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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 5, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 29
Four-Day Johns Hopkins Film Festival Opens on Thursday

'I Shot Andy Warhol,' a filmed account of the life of feminist author Valerie Solanas, leads off the 2004 JHU Film Festival on Thursday. Starring Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff, the film is a depiction of 1960s counterculture by Mary Harron, the director of 'American Psycho.'

The Johns Hopkins Film Festival returns to the Homewood campus this week for the sixth time, with an extensive lineup of films scheduled for viewing from Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11.

Seeking to promote the work of budding independent and student filmmakers, the student-run Johns Hopkins Film Society will showcase the year's prominent documentaries, features and short films, as well as the work of lesser-known local, national and international artists. Displayed formats are 35 mm, 16 mm, Super 8, DVD and VHS. The JHFS also publishes the campus film journal Frame of Reference.

The program includes films on the near-assassination of Andy Warhol, racial diversity in the punk rock scene and the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida. Segments range from approximately one hour to just under two hours long.

All films will be shown in Shriver Hall, the largest screening facility in Maryland. The shows are free to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students with ID. The cost to the public is $3 per show, $5 per day or $15 for an all-encompassing festival pass. For more information, go to or call 410-235-8719.


Film Festival Screenings

Thursday, April 8

11 p.m. I Shot Andy Warhol. An account of the life of Valerie Solanas, writer of the feminist classic The SCUM Manifesto, who shot Warhol in 1968, and a depiction of 1960s counterculture. From the director of American Psycho.

Friday, April 9

5 p.m. Pepe Vila Body Shop. A look at the life of a Cuban family as its members run a small auto-body shop.

7 p.m. Animated Shorts.

8 p.m. Tarheels and Short Skirts. A documentary on the North Carolina USofA Drag Queen Pageant.

9:30 p.m. Velvet Goldmine. The mostly fictitious story of the life of Brian Slade, ultra glam-rocker. Starring Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale, and directed by Todd Haynes.

Saturday, April 10

1 p.m. Experimental Shorts.

3 p.m. Maybe Logic. A documentary about the life of counterculture leader Robert Anton Wilson.

5 p.m. Comedy Shorts.

8 p.m. Afro-punk. A documentary exploring race identity within the punk scene.

10 p.m. Prison A-Go-Go. A parody of the "women in prison" films of the past.

Midnight. Liquid Sky. A science fiction film about an alien invasion.

Sunday, April 11

1 p.m. Fest Highlights.

2 p.m. Student Film Showcase.

2:30 p.m. Aaron Shearer: A Life with the Guitar. A documentary celebrating the life and work of Aaron Shearer, perhaps the most influential classic guitar author and teacher of the 20th century.

3:30 p.m. Trouble In Paradise. A documentary following a diverse group of Floridians as they struggle to improve the voting quagmire in their home state.


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