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John’s first credited role in a feature film was in the 2002 independent movie Alma Mater. Here’s what the writer of Alma Mater had to say about the film and John’s appearance:
“ALMA MATER was a student film that my partner (director Hans Canosa) and I made while we were both on leave from our respective schools – Harvard College for me, and NYU Graduate Film School for him. The story takes place in Cambridge, MA in 1963, and it’s about a college professor, his wife, and his gay lover. I wrote it because I wanted to take advantage of the resources I had at the time – basically, access to Harvard. The professor in the story was the former roommate of President Kennedy, an idea which came from the fact that, as a freshman, I lived in the same dorm room as Kennedy. In any case, I was very inexperienced as a writer and certainly as a producer (if you look on IMDb, you’ll see I was also the production designer and costume designer), and the whole thing got somewhat out of control. Probably the most notable thing about ALMA MATER is that it features the screen debut of John Krasinski (from The Office) in a very small part.” – Gabrielle Zevin
Alma Mater was filmed entirely at Harvard University, in John’s home state, Massachusetts.