What We Do

Kingdom County Productions was established in May 1991 by Vermont impresario/ filmmaker Jay Craven and theater and film producer Bess O’Brien. Together, Craven and O’Brien set out to fulfill their dream of making films rooted in northern New England—and 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 recently launched The Institute of Arts, Voices, Action (AVA) which will produce film and theater productions that grow out of issues that are affecting Vermont and Vermonters. Also new, Jay’s biennial filmmaking program, Movies from Marlboro, where 20 professionals mentor and collaborate with 30 students from multiple colleges during a film intensive semester at Marlboro College – that includes the production of a feature-length film for international release.

Kingdom County Productions Projects


KCP films have played 52 counties, 352 U.S. cities, and 43 international festivals including Sundance. 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, more than 200 local commercial TV outlets, and PBS affiliates in ten states.

Movies from Marlboro

KCP’s new Movies from Marlboro program has 20 professionals mentoring and collaborating with 30 students from multiple colleges as they make a full-length feature film.

Writers for Recovery

Writers for Recovery is a series of writing workshops focused on stories of addiction and recovery. Participants write about their personal stories of struggle, perseverance, moments of doubt and inspiration and the slow but steady work of renewal and healing from addiction. Workshops include creative writing, poetry, and non- fiction.

Arts Voice Action

The Institute for Arts, Voice and Action (AVA) will utilize film and theater as a means to transform an issue, or story that exists in Vermont into a powerful artistic piece that raises consciousness, breeds empathy, understanding and creates seeds for change. To partner with us and for more information click here.

KCP Presents

Kingdom County Productions is proud to present a series of outstanding performing arts events in theater, dance, music, comedy and film in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.


Workshops, Screenings and more!

KCP co-founders Jay Craven and Bess O’Brien offer workshops, keynotes, film screenings, lectures, and residencies for schools, communities , filmmakers and other non-profits and conferences. Please contact KCP at 802-592-3190 for more information.