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Civic Frame’s 10th Anniversary Documentary Film Series Opens with Tod Lending’s “Omar & Pete”

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Omar & Pete

Omar & Pete

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, Civic Frame kicks off its 10-year-anniversary celebration with a free screening of Omar & Pete, Tod Lending’s documentary that follows two men who’ve been in and out of prison for 30 years and are now re-entering life in Baltimore City. Omar & Pete was broadcast on POV in September 2005.

The screening will be held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore at 1 PM.

April Yvonne Garrett, founder of Civic Frame and Amplify Baltimore, is hosting the screening. Check out her interview on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Tom Hall, where she discusses the program and 10 years of Civic Frame.

Garrett says she selected Omar & Pete as the first film in the series because some of the best work Civic Frame has done as an organization was in 2004 around the issue of re-entry and that the challenges facing former offenders have only become more pronounced since that time.

To compliment this screening, the first episode of season two of Amplify Baltimore focused on offender reentry in Baltimore. In the episode April interviews William “Pete” Duncan and Andre G. Fisher, LaTanya Scott Johnson, and Marshall Cullen, the ex-offender advocates who guided Pete’s ultimately successful reentry into society.

Check out the full episode below!

William “Pete” Duncan will join Garrett for the post-screening panel discussion with a host of other re-entry advocates, including Charles N. Curlett (attorney with Levin & Curlett, LLC), Andre G. Fisher (Druid Heights CDC), Michelle Kelly (Alternative Directions), Cameron Miles (Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood) and Howard Wicker (The Living Classrooms Foundation).

Jamie Dobie
Jamie Dobie
Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.
  • Francisco C Mendez

    Huh! that’s a interesting story. 30 years in prison.. Wow dude that sounded crazy. But anyway life goes on. Thiose kind of people should have lots of stories..

  • Francisco C Mendez

    So interesting moments in a prison.. But so long! Nobody wants that i believe!! on this website, there is many stories.

  • Celine

    I do not like prison actually. It’s scary.. I jst want to have a regular life and be happy.. this website cn be remedy

  • viviem

    what happened to omar? I can’t find any info online.