Ivy Film Festival brings films, panels, and Sorkin to Brown

Brush up on your MCM vocabulary— the Ivy Film Festival is back in town. Since yesterday, the IFF has been organizing different film-related events across campus. From free screenings to panel discussions with big names in the industry (why, hello, Mr. Franco and Mr. Sorkin), there’s bound to be at least one event that catches your eye and and can provide you with a break during your frantic post-Spring Weekend reality check.

What’s cool about the festival: FREE FREE FREE events, films made by students being honored at the Festival (it IS a film competition, after all), and the opportunity to drool over James Franco as he uses seductive words like diegesis and voyeurism.

What’s not so cool: because the events are FREE FREE FREE, the keynote speeches are going to fill up quickly. Jot down the dates, get tickets if you have to, and get to Granoff early to make sure you can hear Aaron Sorkin talk about how cool it is to be Aaron Sorkin.

The Festival will be going on until Sunday, April 24th. A full list of the events for the week after the jump!

Screenings— All professional films were screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • Tuesday, April 19thThe Catechism Cataclysm — “Father William Smoortser drops his bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip, breaking loose all glorious hell.”
  • Where? Salomon 001, at 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday, April 20th: On the Ice“An Inuit hunter in the Arctic witnesses a murder” and is “forced to navigate the uneasy morality of honoring the body and memory of one friend and destroying the life of another.” Followed by Q&A with producer Cara Marcous.
  • Where? Salomon 001, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 21st: Bellflower — “Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa.”
  • Where? Salomon 001, 8:00 PM.
  • Friday, April 22nd:
    (1) Ceremony — “Starring Uma Thurman, ‘Ceremony’ is the story of a young guy that crashes the wedding of the thirty-something woman he wants back.” Followed by Q&A with director/writer Max Winkler and actor Michael Angarano (of Speak and Sky High fame).
    Where? Granoff Center, 7:00 PM.
    (2) The Social Network (in preparation for Aaron Sorkin!)
    Where? Salomon 001, midnight.
  • Saturday, April 23rd:
    (1) Student film screenings — Watch the cream of the crop of this year’s student-submitted films while feasting on free Nice Slice pizza.
    Where? Granoff Center, 3:00 PM.
    (2) Bobby Fischer Against the World — “The first documentary feature to explore the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer’s career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run.” Followed by Q&A with producer Serin Marshall.
    Where? Granoff Center, 6:00 PM.
  • Sunday, April 24th: Cost of a Soul — “A gritty tale of two veterans who return home from Iraq to the war-zone of their own slum neighborhood. Their lives collide as their own families become entangled in a web of crime and corruption.”
    Where? Granoff Center, 6:00 PM.

Talks and panels

  • Friday, April 22nd:
    (1) James Franco: No tickets required, but rest assured that this event will fill up fast. Get there early to get a good view of our speaker and to avoid sitting behind the hyperventilating females in the audience.
    Where? Granoff Center, 2:00 PM.
    (2) Young filmmakers and producers Andrew Renzi, Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond: The exclusive panel will discuss the ins and outs of the film industry right after James Franco, so stick around Granoff.
    Where? Granoff Center, 5:00PM
  • Saturday, April 23rd: Aaron Sorkin: Fresh from the Oscars, Aaron Sorkin will grace our campus to deliver the Keynote Speech of the Festival. This is definitely one of the highlights of the week, so make sure to get your ticket at the Information Desk at Faunce on Wednesday (yes, 4/20) between noon and 4:00 PM. Brown ID required.
    Where? Salomon DeCi/001, 1:30 PM.

Fun stuff

  • IFF After Party: Take a night off from that pile of work leftover from the week after Spring Weekend and celebrate the end of an eventful week.
    Where? Bravo Brasserie, 10:00 PM.

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