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Documentaries to shine at Middlebury film festival

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Jay Craven



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MIDDLEBURY — It must be August, since my pulse is quickening with thoughts of the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that will take place Aug. 25-28.  Festival producer Lloyd Komesar was committed to the long haul for our festival, but last year’s popular and well-received first edition insured that we’d do it again. The 2015 event was lots of fun, with a spontaneous air of discovery, as audiences moved around town, taking chances on unknown “first and second films” that provided fresh opportunities for discovery. 

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Showing films around New England can be fun

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



I’m on the road again, this time for our 200-Town New England Tour for “Peter and John,” the film I made through the Movies from Marlboro program, and I’ll be stopping in Middlebury this weekend.

In the Marlboro College program I work with 22 professionals and 32 students for a film-intensive semester every two years to make an ambitious dramatic feature film.

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Opinion: Wish us luck as the curtain rises on film festival

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
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As we prepare to open our Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival tonight, we’re filled with a sense of anticipation — and gratitude for the many local businesses, restaurants, media outlets, town leaders and venue managers who have fully responded to our call, breathing life into this weekend’s celebration of community and culture. More than 150 people have purchased our $75 weekend film passes. Single tickets will be on sale at each show — although tonight’s premiere is sold out. Check out our full list of films and special events at middfilmfest.org.

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Jay Craven: Filmmakers will find support in each other

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.

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Opinion: Festival films can change our conversations

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.

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More than 90 works chosen for Midd's first film festival

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



Daily preparations are underway for the inaugural edition of The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that will unfold from Thursday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Town Hall Theater, Dana Auditorium and the Marquis Theater.

Producer Lloyd Komesar, fabulous staffers, Phoebe Lewis and Kyla Jarrett, and I are coordinating filmmaker visits, building schedules, reaching out for volunteers, and approving PR materials.

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