Join us for conversations with industry experts who will share insights from
behind the camera and learn about the future of the media industry – our talented
Youth Producers! Mingle behind the scenes with award winning producers and crew members.
VIP Guests Will Include
- Mario Armstrong, TV/Radio Host and Featured Event Speaker
- Shawn Baron, Key Grip
- Jessica Baroody, Props
- Richard Chisolm, Cinematographer
- Ramona Diaz, Filmmaker
- Jessica Desvarieux, Host and Producer
- Ann Hornaday, Film Critic
- Sheena Jones, Associate Producer
- Stefanie Mavronis, Producer
- Nina Noble, Executive Producer
- Nick Noble, SFX Makeup
- Jason Noble, Grip Assistant
- Matt Porterfield, Director
- Stewart Stack, Serious Grip & Electric
- Marc Steiner, Radio Host
- Errol Webber, Filmmaker
- Debi Young, Makeup Artist
- Bill Zorzi, Screenwriter
* Guests are subject to professional availability.
April 24, 2014 (6-9pm) at The Real News Network, 235 Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202
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Aaron Henkin, On The Set Host
Aaron Henkin is a co-creator and producer of the long-running weekly cultural program, “The Signal,” on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” & “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Studio 360,” “The World,” & “Hearing Voices,” and APM’s “The Story.” Aaron is also creator, producer and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.”
Mario Armstrong, TV/Radio Host and Featured Event Speaker
Mario Armstrong is a media personality whose goal is to Motivate, Educate, Inspire, and Innovate. He is an Emmy Award winning TV show host, and a regular TV commentator on the TODAY Show, CNN, HLN, and Fuse. He can also regularly be seen on Inside Edition, Dr. Oz, Katie Couric, and the Rachael Ray show. He is a Small Business Tech Advocate, and a Youth Tech STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) Motivator.
Jessica Baroody, Props
Jessica is a studio mechanic and video producer from Baltimore, MD. After graduating from Towson University in 2010 with a B.S. in Electronic Media and Film and minor in anthropology, she worked a series of temporary positions at Wide Angle Youth Media, Maryland Film Festival, and University of Maryland, as well as occasional production assisting and producing jobs. Since joining I.A.T.S.E. Local 487 in the fall of 2011, Jessica has been fortunate to work on all three seasons of “VEEP”, both seasons of “House of Cards”, and the independent feature “Jamesy Boy” in the craft services, property, and set dressing departments. She also produces video for a variety of groups and non-profit organizations, most currently with MyCity4Her.
Richard Chisolm, Cinematographer
Chisolm is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer with thirty years of production experience. He recently directed and shot “Cafeteria Man”, a feature documentary on school food reform currently in national distribution and slated to air on PBS in 2014. He served as director of photography for the 2010 documentary feature “Bach & Friends” in which celebrated living musicians perform and reflect on the composer’s works. Based in Baltimore, he has shot films and television programs on a wide variety of subjects in the US and abroad. Deeply committed to the value of real stories and the adventures of real people, Richard has worked for PBS, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, HBO, and many other broadcast entities. He was a camera operator on the HBO series “The Wire” and the director of photography for both of ABC’s “Hopkins” prime time medical documentary series (2000 and 2008). He is also the recipient of a Peabody Award, a Columbia duPont Journalism award, two Kodak Vision awards, four CINE Golden Eagles, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Maryland.
Jessica Desvarieux, Host, Producer and Reporter
Jessica is a multimedia journalist who serves as the Capitol Hill correspondent for the Real News Network. Most recently, Jessica worked as a producer for the ABC Sunday morning program, This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Before moving to Washington DC, Jessica served as the Haiti correspondent for TIME Magazine and TIME.com. Previously, she was as an on-air reporter for New York tri-state cable outlet Regional News Network, where she worked before the 2010 earthquake struck her native country of Haiti. From March 2008 – September 2009, she lived in Egypt, where her work appeared in various media outlets like the Associated Press, Voice of America, and the International Herald Tribune – Daily News Egypt. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a Master of Science degree in journalism. She is proficient in French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and has a working knowledge of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.
Ramona Diaz, Filmmaker
Ramona Diaz is an award-wining Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Ramona’s films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films – be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, or teachers – resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives that are unforgettable. She has received funding from major agencies such as ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Institute, and CPB. Diaz’s credits include Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (Tribeca, Silver Docs Opening Night, San Francisco Closing Night, Audience Award Palm Springs, Independent Lens, distributed by Cinedigm); Imelda (Excellence in Cinematography Award, 2004 Sundance Film Festival, IDA Award, Independent Lens, Film Forum); The Learning (POV, IDA nomination); and Spirits Rising (Student Academy Award, Director’s Guild of America Award). Diaz is a graduate of Emerson College, Boston and holds an MA in Communication from Stanford University.
Ann Hornaday, Film Critic
Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated cum laude with a degree in Government from Smith College. After working at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, she became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at the Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.
Sheena Jones, Associate Producer, Fox45 Morning News
Sheena Jones joined WBFF FOX45 in 2006, where she started her career as an intern and quickly moved into the role of a Production Assistant. After learning how the studio works and how to operate cameras on set she moved into the newsroom as an Associate Producer, her current position. One of her responsibilities is to book all morning show guest including Good Day Baltimore. She works with a team of 5 producers to make sure the information the FOX45 audience receives is up to date, accurate, beneficial, and engaging.
