Movies from Marlboro Spring 2016

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. Applications for the spring 2016 full semester program will be available in early January 2015. Also in the works, a fall 2015 low-residency screenwriting and casting course. 

Program Overview

During this innovative hands-on film practicum, a team of college students and professionals will produce a feature film using professional actors, working under a Screen Actors Guild contract.

Our first 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). Northern Borders has played 103 towns (and counting) and negotiations are taking place now for broader distribution.

Our second Movies from Marlboro film, Peter and John, based on the 19th seaside story by Guy de Maupassant, was filmed on location in Nantucket in March, April and May 2014. Peter and John stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt, Truffaut’s Day for Night, Chabrol’s Le Ceremonie), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Chamber of Secrets, The Hours), Shane Patrick Kearns (Blue Collar Boys), Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) and Emmy winner and Tony nominee Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue, Matewan, Glengarry Glen Ross). Peter and John will premiere in Nantucket in June 2015.

The next semester-long program will take place in spring 2016. Students will convene at Marlboro College (in southeastern Vermont) mid-January, 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 pre-production and production on location (TBA) that will fully immerse students in the culture and practice of an ambitious film shoot. Filming and coursework wraps by May.

Visit the courses page for more information about college credit and the filmmaking team page for more information about student roles on set.

Ready to learn even more? Visit the Application Process, Schedule, Costs and Financial Aid page.

Questions? Contact film director and professor Jay Craven.



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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.

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

Making Peter and John

Peter, John and their Mother

Pierre et Jean is 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 is 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. A team including 32 students worked with professional crew department leaders and mentors to shoot the film on location in Nantucket in the spring of 2014. The film will premiere in June 2015 on Nantucket.