Film Society


The Johns Hopkins Film Society is a group of students dedicated to providing a fun, enriching experience for anyone interested in film.  With weekly meetings and DVD screenings, as well as monthly larger film screenings, students are provided with numerous opportunities to get involved, from advertising, to projecting 35mm film.

Through weekly meetings students are invited to discuss and debate all aspects of film. Meetings provide a forum for members to apply and expand their knowledge of cinema through dialogue with other students. At meetings the topics can range from discussing a specific film, to deconstructing and debating a genre, to discussing filmmakers, to talking about today’s box office.

Every fall, Film Society puts on a 10-week, student-run film series programmed by its members. Film series programmed in past years include “Dante's In-film-o,” a series designed to trace out the circles of Dante’s Hell with screenings from Eastern Promises to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; “The Freudian Slips”, a series of films each selected to embody a different facet of Freud's psychoanalytic theory, with films ranging from Psycho to Mulholland Drive. Past film series have also highlighted various directors, producers, and actors, such as last year's “Roger Corman's Picks” series. These film series work to expose students to an amazing and varied selection of films, as well as teach them the methods of putting their own successful series together and advertising it to both the university, and the city of Baltimore.

In addition to DVD screenings, the Johns Hopkins Film Society puts on monthly 35mm film screenings in Shriver Hall on the 2nd largest screen in Maryland. This provides the rare opportunity for students to learn how to project 35mm film, and to see movies as they were intended to be viewed: on the big screen, with full cinema sound. Recently, Film Society has had opportunities to project a range of films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Dark Knight, Pierrot le Fou, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Old School, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Yojimbo.

Programming, advertising, and projecting come together in the spring for The Johns Hopkins Film Festival, an annual festival run and operated solely by students. The Johns Hopkins Film Festival is nationally known, and draws both feature-length and short films from all across the country and world. The festival usually receives close to 200 submissions, from which students select the films to show, and create a schedule of three full days of cinema. Programming and hosting the festival offers students the opportunity to experience an international film festival from in front of the screen, to the festival's innermost workings.

The Johns Hopkins Film Society provides exciting opportunities for students to expand upon their knowledge and love of film. All are welcome.

Film Society Executive Board:
Co-Directors: Abby Harri and Ian McMurray

Film Programming Chairs: Evelyn Feeney and Jose Nino

Financial Director: Brooke Townsend

Secretary: Kristen Politis

Film Acquisitions: Sean Glass

Marketing: Annie Rhee and Bedram Barapour

Film Festival Manager: Josh Land

Projection Team Captain: Abby Sussman

Website Manager: Bardia Barapour

Frame of Reference Editors: Hannah Ingersoll and Liz Mattson

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Frame of Reference

Frame of Reference is the online cinema magazine sponsored by the JHU Film Society. It fosters creative dialogue on the act of filmmaking by offering a place for the publication of cinema manifestos, photography, scholarly essays, fun facts, and film criticism. It is designed to speak to the JHU community.