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Distributed April 8, 2004
Contact Mary Jo Curtis

April 8–11
Adrien Brody, Wes Craven to speak at third annual Ivy Film Festival

Brown University will host the third annual Ivy Film Festival April 8-11, 2004. The festival will feature student film entries from the United States and abroad, as well as lectures and panel discussions with Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, directors Wes Craven and Brett Ratner, and others. The festival is open to the public; tickets are required for all events.

Updated schedule: Due to travel changes, the presentations by Brody and Craven are different from schedules as originally announced. The following information is current.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody and director Wes Craven are among the film industry leaders who will take part in the third annual Ivy Film Festival, opening Thursday, April 8, and running through Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Brown University.

Craven – the director of Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series – will be featured in “An Encounter with Wes Craven” on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green.

Editors: Craven will be available to the press on Friday, April 9, at 5 p.m. For more information, call the News Service at (401) 863-2476.

Brody, who won the 2003 Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Pianist, will receive the festival’s Ivy Choice Award and speak about his work on Saturday, April 10, at 5 p.m. in Brown’s Stuart Theatre, 77 Waterman St.

The Ivy Film Festival will feature screenings of student films from all over the world, film premieres and panel discussions led by directors and business leaders of the film industry – including directors, including Brody, Craven, directors Brett Ratner (Rush Hour series, Red Dragon) and Jim Toback (Harvard Man, Black and White), writer Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), and Paramount Pictures vice-chairman Rob Friedman, among others.

Founded in 2001 by Brown students David Peck and Justin Slotsky, the Ivy Film Festival encourages the creative efforts of undergraduate filmmakers by providing a venue for their work and opportunities for them to learn from one another and from talented professionals. Each year festival organizers have brought together a panel of celebrity judges from the film industry, including directors, producers, writers and agents. The past two festivals have featured appearances and lectures by Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, actress Julia Stiles, and directors Oliver Stone, Jim Toback and Dylan Kidd, and screenwriter Harvey Bean.

Film screenings and other events will be scheduled throughout the weekend in various locations. The festival, which is sponsored by the Forbes Foundation and Brown’s Creative Arts Council, will conclude with an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m. in the Salomon Center. For a full schedule of events, visit

Passes to attend the film screenings are $20 for the full festival; passes for individual screenings are $5. Tickets are required for all events and can be reserved in advance by e-mail to [email protected]. The public is welcome. For more information, call (401) 369-5185 or (310) 717-0942, or visit


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