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Filmmaker leads effort to save The Poe House

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In an effort to grab the attention of the public and city leaders, local filmmaker Mark Redfield has started a campaign to "save The Poe House and Museum" from expected funding cuts. The petition reads in part:

We are not here to do what has been done before. Past administrations have made regrettable, short-sighted mistakes by cutting the funding of many, now gone forever, Baltimore museums and historic landmarks. In hard economic times, times that all American cities face, we must not pawn our history for short-term gains. We must lead. Baltimore must shine a light, where others turn to darkness. Let us do the right thing, and not suffer shame and embarrassment in the eyes of the world.

As of this morning there were almost 2800 signatures, including supporters from Serbia and Montenegro, France, and Vietnam.

Redfield starred as the author in a 2006 film he also directed called The Death of Poe, "a cinematic chronicle of the great writer's final journey into madness and fear."