Charm City

Charm City


About the Film

Charm City is an intimate portrait of a diverse group of neighbors, including police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials who, with grit and compassion, survive in and work to improve their vibrant neighborhoods during a violent three-year stretch in Baltimore. There they face a complex web of social issues that are both nuanced and deeply entrenched, with no easy solutions in sight for a population that has been largely abandoned to fend for itself.

With nerves frayed and these communities in distress, denizens like the Rose Street Community Center's Mr. C, a patriarch of the streets, police Captain Monique Brown, who grew up on these same hard streets, and Councilman Brandon Scott, the youngest City Council member ever elected in Baltimore, who pledged to serve his community through politics ever since he was a young boy growing up in a violent part of Baltimore, all try to stem the epidemic of violence.

Filmed during the lead up to, and the aftermath of, Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, Charm City is a powerful cinema vérité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. MORE

The Filmmaker

Marilyn Ness is a two-time EmmyⓇ, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She produced Cameraperson (dir. Kirsten Johnson), which premiered at Sundance in 2016, was released by the Criterion Collection, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy AwardsⓇ. Trapped (dir. Dawn Porter), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, premiered on Independent Lens, and was awarded a Peabody. She also produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s feature documentary E-Team, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was bought by Netflix Originals, and later earned two EmmyⓇ nominations. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, was broadcast on Independent Lens in 2015, and earned an EmmyⓇ nomination. She directed the documentary feature film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011. LESS

Film Credits

DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY
Marilyn Ness

PRODUCED BY
Katy Chevigny

EDITED BY
Don Bernier

CO-PRODUCED BY
Meryam Bouadjemi
Andre Lambertson

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Andre Lambertson

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
John Benam

ORIGINAL SCORE BY
T. Griffin

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
Dana DiCarlo
Fagan Harris

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
Peter Gilbert
Julie Stampler
Chris Webber

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR
Julie Goldman

MOTTO PICTURES
Christopher Clements
Carolyn Hepburn

CONSULTING PRODUCERS
Burke Brownfeld
Danielle Varga

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Simon Mendes

FEATURING
Dante Barksdale
Erricka Bridgeford
Capt. Monique Brown
Diana “Ms. D” Cason
Walker Gladden III
Ofc. John Gregorio
Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton
Alex Long
Alexis Long
Ofc. Andre Parker Jr.
Joshua Ross
Councilman Brandon Scott
J. Octavia Stephens
Ohira Stephens
Major Stephen Ward
Ofc. Eric Winston

The men and women of Rose Street Community Center
and the Officers of Baltimore’s Southern District

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Rachel Beth Anderson
Yoni Brook
Richard Chisolm
Brandon Kramer
Andy Schwartz

SOUND
Jonathan Cohen
Dwayne Dell
Travis Groves
Marianna Lafollette
Mark Mariaca
Lorenzo Millan
Steve Saada
Paul Schmitz
Zachary Trees

GRAPHICS/TITLE DESIGN
Teddy Blanks

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Arielle Davis

BROADCAST VERSIONING EDITOR
Richard Miron

ADDITIONAL EDITING SUPPORT BY
Jacqueline Basse
Jenna Bliss
Matt Cowan
Eric Ivey
Dara Kell
Blair McClendon
Michael Peterson
Nicholas Thompson

ADDITIONAL WRITER
Kristi Jacobson

MUSICIANS

SAXOPHONES
Matt Bauder

TRUMPET
Dennis Cronin

ALL OTHER INSTRUMENTS
T. Griffin

COMPOSER’S ASSISTANTS
Gavin Brivik
Matt Wong

MUSIC CONSULTANT
Meghan Currier

LEGAL SERVICES
Ben Feldman
Peter Jaszi
Sarah Matthews
Katie Townsend

ADVISORS
Caty Borum Chattoo
James Forman, Jr.
Ret. Commander John Skinner
Dr. Daniel Webster

POST PRODUCTION SERVICES
Final Frame

AUDIO POST PROVIDED BY
Gigantic Post

DISTRIBUTION ADVISORY SERVICES
Ro*Co Films International LLC

CAMERA ASSISTANTS
Larry Jackson
David Lee Roberts, Jr.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Natalia Arias
Thomas H. Faison
Emma Fesperman
Marco Gonzalez
Hayley Goodrich
Elsa Haarstad
Alexander Rubin

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY
The Baltimore Sun
CBS Baltimore
Tom Hall | Midday
WBAL-TV
WMAR-TV
WYPR

MUSIC
“A CHANGE IS GONNA COME”
Performed by Snow
Written by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.

Drummers & Dancers Baltimore City Southside Marching Phenoms

FISCAL SPONSORS
Hartley Film Foundation
Strong City Baltimore
Women Make Movies

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
Perspective Fund
Fishman Family Foundation
The Meadow Fund
International Documentary Association Enterprise Documentary Fund
Dobkin Family Foundation
Catapult Film Fund
The Fund for Change
Ellen & Ed Bernard
Nick Sheridan
Bertha Foundation Bertha Film Fund
The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation
The Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation
Hartley Film Foundation
Candescent Films
M. Sigmund and Barbara K. Shapiro Philanthropic Fund
T. Rowe Price Foundation
Victor Levinson
Charles Scheeler & Mary Ellen Pease
Dara S. Schnee
Sheri Wright
Rachel Bloom
Charles F. & Margaret M. Obrecht Family Foundation
Barbara Deluane Warren
Shelley Lynn Levinson
Leslie Meek
Michael N. Morrill & Mary Page Michel
Eileen Toohey
Jeremy & Anne Van Dyke
Harriet Reznik
Abell Foundation
Lynn Heller & Tom Ingelsby
Jan Houbolt & Rachel Wohl
Terry Morgenthaler & Patrick Kerins
Emily Yoffe
Matthew Bjonerud
Gillian Meigs
Staci Rhodes Shelley & Patrick M. Shelley
Georgia Usry
Chris Ford
Katherine Patterson

ORIGINAL SERIES FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

CHARM CITY is a production of Big Mouth Productions in association with Motto Pictures.

This program was produced by CHARM CITY, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2018 Charm C

Are there "good neighbors" in your area, like Baltimore's Mr. C, who are stepping up to make it a better place? What lessons can we learn from Baltimore and the main players seen in Charm City, to help make our own cities safer? What are your favorite stories of creative solutions?

AWARDS

  • Academy Awards Shortlist
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Are there "good neighbors" in your area, like Baltimore's Mr. C, who are stepping up to make it a better place? What lessons can we learn from Baltimore and the main players seen in Charm City, to help make our own cities safer? What are your favorite stories of creative solutions?