25 professionals. 35 students. 15 weeks.
One feature film. 

In 2011, award-winning independent filmmaker Jay Craven and his Kingdom County Productions founded a semester-long film intensive at Marlboro College called Movies from Marlboro. The pioneering program ran for seven years, providing invaluable experience to 96 students from 23 colleges and universities around the world. In addition, the program produced three independent films—featuring award-winning actors—that have played nationally in theaters, at festivals, on Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, and more.

Now, this innovative film intensive program has taken up residence at Sarah Lawrence College, where it is directed by Craven and department chairman Fred Strype. Cinema Sarah Lawrence, backed by the resources of the College and its robust Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts programwill build on and further strengthen a semester-long experience that is unique and unparalleled in the United States.

Program Overview

  • Cinema Sarah Lawrence is a “semester away” program that gives students a full semester of college credits and a professional screen credit listed on IMDb
  • Provides intensive, experiential learning that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts
  • Semester kicks off with a week-long excursion to the Sundance Film Festival
  • 13 weeks on location in Nantucket, Massachusetts, includes classes, hands-on workshops, master classes with visiting artists, field trips, and more
  • 25 working professionals on the faculty guide and mentor students
  • Cinema Sarah Lawrence accepts no more than 35 students to ensure deep immersion and a transformative learning experience
  • The Spring 2019 film production will be based on an adaptation of Jack London’s autobiographical novel Martin Eden

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Who Should Apply 

Students from all accredited colleges and universities are welcome to apply to Cinema Sarah Lawrence. Many kinds of students—not just film students—benefit from our program, as the skills developed have multiple applications and are chiefly intended to foster critical thinking, joint decision-making, problem-solving, evidence-based inquiry, creative interpretation, contextual analysis, fair-mindedness, flexibility, risk-taking in the process of creative discovery, and much more. Students also acquire practical skills in the many specific jobs that are required to make a narrative feature film or television program. These skills can help them to advance significantly if they choose to pursue professional opportunities in the field.

Students interested in the following topics may be especially interested in the program:

  • Filmmaking
  • Film studies
  • Television production
  • Producing for film and television
  • Visual Arts (production design)
  • Theatre (acting, directing, costume and set design)
  • Photography (film stills)
  • Creative writing/story development (screenplay development and post-production)

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