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

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

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

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

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

Showbeast: A Symphony of Music and Film


Ben O’Brien, co-creator of Showbeast, and two of his

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

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