Maryland residents are invited to join the Maryland Film Fest on Sunday, May 23, at 8:55pm EDT for a live Q&A session about state surveillance featuring Pulitzer Center grantee Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson. Tickets to the virtual event are available to Maryland residents for $15, which also will grant access to a screening of All Light, Everywhere, a film that zooms in on Axon, the primary manufacturer of police body cameras in the United States.
Simpson’s Pulitzer Center-supported project, State of Surveillance: Police Use of AI and Facial Recognition in Minority Communities, sheds light on Baltimore’s experimental spy plane program and its implications for residents’ civil liberties. In February 2021, the city’s spending board unanimously voted to end it.
Ticket holders will be able to view All Light, Everywhere and the Q&A session on-demand until Thursday, May 27. Click here to view all programming offered by the Maryland Film Fest, which runs May 19-27.