Charm City

This event took place Nov 23 - Nov 25, 2018

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Marilyn Ness
1h 48m


On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and distrust of police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence.

Filmed over three years, filmmaker Marilyn Ness focuses reveals the humanity of the people behind the statistics. Charm CIty is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home.

“Even when the epidemic of violence touches a beloved character, Ness’ careful quilting of compassion and action across her years of filming suggests a fight that won’t diminish for these citizens.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times


If the laws of the street dictate that every man fend for himself, then Charm City proves that some folks can find a calling by fending for others. And it’s those people who seem to keep certain parts of Baltimore — other parts have been experiencing gentrification in recent years — from sliding into an abyss of crime and degradation from which they may never return. – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

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