Martin Eden (2019)
Starring Andrew Richardson, Hayley Griffith and Annet Mahendru (The Americans) – Martin Eden is set in 1909 and based on Jack London’s autobiographical novel. It tells the story of a poor, unschooled sailor who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse, a magnetic young woman of means and education. Their unconventional attraction upends both lives and propels timely themes of impossible love, pursuit of the American Dream, and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world.
Supporting cast includes Missy Yager (Mad Men), Grainger Hines (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Phil McGlaston (August Wilson’s Fences), Michael Benz (Downton Abbey), Jo Armeniox (Boardwalk Empire), Ken Wulf Clark (House of Cards) and Rebecca Faulkenberry (The Irishman).
Above trailer created by Cinema Sarah Lawrence students Zulema Young-Toledo and Akiva Henig.
Starring Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me), Morgan Wolk (Miles Ahead), Cameron Scoggins (Nashville). Genetic programmer Hal Briggs is sharp but impetuous, a socially awkward romantic in a transactional near future world. He alters genes for advanced prototypes being developed for deep cover espionage and counterterrorism. Then word gets out that his prototypes have escaped. Where have they gone? And what do they know? As Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.
“Truly impressive. Proves what can be done with a low budget and cool ideas.”
– Bryan van Campen, Ithaca Times
“Ultra-cool visuals… deliciously trippy. Absolutely check
– Margot Harrison, Seven Days
Peter & John (2015)
Starring Golden Globe winner, Jacqueline Bisset (Truffaut’s Day for Night), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets) and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue). Set in 1872 Nantucket, Peter and John tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains after the younger one receives word of a strange inheritance. Then both brothers become attracted to a mysterious young woman who arrives on their island.
“Has an almost mythic quality. With exceptional visual and auditory beauty, the film’s small story, precisely told, is relevant, as good art is, beyond its specific setting. The film reveals characters yet conceals mysteries that haunt the viewer afterwards.”
– Lee Roscoe, Provincetown Banner
“Sophisticated, seamless and powerful. Peter and John is a beautiful but often uncomfortable experience — and that’s what fine filmmaking is all about.”
– Jim Lowe, The Times Argus
Northern Borders (2013)
Starring Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Genevieve Bujold (Dead Ringers), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom) and Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad). Set in 1956 Vermont, 12 year-old Austen Kittredge is sent to live with peculiar grandparents whose thorny relationship is called “The Forty Years War."
“This movie’s a charmer with sense of integrity.”
– Graham Fuller, NY Daily News
“A Gem. Northern Borders has the richness of a juicy story that leaves a whiff of mystery that occupies the mind
– Rachel Garber, The Sherbrooke Record
Starring Academy Award nominees Kris Kristofferson (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and Genevieve Bujold (King of Hearts) and Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals). Set during Prohibition, Disappearances tells the story of Quebec Bill Bonhomme, an impossible dreamer and schemer who, after a freak lightning bolt destroys his barn, sets out to steal twenty cases of whiskey from Quebec’s most dangerous and notorious bootlegger. He takes along his 15 year-old son, his inscrutable brother-in-law, and his cranky hired man. Together, they cross the border into vast reaches of Canadian wilderness for three magical and action-packed days "full of terror, full of wonder.”
“Lovingly handmade…beautiful and raw…imbued with a robust charm.”
– Stephen Holden, New York Times
“A frequently mesmerizing stirringly acted frontier tale, with an exquisite sense of place. Craven's poetic sensibility is steeped in an appreciation of nature, as well as an awareness of man's ability to exist both in harmony and at odds with it, sometimes simultaneously.”
– Justin Chang, Variety
The experience went far beyond all of my expectations and I think it is one of the best experiences of my life. I would highly recommend it for anyone who has any interest in film.
– Emmet Daly, Wesleyan University