Filmmaker Jay Craven Explores New England Landscape, Culture In ‘Northern Borders’
Filmmaker Jay Craven believes that a sense of place matters. He is from Vermont, teaches film studies at Marlboro College and makes films about and set in Vermont. His latest, “Northern Borders” is his fourth based on the novels of the Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher.
The movie begins as Austen Kittredge, played by 12 year-old Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, is sent to live on the farm of his grandparents, played by Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold. The two barely speak to each other, and describe themselves as being at war for their fifty-year marriage.
“Northern Borders” is in part a coming of age story as Austen learns about his family’s secrets and creates a relationship with each of his grandparents.
The film was also produced in a new collaboration with Craven’s non-profit Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, called Movies from Marlboro. The initiative teams up professional film crews with a team of college students.
Q&A with Anthony Brooks: Anthony Brooks will lead a discussion with Jay Craven and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Ernest Thompson at the festival Friday night at 7 p.m.
“Northern Border” Screenings: Scheduled throughout New England.
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