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News Filmmaker Jay Craven to host workshop and casting session at Vassar, September 20

MARLBORO, VT -- (September 13, 2011) -- Award-winning independent filmmaker and Marlboro College film professor Jay Craven will present an “in the trenches” indie filmmaking workshop for students at Vassar College from 7:30 to 9:30pm, Tuesday, September 20, sponsored by Vassar Filmmakers. A casting session will be held at 9:00pm for student actors.

Craven is preparing to lead Movies from Marlboro, a semester-long film-intensive program at Marlboro College during the spring 2012 term. The program will give 25 undergraduate students the opportunity to earn college credit and professional film credit while working alongside 10 professionals and Screen Actors Guild talent— including Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals, Dead Man) and Bill Raymond (Michael Clayton, The Wire)—on the production of Northern Borders.

The Vassar 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. Craven’s first narrative film, High Water, based on the short story by Howard Frank Mosher, will also be shown. Following the screening, Craven will hold a casting session for Northern Borders.

Throughout his directing career, Craven has been known for delivering Hollywood-caliber films with 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 completed the “build out” of the script—to 200 pages—and have begun to circulate scenes 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 where 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 information about Movies from Marlboro is available at:

Vassar Indie Filmmaking Workshop with Jay Craven Information:

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Workshop: 7:30-9:30PM Casting Session: 9:00PM

WHERE: 212 Rocky (Rockefeller Hall), Vassar College Campus, Poughkeepsie, New York

WHAT: A free indie filmmaking workshop and discussion of spring 2012 film intensive, where 10 professionals will collaborate with 25 college students on the production of Jay Craven’s newest feature film, Northern Borders. Craven will also host a casting session during the workshop. Sponsored by Vassar Filmmakers.

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.

CONTACT: Marlboro public relations at 802-592-3150 or Images available upon request.

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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