We’re pleased to introduce you to long-time Festival friend Jay Craven, Writer/Director or NFF18′s Northern Borders, as well as Program Director of NFF’s Teen View Programs and Writing Labs.
The Nantucket Film Festival’s Teen View program this year launches an innovative new documentary program for its 2013 installment with “intensive learning that enlarges meaning through the shared experience of joint action.” The new round of Teen View Labs brings Nantucket teens together for a series of weekend workshops that will invite them to discover a non-fiction story, seek out characters, shape on-screen relationships, and plot dramatic action. For production, students work and rotate in a variety of roles, as directors, cinematographers, sound recordists, editors, and more.
Continuing his interest in hands-on education, Northern Borders was uniquely produced with 20 filmmaking professionals and 34 students and recent grads from 15 colleges. The film tells the story of 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm. It’s 1956, and Austen sees the farm as a magical place populated by eccentric people, including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years’ War. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story starring notable actors such as Bruce Dern (Coming Home, Hitchcock’s Family Plot) and Jessica Hecht (Sideways, Seinfeld), the film evokes Vermont’s wildness and sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.
Learn more from Jay about his approach to teaching and filmmaking below, and check out Northen Borders at NFF18!