Spring 2017, Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
In this filmmaking and experimental storytellingworkshop, student fellows will deconstruct, and possibly reconstruct, the meaning of various locations in Baltimore, some of which loom largein the popular imagination. They'll visit the Jewish Cemetery at Pennsylvania and NorthAvenues, the gates at Camden Yards, the Freddie Gray mural at MountPresbury Street. They'll consider the iconic value of the sites and explore their own, personal responses. They'll be encouraged to think critically about the signs and "signs" they may pass every day. What is the history of the Royal Theater facade on Pennsylvania Avenue? What is evoked by the bottle and flower display near the Northeast Market? Why is the line between the Waverly and Guilford neighborhoods marked by concrete traffic barriers and "Do Not Enter" signs? What is being kept out? What is being kept in? Working together, fellows will develop fictional and nonfictional narrative films that give form to their discoveries. They'll learn narrative structure, storyboarding, and digitalvideo production as they create both individual and ensemble works. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Re-Viewing Baltimore is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts, Root Branch Productions, and the Megaphone Project.
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.
Gwen Richards is an award winning writer-producer with extensive experience in broadcast journalism and in community-based health care.
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.