Tony Mendez is a filmmaker and founder of a Baltimore Festival called Say It Loud. His inspiration for the festival began in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray. His festival in the heart of Sandtown-Winchester where it was first established in 2016. He is accredited filmmaker with degrees in filmmaking from the University of Miami and has a documentary that is aired on HBO. His festival is different and offers a unique perspective storytelling and displaying people’s voices. He currently lives in Miami, Florida returning to Baltimore next year to host the Say It Loud Film Festival.