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  1. Oct 2020
  2. Aug 2019
  3. Jul 2019
    1. Dr. Macksey is known for keeping unconventional hours; he would get about three hours of sleep, and grocery shop in the middle of the night. Until recently, he would volunteer at The Book Thing at 3 am.

      I remember wrapping up movie screenings in Shriver Hall after midnight and making the receipts deposit at the bank drop in Gilman Hall. Quite often I would run into Macksey wrapping up in his office or on his way home. We'd often sit and chat in his office for an hour or two, talk on the way back to his house, or sometimes go back to Shriver and screen films we either happened to have on hand or from his personal collection.

    2. Macksey is also responsible for one of his first short films. “When I was at Hopkins, there was no film program. We talked to Dick [about making a short film] and he said ‘let’s do it,’ and we ended up doing a movie in which he has a small part.”

      The short black and white film of just a few minutes was called Fratricide and is based on the Franz Kafka story A Fratricide.

      <small>Caleb Deschanel on the set of Fratricide. This may likely have been his first DP job circa ’66 while a student at Johns Hopkins. Photo courtesy of classmate Henry James Korn.</small>

    3. “There was always this rumor that when he was up for his PhD and doing his orals, they couldn’t stump him on anything,” the Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a former student, said. “Finally, exasperated, one of his interviewers decided to ask him about 16th-century French cooking or something and he goes, ‘well that’s great that you should ask that question, because it happens to be one of my hobbies.’”