“Our professors showed us how films touch on every aspect of the human experience, why certain films have such cultural relevance, how they inform how we live.”

Jane Miller ’04, playwright and screenwriter

Film and media studies majors pursue diverse careers that draw upon the ideas and concepts they discussed and debated over their four years of undergraduate study. Their creativity and critical thinking ability, which they developed through their course work, has prepared them to address real world challenges.

Here are some of the many extraordinary alumni of Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Film and Media Studies, in their own words.

Andrea Massaro, 2015

 Director of Development, Goddard Textiles

FMS was crucial in giving me the confidence to pursue a career in film and television. With amazing instructors, creative challenges, and incredible support during my four years in the program, I felt prepared to tackle anything the industry threw my way.

Diana Peralta, 2011


 Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2019

Diana was featured in Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2019. She currently works as a Senior Producer at Revlon, Inc. Her work as a producer on the short documentary LA Feria Concreta was screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Emily Mayer, 2004

 Executive Vice President, B17 Entertainment

Being a film and media studies major at Hopkins was a huge differentiator for me when moving out to LA to work in television.

Emma Needell, 2012


 Forbes' 30 Under 30, 2020

FMS was the perfect blend of traditional film school and independent study, where I learned the fundamentals of filmmaking without feeling beholden to academic bureaucracy.

Kim Parker, 2007


 "Last Black Man in San Francisco"

Born in Seoul, but adopted and raised in Baltimore, Kimberly Parker is a producer based in Los Angeles. Currently, Parker is lead producing the sophomore feature film of Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos, Manos Sucias). Parker was Executive Producer on A24's The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Best Director, Sundance 2019) and produced I Am My Own Mother, one of two American shorts in Cannes’ Cinéfondation 2018. Parker also produced Katie Says Goodbye (TIFF 2016), starring Olivia Cooke and Christopher Abbott.

Zach Baylin, 2002


 Academy Award Nominee for "King Richard"

For a young filmmaker, or for anyone just inspired by cinema and story, FMS at Hopkins is an incredibly nurturing community I’m proud to be a part of.