The Wire and Baltimore

      David Simon’s masterpiece “The Wire” remains a fascinating cultural phenomenon.  Much to the chagrin of many city officials, the HBO show has become quite synonymous with the city.  Often it is people’s first impression of Baltimore itself.  Interestingly though, very few people have actually seen it.  David Simon in a recent interview … Continue reading

V/H/S – Maryland Film Fest

May 5th, 2012 at the MICA Brown Center marked the Maryland Premiere of V/H/S, a horror found-footage anthology that made its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this year. Having gone to the premiere earlier this year, I had the opportunity of seeing it both at Sundance and at Maryland … Continue reading

Matthew Porterfield

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

Kim Moir

Kim Moir, a talented writer, producer, and director is nothing short of inspiring when it comes to making groundbreaking work. He has created the movie Sinsitivity, and is currently working on his second film Once you go Black through a kickstarter. Both of his films deal with juxtaposing themes and ideas that make for interesting … Continue reading

Snacks: A Suspension of Belief

Snacks, a duo composed of Tim Boram and Dan Breen, is an experimental music and filmmaking group based out of Baltimore. The group, whose curious name comes from its use of extended-food metaphors and experience-deepening scents released during live performances, started out in the music world producing zany, glitched out tracks featuring the sounds of … Continue reading

MIWA MATREYEK: ANIMATING AND PERFORMING THE FANTASTIC

An audience’s first reaction to Miwa Matreyek’s work could only be wonder. Matreyek, an animator and performer based in Los Angeles, is known for her fantastic, complex, and almost indescribable pieces. Recently, she came to Baltimore to perform as part of QuestFest, a local performing arts series. During the week leading up to her performances, … Continue reading

Robby Rackleff – The Man In Blue

Robby Rackleff as Blue Leader5 Robby Rackleff, also known, as Blue Leader is a Baltimore based performer and video artist. The character of Blue Leader is from Robby’s website, Do The Math Comics. “We are united by our belief in non-real worlds and an obsession with digital destiny” 1. This excerpt from one of Blue … 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

Showbeast: Artists at Play

“Showbeast” describes the artistic team made up of Ben O’Brien and Erin Gleason, and titles their eclectic video projects. After the duo graduated from college, they moved across the country to a warehouse in Oakland and began to create art in earnest. Gleason’s film background came in handy, along with O’Brien’s resolve to shed his … Continue reading