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Internationally-celebrated filmmaker is artist-in-residence this week

Alan Scott Moncrieff, filmmaker and founding director of the Manchester Film Festival, will be on campus until March 10, 2003 as artist-in-residence at Champlain College.

Mr. Scott-Moncrieff was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and attended the Edinburgh College of Art. Trained as a painter, Mr. Scott-Moncrieff also studied under his grandfather, illustrator Keith Ward [The Black Stallion, Read With Dick & Jane, and The Saturday Evening Post] and Westerm realist painter William F. Reese.

After moving to New York, he was widely exhibited alongside such artists as Andrew Wyeth, Elaine de Kooning and Larry Rivers. He also taught painting for three years at the Guild Hall Museum of Art in East Hampton and won an Artitudes NYC Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Painting in 1990.

Back in Scotland, Mr. Scott-Moncrieff worked with the Grassmarket Project Theater Company and wrote and directed An Exorcism of Artistic Phobias and Funk Off Green for the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. F.O.G. won an EIFF 1993 Capital Award and was performed by invitation at the Tramway in Glasgow and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

As a filmmaker, and through his independent film company, Little Red Hen Films, Mr. Scott-Moncrieff wrote and directed The Prodigal, a feature-length independent film shot in Edinburgh, Scotland and New York City. In 1997, he was recruited by Rampage West Films to direct the Tibet-based adventure/drama Sky Burial with cinematographer David Breashears [Everest - the IMAX film] and actor Josh Hamilton [Alive, The House of Yes, and With Honors], all under the auspices of Merchant-Ivory Films.

Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s current work includes documentaries on the Khymer Rouge, and Harley Davidson.

Students have the opportunity to consult with Mr. Scott-Moncrieff during his stay at Trent University, and a public event will also be held on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Wenjack Theatre. At this event Mr. Scott-Moncrieff will talk about independent filmmaking and his recent experience shooting a documentary in the jungles of Cambodia. The Champlain Film Festival will follow at 8 p.m.

Posted March 3, 2003

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