April 13, 2017

Jesse Kreitzer
Lanterna Film
Kreitzer Receives Special Jury Recognition at 16th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival
Jesse Kreitzer's MFA thesis film Black Canaries received "Special Jury Recognition for Short Narrative Film" at the 16th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) held in Ashland, Oregon.  The award was presented by Jury Members Warren Etheredge, Martin C. Jones, and Stacey Steers. This is the eighth film festival award for the coal mining folktale inspired by Kreitzer's maternal ancestry. 

"Black Canaries is a technical marvel," said Juror Warren Etheridge during the annual awards celebration.  "On a humble budget, the film recreates a world lost to time and coastal purpose.  The artful period piece pays tribute to lost generations of miners, acknowledging their indomitable Middle American work ethic and concurrent aspirations."

Video: Kreitzer's Acceptance Speech at 16th Annual AIFF Awards Celebration
This marks the 8th film festival award for Black Canaries which received Grand Jury Awards for "Best Film" and "Best Cinematography" at the 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival; the "James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker" and "Best Cinematography" Awards at the 30th Annual Vermont International Film Festival; the Jury Award for "Best New England Short Film" at the 18th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival; the "Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for Music Integration" at the 2nd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival; and the Director's Award for "Best Cinematography" at the 22nd Annual Woods Hole Film Festival.

Kreitzer is currently based in Marlboro, Vermont, where he is producing CAREGIVERS, a docu-narrative hybrid about hospice workers and home birth midwives in the mountains of rural Vermont.  Produced in collaboration with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, a first-look will premiere with live accompaniment at the 3rd annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and as part of the VSO's statewide Made in Vermont Tour.  The finished work will screen with live orchestration at select film festivals nationwide.

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Jesse Kreitzer, Producer/Director of Black Canaries, at the 16th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival Award Celebration.  Photo courtesy of Mary WilkinsKelly.


Warren Etheredge
is the founder of The Warren Report and one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project, which helps combat veterans work through PTSD by teaching them the art of storytelling.  He has conducted over 3,000 interviews, many of them on his Emmy-nominated TV series The High Bar.

Martin C. Jones is the CEO at MetroEast Community Media.  He specializes in producing and aquiring content for theatrical release, broadcast, and streaming.  Jones has produced feature films, specials, sitcoms, and national TV spots for Jeep, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and Turner/TimeWarner.

Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper.  Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives.  Steers' animated short films have screened at Sundance, Telluride, New Directors/New Films, IFFR Rotterdam, MoMA and the National Gallery of Art.


The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 100-plus independently made documentaries, features, and shorts at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April.  The Ashland Independent Film Festival was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, and holds a spot in the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2016, Top Towns.”  The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded the Ashland Independent Film Festival with rare festival support grants.


Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer
(b. 1985) is a filmmaker from Marlboro, Vermont whose interests include rural storytelling, ancestry, and folk cultures.  Using genealogy and archival materials as creative conduit, Kreitzer's documentary and narrative films explore the fragility of memory, family lineage and tradition.  His films have screened at film festivals, galleries and museums worldwide including The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of the Moving Image, Biografilm, Raindance, Oldenburg International, Camden International, Ashland, IFFBoston, Woodstock, Atlanta Film Festival and Denver Film Festival, among others.  Kreitzer earned his MFA, summa cum laude, in Cinema and Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa, and his BA, magna cum laude, in Visual & Media Arts from Emerson College. 

Header photo courtesy of Al Case.
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