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"Peter and John," is a feature film collaboration by 20 professionals and 30 students starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christian Coulson.
382 backers pledged $62,440 to help bring this project to life.

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Upcoming screenings for Peter and John

May 21, 2015

Dear friends,

After a good run of Vermont preview screenings for Peter and John, I am working between now and June 10th to 1) make final picture tweaks to clarify a couple of story points; 2) adjust three or four music cues; 3) record about five lines of additional actor dialogue; 4) conduct the final sound mix; and 5) do three days of color correction to bring all of the visual elements further into play with each other.  

All of this is being done to prepare for our sold-out world premiere festival screening on Saturday, June 27th at the Nantucket Film Festival (3:45pm at the Dreamland Theater) and our Theatrical World Premiere on Friday, July 3rd at the Cape Cinema in Dennis, MA. We'll have additional premiere events at Nantucket's Dreamland Theater (Sunday, July 5th at 6pm and 8:30) and Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT (Friday, July 10th).  

We've posted a first round of additional summer screenings at KingdomCounty.org.  We'll keep posting dates as they come in--so do check back.  And if you have an idea of a screening near where you live, let me know (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

If you donated $180 or more to our Kickstarter campaign, you are entitled to a free ticket to a Peter and John screening, including a premiere screening.  Donors of $60 or more can attend any non-premiere screening.  I'm sorry that we don't have tickets for the Nantucket Film Festival screening--the screening sold out within hours of going on sale and I don't even have a ticket for myself. If you donated $180 or more and it's the only screening you can attend, let me know and I'll do the best I can for you.

We have also posted more than 35 summer show dates on our website; KingdomCounty.org. You can pre-order tickets, if you'd like, through Greer Lemnah in the KCP office.  These include your free ticket and any that you may want to purchase.   Greer can be reached at greer@kingdomcounty.org or by phone to 802-357-4616.  We will then place your name on our guest list--for the night of the show. 

We're very pleased to be starting to share Peter and John with audiences--I plan to attend most summer dates and will look forward to seeing you along the trail of our summer barnstorming tour.  

We'll also distribute reward DVD's later this summer.

Thanks so much for your generous support,  I'll continue to post updates as the summer progresses.  

I am also starting work for our next Movies from Marlboro film intensive, where students from multiple colleges come to Marlboro College for a semester that includes classes, workshops, visiting artists, student filmmaking, and the preparation and production of a feature film for national release.  If you know a film, theater, visual arts, photography, or creative writing student who might want to know more, there's information at Movies.Marlboro.edu.  We'll start our next session in January 2016 -- and we plan to produce Wetware, a noir thriller set in the near future. The film will be based on the novel by Craig Nova, that Washington Post critic Michael Dirda called, "A haunting, heart-stoppingly exciting, brilliantly structured novel of suspense, ideas, and subtle characterization.” We'll try to do it justice.

Feel free to contact me (jcraven@marlboro.edu) if you have any questions,

Thanks, again.

All the best,

Jay

Peter and John - Free Tickets!

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Dear friends,

Our film, Peter and John, will play four Vermont preview dates this week--and if you're a Peter and John donor and you're able to make it, we'd be happy to see you at any of these screenings and receptions.  Preview dates allow us to take a last look at the picture before a final sound mix and color correction. So, join us and let us know what you think.

Just drop me an email to let me know if you can attend (jcraven@marlboro.edu).  Actors Gordon Clapp and Shane Patrick Kearns will each attend two or three of the screenings.  

Here are the dates:

* 7pm, Wednesday, April 29th.  Latchis Theater, Brattleboro.  5:30pm reception at the Brattleboro Museum.

* 7pm, Thursday, April 30.  Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier.  5:30 reception at the church

* 7pm, Friday, May 1.  Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, corner of Lake and College Streets, Burlington.  5:30pm reception at the Center's Lake Lobby.

* 2:30 and 7pm, Sunday, May 3.  Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury.  5:30 reception in the Catamount lobby.

The film's world premiere will take place on Nantucket in late June/early July.  We'll let you know soon about details.  In the meantime, thanks again for your crucial and appreciated support.

All the best,

Jay

June Update for Peter and John (and Northern Borders)

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Dear friends,

Thanks again for your Kickstarter donation for our film, Peter and John.  With your help we completed production, added four needed days to shooting, and managed to bring a 70 foot schooner from Cape Cod for the film's final scenes.  All of this was made possible through your support.

I am now working every day with Josh Melrod to edit the film.  I enjoy this work, shaping and reviewing and hammering out the details of each scene--where a subtle glance or well-timed reply can add a significant beat to character and story.  Producer Virginia Joffe and I are also in the first stage of proposing a music residency where my longtime composers, Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus of the Horse Flies, will come to Nantucket to collaborate with island musicians for ideas and performance.  I'll let you know how that develops.

My 2012 film, Northern Borders, was made the same way we produced Peter and John--through a collaboration between students and professionals, organized through Marlboro College.  The film stars Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and it will screen during the coming week in New York City and Portland, Maine.  The NYC screening is Thursday, June 12th at the Roger Smith Hotel at 47th and Lexington--through the Cinemonde Soiree, where people enjoy cocktails, wine, hors d' oeuvres, and desserts starting at 6:30pm--followed by the screening and Q & A at 8pm.  Tickets are $45 -- but include all of the above.  If you're interested, you can go to mistralartistmanagement.com to reserve tickets.  The Maine screenings will be at The Portland Museum of Art -- 6:30pm Friday, June 13th and at 2pm Saturday and Sunday the 14th and 15th.  Tickets are $8.  You can see our Northern Borders trailer at Vimeo.  Go to:

https://vimeo.com/78182297 

password: northern borders

We're also touring Northern Borders to dozens of towns this summer---so let us know if you'd like us to come to your town.  If we can make it work, especially in New England and New York State, we will.  But even dates beyond the region are fine--we'll start to travel outside New England this fall.  

There are two new articles that came out about our Nantucket film shoot -- in the current issues of N Magazine (http://issuu.com/n-magazine/docs/n_mag_june/57?e=0) and Nantucket Today (http://www.nantuckettodayonline.com -- with a paywall to read the whole story).

I'll keep you up to date about our progress--thanks again for your support and --- let me know if you have any questions (jcraven@marlboro.edu) or want to arrange a screening for Northern Borders or, starting next summer, Peter and John.

Warm regards,

Jay

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Peter and John is up for Project of the Month on Indiewire!  It's a huge deal that would get us a consultation with Tribeca Films.  That would mean a huge step forward in terms of getting the film YOU helped fund in front of more people.  You can do us one last favor and vote by clicking on this link:

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If all our backers vote, we'll win the contest handily.  Please and thank you!