By AFRO Staff
The inFusion East Baltimore Film Festival: Are We Loud Enough? is a film festival created to highlight the resiliency of East Baltimore through the eyes and voices of her artists and people. The event kicks off on Friday, Sept. 20 with a visual exhibition celebrating the artists of East Baltimore, and a screening of Charm City a documentary featuring Fusion program: Team Redemption. The festival will continue Saturday, Sept. 21 10am-5pm. Films will include several videos created in the Baltimore United Viewfinders Video Lab Baltimore and feature works that are created by and include the residents of C.A.R.E; McElderry Park and Middle East. During the program, films created by inFusion small grant recipients will be screened with a facilitated dialogue to follow.
This festival is presented by inFusion Community Grants Program, Video Lab, and MICA PLACE in partnership with Fusion, Baltimore United Viewfinders, MICA, the AFRO, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. inFusion Community Grants program was created in 2015 with funding from The Annie E. Casey Foundation to start a resident led, community grounded grants program, created by and administered by the residents in the communities that would receive funding. The impetus for this program was the displacement of nearly 700 families from their homes in East Baltimore to make way for the building of an 88-acre technology park.
inFusion Community Grants Program collaborates with residents in the following neighborhoods: C.A.R.E., McElderry Park, and Middle East (all bordering Johns Hopkins Hospital) to restore long term residential power through participatory grantmaking and supporting grassroots initiatives. inFusion Community Grants Program of Fusion Partnerships Inc continues to be funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Video Lab Baltimore: a Program of Baltimore United Viewfinders began in 2014 as a two-day workshop with 8 weeks of follow up support for community members in East Baltimore to create video projects. Today, the program runs weekly as a drop in video lab that is open to all. Over the past five years Video Lab has worked with dozens of neighbors, community leaders, and partnered with High Schools to develop audio and video projects, grant proposals, websites, and other digital media. The program was launched by the Baltimore United Viewfinders, which is a youth driven leadership organization that uses the digital arts to tell participants’ own stories about themselves and their homes in and around the Middle East neighborhood. Viewfinders and Video Lab have also introduced digital storytelling programs to adults in recovery in partnership with Powell Recovery Center and The Family Recovery Program.
MICA PLACE serves as an integral piece in a dynamic community providing space for the arts, community, and social justice to meet and is home to artists, community organizations and resident led initiatives. MICA PLACE is a program of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) that strengthens the bridge between the College and the community. Located in Middle East Baltimore, MICA PLACE provides a location for working and connecting, making and learning, convening and community building. Through deep connections with residents, organizations and community led projects in the neighborhood and that are housed on site, students have access to a community-based and partnered learning environment in which to engage in place-making projects that are led and/or put in motion by residents. The location also provides an interface with community members to co-create curriculum, provide access to educational programs and provide the opportunity to expand the definitions of teacher/student, expert/novice, and institution/community.