Jay Craven, Filmmaker, Producer, Educator, and Art Director, will screen his most recent film, a film adaptation of Jack London’s Martin Eden at Next Stage Arts. Craven will introduce the film and be available for a post-film Q&A session with the audience.
“Jay’s legacy as an educator, filmmaker, and film professional are legendary,” says Keith Marks, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts. “His films and film curation have always drawn people to Next Stage, and we couldn’t be happier to host his new project.”
The film received its world premiere at the Nantucket Film Festival in June and has won Best Film and Best Director awards at the Boston Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Arlington International Film Festival. Other festival dates include The Woods Hole Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.
“Jack London’s Martin Eden” is based on the celebrated writer’s autobiographical novel. Set in 1909, it tells the story of a poor and 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, dogged individualism in pursuit of the American Dream, and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world.
“Jack London’s Martin Eden gave me the opportunity to immerse myself into the world and ideas of this iconic American writer,” Craven said, “and advance the Movies From Marlboro project I began during my years teaching at Marlboro College. I was thrilled to work with two fabulous lead actors, Andrew Richardson and Hayley Griffith, who were taking on their first big film parts – and to also work with The Americans co-star, Annet Mahendru industry veterans Grainger Hines (Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Lincoln) and Missy Yager (Mad Men, Manchester By the Sea, Dead Man Walking) and Marlboro College alumna and fellow Northeast Kingdom resident, Ariel Zevon. I’m also pleased to be returning to Next Stage Arts, which has been so supportive of my work, over the years.”
Jack London was America’s most popular writer at the turn of the 20th century, having written stories including “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang.” His novel, “Martin Eden,” inspired Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag and Upton Sinclair, among others. Italian filmmaker Pietro Marcello recently made another adaptation of the story that has been well received. “We were surprised to see an Italian version being made simultaneously,” Craven noted. “Although I like Marcello’s stylistic approach and it gives audiences a chance to compare notes on both films and dig deeper into the story and its cultural context.”
“Martin Eden’s” cast includes Andrew Richardson in the title role and Hayley Griffith and Annet Mahendru as Ruth Morse and Lizzie Connolly, respectively. Richardson trained at Carnegie Mellon and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Royal Academy of Dance. His credits include eight film and television productions along with theatrical stagings of “Taming of the Shrew” and “Othello.”
Annet Mahendru is best known for her co-starring role as Nina Krilova, the U.S. Russian embassy operative who has a love affair with FBI agent, Stan Beeman, in the long-running Emmy-winning series, “The Americans.” She also co-starred as Elena Evanovich in the Amazon series, “The Romanoffs.”
Hayley Griffth’s credits include “Law and Order” and “Bull.” Other supporting actors Missy Yager (“Mad Men,” “Manchester by the Sea”), Grainger Hines (”Lincoln,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”), Phil McGlaston (Broadway’s “Little Foxes,” Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold and the Boys,” August Wilson’s “Fences”), Michael Benz (“Downton Abbey,” “Joker”), Jo Armeniox (“Boardwalk Empire”), Ken Wulf Clark (“House of Cards”) and Rebecca Faulkenberry (co-star of “Spiderman” on Broadway).
“Jack London’s Martin Eden” was produced through director Craven’s Semester Cinema program, hosted for this iteration at Sarah Lawrence College. 28 professionals mentored and collaborated with 35 students to make the film. For more information about “Jack London’s Martin Eden” – and plans for a new “Lost Nation” Semester Cinema film intensive project for students for winter/spring 2022, contact Jay Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry to indoor shows. Masks required while inside the venue.
This performance is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Oak Meadow.