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The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents director JAY CRAVEN, who will appear for a Q&A with the audience following the opening night screenings of his films NORTHERN BORDERS at 5:00 p.m. and PETER AND JOHN at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28.
|10.28||Fri||5:00 & 7:30 p.m.|
The screening of NORTHERN BORDERS will be begin at 5:00 p.m. and the screening of PETER AND JOHN will begin at 7:30 p.m. and both screenings will be followed by a Q&A. Admission is at regular Ross prices.
JAY CRAVEN is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose narrative films include High Water (1989); Where the Rivers Flow North (1993); A Stranger in the Kingdom (1997); In Jest (1999); The Year That Trembled (2003), Disappearances (2006), Northern Borders (2012), and Peter and John (2015). Craven also directed, produced, and co-wrote the 2005 Emmy Award-winning public television comedy series, Windy Acres and the Queen City Radio Hour, a 2009 comedy and music variety show performed before a live audience and broadcast over Vermont Public Radio. His documentaries include After the Fog: Interviews with Combat Veterans (2006), Dawn of the People (1984) and Gayleen (1985). Jay is currently working in post-production on his film, Wetware, which he shot through the Movies from Marlboro program he directs at Marlboro College, where professionals mentor and collaborate with students to make an ambitious film for national release.
Awards and recognitions include two New England Emmys (for Windy Acres); 1995 Producers’ Guild of America NOVA award for Most Promising New Motion Picture Producer of the Year (for Rivers); 1998 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; one of Knight Ridder’s “Ten Best Films of 1995” (for Rivers); two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Film fellowships (for Gayleen and High Water); and two NEA Film Production Grants (for Rivers and Disappearances). Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Harvard Film Archive, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cinematheque Francaise, Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and Beijing Normal University. Festivals include Sundance, SXSW, and AFI Fest.
Craven founded and directed Catamount Arts (1975-91) in St. Johnsbury and directed its wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary film and performing arts producing, presenting, and educational program. In 1987, he co-founded (with Rob Mermin) and produced Circus Smirkus. He writes regular arts commentaries for the Caledonian Record (St. Johnsbury) and Vermont Public Radio. He is also a tenured professor of Film Studies at Marlboro College where, in 2012, he initiated the Movies from Marlboro partnership between Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions. During this biennial spring semester, 20 professionals mentor and collaborate with 30 students from multiple colleges who come to Marlboro for a film intensive “semester away” from their home college. The semester includes classes, workshops, student filmmaking, visiting artists, and the production of a professional feature film for international release.
Both NORTHERN BORDERS and PETER AND JOHN were produced through Jay Craven’s Movies From Marlboro (MfM) program, a biennial film intensive semester jointly produced by Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions. For this ambitious program, 22 filmmaking professionals mentor and collaborated with 32 students from a dozen or more colleges including Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Boston College, University of Vermont, Dartmouth, Sarah Lawrence, Emerson, University of California at Berkeley, and Marlboro. A 2016 Movies from Marlboro production, “Wetware,” has recently concluded principal photography.