Vermont Humanities

Bess O’Brien

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Speakers Bureau

Bess O'Brien with sandy blonde hair wearing a gray jacket focusing a video camera with the woods as a backdropBess O’Brien is the director and producer of a number of award-winning films including her latest documentary Just Getting By which is focused on Vermonters struggling with food and housing insecurity. Other films include The Hungry Heart, about prescription drug abuse in Vermont, All of Me, about body image and eating disorders, and Ask Us Who We Are, a powerful documentary about foster care in Vermont.  She is also the director/producer of the highly acclaimed feature film Shout it Out based on the lives of Vermont teens and the original Voices Project live musical.

O’Brien has also produced and directed a number of documentary films including Journey into Courage about women in the Northern part of Vermont who survived domestic violence and sexual abuse, Where is Stephanie? about the murder of a young girl in Rutland, VT, and Here Today about Vermont families struggling with heroin in their lives.

Bess O’Brien co-founded Kingdom County Productions with her husband Jay Craven in 1990. O’Brien co-produced the feature films Where the Rivers Flow North starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal and Michael J. Fox, and A Stranger in the Kingdom starring Ernie Hudson and Martin Sheen. O’Brien has also been the producer/director of KCP’s Fledgling Films and The Vermont Arts Institute, a three week intensive camp for teens from across the country to learn about film and theatre.

Contact Information

  • Phone: (802) 357-4616


Talks by Bess O'Brien

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Writers for Recovery Workshop

In this engaging participatory workshop, you’ll hear the powerful stories of people in recovery. You’ll learn how and why the writing techniques used in Writers for Recovery enable people to ease their emotional pain, reduce their feelings of shame, and move forward toward recovery. You’ll even develop new tools for managing stress and difficult situations in your own life. 

Vermont Humanities*** June 10, 2024