Screenings and workshops by New England indie filmmaker Jay Craven
Offered as screenings, discussions, and/or interactive dialogues about the role of place in narrative films, award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will discuss how he has developed narrative feature films as an extension of his community-based arts presenting and producing work. Craven can lead a post-screening Q & A and/or brainstorm stories and characters rooted in your own place—to explore how cinema can express regional themes, validate indigenous character and culture, and enhance a community’s imagination of itself. Craven can also lead story and screenwriting workshops. Who knows where it might lead?
Screenings and workshops can be staged as a single event or multi-day residency in your community and/or schools. Focus can include regional story development or adaptation, screenwriting, project case histories, and even production of a short film. Costs are negotiable, depending on the event and scope of the activity.
Craven’s films include his “Vermont westerns”: Where the Rivers Flow North (w/ Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox); A Stranger in the Kingdom (w/ Ernie Hudson, Martin Sheen, David Lansbury); Disappearances, (w/ Kris Kristofferson, Charlie McDermott, Genevieve Bujold); and Northern Borders (w/ Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. Also his “Nantucket noir,” Wetware (w/ Morgan Wolk, Jerry O’Connell), and his 1872 post-Civil War Nantucket costume drama, Peter and John, starring Jacqueline Bisset and adapted to New England from Guy de Maupassant’s French seaside novel, Pierre et Jean. Also, the Ohio film, The Year That Trembled, a 1970 coming of age story set in the shadow of the turbulent events at Kent State (stars Jonathan Brandis, Fred Williard, Martin Mull, Marin Hinkle).
Jay Craven has made eight narrative features, three documentaries, six New England sketch comedy/variety shows for public radio, and an Emmy-winning comedy series for public television. His films have played Sundance, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Harvard Film Archives, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Le Cinematheque Francaise, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela and many others. His 2007 film, Disappearances, toured to ten countries for the American Film Institute (AFI) and President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities.
Craven’s commitment to a place-based cinema grows from his 40-years working as an arts activist, impresario, cultural commentator, and producer of projects ranging from Circus Smirkus and St. Johnsbury’s Catamount Arts to Vermont Young Playwrights, The GRACE Project, for older indigenous visual artists, and Movies from Marlboro, where 24 professionals mentor and collaborate with 32 students from a dozen colleges, to produce ambitious feature films for national release.
"Jay Craven’s Where the Rivers Flow North communicates the special character of Vermont at a pivotal point in its history so effectively that it ends up being a strong argument for regional cinema: the idea that an area of the country is best interpreted on film by those who know and love it." -- William Arnold, Seattle Post Intelligencer
“Jay Craven has come closer than any other filmmaker to realizing (American poet, essayist, and film theorist) Vachel Lindsay’s dream of a vital regional cinema that embodies the character and genius of a place in all its mystery, magnificence, and pain.” -- Bill Kauffman, Orion Magazine
All screening and sound equipment can be provided. To discuss program options and specifics suited to your community, contact Jay Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-274-1974. Eligible for partial NEST funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
For film descriptions and trailers go to www.KingdomCounty.org