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The Johns Hopkins Film Society is an extracurricular group dedicated to providing a fun and enriching experience for all students interested in film. With weekly meetings and DVD screenings, as well as monthly larger film screenings, a film-themed annual journal, and a film festival that receives submissions from across the country and around the world, students are provided with numerous opportunities to get involved, from programming, to advertising, to projecting 35mm film.Each semester, the Film Society puts on a 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 selected to embody a different facet of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, with films ranging from Psycho to Mulholland Drive; and series that highlighted various directors, producers, and actors.

The Johns Hopkins Film Society puts on monthly 35mm film screenings in Shriver Hall on the third largest screen in Maryland. This provides students the opportunity 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. Film programming, advertising, budgeting, and projecting come together in the spring for the annual Johns Hopkins Film Festival, a festival run entirely 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 300 submissions, from which students select the films to show, and create a schedule of three full days of cinema.

The Johns Hopkins Film Society provides exciting opportunities for students to expand upon their knowledge and love of film. All are welcome. For more information, contact jhufilm@gmail.com, and like the Film Society Facebook page.

Film Society Executive Board

  • Co-Directors: Caroline Halligan and Katherine Gillis
  • Treasurer: Faith Terry
  • Social Media Chair/Wave Wave Zine Editor: Sarina Redzinski
  • Events Chair/Wave Wave Zine Editor: Charlotte Wood

Community

We hold weekly general body meetings where members give updates on current Studio North projects, lead workshops on how a film set functions, and discuss our general love for all things film. Studio North is made up of six committees: Production, Screenwriting, Marketing, Programming, Talent, and Finance. Each fall, Studio North welcomes new students to join these committees and become involved with Studio North projects. Executive Board Chairs lead weekly meetings for their respective committees, aiming to help members develop their skills while strengthening the Studio North community.

Each spring, Studio North provides funding to a select few student filmmakers. In addition to funding, we work with the grant winners through developing and improving their scripts, planning and executing their production, and helping filmmakers distribute their films. For the 2018-2019 grant cycle, we award three $1500 grants to support JHU undergraduate projects:

  • Vanessa Richards is in production for her documentary web series “House,” a story of community and connection within the house music fan bases of Chicago, Detroit, and Baltimore.
  • Jaeyoung Lee is in production for “Hamster-Sitter” a film following an Asian-American man who blames himself for not preventing his brother’s suicide. He takes over his brother’s house-sitting duty for a white couple. There, he meets the resident hamster, who is named after his deceased brother.
  • Genevieve Thomas is in pre-production for “Over, Easy” a modern take on the classic hard boiled detective story; a journalist hunts for truth in the secretive world of underground Division III sports gambling.

These projects will screen at our annual Studio North Premiere at the historic Parkway Theatre.

Upcoming Grants

We will begin accepting applications for our 2019-2020 grant cycle in Spring 2019. Projects may be fiction, documentary, experimental or animated work. Accepted film proposals will be for shorts only. Projects should run no longer than 20 minutes, including all credits.

Grant applicants pitch their projects to the Executive Board, giving them an opportunity to receive feedback on their proposed projects and perfect the difficult art of pitching. Selections are made by the Executive Board, the committee of students that runs all Studio North operations. In order to increase chances of selection, prospective filmmakers are encouraged to get involved in Studio North events and workshops throughout the year.

The Writers Room

The Studio North Writers Room is a fully functional television writers room in which undergraduate students of any major can work together to write two short television series. Members also gain access to guest writer weekends and master classes.

The Executive Board

  • Executive Chair: Giovanna Molina
  • Production Chair: Elan Medoff
  • Screenwriting Chair: Michael Feder
  • Marketing and Advertising Chair: Abby Johnson
  • Secretary: Brandt Matthews
  • Finance Chair: Tuna Coluk
  • Casting Chair: Charlotte Wood
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