Undergraduate Film Conference at Johns Hopkins University
The Undergraduate Film Conference at Johns Hopkins University is now accepting abstract submissions for its September 28th, 2013 event. The subject for this year’s conference is “Science, Technology, and Film.” Our poster includes such questions as: Has the inclusion of new technologies affected our understanding of what constitutes film aesthetics? What motivates the relationship between new technologies and film? Should film readily integrate new technologies or should it not? Are we trying to make films match a new consciousness toward our environment? We hope to touch on such topics as home movies, internet production, etc. Students are encouraged to come up with topics outside of the aforementioned subjects as long as their paper has relevance to this year’s theme.
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. 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.
End-of-Semester Screening 12/11/12 6-8PM - John Astin Theatre in the Historic Merrick Barn
The Film and Media Studies Program is proud to present our students' work from each semester in a special screening that highlights the techniques that they have learned in our various production courses. The fall 2012 production courses included: Introduction to Film Production, Introduction to Digital Film, Introduction to Visual Language, Experimental Video, Personal Essay Filmmaking, and Independent Projects.
Our curriculum is designed to foster critical understanding and historical knowledge of media forms, as well as their relationship to modern cultures, literature, art, history, and philosophy. We strongly believe that an understanding of film and media is best achieved when students are afforded the opportunity to apply their analytical and theoretical knowledge to the production and creation of visual texts, a process we believe is crucial to enhancing their understanding of film, television, and other media.
Guests were invited to a reception immediately following the screening in the lobby of the John Astin Theatre located in the historic Merrick Barn on the Hopkins Homewood campus. The early 19th century Merrick Barn is home to the Theatre Arts and Studies Program
Young Alumni Weekend with Film & Media Studies
Please join the faculty and staff of the Film & Media Studies Program for a Young Alumni Weekend celebration.
Professor Macksey has graciously agreed to host us in his beautiful home for the evening. We will have food, drinks, and time to catch up with friends new and old.
Hosted by Film & Media Studies
October 6, 2012 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Film & Media Studies Program Parents' Reception
The size of the Film and Media Studies Program allows us to focus on offering undergraduates an unusual amount of hands-on experience, intensive mentoring, and significant individual attention. We are a close community on the Hopkins campus and we would like to invite you to meet the FMS faculty members during our Parents' Reception.
Hosted by Film & Media Studies Program
October 20, 2012 at 4:00pm
James Franco Discusses Hart Crane and The Broken Tower at Shriver Hall
The actor James Franco attended a screening and discussion of his film, The Broken Tower, about the life and work of the poet Hart Crane, at Shriver Hall on JHU's Homewood campus on Friday, March 9, 2012
The 90-minute film was introduced by the actor and followed by a panel discussion featuring Franco; John Irwin, author of the recently published Hart Crane’s Poetry; and Linda DeLibero, director of JHU's Program in Film and Media Studies. The screening and discussion were sponsored by the JHU Writing Seminars, the Program in Film and Media Studies, and the JHU Press, which published Hart Crane’s Poetry earlier this year.
Shot in black and white, and completed in 2011, The Broken Tower is based on the biography of Crane by Paul Mariani. Franco wrote the screenplay while studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later decided to produce, direct, edit, and star in the film. It premiered last year at Boston College, where Mariani teaches, and was shown at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. A theatrical release is planned for sometime in 2012.
Film & Media Studies partners with friends of the Maryland Film Festival to host film director Barry Levinson
On December 10th, 2011, JHU Film and Media Studies partnered with friends of the Maryland Film Festival to host renowned film director Barry Levinson in JHU's Shriver Hall. Mr. Levinson was joined by cast members Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern and Michael Tucker for a Q&A on the art of filmmaking following a screening of Mr. Levinson's film DINER in 35mm. The event honored Mr. Levinson as well as DINER, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The Baltimore Sun's article on this event can be found here:
Esteemed Documentary Filmmaker Comes to Hopkins with Latest Film
Ross McElwee, independent documentary filmmaker, in conjunction with the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University hosted a screening event on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7-10:30pm. This event was held in Hodson Hall on the JHU Homewood Campus.
The event titled “A Screening with Documentary Filmmaker Ross McElwee” is an exhibition and discussion about his most recent film, Photographic Memory. Photographic Memory is a film about the passage of time and is a mediation of how different the world of his youth is from the digital world in which his son is a now young adult. The film is also McElwee’s journey back to the beginning of his involvement with photography and cinema. After the screening, Ross McElwee gave a director’s speech about his work and the creative process and lead a thought-provoking Q&A session.
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.