CHARM CITY delivers a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore. The film highlights the positive actions undertaken by groups and individuals, who come together to rebuild, heal, and forge a better way forward.
Charm City On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the 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 tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray's death in police custody, CHARM CITY is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home. Directed by renowned documentary producer Marilyn Ness (Cameraperson; Trapped; E-Team).
Nowhere to Go
While on patrol in the Southern District, Officer John Gregorio helps a man with nowhere to go find shelter for the night.
Rose Street Haircuts
Mike ""Uncle Mike"" McKoy of East Baltimore welcomes community members into his home for haircuts and conversation.
Violence is a Disease
Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and City Councilman Brandon Scott make the case that violence is not just a public safety issue, but a public health issue.
Civilian Complaint Against Baltimore Police Department
A resident of Rose Street comes to Mr. C to discuss a recent encounter with the Baltimore Police Department.
Producer: Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness
Executive Producer: Dana DiCarlo, Fagan Harris
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Actors: Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton, Alex Long, Major Monique Brown, Officer Eric Winston, Officer John Gregorio, Councilman Brandon Scott
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 106 minutes
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