Experiential Learning & Collaboration


Program Producer, Sarah Lawrence Filmmaking Faculty

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Cinema Sarah Lawrence provides vigorous experiential learning opportunities that are firmly grounded in the liberal arts and informed by education pioneer John Dewey’s inspired call for intensive learning “that enlarges meaning through shared experience and joint action.”

The program adapts recognized works of literary fiction in order to provide students with the maximum amount of material from which they can interpret, discuss, argue, and propose revisions, independent of the screenplay. Through this adaptation we enlarge the platform for characterization, narrative development, theme, tone, setting, and more. Adaptation also bolsters the humanities/liberal arts aspects of the learning program by providing literary, social, and historical dimensions rooted in the original work. 

Students on past productions have worked as actors, writers, script supervisors, unit directors, second unit cinematographers, 2nd and 2nd 2nd assistant directors, assistant editors, prop masters, production coordinators, producers, best boy grips and electrics, still photographers, wardrobe supervisors, set dressers, location managers, make-up artists, scenic painters, and many more.

A singular and enduring experience of collaboration characterizes our entire time together in Cinema Sarah Lawrence.

Past Projects

Students in the Cinema Sarah Lawrence program will produce an independent film based on an adaptation of Jack London's Martin Eden. Past iterations of this program have produced three films. Check them out below!

Northern Borders (2013)

Northern Borders film stillStarring Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Genevieve Bujold (Dead Ringers) — and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom). 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." Watch trailer

Peter and John (2015)

Peter and John film stillStarring Golden Globe winner, Jacqueline Bisset (Truffaut’s Day for Night), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets, The Hours), Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin), Shane Patrick Kearns, and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue, Glengarry Glen Ross). 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. Watch trailer

Wetware (2018)

Wetware film stillStarring Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me, Jerry McGuire), Morgan Wolk (Miles Ahead), Cameron Scoggins (Nashville), Bret Lada, and Nicole Shalhoub. Genetic programmer Hal Briggs is sharp but impetuous, a socially awkward romantic in a transactional near future world. He keeps a genetically modified human clock at home and alters genes for advanced prototypes being developed to take on risky jobs in deep cover espionage and counterterrorism,  Then word gets out that his prototypes have escaped, before Briggs has completed his work. Where have they gone? And what do they know? Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes and, as he reexamines their codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything. Watch trailer