4-27-12: The Maryland Morning Screen Test Presents Bryan Robinson

April 27, 2012 at 7:55 am 2 comments

Filmmaker Bryan Robinson.

(Ph)ilmmaker Bryan "Grasshopper" Robinson. Photos by Chris Moore.

Wednesday night at The Windup Space, Tom Hall interviewed filmmaker Bryan “Grasshopper” Robinson, who’s known for his music videos (check out this great one called “The Opposite of Black,” which was shot over the course of just a few hours), his upcoming comedy “Diary of a Black Nerd,” and his documentary Water Boy: A Taste of Ambition, which follows seven individuals who sell bottled water on the streets of Baltimore.

Robinson, a Baltimore native, started his production company, Grasshopper Philms, in 2003.  The company’s produced features, animated films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries.

Photographs by Chris Moore. Thanks to Joe Squared for providing our guests and crew with pizza.

Robinson talks with Tom Hall

Bryan Robinson of Grasshopper Philms takes the Maryland Morning Screen Test.

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  • 1. K. Johnson  |  April 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Bryan Robinson discuss his animation and filmmaking experiences. However, his suggestion that independent filmmaking is only beginning to take off in Baltimore is utterly absurd.

    Independent filmmaking in B-more has a long history. Going back to 1964, John Waters began his career with a film titled “Hag in a Black leather Jacket.” He continued making indie films until the mid-’80s (when he moved a bit mainstream); all along, though, he has helped develop and nurture the film community that put Baltimore on the map as a filming locale.

    Long before the Maryland Film Festival became the go-to event for indie film enthusiasts, the Baltimore Film Festival International (BFFI) was a vibrant annual event designed to “create sustainable support and promotion for local, student, independent, and international filmmakers.” (Quoted from BFFI website.) This organization and its activities go back at least to 1974 and continue to this day.

    Moreover, the film program at UMBC has been in full swing — and helping to produce fine indie filmmakers — for over 40 years.

    It’s not an accident that there is a huge community of film workers in this city. The very fact that so many of them are now middle-aged or seniors underscores how long B-more has been a haven for filmmakers from near and far, both indie and established.

    So, while Mr. Robinson’s enthusiasm and activism on behalf of Baltimore’s indie film scene is exciting, his knowledge of local film history needs some polishing.

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    • 2. Katty  |  April 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      surely didn’t get that from his message….”in 2003 ….” he said. Good luck in analyzing more – he was referring to “his experiences” from 03 to now… never said it was ONLY BEGINNING to do anything…

      Katty

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