Jay Craven Presents His New Documentary
on U.S. Veterans
Jay Craven, Marlboro College film professor and director of several feature films, presents his newest documentary, “After the Fog,” about U.S. combat veterans, on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater. The documentary is followed by a discussion with Craven and some of the veterans featured in the film, as well as a trailer and a behind-the-scenes documentary about Craven’s latest movie, “Disappearances,” which will open in theaters in February.
Chronicling the experiences of ten veterans, most of them Vermonters, “After the Fog” exhibits the human cost of war not reflected by statistics. The 70 minute documentary reveals how returning veterans face lasting repercussions of their experiences, which collectively include combat in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.
When he began filming, Craven expected to hear stories of bonding in combat and the difficulty of transitioning to civilian life, but instead found his own perceptions changed. “It seems clear that the experience of combat stays with vets, often for their entire lifetime. I was also struck by most vets’ need to find voice and meaning out of the experience,” said Craven. “I was left with a feeling of how, when we send men and women to war, we ask them to take the risk of being significantly different when they return than when they went to war.”
Also on the program is a 5 minute trailer of Craven’s new film “Disappearances,” starring Kris Kristofferson and based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher. Craven’s experience along with that of the 14 Marlboro College student and alum crew members is captured in “Act of Faith—the Making of Disappearances,” a 30 minute documentary recording the unforgettable experience of creating the film. “It’s all pretty vivid, from working all night in the cold rain for eight nights to the crisis of editing a damaged negative and the experience of working with such great actors, which is always memorable and stimulating,” says Craven.
The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.
Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives).