Brown Arts Initiative

Film Council

A hub for film at Brown

The Film Council serves as a resource for faculty, student groups, and staff working in film throughout the University. The council is a non-regulatory body convening twice per semester to share resources, identify evolving needs, and connect with colleagues. If you are interested in attending upcoming meetings, please email [email protected] to be added to the contact list. 

Note: This site is under construction. Please check back in May, June and July for newly posted resources, course listings, student group info, event calendars and more.

Filmmakers' Series

View pre-recorded conversations and tutorials with industry professionals using the links below. Note: You must be logged in to a Brown google account to view this content. 

Tutorials and Conversations

Stefon Bristol discusses his role as film director. Brooklyn-born, Long Island-bred, Bristol is writing his own success story in the indie film world. Bristol graduated from Morehouse College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he met his mentor Spike Lee. The two collaborated on "See You Yesterday," adapting Bristol’s 17-minute student thesis into his feature debut.
Lilly Kilvert shares her experiences as a production designer. Lilly’s first film was in 1981, and since then she has designed 26 movies, three TV series and been nominated for multiple awards including two Oscars and two Art Directors Guild awards. Learn more at
Sylvain Bellemare offers a tutorial on Sound Design. Sylvain Bellemare is a Canadian sound designer based in Montréal. Best known internationally as the supervising sound editor of "Arrival" (2016), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Sound (shared with Claude La Haye and Bernard Gariépy Strobl) and the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
Erika Hampson shares insights on producing. Hampson's films include "Robot and Frank," directed by Jake Schreier and starring Frank Langella, "Infinitely Polar Bear" featuring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, John Slattery’s "God’s Pocket" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Reed Morano’s directorial debut "Meadowland," starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson. View her complete filmography at

Learn More

Interested in hearing more from the filmmakers? Students are invited to join us for informal group conversations with the filmmakers. Preregistration required. Use the links below to learn more and to register.