Ages 16-29
Spring 2019, Harambee Center, 1622 N. Carey Street, and on location

In this production workshop student fellows will create a documentary web series focusing on Baltimore’s West Side; the streets, the music, the businesses, and the personalities of their neighborhood.  They’ll work together with instructors to identify and pursue the stories they find most meaningful, and continue to collaborate as professional crew to shoot and edit four short episodes.  They’ll create original theme music, design opening and end titles, and promote the series through social media.  They'll learn interview techniques and the basics of digital video production, both practical—camera operation, audio recording, editing on Adobe Premiere—and aesthetic—visual and sound composition, narrative design.  The series will be shared on Facebook, YouTube, on the BYFA program website, and at a public screening.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

West Side: The Series is a co-production of Baltimore Youth Film Arts and the Harambee Center.

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.

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. 

Essence Smith is Coordinator of the Harambee Center.  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.