Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson at the Avon TONIGHT!

The Ivy Film Festival has done it again.  This year the group is bringing in an advanced screening of Oscar-award winning director Barry Levinson’s new film “The Bay.”  This screening is so exclusive they haven’t even released a trailer yet!  What can you expect from the first look at this new film by the director of “Rain Man” and “Good Morning Vietnam?” The limited information that exists about the movie thus far says that it’s a horror film told through a series of recordings on camera phones, 911 calls and other scraps of video. Two biologists come to a small seaside town and discover that their water is contaminated. The mayor refuses to inform the citizens and soon the town has descended into horror as mutant parasites take over people’s minds and bodies.  Sound creepy?  It should.  It’s from the crew and production team that brought you “Paranormal Activity.”

The Creative Coalition has assisted the Ivy Film Festival in getting Levinson as part of their Spotlight Initiative. The Creative Coalition is a nonprofit organization that aims to mobilize leaders of the entertainment community to address issues such as freedom of speech and arts in public education. The organization was founded in 1989 by a group including Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon. Barry Levinson is just one of the many celebrities the Creative Coalition has joined up with over the years.

The screening is tonight, April 12th at 7pm at the Avon!

Is it free?  DUH!  Just show up to the Avon before 7pm.  Seats will go fast.  You can also get tickets in advance on the Main Green today.

Missed out on Laura Linney’s speech on Tuesday?  Well, it’s not too late to catch everything the Ivy Film Festival has left in store. Lena Dunham will be screening her new HBO show, Girls, on Saturday at 1 pm in Salomon. Tickets will be available on the Main Green today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Producer George Hornig will be here for a screening of his new Sundance-selected documentary Atomic States of America on Saturday from 6-8pm in Granoff, and all the amazing finalist film screenings will be shown Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

BREAKING: 2012 Ivy Film Festival lineup announced

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.   Continue Reading