Ages 16-29
Fall 2018, JHU-MICA Film Center

In this intensive production and videography workshop, fellows will develop a new series for the BYFA website: Tales of the Trade.  A collection of interviews, Tales will focus on successful Baltimore filmmakers and photographers, exploring their practices, influences, and career paths; what inspired them, what sustained them, challenges they faced along the way. Fellows will be engaged in designing the look and feel of the series, and in creating the first episodes. They’ll learn videography, including lighting, sound recording, and editing; and correct interview protocols.  Interviews will be edited and shared on the BYFA website and at a public screening.  Fellows must be present and on time for all meetings.  Lunch will be provided for the final, all-day meeting, December 8.  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.

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.

Darian Jones is currently working towards his associate's degree in Digital Media Production at the Community College of Baltimore County.  He is interested in documenting unique and authentic stories, and he hopes to give back by teaching others. 

Zoraida Díaz, a Colombian-born photojournalist, covered some of the most impactful Latin American stories of the 80s and 90s for Reuters.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Libération, O Globo, The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Clarín, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.

Zoraida Díaz downloadable MP3

Keith Mehlinger is Associate Professor of English and Language Arts and Director 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 a documentary about parents of sons lost to street violence for the Morgan multimedia project Mother's Lament.  He is currently completing Black Scholars in America, a documentary about black college professors in the battle against Jim Crow in American letters. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition (MFIC).

Keith Mehlinger downloadable MP3

A native of Baltimore, Matt Porterfield has written and directed four feature films, Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill (2011), I Used To Be Darker (2013), and Sollers Point (2018).  His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archive, and has screened at Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, The Whitney Biennial, and film festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, and SXSW.  As a producer, Matt has participated in IFP’s No Borders, Cinemart, FIDLab, the Berlin Coproduction Market and the Venice Production Bridge.  He teaches film production and theory at Johns Hopkins University.

Matt Porterfield downloadable MP3

Nina K. Noble is a freelance producer and producing partner of David Simon’s Blown Deadline Productions. With Simon, she produced the HBO series The Wire, which won Directors Guild and Peabody Awards; Treme, which won a Peabody Award; The Corner, which won an Emmy; Generation KillShow Me a Hero, and The Deuce.  On all her productions, Nina makes community outreach and inclusion a priority, especially focusing on exposing young people to the industry.  She is a mentor in the Morgan State University Screenwriting and Animation program (SWAN), and a consultant for Baltimore School for the Arts Film and Visual Storytelling program.

Nina K. Noble downloadable MP3


Kyle Yearwood is an award-winning visual artist from Baltimore who utilizes a combination of photography, videography, and animation to promote new ways of seeing and understanding reality.  He graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Screenwriting and Animation.  His work has been exhibited at the National Black Theatre and at the Museum of the African Diaspora, and has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, Afropunk, Essence, and on ABC2 News.  He was a 2018 Light City Neighborhood Lights grant recipient.

Kyle Yearwood downloadable MP3