Creative Alliance presents new work by international, national, and local filmmakers. We also lend support and vital resources to Baltimore's thriving independent filmmaking community with workshops, career development, and places for filmmakers to gather, meet one another, and share their passions. 

Thu Jan 10

Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story is a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919—2012). The film captures how three musicians from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th Century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010. The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to playing major festivals, is punctuated and informed by the history of the banjo’s origins in Africa and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music. Filmmaker John Whitehead followed the band from their coming together through their breakup, making for an emotionally satisfying journey as well as a spectacular musical one.

Sun Jan 20

These shorts - created by and for black femmes - imagine the black femme as a global protagonist and universal archetype. Consider this an appetizer to be followed by the main event -  the opening of submissions for the second annual Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival in 2019.

Sat Jan 26

Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924) (Live score) 90mins.
Said to be the first full-length science-fiction movie ever made, this influential film about space travel by the Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov is re-imagined by avant guitarist Marc Ribot with a new score that premiered at London’s Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall. In 2016, Marc re-worked his score for solo guitar, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in Medillin, Colombia. He will be performing solo for this screening.

Sun Jan 27

This travelling animation program presents 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world.

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