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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