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News “Northern Borders” to Premiere in Brattleboro April 10

MARLBORO, VT – (March 25, 2013) – Vermont director Jay Craven’s new film, “Northern Borders,” will launch a 100-town tour throughout New England with a premiere at Brattleboro’s Latchis Theater on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Premiere ticket holders are also welcome to a reception preceding the film, where they will meet members of the cast and crew.

“Northern Borders” was produced as the result of a unique collaboration between Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Jay Craven is professor of film and video, in the form of a semester-long film intensive called Movies from Marlboro. The film was produced on a lean budget here in Vermont with the help of 34 students and recent graduates from 15 colleges, who worked alongside 20 filmmaking professionals on every level of production. 

“’Northern Borders’ grows out of my long experience working with young filmmakers and my years of producing and releasing ‘north country’ pictures produced on significantly larger budgets,” said Craven. “Building on these experiences, and by using recent developments in independent film production and distribution, I believe that Movies from Marlboro will help chart a new course for how independent films get made and distributed. Our very positive experience making “Northern Borders” has led to a second project, now in development, which we plan to again shoot with professionals and students from multiple colleges during the spring ’14 semester.” 

Based on a novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosier, “Northern Borders” stars Academy Award–nominated actors Bruce Dern (“Coming Home,” Hitchcock’s “Family Plot”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of a Thousand Days,” “King of Hearts”). It also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Jessica Hecht (“Sideways,” “Seinfeld”), and a supporting cast that features six local Vermont and New Hampshire actors (including 16 year-old Irene Shamas of Brattleboro).

“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 the farm becomes a magical place for Austen, full of eccentric people and his stubborn but loving grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. 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 previously in development by Academy Award–winning producer Jake Eberts (“Dances with Wolves,” “Gandhi”) for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. 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 Brattleboro event will be the first of five Vermont premieres in as many days, including showings in Bellows Falls (April 11), Montpelier (April 12), Burlington (April 13) and Lyndonville (April 14). For tour information and tickets, go to the Kingdom County Productions website at

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With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.



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