Directed by Marilyn Ness
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 106 Minutes World Premiere
Director Marilyn Ness takes her viewer into some of the toughest neighborhoods in Baltimore during a three-year period of unparalleled violence. Charm City is a lyrical immersion into a community of individuals who, each day, grapple not only with the police and other institutional authorities, but also with their own very human demons and conflicts. With intimacy and candor, her camera captures all the fury, grit, and compassion of the residents of this challenged, yet vibrant city. Baltimore’s situation often presents a microcosm of insight into the ongoing, nationwide crisis of violence and distrust between civilians and police officers; at the same time, the actions of the city’s citizens may also help chart a direction forward. For example, Mr C., an ex-corrections officer who serves as a community mentor, reminds the youth of Baltimore—as well as the audience—that where there is love, there is hope for the future. In these divisive times, Charm City offers humanity as common ground.

—Deborah Rudolph
Documentary, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), Tribeca Film Festival Alumni
About the Director(s)
Director and producer Marilyn Ness is an Emmy®-, Peabody Award-, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her most recent film, Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson, was released by the Criterion Collection and shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards®.

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Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Simon Mendes
  • Producer:
    Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness
  • Composer:
    T. Griffin
  • Executive Producer:
    Dana DiCarlo, Fagan Harris
  • Cinematographer:
    Andre Lambertson, John Benam
  • Assistant Editor:
    Arielle Davis
  • Director:
    Marilyn Ness
  • Co-Executive Producers:
    Peter Gilbert, Julie Stampler, Chris Webber
  • Co-Producer:
    Meryam Bouadjemi, Andre Lambertson
  • Editor:
    Don Bernier
  • Executive Producers for Motto Pictures:
    Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn

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    Ryan Werner
    Cinetic Marketing
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 204 7951
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    Annie Roney
    Ro*co Films
    Sausalito, CA 94965
    Phone: 415 332 6471 ext.200
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    Layla Hancock-Piper
    Cinetic Marketing and PR
    New York, NY 11211
    Phone: 917 963 2448
  • Print Source
    Simon Mendes
    Big Mouth Productions
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Phone: 917 837 9368