A weekly film review podcast by members of the Towson University Department of Electronic Media and Film.

Marc May is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University who teaches storytelling and screenwriting.  Marc’s film industry career has primarily been as a screenwriter, selling and optioning to Hollywood studios. For ten consecutive years, he always had at least one project in active studio development. In indie films, he co-wrote Primo, which premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles and story edited Medio Tiempo, which made its television debut on Showtime. Marc wrote two documentaries that premiered on PBS in honor of Black History Month and produced the Student Emmy Award-winning weekly magazine show UCLA: Next. He also served as a private consultant to a Vancouver, Canada-based internet firm that was consequently named by Newswire as one of the top 10 fastest growing websites based on U.S. traffic growth. His latest credit is Story Editor for Oscar-winning Producer Roger Corman on Stealing Las Vegas, starring Eric Roberts.

Kalima Young is a Lecturer who teaches Principles of Film and Media Production, African American Cinema and Gender in Film. She is also a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores what it means in contemporary America to be Black and to be the subject of and witness to ongoing violence against Black bodies. A videographer and writer, Ms. Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company. She has written, produced and directed two feature length films Grace Haven (2006), Lessons Learned (2009) as well as several short form campaign videos including, It Gets Better, Baltimore, a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing teen bullying and suicide prevention.

A Baltimore activist, Ms. Young is on the leadership team for the FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture’s Monument Quilt Project, a collection of stories of survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Collecting over 6,000 quilt squares from across the nation, this art installation will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2018. Ms. Young is also a weekly co-host for The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 radio where she provides media and cultural criticism.

Her publications include: “We Will Survive: Race and Gender-Based Trauma as Cultural Truth-Telling”. Feminist Perspectives on Orange Is the New Black: Thirteen Critical Essays. Eds. April Kalogeropoulos Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, NC: McFarland Publishers (2016); “Emancipating the Past, Spectacularizing the Present: Kara Walker, Slavery and Representations of Cultural Trauma.” Powerlines Journal, 3.1 (2015); and “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963)” Powerlines Journal 2.1 (2014).

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