"Charm City" Explores One Of Baltimore's Most Distressed Neighborhoods | WYPR

"Charm City" Explores One Of Baltimore's Most Distressed Neighborhoods

Oct 10, 2018

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The new documentary film Charm City paints an intimate portrait of life in Baltimore's Madison - East End neighborhood, one of the city's most distressed areas. The film offers a candid look at the neighborhood's residents, their relationship with the police and how they tackle day-to-day challenges.

Filmed over a three-year period, including the prelude and aftermath of Freddie Gray's death and the Baltimore Uprising, Charm City follows the stories of police officers, community leaders and city lawmakers as they grapple with violence and a crisis of confidence in law enforcement.

Today, Tom speaks with Marilyn Ness, the director and producer of Charm City. She is an Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Award winning filmmaker.

Tom is also joined by Clayton "Mr. C" Guyton, the founder and director of the Rose Street Community Center in East Baltimore. The Center serves neighborhood residents, assists ex-offenders in finding work and housing and runs shelters for men, women and children. Guyton is one of the subjects profiled in the film.

Charm City screens at the SNF Parkway Theater from Friday, October 12 to Thursday, October 18.