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News Filmmaker Jay Craven to host intensive workshop for Five Colleges

MARLBORO, VT -- (September 1, 2011) -- Award-winning independent filmmaker and Marlboro College film professor Jay Craven will present an “in the trenches” indie filmmaking workshop for students of the Five Colleges from 7 to 9pm, Thursday, September 15, at Mount Holyoke College.

Craven is preparing to lead Movies from Marlboro, a semester-long film-intensive program at Marlboro College during the 2012 spring semester. The program will give 25 undergraduate students the opportunity to earn college credit and professional film credit while working alongside ten professionals and Screen Actors Guild talent—including Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals, Dead Man) and Bill Raymond (Michael Clayton, The Wire)—on the production of Craven’s newest feature film, Northern Borders.

The Mount Holyoke workshop will provide an inside look and discussion about independent feature filmmaking, from script development and financing to casting, production, festivals and even unconventional modes of distribution, for which Craven is recognized as a pioneer. A half-hour behind documentary about the production of Craven’s film, the whiskey smuggling adventure Disappearances (starring Kris Kristofferson), will also be shown.

Throughout his directing career, Craven has been known for delivering Hollywood-caliber films on made-for-TV movie budgets. The goal for Northern Borders will be to make a "two-million-dollar film for $500,000,” said Craven, who also plans to utilize student ideas and feedback in the script development, casting and directing processes.

“I've been developing the script in every moment I can grab,” said Craven. “I have written 175 pages so far—and will get it to 200 pages by September 10. I will then begin to circulate it online for participating college students to critique and discuss. Students will also be invited to attend fall casting sessions. The idea is to get students involved as soon as possible, for an insider’s perspective as film takes shape.”

The Movies From Marlboro semester will start in January with a week-long trip to the Sundance Film Festival, followed by six weeks of intensive classes and preparation for the shoot and six weeks of production. Students will work in the areas of acting and directing, set and costume design, editing, production management and camera, lighting and sound production.

Students from any college may apply for the 15 non-Marlboro positions until October 15, but are encouraged to check with their own schools for specific deadlines on declaring study-away program enrollment.

More info about Movies for Marlboro is available at:

Five Colleges Indie Filmmaking Workshop Information:

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2011. 7:00 - 9:00PM

WHERE: Room 220, Art Building, Mount Holyoke College Campus, South Hadley, MA

WHAT: Independent filmmaker and Marlboro College film professor Jay Craven will present a free indie filmmaking workshop—and discuss plans for his 2012 Winter/Spring Film Intensive, where 10 professionals will collaborate with 25 college students on the production of Craven’s newest feature film, Northern Borders.

WHO: Jay Craven is an award-winning independent filmmaker and film studies professor at Marlboro College. He has written, produced and directed five narrative feature films, six documentaries, and an Emmy-winning regional TV comedy series. Craven’s films have played at more than 40 festivals including Sundance, Seattle, Nantucket, South By Southwest, AFI: Fest, Vancouver, Vienna, and Avignon. Awards include the Producers’ Guild of America’s 1995 NOVA Award for most promising new theatrical motion picture producer. Craven directs Kingdom County Productions with his wife, documentary filmmaker Bess O'Brien. 

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-448-0386 or

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.







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