This year’s Ivy Film Festival, set to take place April 10-16 at Brown University, will feature appearances by Ezra Edelman, Barry Levinson, and M. Night Shyamalan. Now in its 16th year, the student-run festival has established a solid track record of bringing in Hollywood A-listers. Previous guests of the festival have included Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Lena Dunham, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone, Wes Craven, Park Chan-wook, and James Franco .
Shyamalan, the Academy-Award nominated director and screenwriter of the “The Sixth Sense,” will be the keynote speaker on April 12, and Edelman, director of the 2017 Academy Award-winning documentary, “OJ: Made in America,” will give the lunchtime keynote on April 13. Later that evening, Levinson, the Oscar-winning director of “Rain Man,” will take part in a keynote conversation moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition.
On April 14, IFF will present its official selection of undergraduate and graduate student films, a curated program of the 25 best from all over the world. They know how to pick ’em, too: the official selection in 2015 included two films (“Day One” and “Everything Will Be Okay”) that went on to receive Oscar nominations for best live action short film.
IFF will also present “She Scores: Women in the Musical & Cinematic Arts,” a panel discussion that will look at what composers and music supervisors do, and why there are so few women in the film scoring industry. (Last year only 3 percent of composers working on the top 250 films were female, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.) The panelists will include composers Germaine Franco (“Dope”) and Kathryn Bostic (“Dear White People”) and music supervisor and consultant Anna Granucci (“Whiplash”).