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). It will premiere in Nantucket in June 2015.
For the first time, in the fall of 2015, Marlboro College will offer a Movies from Marlboro low-residency opportunity that will provide students enrolled at other colleges a chance to participate in a 4-credit course of feature-length script development, associated film and literature study, casting, and student script writing for short films that will be produced during the 2016 intensive. Students will also visit the Montreal World Film Festival and participate in a New York casting session. Participating students will gain experience and exposure in script writing, both on their own screenplays and the feature film script being developed for the 2016 film intensive. Students will also write critical responses to films related thematically to the 2016 project—and they will participate directly in planning, organizing, and reviewing the first auditions and casting work for the planned MfM film.
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.
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Questions? Contact film director and professor Jay Craven.