Julian?, the first project under his company Out The Box Films.  He is currently at work on a short titled The Trenches.

Trevon Tillman is a lifelong Baltimore City resident with a passion for film and documentary.  He graduated from Morgan State University in May of 2011.

GREAT teacher, cool students, great structure.
—Larry


Anthony ‘Mwalimu’ Truitt is a media literacy instructor with 18 years experience in Baltimore and his hometown Detroit.  As an independent journalist, producer, and filmmaker, with a background in broadcast news, he strives to share his knowledge with young people for the purpose of developing positive, thoughtful, and intelligent media.

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.

Colette Veasey-Cullors is Chair of the Photography Program at MICA.  Her work, which investigates race, class, education, and identity, has been widely exhibited.  Her collaborative interest is in social and creative engagement with individuals and communities, particularly those that are underserved and underrepresented.

Amelia Voos is an aspiring filmmaker from Baltimore.  She is currently a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in film and media studies.

Gillian Waldo is a film major at Johns Hopkins University.  She is interested in pursuing documentary filmmaking.

Kobina Yankah is Adjunct Professor of Animation in the Morgan State University Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program.   His animations have won numerous awards and his clients include the NBA, New Line Cinema, Cisco Systems, and Chris Rock.  He is the director and animator of the 2014 animated series Kochville.   

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.

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.

 
My instructors are the best.
—Antonio