SABRINA BOUAROUR is a French independent filmmaker based in Baltimore. She has taught filmmaking at the Johns Hopkins Baltimore Youth Film Art Program after teaching film and media studies at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.
She is also a PhD candidate in film and media studies. She graduaded from L'Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d'Ulm), La Sorbonne and the CFJ (school of journalism) in Paris. The articles she wrote appeared in a wide variety of publications including Le Monde and So Film.
She is a Saul Zaentz Innovative Fund Fellow and has been supported by the Maryland Humanities, the Roy W. Dean Foundation (« 2016 Hot films in the making »).
Lights of Baltimore is her first feature film.
DAVID LINDEMAN is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and has lectured in intellectual history at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
He also worked as a volunteer researcher at The Real News Network, a global online video news platform focused on issues of social justice.
After studying Film Studies, SARAH SOBOL first worked in a movie theater as head of the programming for the youth and as a mentor for this audience.
In 2005, she joined SARRAZINK PRODUCTIONS, a production company created by the Harvard McMillan award-winning director Rabah AMEUR-ZAÏMECHE.
Since then, she has worked as a production manager on all of his feature films, including Back Home, which premiered in Cannes Festival's Un Certain Regard in 2006, Adhen, selected in Cannes' Director's Fortnight 2008, and Story of Judas, which premiered in Berlinale's Forum in 2015.
After completing his Master in Political Sciences in 2015, Eliott KHAYAT started off as a production assistant in different production companies such as Année Zéro, Moteur S'il Vous Plaît and SARRAZINK PRODUCTIONS.
Working on a few long feature films, he has appeared on screen in Story of Judas, directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (selected in Berlinale 2015) and been part of the production team of Paris Pieds Nus directed by Abel & Gordon (selected in Telluride and Toronto 2016).
Now a student at La FEMIS, France's most prestigious film school, he has also produced two short films including one documentary and has worked at various film festivals.
JOE TROPEA co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary Hit and Stay: A History of Faith and Resistance, which was selected for inclusion in the Maryland Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival (Audience Award winner), and Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (Best Documentary Feature).
He also works at the Maryland Historical Society as the Curator of Film and Photographs and serves as Project Manager on the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive project.
COURTNEY SENDER is a fiction writer based in Baltimore and Boston. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, AGNI, and others.
She holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, has taught creative writing there and at Yale University and is a MacDowell Colony fellow.
She is currently at work on a novel set across America, Pakistan, and Mexico.
While studying Literature at La Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris, CHARLOTTE BUONOMO has been working for several years as a production assistant and a stage manager for music festivals and as a scriptdoctor for television shows and movies.
In 2016, she staged Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" for the music festival "Le temps suspendu' in France and co-wrote and directed her first short movie.
Director of Photography
Based in Baltimore, TREY HUDSON travels working in the camera department on commercials and motion pictures, as well as working as a still photographer.
His first feature film as director of photography, "Shu-de", is currently on the festival circuit and winning awards (Nashville, Docutah, Southern Circuit, Indy Film Fest, Bahamas International Film Fest, River's Edge International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival…).
In spring of 2016 he filmed the follow up to Josh Slates' feature film, "Small Pond."
SKIZZ CYZYK co- directed and served as cinematographer for Hit and Stay: A History of Faith and Resistance with Joe Tropea, Freaks In Love with David Koslowski, and Little Castles (included in the European release of Barry Levinson's Tin Men).
He made many short films: "David Fair Is The King," "Alfred Jarry and Pataphysics," and videos for the Young Fresh Fellows and Beach House, and many more.
DANIEL CONTALDO is a cinematographer/interactive filmmaker based in New York City. He shot Taste of Justice (2014), a 26-minute documentary on work camps in lands confiscated from the mafia in Italy. He studied film production at Johns Hopkins University and FAMU (Czech Film Academy) in Prague.
He shot the 35mm short 10:10 (screened at the British Film Institute: London LGBT Film Festival '16 and Toronto LGBT Film Festival). He currently works on feature films, documentary films, and music videos, while also developing virtual reality films.