Filmmakers

Hit and Stay benefit at Viva House, August 27, 2010.

Joe Tropea (Director, Producer, Writer) is a filmmaker and historian based in Baltimore, Maryland. He co-directed 2013’s Hit & Stay, the story of anti-war activists The Catonsville Nine and Baltimore Four, which screened at Maryland Film Festival and Indie Memphis, won the audience award at Chicago Underground Film Festival and Best Doc Feature at Sidewalk Film Festival. Tropea has worked  as a journalist, videographer, and editor for Baltimore’s City Paper. He co-founded the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive Project, and is currently the Curator of Films and Photographs for Maryland Historical Society. His newest film Sickies Making Films premiered in 2018 and was shot by cinematographer Skizz Cyzyk.

Skizz Cyzyk (Director, Editor, Director of Photography, Writer) has been making films since 1983. His filmography as director includes the documentaries “Little Castles” (1997), Freaks in Love (2011, co-directed with David Koslowski), Hit & Stay (2013), and Icepick to the Moon (2018), as well as numerous short films and music videos for artists including Beach House and Young Fresh Fellows. He founded and directed the beloved underground/DIY festival MicroCineFest, worked as lead programmer for Maryland Film Festival, and has served for many years on the staff and advisory board of Slamdance. Many of his iconic photographs of legendary punk bands can be seen in the documentary American Hardcore (2006).