Catherine Pancake

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Catherine Pancake is one of the brightest rising stars in the Baltimore film, and overall art, community. Engaging in an array of projects in various artistic forms, Pancake is an eclectic filmmaker and documentarian, an experimental musician and sound artist, as well as being a member of the Red Room Collective, a “highly organized collective … Continue reading

Matthew Porterfield

Matt Porterfield with actors on the set of "I Used to Be Darker"

As someone who is used to viewing films with intricate plotlines and heavy character development, Hamilton, a film by Baltimore-based filmmaker, and Johns Hopkins professor, Matthew Porterfield, came as somewhat of a shock.  As Porterfield says himself, “ambient life, environment and soundscape, things that are in the background usually, are in the foreground in Hamilton.”  … Continue reading

Karen Yasinsky

Karen Yasinsky is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Baltimore. She is a professor both at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been shown worldwide: her short animation movies have been screened in various venues and international film festivals, while her video installations and drawings … Continue reading

Bernadette Wegenstein – The Intersection of Filmmaking and Academia

Bernadette Wegenstein, “a Research Professor in the department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at the Johns Hopkins University, where she also directs the Center of Advanced Media Studies,”[1] is not only a prolific academic, but also a recent filmmaker. She considers herself a media theorist who became an artist, although she barely concedes … Continue reading

DJ Mark Brown: from Montage to Music.

Local video artist, DJ and curator, Mark Brown studied at MICA and has lived in Baltimore since then. He’s an artist of the computer generation and grew up fiddling with paint, photoshop and co. “I was obsessed with filters” Mark told us to describe his beginnings in art creation while he was a teenager.[1] His … Continue reading

Grasshopper: A Taste of Ambition

Grasshopper’s documentary film, Waterboy, is subtitled, “A Taste of Ambition,” which could just as easily be the subtitle of a biography of Grasshopper himself. Grasshopper’s ambition is evident in the work he produces, and in his efforts to continually push his work to its limits.  He has set high goals for his production company, Grasshopper … Continue reading

A Skype Interview with Martha Colburn

Martha Colburn started her artistic career in Baltimore while she was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She finally stayed in the city for then 10 years which she depicts – 13 years after being left – as a place of “paranoid and fear with very talented people.”1 Actually, her decision to … Continue reading