Ann Everton: Sharp Wit and Conceptual Film

  Ann Everton is a Baltimore-based artist and filmmaker, whose art reveals a wide range of talents and interests, along with a smart sense of humor. Raised in Baltimore, Everton left home to attend first Vassar, then Barnard College, with a degree in visual art, primarily painting. She also studied abroad in Japan, during which … Continue reading

Nicky Smith: An Inspiring Baltimore Youth

At only 11 years old Nicky Smith began making independent films. He attended The Friends School of Baltimore for high school and is currently working on several new projects. Many of his projects have been fully influenced by what he has learned going to Steve Yeager’s Young Filmmaker’s Workshop, and various film classes at Friends. … Continue reading

Jimmy Joe Roche

            Jimmy Roche graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2004 with a BFA from the former film school.  During his years in school, he was one of the only ones with a computer and everyone was shooting on 16 mm film.    The years before school he learned how to shoot and edit in a production house … Continue reading

Stan VanDerBeek: Complexity in Forms

Stan VanDerBeek, (Jan. 6, 1927 – Sept. 19, 1984) lived a successful and inspiring career as an artist in many ways. He graduated from Cooper Union College and then Black Mountain College as an architect, but being deeply influenced by Max Ernst, the Dada and surrealist movements, and the beat generation, he began as an … Continue reading

Catherine Pancake

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

Charles Theater’s fate: a Baltimorean story.

The Charles Theater, often simply called the Charles, is the oldest movie theater in Baltimore. It is located in a Beaux-Arts building, originally both a cable car barn (north side) and a powerhouse (south side) designed in 1892 by Jackson Coale Gott, a Baltimorean architect.[1] At this time, the city was thriving – 3rd largest … Continue reading

CAmm Slamm

What do you get when you give eleven filmmakers a prop and forty-eight hours to write, shoot and edit a five minute film?  Well, you get the Creative Aliance’s annual CAmm Slamm competition.  CAmm Slamm, which is hosted by Baltimore’s own Creative Alliance at the Patterson, is a one of a kind filmmaking competition that … Continue reading

F You Baltimore! A Study in Memes

  “Fuck you Baltimore! If you’re dumb enough to buy a new car this weekend, you’re a big enough schmuck to come to Big Bill Hell’s Cars!” And so begins the infamous “Big Bill Hell’s” video, more commonly known as “F You Baltimore.” The minute-long, fake advertisement has been somewhat of a media phenomenon, surviving … Continue reading

Barry Levinson: Baltimore’s Hollywood Star

By:  James Chiusano “So he’s Baltimore’s big time Hollywood success story,” an article in the City Paper stated.[1]  Barry Levinson hears this phrase all too often. Levinson was born in April of 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland.  After attending Forest Park Senior High School, Levinson attended American University in Washington, D.C.  Levinson then moved to Los … Continue reading

Skizz Cyzyk: The shock value of punk rock, homemade film fests, & eccentric moviemaking

      Skizz Cyzyk is a Baltimore filmmaker who has lived and made films in the city since 1983 when he was seventeen. He was born and raised in Baltimore and really began to emulate one of Baltimore’s most iconic filmmakers, John Waters, after reading his book Shock Value. From that point on Cyzyk … Continue reading