Charm City


Century Larkspur Fri, Oct 5, 2018 8:45 PM
Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:106 min.
Director:Marilyn Ness
Producer:Katy Chevigny
Marilyn Ness
Cinematographer:Andre Lambertson
Editor:Don Bernier
Print Source:PBS Distribution
Note Writer:Victoria Jaschob


Baltimore’s Eastern District is best known as the setting of HBO’s fictional series The Wire, but to its inhabitants, high unemployment, drug use, and poverty are all too real. In Marilyn Ness’ intimate, often heart-wrenching documentary, we meet the community leaders, police officers, and city council members who are trying to stem the tide of violence that has engulfed the city in recent years. Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton runs the Rose Street Community Center, providing services the city can’t (or won’t), while his protégé Alex Long coaches kickboxing for kids. Although Alex calls the community a place with “too much police and not enough justice,” the police officers we meet act as social workers, marriage counselors, and more, while Councilman Brandon Scott advocates a holistic approach to the “disease” of gun violence. The humanity of these individuals, who clearly care deeply about their community, offers hope in a place that has little to spare.

Expected Guests: Director Marilyn Ness; Film Subject Alex Long (All Screenings)

In association with Ritter Center

Additional Information

Producer and director Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy®, Peabody, and DuPont Award winning filmmaker and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her most recent film, Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson), was shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award®. Trapped (dir. Dawn Porter), received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking and was awarded a Peabody. Ness also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-Team (2014), which earned two Emmy nominations, and Johanna Hamilton’s Emmy-nominated feature documentary, 1971 (2014). Ness made her documentary feature directorial debut with Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale (2010).