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John Waters plans to host film festival at Lancaster college this month

  • Aniya Faulcon

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John Waters, American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist is most famously known for directing boundary-pushing independent comedies like “Pink Flamingos” and the original “Hairspray”.

According to IMDb, John, Baltimore native, rose to fame in the early 1970s when he began making feature films and became popular as his subject matter grew more shocking and polished.

Sept. 22nd through the 24th , Waters plans to host a film festival called False Negative – An Evening With John Waters at the Barshinger Center for the Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

Although Waters is now known for being a famous filmmaker, he said he got thrown out of film school.

“One line technique is nothing more than failed style,” Waters said. “If you like my movies, you called them raw. If you didn’t like them, you call them amateur.”

Waters said he built his career on negative reviews and learned to overcome his failures by telling stories through different mediums.

“I believe you get one life and it’s not very long in the history of times,” Waters said. “It’s a split second in the history of the universe. So, I want to do everything I can while I have the chance.”

He said his upcoming film festival will be a great opportunity for other filmmakers to network and be discovered.

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