Profile Type: Artist
Jay Craven

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 or 802-274-1974.  Eligible for partial NEST funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts. 

For film descriptions and trailers go to

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Trailer for Jay Craven's "Where the Rivers Flow North"

I Have Worked With

  • January 2017

    I'm working as a visiting professor at Sarah Lawrence, teaching a class on screenwriting from a film director's perspective.  The class meets for 3 hours each week for 14 weeks.  

  • January 2017

    I screened two films at the Stowe Town Hall in Vermont, where actor/producer Rusty Dewees interviewed me for 45 minutes before each screening of A Stranger in the Kingdom and Where the Rivers Flow North.

  • December 2016

    I screened my films Northern Borders and Where the Rivers Flow North" at the Concord Film Project in Concord, Massachusetts.  I introduced screenings and led Q & A.



  • Artist

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949 Somers Road
Barnet, VT 05821
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949 Somers Road
Barnet, VT 05821
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Media - Film
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Media - Radio
Media - Television
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General Public
Native American Tribes
School Groups
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Artist (Individual)
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Broadcast Production
Community Arts
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Film professor, Marlboro College
1995 Producers Guild of America NOVA Award for Most Promising Motion Picture Producer of the Year
Two New England Emmy Awards and Six Nominations
1998 Vermont Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts
Finalist, Critics Week, 1993 Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, 1994 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, American Film Institute's 2007 AFI:Project 20/20
Golden Gate Award, 1989 San Francisco International Film Festival
1991 and 2001 National Endowment for the Arts Film Production Grants
Official Selection, National Endowment for the Arts' "American Masterpieces"
1994 American Indian Film Festival's Eagle Spirit Award

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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Digital projection of DCP, Blu Ray, or DVD. I can also provide all projection and sound equipment
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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MA in media arts education
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