Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, “Northern Borders,” at 7pm, Thursday June 13th at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH. The screening will be presented as part of the film’s 100 Town Tour of New England and it will mark the picture’s New Hampshire premiere. “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 Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern (“Coming Home,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Family Plot”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of a Thousand Days,” “King of Hearts”), along with 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 and video. The film 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.
Tamworth resident Alison Pugh, who attends Mount Holyoke College, participated in the Marlboro College film intensive, working as “Northern Borders” sound boom operator. She will attend the screening and participate in post-film discussion, along with director Jay Craven whose previous films include four pictures based on stories by Howard Mosher (“High Water,” “Where the Rivers Flow North,” “A Stranger in the Kingdom” and “Disappearances”). Craven’s films have played in 53 countries and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Special screenings include The Smithsonian and Lincoln Center.
Tickets for the June 13th screening will be available at the door. For more information about this performance at The Barnstormers Theatre, please call 603-323-8504. Proceeds will pay the film’s completion costs – and help launch the 2014 Movies from Marlboro project, which will again partner professionals and college students for the production and national release of “Peter and John,” based on the acclaimed 1887 novel by Guy du Maupassant. More information is available at Movies.Marlboro.edu or by contacting Jay Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org). 100 Town Tour schedules are available online at KingdomCounty.org or by calling 802-357-4616.