ST. JOHNSBURY – Jay Craven’s new independent narrative feature film “Jack London’s Martin Eden” will screen in St. Johnsbury for one day, Saturday May 7, at Catamount Arts. The award-winning film will screen at 5:30 p.m., and then again at 7:30 p.m.
“Jack London’s Martin Eden” premiered at the Nantucket Film Festival in June of last year and won Best Film and Best Director awards at the Boston Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Arlington International Film Festival. Other festival dates include The Woods Hole Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival and a special screening at the biennial symposium for Jack London scholars.
Based on the celebrated author’s autobiographical novel, “Jack London’s Martin Eden” is set in 1909 and tells the story of a poor and uneducated sailor who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse, a magnetic young woman of means and learning. Their unconventional attraction upends both lives as the film explores timely themes of love, individualism in pursuit of the American Dream, and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world.
The film’s cast includes Andrew Richardson in the title role and Hayley Griffith and Annet Mahendru as Ruth Morse and Lizzie Connolly, respectively. Richardson’s credits include eight film and television productions along with theatrical stagings of “Taming of the Shrew” and “Othello.” Annet Mahendru is best known for her co-starring role as Nina Krilova, the U.S. Russian embassy operative who has a love affair with FBI agent Stan Beeman in the long-running Emmy-winning series, “The Americans.” She also co-starred as Elena Evanovich in the Amazon series, “The Romanoffs.” Hayley Griffth’s credits include “Law and Order” and “Bull.”
“Jack London’s Martin Eden” was produced through director Jay Craven’s Semester Cinema program, hosted for this iteration at Sarah Lawrence College. Twenty-eight professionals mentored and collaborated with 35 students to make the film.
For tickets to see the Northeast Kingdom premiere of “Jack London’s Martin Eden” or for more information about this and other film events at Catamount Arts, visit catamountarts.org.