Academics The Filmmaking Team
Jay Craven - Director
Award-winning independent filmmaker and Marlboro College film professor Jay Craven directed Northern Borders, completed post-production work and will continue to work to distribute the film. Craven has written, produced and directed six narrative feature films, six documentaries, and an Emmy-winning regional TV comedy series. Festivals include Sundance, Seattle, Nantucket, South By Southwest, AFI: Fest, Vancouver, Vienna, and Avignon. Special screenings include Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Harvard Film Archives, Beijing Normal University, Cinémathèque Française, The Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, La Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, and many others. Awards include the Producers Guild of America's 1995 NOVA Award for Most Promising New Motion Picture Producer of the Year. Also, a MacDowell Fellowship, the Golden Gate Award (San Francisco International Film Festival), the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Production Grants (for Where the Rivers Flow North and Disappearances. Featured press coverage includes The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Today Show, Esquire, the CBC, and National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Here and Now, and A Prairie Home Companion.
Craven's films have played 348 U.S. theatrical venues and 43 countries - and sold more than 300,000 DVD's along with TV rights to Showtime, Starz, Sundance Channel, Disney Channel, 12 PBS affiliates, and more than 200 syndicated stations. Where the Rivers Flow North was selected as one of five U.S. finalists for Critics Week, 1993 Cannes International Film Festival and Disappearances was one of seven U.S. films selected by the American Film Institute for its first-ever AFI: Project 20/20, an international filmmaker exchange initiative sponsored by the AFI, National Endowment for the Arts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities.
Working independent film professionals are being hired to fill key roles, including Producer, Production Designer, Director of Photography and Editor. Watch this space for announcements and biographies as agreements are finalized! If you are a recent graduate or professional interested in working on the film, visit the post-graduate and professional roles page for more details.
Students will work in substantial film crew positions, based on their interest and ability. Crew positions open to students include actors, camera operators, unit directors, producers, script supervisor, boom operator, art directors, prop master, set designers, set dressers, editors, still photographer, assistant directors, grips and electrics, assistant camera, location manager, casting director, costume designer, sound editors, scenic artists, hair and make-up, production managers, production assistants, behind-the-scenes documentary filmmakers, and more.
During the filming of Northern Borders, some students like Script Supervisor, Anna Pinchuck (Wellesley '13), Boom Operator, Ali Pugh (Mt. Holyoke '14) and Locations Manager, Jacob Morely (Marlboro '15) focused on honing a single skill in depth. Others rotated through the production, art and camera departments, gaining a broad perspective on the process of filmmaking.