Films are about us. They capture our experiences and tell stories about the life we have lived together and the many stories of our times. These stories are a part of the cultural heritage of local communities and the universal heritage of all humanity. We take this opportunity in the midst of uncertain times to ground our work in what history teaches us about the unchanging aspirations of each generation of Americans and use them to shape the future. It is by adopting these principles we intend to fulfill the economic imperatives of this moment and the cultural imperatives of a responsible and enduring democracy. We offer these principles not as a final statement of what is motivating us but as a starting point for us to consider, contest and ultimately reach common ground.

Together, let us therefore
– Honor the art of making films and the gifts of local filmmakers.
– Honor individual creativity & collective innovation needed to bring original ideas to the world.

– Honor the imperatives of economics and cultural well-being.
– Engage, connect and involve stakeholders in building the creative economy.
– Support the spirit of entrepreneurship and funding of early-stage projects.
– Encourage learning across disciplines and across generations.
– Harness the heritage of people and place to create a sense of belonging.
– Create cultural and economic value for those who live, work and entertain in the neighborhood.


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Join us… Every month. Every 3rd Saturday. 11am to 1pm.


Located in the Gateway Arts District
3801 34th St, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

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Creative Edge Collaborative Innovation Studio Accelerator presents 3-Day Intensive Filmmaker Pitch Workshop
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This event will be hosted by Gateway Media Arts Lab at 3311 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD, 20712

Saturday, June 24, 2017 (10am-4pm)
Monday, June 26, 2017 (7pm-9pm)
Thursday, June 29, 2017 (7pm-9pm)
First time pitching or does your pitch need work? Then this course is for you!

This workshop is specially designed for producers, directors or screenwriters who plan to raise funds from prospective investors for media content (Television/Film/Web Series). Over the course of the workshop, participants will:

Develop key elements of their verbal pitch
Develop 60 sec. and 5 min. verbal pitches for prospective investors
Practice, refine, repeat pitches in front of peers, instructors, and a pitch pro

Talaya Grimes, CEO of T Muse Media – Facilitator/Instructor
Adrena Ifill, CEO of Doubleback Productions – Instructor
Kathryn Washington, Director of Content, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) – Instructor
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You can view full details including fees, curriculum and instructor bios on EventBrite.


May 3 – 13, 2017 – Prince George’s County Arts & Humanities Council Festival of the Literary Arts FOLA   

FOLA/CEC Panel: The Big Screen: Transforming Literary Work and Original Ideas into Film
Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 8:00pm unit 11:00pm at The Old Greenbelt Theatre at 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770

What does it take to bring literary ideas and novels to the big screen? Hear experienced screenwriters discuss how they made it happen. A screening of Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood’s “Secrets” will follow.  Join Azarel Smallwood, Ericka Boston, Omar Tyree, Nancy Morejón, Catherine Murphy, and Alonzo Crawford. This free event is being presented in partnership with the Creative Edge Collaborative and the City of Greenbelt.  This and most events are free.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12-5pm – Open Studios Tour (OST) with After Party follows at Gateway Arts Center, hosted by the 39th Street Gallery and Brentwood Arts Exchange.    The Gateway Arts District is home to hundreds of artists representing every artistic medium. On this self-guided tour, you are invited to visit over 100 participating studios, galleries, and other cultural venues for a behind-the-scenes experience. All ages are welcome, and since there is SO much to do, we recommend you look ahead and plan your tour route in advance. Be sure to join us for the After Party from 5-8pm at the Gateway Arts Center!  Stop by and meet Creative Edge Collaborative film folk at Gateway Media Arts Lab featured on the Tour and on Saturday download the OST2017 App brought to you by Mansa Labs and Creative Edge Collaborative. 

May 15 – 20, 2017 – 12th Annual Heritage Film Festival  at Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 The 12th annual Heritage Film Festival is a community based, volunteer driven, free event that brings together short films of all genre from novice and seasoned filmmakers to celebrate independent media.


