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September 22, 1995
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Eisenhower Symposium Brings Movie Industry
Imagine life without movies.
Insiders to Hopkins
The moving picture turns 100 this year and some Johns
undergraduates who can't picture life without a big screen have
centennial by bringing to the Homewood campus an impressive group
industry insiders to discuss the powerful medium of film.
The 1995 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, "Framing Society: A
Cinema" will be held in Shriver Hall at 8 p.m. on different
nights from Oct.
10 through Nov. 16, and is entirely free and open to the
James Robinson, founder and CEO of Morgan Creek Productions,
discuss the movie-making business in the series kick-off event
Oct. 10. Since
1988 Robinson has produced at least 26 films, including Young
and II, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Enemies: a Love Story,
Pet Detective and True Romance. Last year Robinson,
resident who commutes every week to the West Coast, was named the
prolific producer of the year by Hollywood Reporter
Also during the series, an independent film maker will
recent boom in independent, low-budget films while another
director will talk
about the importance of her identity as a Latina lesbian and her
to be pegged as a "queer" director. Other speakers will discuss
of African-Americans and women in movies, and one of India's
will discuss the international movie scene.
Symposium organizers say another highlight will be a lecture
veteran screenwriter Millard Kaufman. Kaufman, 78, has weathered
the ups and
downs of the film industry for decades and his colorful,
style is as entertaining as it is enlightening. Besides writing
Marvin and Spencer Tracy westerns like Bad Day at Black Rock and
Take the High
Ground, he is also known for risking his career by fronting the
Crazy for a blacklisted friend during the McCarthy era. Still,
probably most famous for creating the quirky and comical cartoon
During the symposium, Hopkins will also hold the grand
opening of the
Shriver Hall Theater in Shriver Hall Auditorium, which will be
state-of-the-art screening capabilities, making it the largest
in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the future, the new theater
movie premieres and sneak previews as well as off-beat and
The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium was established in 1967
undergraduate student council to honor the university's eighth
Every year since then, a team of two to three students chosen by
council has arranged and managed all aspects of the series.
Usually about six
prominent figures are booked to address a current national
Covering topics like the nuclear arms race, human sexuality,
the press and foreign policy and race, the symposium has been
like Aaron Copland, Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Bernstein, former
McGovern and Eugene McCarthy, Pat Robinson and Isaac Asimov.
This year's symposium organizers are Hopkins seniors Chris
Matt Gross. Gross and fellow Hopkins senior Gil Jawetz have also
directed a short film, Mardi Gras, Baltimore, which will
during the symposium.
The 1995 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium.
Oct. 10, 8 p.m.
"The Film Industry." James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek
producer of True Romance, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Major
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Go Fish, written and directed by Rose Troche.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
"Sexuality and Film." Rose Troche writer/director of Go
Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
"Women In Film and Criticism." Molly Haskell, New York film
critic and author
of From Reverence to Rape.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.
"Censorship of Film." Millard Kaufman, screenwriter, Bad Day
Rock, Take the High Ground, Raintree Country; board member
of the Writers
Guild of America; creator of Mr. Magoo.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
Bad Day at Black Rock, written by Millard Kaufman. The
film will be
introduced by Kaufman and followed by a question and answer
Thursday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
"Race and Film." Thomas Cripps, author and history professor at
Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
Premiere and screening.
World premiere of Mardi Gras, Baltimore, written,
directed by JHU students Gil Jawetz and Matt Gross. Screening of
Gravity, produced by Larry Meistrich.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
"Independent films." Larry Meistrich, producer of Laws of
New Jersey Drive; CEO of the Shooting Gallery.
(photos of speakers available upon request)
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