Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, Northern Borders, at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont—as part of Craven’s 100 Town Tour of northern New England this summer. Craven, who is currently featured in Orion Magazine (www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/7595/) for his place-based film work, will introduce the picture and lead a post-film discussion.
Northern Borders is based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning novel that was recently declared by The London Guardian as one of the “Top Ten Books Featuring Grandparents” (others included Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The picture stars Bruce Dern (Coming Home, Alfred Hitchock’s Family Plot) and Geneviève Bujold (Anne of a Thousand Days, King of Hearts). Dern was recently named Best Actor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, for Alexander Payne’s new film, Nebraska which he shot immediately after completing Northern Borders. Both Bujold and Dern have received Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations. Bujold has also won an Emmy and Golden Globe. Northern Borders also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom) and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Sideways, Friends).
Northern Borders tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Kingdom County Vermont farm, where he has wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences rural Kingdom County as a place full of eccentric people including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.
Northern Borders was produced as the result of a unique partnership between Jay Craven’s non-profit Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Craven is professor of film. The picture was made as the outcome of a semester-long film intensive called Movies from Marlboro. It was produced on a lean budget, through the collaboration of 20 young filmmaking professionals and 34 students and recent graduates from 15 colleges, who worked in substantial roles in every level of production. A new 2014 Movies from Marlboro project will produce Peter and John, based on Guy de Maupassant’s ground-breaking 1887 novel. That production will again partner professionals and students from multiple colleges who earn academic credit for a “semester away” from their home school. Information is available at Movies.Marlboro.edu or by contacting Jay Craven (email@example.com).
Jay Craven’s Vermont films have been called “New England westerns,” for their larger-than-life characters, archetypal themes involving vanishing ways of life, and their wild and rough-hewn natural settings, where an outlaw culture thrives in the margins. Craven’s films have played in 53 countries and throughout the U.S. and Canada. His awards include two New England Emmys, two National Endowment for the Arts film production grants, and The Producers’ Guild of America’s 1995 NOVA Award for Most Promising New Motion Picture of the Year. Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute, Harvard Film Archives, George Eastman House, Cinémathèque Française, The Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, La Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, and Beijing Normal University.
Northern Borders tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will pay the film’s completion costs – and help launch Movies from Marlboro - 2014. Cape Cinema screening schedules and showtimes are available at CapeCinema.com. Northern Borders 100 Town Tour schedules are available online at KingdomCounty.org or by calling 802-357-4616.