The 2012 Ivy Film Festival, a week-long celebration of film that brings together professional and student filmmakers and screenwriters, will run from April 9 — 15. IFF’s 2012 lineup will feature Q&A sessions with actress Laura Linney ’86 (“Truman Show,” “Love Actually”) and director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Good Morning Vietnam”) during the week and will culminate with a screening of HBO’s new hit series “Girls,” followed by a Q&A with the show’s writer, director and star Lena Dunham.
Last year, IFF featured professionals such as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network,” “The West Wing”) and actor James Franco (“127 Hours,” “Milk”) and screened student films from around the world.
The festival will also showcase advance screenings of “Sound of My Voice,” a film directed by Zat Batmanglij about a couple that gets sucked into a cult as they investigate its leader who claims he hails from the future, and “The Bay,” a film directed by Barry Levinson about the aftermath of an ecological disaster in a small town. On Saturday, the festival will screen “Atomic States of America,” a documentary directed by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce on growing up in a nuclear-reactor community. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with George Hornig P’13, the film’s producer.
Throughout the week, the festival will screen the finalists’ films from its international film competition in three separate blocks. On Sunday, the festival will present a lunch featuring professionals from the Nantucket Film Festival who will highlight the inner workings of film festivals and the film industry. Visit www.ivyfilmfestival.com or check Facebook for more information and for ticket pick-up notices. All events are free.