The first-ever ThrillerFest at Johns Hopkins will bring some classic creepy films to the Homewood campus throughout November and December, with four free screenings in the Donovan Room, 110 Gilman Hall. Each begins at 8 p.m. Organized by junior Andrew Moskowitz, the series will treat the Homewood community and the general public to some relatively obscure films that, he says, are representative of the thriller genre.
"I am showing films that, I suspect, most of the public has not heard of, let alone seen," Moskowitz says. "These movies are dying for some mainstream attention."
The idea for the film festival was born last summer when Moskowitz, a Writing Seminars major minoring in film studies, had an internship with the University of Maryland Video Press, the Baltimore production company behind the Oscar-winning documentary King Gimp. As an aspiring filmmaker and a longtime film fan, Moskowitz spent his down time watching movie after movie.
"I began to realize that the thriller has to be the hardest to do," he says. "A thriller has to be so tight with no fat in the story. There can't be a plot hole in a good thriller. The writer has to know how it's going to end before it starts."
Though Moskowitz isn't sure what his future holds in the film industry, he is actively involved in the present: As a Woodrow Wilson fellow, he's working on a documentary about the university. And on the last night of the festival, he will be showing Breathing Room, a 10-minute comedy/thriller he produced with his friends. The film recently took third place in the local Creative Alliance Movie Makers Slamm, or Camm Slamm.
The ThrillerFest schedule is as follows:
Moskowitz will introduce the films, providing background about their creators. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.