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‘STEP’ gets free screening at City Pop-up: Baltimore

DJ 5 Starr keeps the crowd of nearly 500 Baltimore residents entertained with music during a free, public screening of the documentary “STEP” at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

DJ 5 Starr keeps the crowd of nearly 500 Baltimore residents entertained with music during a free, public screening of the documentary “STEP” at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Blessin Giraldo, who was featured in the documentary “STEP,” opens up a Q&A session with attendees of a free screening of the movie at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Blessin Giraldo, who was featured in the documentary “STEP,” opens up a Q&A session with attendees of a free screening of the movie at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Baltimore residents begin to arrive at the UA House at Fayette for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Baltimore residents begin to arrive at the UA House at Fayette for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Jasmine Campbell, the director of UA House at Fayette, welcomes attendees to City Pop-up: Baltimore for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Jasmine Campbell, the director of UA House at Fayette, welcomes attendees to City Pop-up: Baltimore for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

From left, Patty Newburger, the executive vice prwsident for global business development with the Tribeca Film Festival; Amanda Lipitz, director of the documentary, “STEP”; Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; and Katherine Oliver, a principal at Bloomberg Philanthropies; pose for a photo before the screening of the award-winning movie at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

From left, Patty Newburger, the executive vice prwsident for global business development with the Tribeca Film Festival; Amanda Lipitz, director of the documentary, “STEP”; Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; and Katherine Oliver, a principal at Bloomberg Philanthropies; pose for a photo before the screening of the award-winning movie at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh speaks to the crowd of nearly 500 people attending the free screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP” at the UA House at Fayette.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh speaks to the crowd of nearly 500 people attending the free screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP” at the UA House at Fayette.

Blessin Giraldo, far left, who was featured in the documentary “STEP,” has a playful moment with some Baltimore residents who attended the free performance of the award-winning documentary at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Blessin Giraldo, far left, who was featured in the documentary “STEP,” has a playful moment with some Baltimore residents who attended the free performance of the award-winning documentary at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

From left, “STEP” director Amanda Lipitz and film subjects Blessin Giraldo, Coach G, Paula Dofat and Cori Grainger conduct a live Q&A session at City Pop-up: Baltimore for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

From left, “STEP” director Amanda Lipitz and film subjects Blessin Giraldo, Coach G, Paula Dofat and Cori Grainger conduct a live Q&A session at City Pop-up: Baltimore for a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary at the UA House at Fayette. (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Coach G of the Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women conducts a live Q&A session at the UA House at Fayette after a free public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Coach G of the Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women conducts a live Q&A session at the UA House at Fayette after a free public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

The Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women give a special performance at the UA House at Fayette during a free public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

The Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women give a special performance at the UA House at Fayette during a free public screening of the award-winning documentary, “STEP.” (Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival)

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Tribeca Film Festival hosted nearly 500 Baltimore res­idents Oct. 13 at City Pop-Up: Baltimore, a free, public screening of the award-winning documentary “STEP.” The screening, held at the UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms, was followed by a special performance by the Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

The event featured special guest speakers, including Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Katherine Oliver, a principal at Bloomberg Associates; Amanda Lipitz, the director of “STEP”; and Jasmine Campbell, director of UA House at Fayette. The event also featured music from DJ 5 Starr, an appearance by the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders and complimentary food from Ane­gada Delights, Bistro Lunch Box, Taco Bar, Taharka Brothers and Sobo Café.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Tribeca Film Festival selected Baltimore for the first City Pop-Up event because of the film’s inspirational story and the city’s resilient community spirit. City Pop-Up was born from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca’s joint mission to help revitalize cities and build communities by bringing people together through film and entertainment.

“STEP”, the winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, is the true story of the Lethal Ladies, an all-girls, high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. The documentary was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in August and is available on DVD in select stores and through digital services.

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