Welcome to Cinematropolis,
My name is Nathan Bartlebaugh. I’m a 30 yr old film fanatic living in Whitemarsh, MD. I was born and raised here in Maryland and from as far back as I can remember I’ve been a fan of the movies. One of my earliest memories involves sitting in my dad’s lap watching King Kong battle a tyranosaur, crumple a pterodactyl and make Fay Wray scream. From that point til this one, I’ve been hooked on all things cinematic. And as much as I love the world of film, I’ve also come to love MD and Baltimore.
Communities are at the heart of any really great venture, in some form or another. I believe the same is true of film, and in some ways no conversation or exploration of the medium is complete without a consideration of the world around it. I’m not talking endless updates about whats going on in Hollywood. I’m most interested in where people are seeing movies, who they are seeing them with, and the communities and cities that sustain and nourish the filmmakers themselves. For me, any conversation about film will spill over into a conversation about Baltimore. It’s where I see films, it’s the circle of my influence, and it’s the film “scene” I have the most exposure to.
My intention is to write about all aspects of film; the blockbusters, the indies, the foreign pictures, and I want to write from both a national and local perspective. The aim of Cinematropolis is to bring the world of film and the vibe of the Baltimore/Maryland film scene to as many readers as possible. Where the journey itself will lead, I’m not sure, but I’m game to find out.