Writer and artist Alice van Buren will introduce her film, “INK: A Tale of Captivity,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Donaghey Student Center Room D. This is the first event of the academic year for the William G. Cooper Jr. Honors Program in English.
The film tells the story of Mary Rowlandson, a preacher’s wife, captured in 1675 by a confederation of Nipmuck, Narragansett, and Wampanoag Indians in the great native revolt known as King Philip’s War.
Upon her return to Puritan culture three months later, Rowlandson wrote an account of her ordeal for the Puritan leaders – including Increase and Cotton Mather – who figure prominently in the film.
Titled “The Sovereignty and Goodness of God” and published in 1682, Rowlandson’s account became a Puritan bestseller and is taught in many early American literature and history courses today.
After some 40 editions in print over three centuries, Rowlandson’s story has now been adapted to the screen for the first time. Written and produced by van Buren, the film is based on her play by the same title, which premiered at the Penobscot theater in Bangor, Maine, in March 2012. The play was also read at a festival in London this summer, with the North American Actors Association.
Van Buren, who has a background in journalism and degrees from Harvard and Brown universities, has lived and worked in Boston, New York, Jerusalem, and Paris, and now presides at Sculpture Ranch, a home for the arts in Santa Fe, N. M.