Academics Movies from Marlboro Spring 2014
Are you ready to make a dramatic feature film? The Movies from Marlboro program offers the unique opportunity for students from Marlboro or any other college to gain both college credit AND professional film credit. Organized as the equivalent to a semester abroad, Movies from Marlboro combines the best of liberal arts education, professional preparation, and cultural immersion. We are now accepting applications for Movies from Marlboro 2014.
During this innovative hands-on film practicum, a team of college students and professionals will produce a feature film based on Guy de Maupassant’s ground-breaking 1887 novel Pierre et Jean. The film will be produced for national release, using professional actors, working under a Screen Actors Guild contract. Our last Movies From Marlboro production, Northern Borders (filmed during winter/spring 2012) starred Academy Award nominated actors Bruce Dern and Geneviève Bujold, along with Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom, The Omen) and 2010 Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (Sideways).
Students will convene at Marlboro College (in southeastern Vermont) on January 15, 2014, followed immediately by an expedition to the Sundance Film Festival. Back at Marlboro, seven weeks of study, training, and pre-production work on the Vermont campus will be followed by seven weeks of Peter and John pre-production and production on Nantucket Island that will fully immerse students in the culture and practice of an ambitious film shoot. Filming and coursework wraps by May 13, 2014.
Ready to learn even more? Visit the Application Process, Schedule, Costs and Financial Aid page.
Questions? Contact film director and professor Jay Craven.
The Movies from Marlboro program is open to any current college undergraduate with a serious interest in independent feature filmmaking. We are particularly seeking students majoring in film production, film studies, theater, photography, studio arts, fashion design, marketing and communications. Apply now!
Recent college graduates and film professionals, click here for information about opportunities for participation.
“This has been without a doubt the most unique educational experience of my life. Once we started shooting, it was completely different from any normal college class. Instead of reading, writing, and talking, everyone was doing things. Instead of talking about films, we got to make one. I was surprised by the quality of the professionals, the quality of the equipment, and the seriousness and scale of the whole project.” - Zebuolon Goertzel '14, Marlboro College
Pierre et Jeanis widely credited for changing the course of narrative fiction. The book introduced intense psychological complexity into its naturalistic depiction of a family brought to the breaking point through startling revelations. The film will be set during the mid-1800's, just before the start of Nantucket’s “ghost period”—after the demise of the whaling industry and before the rise of tourism.
Peter and John tells the story of Peter Roland, a sensitive and sober but unstable town doctor in his early 30s. Peter takes pleasure from a cozy and affectionate relationship with his strikingly beautiful mother, Julia, and he enjoys a playful camaraderie with his mischievous and sometimes reckless younger brother John. One night at dinner, a courier arrives with news of a surprising small inheritance for Peter and a much larger one for John. Immediately, Peter darkens, suspecting that John’s benefactor, a bachelor aristocrat and family friend, had carried on an affair with his mother and was, in fact, John’s true father. Burdened by his suspicions, Peter can’t find the words or feelings to resolve his fears. He finds himself unexpectedly drawn towards a young woman who arrives on the island, but his brother John also finds her attractive. The young doctor becomes increasingly unsure of himself, descending into a fog as thick as the rolling mist that regularly engulfs his seaside home. What emerges is less a tale of jealousy than a series of cathartic realizations prompted by Peter’s crisis, forcing him to confront what former Brandeis University French literature professor Murray Sachs described as Peter’s furtive reckoning with “the hollowness and immaturity of the illusions by which he lived.”
Maupassant’s novel was widely heralded by critics and writers. “Monsieur de Maupassant has never before been so clever,” wrote Henry James who called Pierre et Jean a “masterly little novel.” It is a complex and relevant tale of family, class, legacy, legitimacy, and self-discovery.