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Park Partners with the SNF Parkway for Baltimore Chronicles

Aug 13 2020

The SNF Parkway partnered with Park School alumni and Baltimore filmmakers, educators, and community organizations to invite young people to create video diaries about their daily lives during this extraordinary and unusual summer. Baltimore Chronicles is providing an important outlet for Baltimore youth to share their stories and experiences while learning the craft of filmmaking.

With the onset of COVID-19, theaters closed, film sets were shut down, and the film community struggled. In June of 2020, a small group of Park alumni and staff – all fans of film – gathered over Zoom to virtually brainstorm ways to support film and filmmakers in Baltimore.  

The idea for Baltimore Chronicles came out of that first brainstorm. Upper School faculty member Peter Warren suggested that young people from around the greater Baltimore area might have unique personal stories to share about their summers during quarantine; wouldn’t it be amazing to learn about those stories through video diaries, and then provide young people with a showcase for their finished films? This project could help connect filmmakers, both established and aspiring, with one another, and provide an opportunity to share stories as a community. The submission deadline is 9/18/2020.

A volunteer team, made up of SNF Parkway team members and Park alumni (and Park parent Aaron Henkin — thank you, Aaron!), got to work: developing free, virtual summer workshops in film shooting, sound, and editing; opening a portal on filmfreeway.com to submit finished work; designating virtual platforms at the Parkway and on other site to share these films; and searching for opportunities to host in-person screenings, via pop up theaters or drive-ins during the fall (pending health and safety concerns).  

We appreciate these Park alumni for their time and efforts on this collaboration: Baylor Knobloch ’14, Ben Levitsky ’13, Sofia Porcarelli ’16, Matt Porterfield ’95, Meg Rorison ’01, and Kayla Williams ’18. 

Read more about Baltimore Chronicles here.

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