Dubbed as “charm city,” “monumental city,” “neighborhood city,” “the world capital of haircuts,” and also once known as “Mobtown,” Baltimore, Maryland is an American city like no other. Fostering unique creative American talents ranging from Edgar Allen Poe to Billie Holiday to John Waters, Baltimore has greatly impacted American culture since its founding in 1729.
One of Baltimore’s most famous, or infamous, cinematic sons, John Waters is just one of the many filmmakers who have captured the unique character of Baltimore through their cinema. Tracing films set and shot in Baltimore over the past 40 years, It Came from Baltimore: 40 Years of Cinema from the Charm City surveys the city through its cinema from 1970s through to today. With offerings as disparate as Waters’ underground watershed film Pink Flamingos, to creator of The Wire David Simon’s earlier miniseries set in Baltimore, to Terry Gilliam’s science fiction classic 12 Monkeys, It Came from Baltimore: 40 Years of Cinema from the Charm City creates a cinematic portrait of Baltimore, a city like no other.