MVIFF 2017: THE LEARS with Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian–SOLD OUTCanada | 2017 | 99 mins. | Not Rated | Comedy, Drama
Directed by Carl Bessai
Tuesday September 05, 2017
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 MVFS Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Carl Bessai
Bruce Dern, Anthony Michael Hall, Sean Astin
Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian will be joining us after the screening for a discussion.
World-renowned, cutting edge architect Davenport Lear (Bruce Dern), nearing retirement, summons his dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat in one of his architectural creations, a magnificent Malibu Estate. When they learn that he has decided to marry his personal assistant that Sunday, it sets off an explosive and funny round of devious behavior and conflict as each of them jockeys for position borne by self-interest, greed and jealousy. In the end, this homage to Shakespeare’s KING LEAR raises fundamental questions about the nature of love, sexuality, family relationships and honesty, demonstrating that what lies beneath the surface is often very different from outward manifestations.
An AARP Movies for Grownups Selection.
This film is SOLD OUT.
Ivy Matheson was born and raised in the countryside of Nova Scotia. After finishing high school, Ivy embarked upon a modeling career which took her around the world. Her adventures included completing several modeling contracts in countries such as Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, and Korea. After spending time modeling in New York, Ivy set her sights on Los Angeles. Immediately falling in love with the city, she was soon introduced to her passion; acting. Early in her pursuit, Ivy was introduced to an acting teacher who believed in her potential and became Ivy’s mentor opening her world to the amazing craft of being an actor. Since she started her journey as an actress, Ivy has been cast in several movies and television shows….including a starring role in the coming of age film ONLY HUMANS, a supporting role in the new modern film noir UNDER THE SILVER LAKE and THE LEARS, in which she plays the strong supporting role of Delia, daughter of Davenport Lear’s fiancee. Ivy continues to live and follow her dreams in Los Angeles.
Irwin Olian is a successful entrepreneur with experience in entertainment and finance. He entered Hollywood as a senior attorney for Warner Bros. Inc. at Burbank Studios for five years, then served as a business affairs exec with talent agency ICM. Recently, he has been serving as CEO of indie distributor/producer NeoClassics Films Ltd., whose arthouse releases have included a number of award winning foreign titles including a Sundance Audience Award winner, Berlin winner and French favorites “THE HEDGEHOG” and “FAREWELL.” Shifting focus to production, Irwin produced “THE LEARS” as a result of a friendship with director Carl Bessai developed on the festival circuit. Irwin has been a regular summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard for the past nine years and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Nominated -- Grand Jury Prize, Nashville Film Festival