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Award-Winning Film Company, SenArt Films, Offers Wilkes Creative Writing Students Unique Experience

Award-Winning Film Company, SenArt Films, Offers Wilkes Creative Writing Students Unique Experience

SenArt Films, a New York-based, independent production company whose films include the 2003 Academy Award winning documentary “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara”, has opened a field office in Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing building. SenArt Films was founded by producer Robert May, a member of the university’s creative writing advisory board.

“Having worked with Wilkes for several years now, I’ve been impressed with the creative writing program, and we’re excited to give qualified students the chance to get actively, creatively involved with our ongoing film projects. It’s hard work, but for students with the right attitude, we offer the opportunity to experience what the film business is all about,” said SenArt’s founder Robert May.

Students interning with SenArt will conduct research and assist in production for current projects while gaining firsthand experience in the art of film making.  Currently, SenArt is in production on a feature documentary which is expected to be completed in 2012.
“Having SenArt on campus and having an accomplished group of producers on our advisory board make the master’s in screenwriting a unique degree. It’s not just academics anymore; students are getting direct feedback and reaction from working producers. I don’t know of any other program that offers the same experience,” said Bonnie Culver, director of the creative writing program.
About Wilkes University’s Creative Writing program
The Graduate Creative Writing Program offers master of arts and master of fine arts degrees with tracks in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and creative non-fiction. Both are low-residency programs requiring participants to attend two eight-day residencies annually on the University campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with other coursework completed online.

About SenArt Films
SenArt’s “The Station Agent” won the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Original Screenplay. “The War Tapes”, a documentary filmed by American soldiers from the front lines in Iraq, was the winner of Best Documentary at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and Best International Documentary at BritDoc 2006.

Other critically acclaimed projects include the documentary “Stevie” and the feature film “Bonneville”, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen.