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 Ma, Class 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.
"Until It’s Even": The Legacy of Geraldine Ferraro
by Andrea Massaro, Class 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.
Hopkins Student Film Conference, September 28, 2013
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.
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.
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.