Monday, May 15, 2017 from 7pm until 9pm and hosted at University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, MD 201782

Talaya Grimes, Host

The Showcase will feature the first works of  Joy C. Brown, “Figment” and Adrena Ifill “Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill.” Both filmmakers will be present to take questions. The discussion will be facilitated by Talaya Grimes of the Creative Edge Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a film and digital media industry in Prince George’s County.  Refreshments provided. Free Parking. Enter at Church directly off Adelphi Road.

Joy C. Brown, Filmmaker

Joy Cheriel Brown (Landover, Maryland) “Figment” (2004), 10 min.  A short narrative Howard University thesis film about a foster child in search of true friendship and trying to let go of her imaginary friend in the process.

The Producer and Screenwriter of this short film, Brown has earned awards for her films, including a Paul Robeson Award for best Feature-Length Screenplay in 2004. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Screenwriting; and a Bachelor’s in Film and English.  In 2012 she started her production company, “Third Person Omniscient Productions.”  She currently working on directing her screenplay N.O.S. that will be shot in June 2017 in Prince’s Georges County and Washington, DC.

Adrena Ifill, Filmmaker

Adrena Ifill (Washington, DC) “Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill” (2013), 56 min.  A historical documentary that chronicles the life of a 19th century American hero. 

Producer, Writer and Director of this documentary, Adrena Ifill has over 18 years experience in marketing, public relations and documentary video production.  She is CEO of Ifill/ DoubleBack Global Group, which is a Cultural Heritage Firm that develops projects and services that will capture, preserve and share clients stories and histories

NEW LOCATION, BUT THE SCREENING IS STILL FREE: Monday, April 24 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Hyattsville Library Branch is closed for renovations, University Christian Church which is directly up the street has agreed to be our new host.  Please join us!

Hyattsville Library Branch Independent Film Series: “Project Ñ ” (2015) @ University Christian Chruch Branch, 6530 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

A discussion facilitated by Talaya Grimes of the Creative Edge will follow the screening.

Refreshments provided. Free Parking & Light Refreshments.


FREE SCREENING: Monday, March 27 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Hyattsville Library Branch Independent Film Series: “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” (2015) @ Hyattsville Library Branch, 6530 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782A discussion facilitated by Talaya Grimes of the Creative Edge will follow the screening.

Refreshments provided. Free Parking & Light Refreshments.

The Friends of the Hyattsville Library and the Creative Edge Collaborative join with the Hyattsville branch to screen the film “A Brave Heart – The Lizzie Velasquez Story” that follows the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

FREE SCREENING: Monday, February 27 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Hyattsville Library Branch Independent Film Series: “Southside with You” (2016)

6530 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

The Friends of the Hyattsville Library and the Creative Edge Collaborative join with the Hyattsville branch to screen a film that chronicles the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed the future First Lady, Michelle Robinson, on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.

A discussion facilitated by Talaya Grimes of the Creative Edge will follow the screening.
Refreshments provided.

CANCELLED so Creative Edgers can participate in Women’s March. Saturday, January 21, 2017, will be our monthly Brunch Meet Up at the Busboy and Poets Hyattsville.  

5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD, 20781. Drop by between 11 am – 1 pm and look for the table of loud filmmakers in the lounge area. An informal, pay-on-your-own-way gathering.

Sign up on Creative Edge Collaborative Meet Up Page to get notices of this and our other events. Join our MEET UP Here!

FREE SCREENING: Monday, January 23 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Hyattsville Library Branch Independent Film Series: “Dirt! The Movie” (2010)

6530 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Join Creative Edge Collaborative and The Friends of the Hyattsville Library and the Hyattsville staff to screen this entertaining and award-winning documentary. It reminds us that what really matters on this planet is what happens in the first 6-8 inches of soil, the layer that makes much of life on earth possible.

Eco City Farms of Bladensburg, MD will share what they are doing to teach communities about community agriculture and will join the conversation on ‘healthy soil’ on our planet!

The discussion will be facilitated by Talaya Grimes of the Creative Edge. Refreshments provided. Free parking.