The BCPS Film Expo is an event organized to showcase creative works of film made by BCPS high school students. Any high school student currently enrolled in BCPS may enter the festival regardless of whether or not they are part of a film or audio/video class. The purpose of this event is to provide a creative, collaborative, and competitive platform that has previously not existed in BCPS for students to exhibit their work and to help aspiring young film makers gain valuable experience about the entire process. In addition to being a celebration of student achievement in the arts and inspiring young filmmakers to use their gifts and knowledge to impact a greater audience, the event will function as an advocacy tool in promoting and preserving cultural forms of expression. This event supports a core value (and need) of 21st century learning by promoting creative and visually innovative artwork that is conceptually and technically relevant to career and professionally related industries. It will help Team BCPS to emerge as innovative leaders in casting an artistic vision that engages students in creative, practical applications of real-world opportunities.
Jesse DortzbachWestern Tech
Jesse Dortzbach has been teaching high school art in Baltimore County for 12 years were he currently works as the department chair of Visual Art, Music, Graphic Print and Communications, and Technology Education at Western School of Technology. He has a bachelors in community art from Wheaton College, a masters in art education from the University of Minnesota, and is pursuing a degree in architecture at Morgan State University. Having spent the first 18 years of his childhood in Kenya, he now calls the city of Baltimore home. His artistic endeavors range from painting and drawing, to sculpture, carpentry, and architecture.
Jason AdelungWestern Tech
Jason Adelung (Graphic/Print Communications teacher) is a newcomer to BCPS, but not to the world of graphic/print communications. Jason started working in the industry during high school and has worked in the private and government sectors. In 2011, he entered the world of education when he started working for New Visions Academy of Baltimore teaching graphic communications. Jason taught web design, video production, graphic arts, print design, game development, music production, etc. He continues his involvement in the industry as a freelancer and serves as the Education Chairman at the Litho Club of Baltimore. Jason has an A.A.S. degree in Interactive Design, B.S. in Corporate Communications, and a Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction.
Becky Meiller McCullaghEastern Technical High School
Becky Meiller McCullagh has been teaching in BCPS for 11 years. She currently teaches Interactive Media Production, Photography I and II, and Televideo at Eastern Tech High School. Her education in photography sparked her passion for film and animation. She has created several promotional films for Eastern Tech and for her family's business, South Baltimore Strength and Conditioning. And she loves going to the movies, especially for the popcorn.
Samuel TillmanHereford High School
Samuel Tillman has been teaching visual arts at Hereford High School for six years, with a primary focus on Digital Arts and Photography. He has received a BA in Computer Animation from UMBC ('05) and an MA in Art Education from Brooklyn College ('10). Beyond the classroom, he is the faculty sponsor of the Gay-Straight Alliance and co-sponsor of the National Art Honor Society.
Brandon NicklasLansdowne High School Academy of Arts & Communication
Brandon has been a Video, Multimedia and Art teacher at Lansdowne High School for 11 years, where The Lansdowne Show is produced for BCPS-TV and YouTube. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and 2 girls. He has taught video at CCBC and runs his own independent media production company and an art gallery. You might see Brandon on BCPS-TV on Brain Gain, Kid Conversation or as Marco the Math Magician on Math Homework Helpers. Brandon is a graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Communications and a MS in Education.
Alexandra GaroveWestern Tech
Alex Garove has been teaching art in Baltimore County for 3 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in art education and photography at Towson University. She currently teaches digital art, fundamentals of art, yearbook, and the CALS program at Western School of Technology in Catonsville, and is a proud sponsor of the Western chapter of NAHS. Her personal work includes stop animation, photography, and illustration.
Rachel ValsingTowson High
Rachel Valsing is currently a fine arts teacher at Towson High School and has been teaching in Baltimore County since graduating from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2007. Her interest is in supporting a strong arts community and as a National Art Honor Society sponsor, Rachel has facilitated school mural projects as well as student led art exhibits and performances.
Bethany DentesLansdowne High School Academy of Arts & Communication
Bethany Dentes is a Maryland native and has been teaching in Baltimore County for 8 years. For the past two years the visual arts department chair as well as the Art and Mass Communication Magnet Academy Coordinator at Lansdowne High School. Prior to her current position she taught at Lansdowne Middle School for six years. She obtained both a BS and MA in Art Education from Towson University. Her main art forms are drawing and painting with a specialty in watercolor. She does not have personal experience with film, but loves watching movies! She became interested in film after attending Lansdowne High School’s annual “Moonwalk Film Festival” hosted by Brandon Nicklas featuring Lansdowne’s Tele-Video students.
Khalid AliCarver Center for Arts and Technology
Khalid Ali is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Khalid studied filmmaking at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with the intention of pursuing a career in Hollywood. That all changed when he travelled to China for the first time. Upon graduation, Khalid began taking yearly trips to China to collaborate with brothers Omar and Tariq on more ambitious personal projects. These trips evolved into a series of short documentaries exploring Chinese Kung Fu, street food, and folk music. Their most recent collaboration, Away from The Grasslands, explores the music of the ethnic Mongolian band, Hanggai. Khalid has been instructor of digital film at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology since 2010.