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Communications Media lecture series continues Feb. 26

Posted 02/14/14

Fitchburg State University’s Communications Media Lecture Series continues this month with a presentation by acclaimed New England filmmaker Jay Craven, who will discuss “Turning Celluloid Dreams into (Digital) Reality.” Craven’s presentation will be given Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave.

Craven’s credits include Northern Borders (2013), starring Academy Award-nominee Bruce Dern, Where the Rivers Flow North, A Stranger in the Kingdom and the 2004 Emmy-winning public television comedy series Windy Acres. He will share stories, experiences and lessons learned from 25 years of navigating the challenging world of New England-based feature filmmaking. Craven also writes regular newspaper and radio commentaries on media, the arts, and public issues.

Craven directs the film studies program at Marlboro College, where his new film intensive program enrolls 30 students from 10 colleges, every two years, to collaborate with 20 professionals on the production of a fully professional feature length narrative film. His newest project, Peter and John, based on a novel by French writer Guy de Maupassant, is slated for production this coming spring as part of his Marlboro College film intensive.

The series concludes in April, when photographer Lou Jones presents “Designing Your Creative Life.” The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your creative life? This talk will tackle the task of giving your life political, social, economic, and personal directions, i.e. how to overcome your fears & initiate diverse and provocative creative projects with photography as the core. Jones’ presentation will be given at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Ellis White Lecture Hall.

The lecture series, now in its third year, is organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein and presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

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