The Netflix Files: October 13, 2011

Tonight at 7 pm, the Ivy Film Festival will host an advance screening of Martha Marcy May Marlene at Granoff’s Martinos Auditorium. The film, starring Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of Mary-Kate & Ashley, credited as “Girl in Car” in How the West Was Fun), won the Best Director award at Sundance earlier this year. It also currently holds a 93% rating on RottenTomatoes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A from some of the film’s producers (who also held a filmmaker panel at the 2011 Ivy Film Festival) and co-star Brady Corbet. Check out the awesome trailer here. If you couldn’t get tickets these past two days on the Main Green, doors open to non-ticket holders at 6:30 pm. Do it.

In previous years, the Ivy Film Festival has brought Aaron Sorkin, James Franco, Jack Nicholson and Martin Scorsese to Brown. Davis Guggenheim ’86 presented his influential documentary on the American education system, Waiting For Superman, two years ago. Other advance screenings have included the likes of (500) Days of Summer (with a screenwriter Q&A) and Star Trek.

Last year’s festival saw the pre-release screening of an indie dramedy called Ceremony. Writer/director Max Winkler and star Michael Angarano (“that guy who dated Kristen Stewart”) appeared after the screening to answer questions. The film was released on-demand before its extremely brief theatrical release, and was largely ignored by the American viewing public before finally being tossed, like so many crappy indie dramedies, into the depths of the Netflix Watch Instantly database. Destined to be forgotten.

And that’s a shame. Because Ceremony was good. Continue Reading