Special Events

FMS Hosts Walter Murch

Three-time Academy Award-winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch (BA, ’65) gave a talk on March 25, 2014: “From Malaparte to the Multiverse: the physics of poetry and the poetry of physics.” Murch, whose work on film includes The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, and the upcoming Tomorrowland, talked about his translation of Curzio Malaparte’s short stories into poetry as well as his work on the acclaimed documentary Particle Fever, which follows six physicists on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time. 

“A Leader, Not a Politician”: Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way

by Ingrid MaClass of 2015

On February 19, the Film and Media Studies Program hosted a screening of Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way. Directed and produced by Ferraro’s own daughter, Donna Zaccaro, the documentary offers an intimate insight into the life and legacy of the first woman ever to be nominated as a vice presidential candidate. Zaccaro was among the screening’s attendees, along with Maryland senator, Barbara Mikulski, who appears in the documentary and was a close friend of Ferraro. 

Read the rest of Ingrid's reaction here.

"Until It’s Even":  The Legacy of Geraldine Ferraro

by Andrea MassaroClass of 2015

Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way, screened at Hopkins on February 19, not only featured, but was framed by women's voices.   JHU History Professor Mary Ryan opened the evening, noting that while we have indeed 'paved the way' for women in politics, we still have a long way to go.  The film, she said, is a reminder of hope for that struggle.  And after the screening, Ferraro friend and supporter Senator Barbara Mikulski spoke, then joined filmmaker Donna Zaccaro in a Q&A session with the audience.  

Read the rest of Andrea's reaction here.

Hopkins Student Film Conference, September 28, 2013

Expanded Cinema: Film, Technology, and Society


Lord of the Rings Audio Engineer, Mark Willsher, Guest Lecture on Homewood Campus

Mark Willsher, an audio engineer who has worked on blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong, visited Hopkins on April 12, 2013 and gave a lecture on the history, technology, and practice of film scoring to our JHU Film & Media Studies Program/Peabody affiliated Sound of Film course along with many other welcomed guests. His lecture was full of various samples of past works and previews of future unreleased projects, and highlighted his expertise and experiences in the film industry having worked at some of the best production studios in the world.

Director/Producer Jodi Wille Speaks in John Mann's Production Course

Set to screen her documentary, The Source Family at MICA the following day, Jodi Wille previewed scenes and shared her vision with students in our Introduction to Film Production course on February 18, 2013. The film depicts the lives of the vibrant and utopic Source Family who at one time owned a very popular Sunset Strip restaurant in LA and self-released dozens of LPs from their psych-rock band, Ya Ho Wha 13. She co-directed the film with Maria Demopoulos which was premiered at SXSW.

To see more pictures, click here.

Sony Pictures’ Susan McLean Gives Insight into Post Production Sound and Scoring

by Helen Latimer, Class of 2014

With over two hundred film credits to her name, post production sound and scoring engineer Susan McLean is no novice.  She shared what she’s learned at an October 16, 2012 event hosted by the Film & Media Studies Program. 

Read the rest of Helen's reaction here.

James Franco a Guest of FMS, The Writing Seminars, and the Johns Hopkins Press

The actor James Franco joined the Hopkins community for a screening and discussion of his film The Broken Tower, about the life and work of the poet Hart Crane, on March 9, 2012. The film was introduced by Franco, and was followed by a panel discussion featuring Franco; John Irwin, author of the recently published Hart Crane’s Poetry; and Linda DeLibero, director of the Program in Film and Media Studies.

Esteemed Documentary Filmmaker Ross McElwee Comes to Hopkins

Ross McElwee, independent documentary filmmaker, in conjunction with the Film and Media Studies Program, hosted a screening of his most recent film, Photographic Memory, on November 18, 2011 in Hodson Hall.  The film is a meditation on the world of McElwee's youth and the now digital word of his young adult son. The screening was followed by a Q&A.

Michael K. Williams Speaks to Film and Media Studies Students

Michael Williams was seen as the breakout actor on HBO's hit series, "THE WIRE." He was singled out for Great Performance of the Year, in Entertainment Weekly's Best of 2002 Issue, for his portrayal of the controversial and multifaceted "Omar." Williams gave a special lecture to Film and Media Studies students on Wednesday October 19, 2011.  

Photos by John Wedemeyer, Class of 2013

Director David Fincher Meets with FMS Students

While shooting scenes for The Social Network on the Homewood campus on November 4, 2009, director David Fincher, along with actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, met with FMS students in Shriver Hall.

Read about the shoot in The Baltimore Sun

FMS Faculty Filmmakers Screening

FMS filmmakers John Mann, Matt Porterfield, Doug Sadler, and Karen Yasinsky screened their work April 16, 2009 in Hodson Hall.
FMS Faculty Screening: Works & Works in Progress  by Carlos Valdes-Lora, Class of 2010

Filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, and Painter Don Bachardy Guests of FMS

Filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara screened their documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story on November 14, 2008 in Hodson Hall.  In a Q&A with the audience after, they were joined by one of the subjects of their film, portrait painter Don Bachardy.
Filmmakers Talk Art, Passion and Undying Love  by Alexandra Byer, Class of 2011