The Horror of Chris LaMartina

As a kid who grew up on 80’s horror films, it is no wonder that Chris LaMartina has become a horror film writer and director himself in the local Baltimore scene. He began making movies at the age of twelve, and grew extremely passionate about the horror genre at the age of fourteen. It was … Continue reading

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Phil Davis: Teacher and Animation Extraordinaire (Plus More…)

It was immediately visible from when Phil first walked in the room that he teaches, and that he does so well. Displayed on the table before us was a few winding feet of clear 16MM film. We were to draw on the film with marker and India ink to create our own animation during the … Continue reading

David Simon: Showing Us the Ins and Outs

David Simon was born in Washington D.C. in the year 1960, his birth date for some reason being kept anonymous. He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland where he wrote for the school newspaper, The Tattler. While attending the University of Maryland, College Park, he also wrote for their independent student newspaper, The … Continue reading

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Don Dohler: Uncontained Imagination

Don Dohler was a Baltimore native who became a comic book artist, a self-published magazine creator, and is a largely forgotten horror film legend whose B-movie horror films are among some of the best of the genre. When the films of Don Dohler are being discussed, the name Edward D. Wood Jr. is often referenced … Continue reading

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Jill of All Trades: Stephanie Barber

Image from: baltimoresun.com        A Jill of all trades, but a master of all, Stephanie Barber manages to weave her way through the arts of filmmaking, poetry, and music, intersecting and disjoining the three in her contemplative pieces. Similar to her artistic interests, her pieces are not monolithic in style visually or thematically, … Continue reading

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Bernadette Wegenstein: Finding Answers in Film

Bernadette Wegenstein is a Research Professor in the department of German and Romance Languauges and Lietratures at the Johns Hopkins University. Here at Hopkins, Wegenstein is also the director of the Center or Advanced Media Studies. Her academic resume is incredible, and Dr. Wegenstein achieved a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Vienna University … Continue reading

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Jenny Graf Sheppard: an Experimental Artist

Jenny Graf Sheppard is a talented artist who has enjoyed success in several art forms. When visiting Johns Hopkins, she provided insight into her various works of art, as well as some of her motivations. Sheppard performs experimental music, and even designed and created a piece in 2008 in which food, sound, senses, and social … Continue reading

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Life Lessons with Ann Everton

By:  James Chiusano “It just doesn’t matter,” proclaimed Bill Murray in a motivational speech as a camp counselor in the 1979 movie Meatballs.  This was all the motivation that Ann Everton needed for her current project, “Bill Murray Life Lessons.”  Since this scene, there has been no turning back. Everton, a Baltimore native, took a … Continue reading

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Pierre and Jamyla Bennu

            Piere Bennu and Jamyla Bennu are a multi-talented pair of artists who moved from New York to Baltimore in what they described as a “nomadic sort of art story.”  They have lived in Baltimore for over five years, but still talk as if they feel new to the city.  … Continue reading