MARLBORO — A brand new movie by Vermont producer Jay Craven wants extras and donations to a Kickstarter marketing campaign to inform a multiracial story of ambition and the early American dream.
“Lost Nation,” by Kingdom County Productions, explores parallel and intersecting journeys of Vermont founding father Ethan Allen and Guilford settler Lucy Terry Prince, whose poem, “Bars Fight,” is the primary recognized work of African American literature.
Craven, having lengthy held an curiosity in Allen’s life, discovered about Prince by way of analysis for a earlier movie that related him with Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, creator of “Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend.”
“It occurred to me to sort of develop the parallel stories as one film, because, thematically, these are both people motivated by a sort of American dream, before there was such a thing,” Craven mentioned by cellphone this week. “And they’re very different. Ethan is obviously very grandiose. He was a wheeler and a dealer and an instigator, and Lucy was trying to just make a homestead in Guilford, basically.”
Filming will happen in and round Marlboro and Brattleboro, and Western Massachusetts, with capturing having begun in Leyden and Colrain, Mass., this week. Irish-born Los Angeles actor Kevin Ryan performs Ethan Allen and Kenyan-American actress Eva Ndachi performs Lucy Terry Prince. There are 43 talking elements, making up what Craven notes is his largest solid to date. Actors embrace Vermonters Rusty DeWees (Yorker Asa Locke) and Ariel Zevon (Mary Allen).
Craven is in search of extras to seem in native scenes. Anyone thinking about being an additional ought to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingdom County Productions, based by Craven and Bess O’Brien in 1991, is working a Kickstarter marketing campaign for a complete of $100,000 to help the movie’s completion. The marketing campaign raised greater than $16,000 as of Wednesday night time. To donate, log on to tinyurl.com/lostnationvt.
Craven co-wrote the script of “Lost Nation” with South Royalton producer and author Elena Greenlee and college students from Sarah Lawrence College. Brattleboro author and artist Shanta Lee Gander is an adviser on the venture. This is Craven’s tenth function movie.
“I have a lot of respect for Jay Craven and his work. It has been a pleasure to work with him and meet some of the actors involved with the film who are involved in bringing this work to life,” Gander mentioned.