Renowned Filmmaker, Jay Craven, at New England College
Renowned independent filmmaker, Jay Craven, will present his award-winning feature film, Where the Rivers Flow North, on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:15 p.m. The special screening, followed by a discussion led by Mr. Craven, will be held in the Mainstage Theatre in the Science Building at 58 Depot Hill Road in Henniker. The presentation, co-sponsored by the Friends of the New England College Library and the General Education Committee, is free and open to the public.
Where the Rivers Flow North is the first of Craven’s trilogy of films based on the novels of Howard Frank Mosher. Filmed in New Hampshire and Vermont, the film stars Academy Award nominee Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal, with appearances by Michael J. Fox, Treat Williams, Bill Raymond, and John Griesemer.
Released in 1993, Where the Rivers Flow North was featured in 22 international film festivals and voted one of the ten best films of the year by the Knight Ridder Press syndicate. For his work, Craven received the NOVA Award for the Most Promising New Motion Picture Producer of the Year from the Producers Guild of America.
The film portrays a struggle to preserve the old ways of living against the encroachment of progress. It is the poignant story of an unconventional romance set in the beautiful but rugged landscape of Vermont in the 1920s.
Well known as a producer, writer, and director, Jay Craven has many recent films to his credit including: Shout it Out (2008); Disappearances (2006); The Year that Trembled (2003); In Jest (1999); and A Stranger in the Kingdom (1997). He also directed, produced, and co-wrote the 2005 public television comedy series, Windy Acres, for which he received two New England Emmys. He founded Kingdom County Productions in 1991 which specializes in films originating in Vermont, and Fledgling Films, a program for teen filmmakers, in 1997. He is the recipient of the 1998 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Film Fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts Film Production Grants.