NFF Announces New Education Initiative: Teen View Writing Labs

In keeping with the Nantucket Film Festival’s mission of highlighting screenwriters, the Festival is proud to announce the creation of a series of educational Writing Labs running over three weekends throughout the winter and spring of 2012. Nantucket teens will have an opportunity to develop the basic skills required to write for radio, stage and screen. The Teen View Writing Labs represent an expansion of the Festival’s educational program, which has been engaging local Nantucket youth since 2001. Veteran filmmaker and arts educator, Jay Craven, will lead the labs and bring his hands-on approach to working with students by engaging them in one-on-one story development sessions that serve to prime the creative pump.

The first Teen View Writing Lab will launch February 10-12. Students will meet at the Nantucket Athenaeum to immerse themselves in three days of writing “radio plays,” creating comic characters that will then be worked into sketches and monologues. The sessions will culminate in staged readings at the close of the workshop and each will be considered for a possible performance during the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival.

The additional Teen View Writing Labs will focus on short playwriting (March 9-11) and screenwriting (May 18-20). Nantucket students will also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Teen View on NFF Filmmaking Program (June 17-24), taking place during the Nantucket Film Festival in June, where teens screen their finished short films on Closing Night.

Teen View Writing Lab director, Jay Craven, has worked with a number of teen arts projects including Circus Smirkus, Vermont Young Playwrights, and Fledgling Films, a month-long film intensive for teen writers and filmmakers. He made five feature films that played internationally and at festivals including the Nantucket Film Festival, Sundance, AFI Fest and South by Southwest. His work has screened at special engagements at Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and New York’s Anthology Film Archives. Craven also directed and produced the Emmy-winning comedy television series Windy Acres, for PBS affiliates. Craven teaches and directs the film studies program at Marlboro College.

The Teen View Writing Labs mark a new and exciting addition to NFF’s program focused on educating teens about the power of the written word. Founded in 1996, the Nantucket Film Festival continues its mission of promoting cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in cinema.

The Teen View Writing Labs will operate with the support of the Nantucket Athenaeum. For more information and to register by email, contact: TeenView@nantucketfilmfestival.org or jcraven@marlboro.edu.