Ages 18-29
Spring 2016, Johns Hopkins Homewood

This filmmaking workshop will focus on the experience of incarceration and/or that of returning to society, a significant feature of American identity and the American experience.   Student fellows will keep video diaries reflecting on their own lives, and conduct interviews exploring the lives of other ex-offenders.  Fellows will learn basic camera, audio recording, and editing skills, and correct protocols for documentary interviews.  They’ll also gain increased confidence and the ability to communicate publicly and on camera.  In collaboration with each other and with the instructor, they'll revise and refine their narratives to achieve maximum impact.  Films will be shown at a public screening, and shared on the program website.  Fellows will have full authority over how they're represented in their films and final say over what parts of their stories are shared.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

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.

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.