A documentary by Sabrina Bouarour



SABRINA BOUAROUR is a French independent filmmaker with strong ties to Baltimore. After having taught film theory and filmmaking at Johns Hopkins University and at La Sorbonne Nouvelle, she now teaches at Columbia University (Reid Hall). She holds a PhD in film and media studies from La Sorbonne Nouvelle and graduated from L'Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d'Ulm), and the CFJ (school of journalism) in Paris. The articles she wrote as a journalist appeared in a wide variety of publications including Le Monde and So Film. She is a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellow and has been supported by the Maryland Humanities, the Roy W. Dean Foundation ("2016 Hot films in the making"), the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and the Ile-de-France Region (FORTE). In 2016, she founded Flying Impalas, a Baltimore-based film company. Lights of Baltimore is her first feature film.

DAVID lindeman


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.

joe tropea



JOE TROPEA is a filmmaker and Public Historian living in Baltimore City. He is the co-director of the award-winning 2013 documentary, Hit & Stay, and the director of 2018’s Sickies Making Films. He currently serves as the Curator of Films & Photographs at the Maryland Historical Society, where he creates exhibitions and exhibition videos, writes and edits publications, and manages MdHS’s digital projects. In 2015 he co-founded Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive, a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible materials related to the killing of Freddie Gray and related subsequent events in Baltimore City.



Thomas Carillon is a French producer and director. In 2015, he founded his own production company, Wrong Films, to host two jazz documentary films that he directed in Chicago and in France. Both films were selected at the FID Marseille. In 2016, he started to produce features and documentary films made by other filmmakers. Wrong Films is currently developing and producing 12 films and will be releasing 3 documentary films by the end of 2019 and tries to defend a politically-socially-minded cinema. In 2018, he created a post-production company, Micro Climat Studios, which has already post-produced worldwide-award-winning documentary films such as M by Yolande Zauberman and Our Defeats by Jean-Gabriel Périot.

Courtney Sender

Creative Consultant


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.


Associate Producer

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.


Associate Producer


After graduating in Comparative Literature at The Sorbonne University, 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

Director of Photography


KIZZ CYZYK directed, co-produced, edited and DP’d Icepick To The Moon; co-directed, edited and DP’d both Hit and Stay and Freaks In Love; co-produced and DP’d Sickies Making Films; and directed and edited Little Castles (included on the European DVD release of Barry Levinson's Tin Men). His short films include The French Toast Man, David Fair Is The King, Alfred Jarry and ‘Pataphysics, plus music videos for the Young Fresh Fellows, Beach House, Meatjack, and many more.

Daniel Contaldo

Director of Photography


DANIEL CONTALDO is a narrative, documentary and commercial cinematographer from Florence, Italy, based in NYC. He worked in the lighting department on several feature films where he learned the importance of light and how to “write” with it, before starting to shoot full time as a DP. He lensed the short film on 35mm 10:10 that premiered at the British Film Institute’s London LGBT film festival in 2015. He also shot “Sold (Through my Eyes)” a VR experience about human trafficking that premiered at the Eye Museum of Film in Amsterdam in spring of 2019. He’s also shot spots and branded content for clients such as NYTimes, McDonalds, Land Rover, Unicef, and UGG boots.

julie roué



Julie Roué is a film composer. Her first long feature film as a composer Montparnasse Bienvenüe won the Golden Camera at the Cannes Festival in 2017. Her recent work includes Perdrix by Erwan Le Duc (selected at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight) and The Key, a VR project by Céline Tricart (Tribeca Film Festival’s Top Prize for Immersive Media). Beside her music for films, she is developed two musical projects: About Luke, a solo album combining pop songs and minimal electro arrangements, and Carte Contact, a band influenced by electropunk and 1980s French pop. She plays the piano, the guitar, the Irish bagpipes and the Indian tablas, but her favorite instrument is her voice.


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