Stanley PrestonStanley Preston
Philip J. MerrillPhilip J. Merrill
Marianne BanisterMarianne Banister
Suzy ShawSuzy Shaw
Veronica CarrVeronica Carr
Colin HornbakerColin Hornbaker
Tommy Duncan IIITommy Duncan III
Joy Vandervott-CobbJoy Vandervott-Cobb


Veronica Carr is a digital media strategist, researcher and staff writer for Nanny Jack & Co., LLC. She is also the Producer and Editor of the Artifactual Journey podcast on Anchor, Google Play, and iTunes ( She is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation's first historically Black college, with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

Colin Hornbaker is an FAA-certified and licensed Small UAS Rule (Part 107) drone pilot and the owner of Anthem Aerials, one of the leading low-altitude aerial cinematography companies in the Mid-Atlantic. Colin has traveled the world creating and providing exceptional aerial assets for some of earth’s biggest brands, TV shows, and films as well as trusted for footage used for companies like Apple, ESPN, Jeep, BMW, Audi, Verizon, and many more.

Tommy Duncan is a Baltimore native and a seasoned filmmaker with regional, national and international documentary and feature film credits. He has served as a director, director of photography, camera operator and editor on numerous episodic television series, independent films and documentaries.

Joy Vandervort-Cobb is a seasoned actor, director, and voiceover artist. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC, after having taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance for 25 years. Joy has toured the country on many productions as a performer, director and stage manager. She is also an anti-racism trainer, building workshops for the academe and assorted arts groups.


Suzy is an award-winning producer with over 30 years of experience in broadcast, communications and digital marketing. She began her career producing live television, children's programs and the documentary Pride: Legacy of the Baltimore Clipper, narrated by James Earl Jones. Her experience includes television production to online video, Website development, social media marketing and digital communications.

Stanley Preston has owned and operated Maryland Motion Pictures for more than 30 years, working as a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. His work includes documentary films, television commercials and branded video content airing on Discovery, CNN, ESPN, The Weather Channel, and broadcast affiliates throughout the country. In 2019 his feature documentary, Doctor C., screened at film festivals across the country, winning several awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Anaheim International Film Festival. He continues to produce a wide variety of filmed content for national, regional and local clients.

Philip J. Merrill is a historian, researcher, author, appraiser and the founder of Nanny Jack & Company LLC, an archives and consulting agency specializing in projects that illuminate the African American experience. He is a Baltimore native, who was recently named by Governor Wes Moore to serve on the Maryland Commission for African American History and Culture. Merrill has served as an appraiser with the PBS series Antiques Roadshow and consults on projects with the Discovery Channel, the Maryland Center for History & Culture, Maryland Public Television, and the History Channel.

Marianne Banister is an award-winning journalist, with 30 years of experience as a reporter and anchor in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Denver and 16 years as the co-lead news anchor at WBAL TV in Baltimore, MD. Today, she serves as the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Claire Marie Foundation, a non-profit to create awareness about adolescent and young adult melanoma. She is also the founder and CEO of Banister Media, a media coaching firm.






# I Love Baltimore# I Love Baltimore


Like many American cities, my hometown of Baltimore is struggling to find a modern identity. It shares many of the same problems as other cities, but in recent years its reputation has suffered disproportionately. The contemporary sentiment about Baltimore has been overwhelmingly negative, both nationally and locally. Some of the characterizations are fair, and many others are not. Baltimore is far from perfect, but nothing worth loving is perfect.

This project is born out of my affection for Baltimore. I see it is an opportunity to rewrite the modern narrative about the city and restore civic pride through a recital of its remarkable history and characters. Stories with an impact that extend far beyond the streets of Baltimore, and which still reverberate today. Stories that make people proud to say; "I'm from Baltimore."

As a filmmaker, I don’t pretend to have the answers for fixing the complex problems faced by Baltimore. What I do have is a natural curiosity and questions that drive this project:

 How did we get here?

What can history teach us?

Can history inspire a better future?

Our documentary film series Baltimore 100 Years is a journey to answer those questions.

Your interest and support of the project is sincerely appreciated.

           -Stanley Preston/Series Director/Creator