Thank you BYFA for helping me find what I want to do in life.
—Dionna

PARTNERS AND STAFF


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

Greg Carpenter has worked in reentry for twenty years.  He is a 2015 Open Society Institute Fellow (OSI) and owner of the 2AM Bakery, which houses his program Eye Can Bmore.  Eye Can Bmore offers returning citizens work experience, job training, and a range of support services.  He also co-chairs the Greater Baltimore City Grassroots Network, which is comprised of more than forty service providers and advocacy groups that assist the formerly incarcerated.  In addition to his roles as partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts, he coordinates outreach for young adults.

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. She is a program assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Taelor Clay, a proud 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. 

Sebastian Durfee is an aspiring filmmaker from Shaftsbury, VT.  He is currently a student at Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing degrees in film production and theatre arts.  He has worked as both teaching assistant and program assistant for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

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

Ceci Freed is an undergraduate in film and media studies and Spanish at Johns Hopkins.  She hopes to use her studies to find the intersections of communication and translate that to the screen.  She has worked as both teaching assistant and production assistant for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Dolan Hubbard is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, where he teaches African-American literature.  He is author of The Sermon and the African American Literary Imagination and editor of The Souls of Black Folk: One Hundred Years Later and Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Women's Literature.  He is partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

David In is a sophomore studying computer science at Johns Hopkins University.  He also practices photography in his free time.  He is a program assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

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.  In addition to his roles as partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts, he is an outreach coordinator and has been a regular instructor since the inaugural session in spring of 2016.

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 In addition to his roles as partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts, he has been a regular instructor since summer of 2016.

Ayomide Olusina is a Georgia native and an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University.  She is studying natural science and Spanish and does amateur filmmaking on the side.  She is a program assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Annette Porter is an award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Nylon Films, an international production company that produces content for corporate, broadcast, and cinematic audiences.  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. In addition to her roles as partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts, she has been a regular instructor since the inaugural session in spring of 2016.

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, a BYFA partnering organization.  She is an outreach coordinator and has been a regular instructor since summer of 2016.

Vanessa Richards is an undergraduate majoring in film and media studies, English, and writing at Johns Hopkins.  She has worked as both teaching assistant and production assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Piunik Sarkisian is a senior at Johns Hopkins majoring in psychology and minoring in women, gender, and sexuality studies.  She lives twenty minutes from Hollywood, and loves all forms of art.  She is a program assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

Julia Scherzer is a senior studying in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.  She has experience working with children in various capacities, and recently interned for a literary agency in New York City.  She hopes to combine her passion for creative writing and her love of children in her future work.  She is a program assistant in Baltimore Youth Film Arts.

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.  In addition to her roles as partner in and advisor for Baltimore Youth Film Arts, she has been a regular instructor since the inaugural session in spring of 2016.