Jay Craven

jayKingdom County Productions co-founder Jay Craven is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose narrative films include High Water (1989); Where the Rivers Flow North (1993); A Stranger in the Kingdom (1997); In Jest (1999); The Year That Trembled (2003), Disappearances (2006), Northern Borders (2012), and Peter and John (2015). Craven also directed, produced, and co-wrote the 2005 Emmy Award-winning public television comedy series, Windy Acres—and the Queen City Radio Hour, a 2009 comedy and music variety show performed before a live audience and broadcast over Vermont Public Radio. His documentaries include After the Fog: Interviews with Combat Veterans (2006), Dawn of the People (1984) and Gayleen (1985). Jay is currently working in post-production on his film, Wetware, which he shot through the Movies from Marlboro program he directs at Marlboro College, where professionals mentor and collaborate with students to make an ambitious film for national release. (Contact Jay Craven for more information about the program and how students can get involved: jcraven@marlboro.edu)

Awards and recognitions include two New England Emmys (for Windy Acres); 1995 Producers’ Guild of America NOVA award for Most Promising New Motion Picture Producer of the Year (for Rivers); 1998 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; one of Knight Ridder’s “Ten Best Films of 1995” (for Rivers); two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Film fellowships (for Gayleen and High Water); and two NEA Film Production Grants (for Rivers and Disappearances). Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Harvard Film Archive, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cinematheque Francaise, Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and Beijing Normal University.  Festivals include Sundance, SXSW, and AFI Fest.

Craven founded and directed Catamount Arts (1975-91) in St. Johnsbury and directed its wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary film and performing arts producing, presenting, and educational program. In 1987, he co-founded (with Rob Mermin) and produced Circus Smirkus.  He writes regular arts commentaries for the Caledonian Record (St. Johnsbury) and Vermont Public Radio. He is also a tenured professor of Film Studies at Marlboro College where, in 2012, he initiated the Movies from Marlboro partnership between Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions. During this biennial spring semester, 20 professionals mentor and collaborate with 30 students from multiple colleges who come to Marlboro for a film intensive “semester away” from their home college.  The semester includes classes, workshops, student filmmaking, visiting artists, and the production of a professional feature film for international release.  Jay Craven can be reached at jcraven@marlboro.edu.

Craven founded and directed Catamount Arts (1975-91) in St. Johnsbury and directed its wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary film and performing arts producing, presenting, and educational program. He writes regular arts commentaries for the Caledonian Record (St. Johnsbury), Burlington Free Press, and Vermont Public Radio. He is also a tenured professor of Film Studies at Marlboro College.