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Curtis and Thomas Nishimoto Win “Best Student Film” in 72 Film Festival

Curtis and Thomas Nishimoto Win “Best Student Film” in 72 Film Festival
The film, “The Salt Incident“, by FMS Seniors Curtis and Thomas Nishimoto was awarded the “Best Student Film” award while also being nominated for “Best Cinematography”, “Best Under 5 Minutes” and “Best of the Fest.” The 72 Film Fest is an annual time based film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a movie. Based just outside the DC/Baltimore […]


FMS Senior, Abena Ababio, Chosen for Inaugural Peter Roth Internship Program

FMS Senior, Abena Ababio, Chosen for Inaugural Peter Roth Internship Program
Film and Media Studies is thrilled to announce that Abena Ababio, a senior in the program, has been chosen for the Peter Roth Internship Program being offered by the Paley Center for Media. This competitive, paid internship is named in honor of longtime television studio chief Peter Roth. More about the Peter Roth Internship Program. […]


Screenwriter and FMS ’02 Alumnus Zach Baylin’s King Richard Starring Will Smith To Hit Screens November 19

Screenwriter and FMS ’02 Alumnus Zach Baylin’s King Richard Starring Will Smith To Hit Screens November 19
Slated for a wide theatrical release on November 19, 2021, King Richard, screenwritten by FMS alumnus Zach Baylin, is already receiving glowing reviews.  With a 92% Tomatometer, this biopic of Richard Williams tells the story of an undeterred father driven to take his daughters, Venus and Serena Williams, from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons […]


Media Infrastructures and the Politics of Digital Time, a collection of essays edited by FMS Lecturer, Kyle Stine, and Axel Volmar published by Amsterdam University Press

Media Infrastructures and the Politics of Digital Time, a collection of essays edited by FMS Lecturer, Kyle Stine, and Axel Volmar published by Amsterdam University Press
In a crucial sense, all machines are time machines. The essays in Media Infrastructures and the Politics of Digital Time develop the central concept of hardwired temporalities to consider how technical networks hardwire and rewire patterns of time. Digital media introduce new temporal patterns in their features of instant communication, synchronous collaboration, intricate time management, and continually improved speed. […]


Film and Media Studies Appoints New Director, Senior Lecturer Adam Rodgers

Film and Media Studies Appoints New Director, Senior Lecturer Adam Rodgers
Adam Rodgers, a Baltimore native who has been teaching screenwriting for the Program in Film & Media Studies since spring 2018, has been named the Program’s Director beginning July 1, 2021. Adam received his undergraduate education at Duke University and went on to earn an MFA at New York University’s Graduate Film Program. During his […]


FMS Students Serve as First Readers for the 2021 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition

As they have since the competition launched in 2006, FMS students provided script coverage for the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, sponsored by the Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts. Winners will be announced during the Maryland Film Festival.  Under the supervision of FMS Senior Lecturer Lucy Bucknell, students were first readers for both features and […]


JHU Film and Media Studies Joins EAS, RIC, and WGS in Condemning Anti-Asian Hate and Violence

The recent attacks on people of Asian descent in the United States prompted the following statement from The Program in East Asian Studies (EAS), the Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship (RIC), and the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS) at Johns Hopkins University. The faculty and staff of Film and Media Studies strongly […]


Film and Media Studies Siblings Work Together on Nurikabe

Film and Media Studies Siblings Work Together on Nurikabe
Curtis and Thomas Nishimoto were featured in the fall 2020 Arts & Sciences Magazine for their film Nurikabe, which Thomas wrote and Curtis will direct. The 12-minute movie, to be shot next summer, is described as a dark fantasy in the vein of 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth and incorporates elements of Japanese folklore. The brothers discuss what drew them to Film and Media […]


Director Meredith Ward wins Excellence in Advising Award

Director Meredith Ward wins Excellence in Advising Award
Congratulations to Meredith Ward, Faxon director of the Film and Media Studies Program, who won the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences 2020 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award for Faculty Undergraduate Advising. Some of the student nominations for Meredith Ward are below. “If the most basic role of an advisor is to give advice, […]