Nina K. Noble, Executive Producer
Nina K. Noble is a television producer whose credits include HBO’s THE WIRE and TREME, both of which earned Peabody awards. She received an Emmy award in 2000 for her work on the HBO miniseries THE CORNER. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and a founding board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, sons, 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Nick Noble, SFX Makeup Assistant
Nick had the privilege of being mentored by Debi Young and Sandy Koepper from the age of 8 when he decided that the Makeup trailer was the most exciting place on the set. He is now an interactive designer in Washington, D.C.
Jason Noble, Grip Assistant
Jason Noble works as a grip when not attending the Baltimore School for the Arts where he is a music major.
Matt Porterfield, Director
Matt Porterfield (b. 1977) has written and directed three feature films, Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill
(2011) and I Used To Be Darker (2013), all produced and filmed in and around Baltimore. He
studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and teaches screenwriting, theory and
production at Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2012, Matt was a
featured artist in the Whitney Biennial, a Creative Capital grantee, and the recipient of a Wexner
Center Artists Residency. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art
and the Harvard Film Archive and has screened at Anthology Film Archives, BAM, Centre
Pompidou, Walker Art Center, Cinémathèque Française, Northwest Film Forum and film festivals
such as Sundance, the Berlinale, and SXSW. Currently, he has two new features in development,
Metal Gods (IFP No Borders, 2012) and Sollers Point (IFFR’s Cinemart, 2013; Berlin Coproduction
Stewart Stack, Serious Grip & Electric
Shortly after his escape Stewart Stack was born around 1573-76. His birthplace and early circumstances have been speculated on by academics for decades. Contrary to the groundswell of popular opinion scholars insist he is almost certainly not the author of the plays of William Shakespeare. He first appears in recorded history as an assistant to Carvaggio, where he lit the setup for many of his best works, including The Calling of St. Matthew. It was through his association with the great masters of art, and his admiration of the way light played off the emerging form of the young Lucrecia Borgia that cemented Stewart’s resolve to become a world-class gaffer. Stewart’s talents were not fully realized in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. During this time he worked at odd jobs and admired women who were able to keep their teeth. It was only through the clever administration of his pension funds from the assistants guild that he was able to amass his prodigious fortune which he on the 19th Century turned over to a non profit foundation to encourage the work of his many friends: Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Carl Zeiss and others. These associations, as well as earlier relationships with people such Louis Fresnel and Thomas Young laid the groundwork to create the Motion Picture Industry that we know today.
Marc Steiner, Radio Host
Peabody Award-winning journalist Marc Steiner is host of “The Marc Steiner Show” on WEAA, a daily public interest radio show that features topics from health care to education to Arts and Culture. Over the past 21 years, Marc has become one of the most recognized voices in Maryland and has gained national acclaim for his insightful style of interviewing. Marc played an integral role in the founding of NPR station WYPR, and also founded his own non-profit production company, the Center for Emerging Media. His work prior to being on the radio included counseling at-risk youth in therapeutic settings, founding a theater program in the Maryland State prison system, and teaching Theatre for ten years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Errol Webber, Filmmaker
Over the past decade, Errol Webber has earned a reputation as a refined cinematographer adept at capturing polished, hyper real visuals. Trained in video as an art form at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004, in his off hours during college, he ran his own video production company out of his dorm room. Then, just two weeks after graduation, he was hired to shoot his first major documentary, for the film iThemba, about a group of eight Zimbabwean Afro-fusion musicians. The short documentary Music by Prudence, cut from the same footage Webber shot, won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Since then, Webber, now 26 and an Emmy nominee, has been the producer, director, or cinematographer on 14 other documentaries in the U.S., Zimbabwe, Zambia, Liberia, and other African countries. ‘American Promise,’ which Webber shot, recently won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Webber’s talent for film lies not in his ability to bring his world to the viewer, but the urgency with which he immerses the viewer into his world.
Debi Young, Makeup Artist
Debi is a professional makeup artist and aesthetician for the film and television industry. Some of her credits include: the critically acclaimed HBO series, THE WIRE, filmed here in Baltimore; the Emmy Award winning film, SOMETHING THE LORD MADE; Sundance Award winning film, ROCKET SCIENCE; HBO series TREME; HEAD OF STATE, MY ONE AND ONLY, DRUMLINE, BOYCOTT, THE REPLACEMENTS, MUSIC OF THE HEART, and The NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, to name a few. Her most recent projects are, Lifetime Network’s TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL starring Cicely Tyson and the Sundance Channel’s new series, THE RED ROAD. Her company Debe Colours includes a full makeup line and provides Makeup and Skin Care Workshops, to teach women how to wear makeup and care for their skin, as well as their inner spirit. Debi is a sought-after makeup artist, inspirational speaker, and mentor. She has been featured in a variety of publications including Baltimore Magazine and Heart & Soul Magazine. The East Baltimore native currently resides in Owings Mills, Maryland and is married to her high school sweetheart and has two adult sons.
Bill Zorzi, Screenwriter
William F. Zorzi is a former newspaperman and writer whose television credits include the last three seasons (35 episodes) of “The Wire” on Home Box Office (HBO). Zorzi, a Baltimore native, also acted in the series. He and writing partner David Simon are now in the final throes of developing a six-part miniseries for HBO about the volatile events surrounding a federal public housing desegregation case in Yonkers, NY, in the 1980s and 1990s. The two also are at work on a book about the rise of the drug culture in Baltimore, using Pennsylvania Avenue and its denizens as the vehicles to tell the story. Before writing for television, Zorzi was a reporter and editor at The Sun of Baltimore for nearly 20 years. He left the newspaper in 2002.