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Jay Craven’s new North Country sci-fi/film noir to play New England dates this summer

News Release — Jay Craven
June 20, 2019

Award-winning independent filmmaker Jay Craven’s will play his newest picture, “WETWARE,”
this summer at dates throughout Vermont and New England.

The film is based on the novel by Craig Nova. Director Craven will attend many screenings and lead post-screening discussion.

WETWARE was filmed in Burlington and Brattleboro, Vermont – and Nantucket. It tells a story of
what happens when new technologies collide with human needs in a changing world precariously close to today’s.  The film is set in a time and place where there are tough and tedious jobs no one wants to do – and people down on their luck who volunteer for genetic modifications to gain the focus, stamina, and synthesized sense of well-being that makes them right for this work.  With business booming, programmers at Galapagos Wetware up the stakes by producing high-end prototypes, Jack and Kay, for more sensitive jobs like space travel, counterterrorism, and deep cover espionage.

Galapagos genetic programmer Hal Briggs is sharp and creative but impetuous and recklessly
naïve. He’s a socially awkward romantic in a transactional world. He keeps a virtual human clock
at home and improvises as he goes on what qualities to include or delete in his gene splicing for
Jack and, especially, Kay, to whom he develops a dangerous attachment.

Then word gets out that Jack and Kay 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 Jack and Kay’s codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.

“Wetware’s” cast includes Morgan Wolk (“The Affair”), Jerry O’Connell (“Stand By Me,” “Jerry McGuire”), Cameron Scoggins (“The Deuce,” “Nashville”), Nicole Shalhoub (“The Good Wife”), Aurélia Thiérrée  (“Aurelia’s Oratorio”), Matt Salinger (“Captain America”) and Garret Lee Hicks (“The Americans”). Also, Vermont actors including Rusty DeWees, Allan Nicholls, Dan Levintritt, Ariel Zevon and Emmy – winner Gordon Clapp. Music was composed by Craven’s 25-year collaborators Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus, of the Ithaca-based Horse Flies.

A “Wetware” film trailer is available for viewing at https://vimeo.com/178329080

VTDigger is underwritten by:

A partial list of summer film dates include the following:
-Friday thru Thursday, June 21 – 27. Savoy Theater, Montpelier
-Sunday, June 23. Stowe Town Hall Theater
-Thursday, June 27. Next Stage Arts, Putney
-Wednesday thru Saturday, July 10-13. Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury
-Thursday, July 11, Merrill’s Roxy Theater, Burlington (6:30 and 8:40pm)
-Wednesday, July 17, Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, VT
-Thursday, July 18, Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH
-Friday, July 19, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
-Sunday, August 4, Cape Cinema, Dennis, MA
-Sunday, August 18, Weston Playhouse, VT
Check local websites for info, times and tickets. For other dates, TBA, go to KingdomCounty.org

“Wetware” was produced by Kingdom County Productions and its Movies from Marlboro program at Marlboro College, where 24 professionals mentored and collaborated with 32 students from a dozen colleges during a film intensive semester. This spring Craven produced a new film through this innovative program, based on Jack London’s autobiographical novel, “Martin Eden.” Release is expected next summer.

Writer/director Jay Craven read Craig Nova’s Wetware, a poetic noir thriller in 2003. “I was
captivated by Nova’s emotionally stranded main characters,” said Craven, “and the ways they
navigate the cool and transactional world he vividly describes. “ “’Wetware” marks a departure for me,” said Craven, whose earlier films are set in periods from 1872 to 1970. “Some of the film’s ideas also grew from the 2003 documentary, “After the Fog” that I made with my son, Sascha. It explores the lifelong impact of combat for U.S. veterans from WWII, Vietnam and Iraq and, while making it, a senior government researcher mentioned plans to use genetic modification as a way to erase emotional memory, eliminate traumatic response and engender fearlessness among soldiers.”

Director Jay Craven has made ten narrative films, including five pictures based on stories by Howard Frank Mosher. His films have played more than 350 U.S. venues along with festivals and special screenings including Sundance, SXSW, American Film Institute, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, the Cinematheque Francaise, Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, and the Constitutional Court of Johannesburg.

“Wetware” funders and sponsors include Marlboro College, Cabot Creamery, The Amy Tarrant Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Norman Lear Family Foundation, the India Blake Foundation, Dealer.com, The Essex, Jean Boardman and The Whetstone Inn, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Burlington City Arts, Dennis and Judith O’Brien, The State of Massachusetts, The Bay and Paul Foundation, Ron Miller, Nat and Martha Winthrop, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, the John M. Bissell Foundation, Vermont Public Radio, and more than 450 individual donors. “Special thanks go to these supporters,” said Craven.

For more film information go to www.KingdomCounty.org or contact Jay Craven ([email protected]).


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