Kingdom County Productions was established in May 1991 by Vermont impresario and filmmaker Jay Craven and theater and film producer Bess O’Brien. Jay Craven came to Vermont in 1974 and, in 1975, founded Catamount Arts, a community arts organization in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Craven began Catamount as a four-night-a-week traveling 16mm film series of foreign, classic, and independent movies to small rural towns. By 1986, it grew to become Northern New England’s largest independent performing arts presenter and arts education organization. At Catamount, Craven also co-founded and produced Circus Smirkus along with more than 80 annual film screenings and 60 world-class theater, music, and dance events throughout northern New England.
Kingdom County Productions has produced eight award-winning dramatic feature films, seven documentaries, a radio variety show, a touring musical theater production, and an Emmy-winning television comedy series. KCP films have played in 53 counties, 352 U.S. cities and towns, and 43 international festivals including Sundance. Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, the Harvard Film Archive, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. More than 300,000 videos and DVD’s of KCP films are in circulation and television exposure includes The Sundance Channel, The Disney Channel, Starz, Encore, more than 200 local commercial TV outlets, and PBS affiliates in ten states.