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Northern Borders Tour Calendar

Click Here for Special Nantucket Reception and Screening with Bruce Dern (Aug. 6th at the Dreamland)!

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All showings are $12 for general admission, $6 for under 18, $10 for over 65, and a Family Four Pack of tickets (2 adult, 2 under 18) is available for $25, unless otherwise noted by clicking on the calendar listing below. Tickets are sold only at the door unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

About Northern Borders

Jay Craven's new film, Northern Borders, will tour this summer as part of its 100 Town Tour of small towns throughout Vermont and New England!

Northern Borders tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences 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. 

The film takes viewers into a world that includes the region’s wobbly first steps toward rural electrification, an unruly one-room schoolhouse, and town maple festival that turns upside down when an FBI agent shows up to accuse young Austen’s Aunt Liz of having robbed the local bank with her former husband, a descendant of notorious Jesse James.  Writing for the New York Times Book Review, Fannie Flagg called Mosher’s novel “a touching and unforgettable portrait of a people and time.”  The London Guardian recently named it “one of the (all-time) ten best stories about grandparents.”

The film marks Jay Craven’s fifth collaboration with writer Howard Frank Mosher and it stars Academy Award nominated actors Bruce Dern (Coming Home, Hitchcock’s Family Plot) and Geneviève Bujold (Anne of a Thousand Days, King of Hearts), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom), Jessica Hecht (Sideways, Seinfeld), and a supporting cast of Mark Margolis (Scarface, The Wrestler), John Shea (Missing, Lois and Clark), Jay O’ Sanders (JFK, Tumbleweeds), John Rothman (Sophie’s Choice, Ghostbusters), Tom Bodett (NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), Jim Fitzpatrick (The Lottery), Brent Crawford (Sex and the City) and 6 Vermont and NH actors: Rusty Dewees, John Griesemer, John Kiedaisch, Karin Shearer, Tara O’Reilly, and Nettie Lane. Also, emerging actresses including 10 year-old Jacqueline Hennessy (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live),16 year-old Irene Shamas, from Brattleboro, and Kaley Ronayne and Alicia Lyn Hunt who participated while finishing their final year in the acting conservatory at Boston University.

Part of a unique collaboration between Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, Northern Borders was produced in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts with 20 filmmaking professionals working with 34 students and recent grads from 15 colleges. Participating colleges include Wellesley, Sarah Lawrence, Mount Holyoke, Champlain, Connecticut College, Wheaton, Boston University, and NYU.  A second Marlboro-based film intensive is planned for the winter-spring semester 2014.  Information is available at http://movies.marlboro.edu or by contacting Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

Rating
Some people have asked what rating we'd give Northern Borders. The lead character is 10 years old--and the film tells the story from a child's point of view.  We believe that it's a good film for kids to see. That said, there is sadness at the end of the film and some younger kids who get absorbed into the story may themselves find it sad. Our experience so far finds ten year olds who seem to really like the film.  And a couple of 8 year olds who react to the sadness but get through it fine.  We don't hesitate to recommend it for ten years and older. There is no violence in the film that people would find objectionable. The term "french whore" is used twice at the beginning--in jest--but no one so far has found it objectionable.