Craven’s Vt. film ‘Northern Borders’ showing at Bennington Museum


Award-winning director Jay Craven will present his most recent Vermont film, "Northern Borders," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at the Bennington Museum. The screening will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by director Craven.

"Northern Borders" stars Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") and Geneviève Bujold ("Anne of a Thousand Days," "King of Hearts"). 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 "Before Midnight") and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht ("Sideways," "Friends"). Others in the supporting cast include John Shea, Jay O. Sanders, Mark Margolis, Tom Bodett, Rusty Dewees, and John Rothman.

"Northern Borders" was shot in Vermont and New Hampshire, and it’s based on the award-winning Howard Frank Mosher novel that was recently declared by The London Guardian as one of the "Top Ten Books Featuring Grandparents." It tells the story of 10 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.

Jay Craven’s six feature films include "Disappearances" (2007 with Kris Kristofferson) and "Where the Rivers Flow North" (1994 with Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal). His films have played 73 festivals, including Sundance, with special screenings at The Smithsonian and Lincoln Center.

"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 teaches film. The picture was made during a semester-long film intensive, Movies from Marlboro, where 20 young professionals worked with 34 students from 15 colleges. A 2014 Movies from Marlboro project, Peter and John, based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant, was shot this spring on Nantucket and again partnered professionals and students who earn academic credit.

Tickets for the "Northern Borders" screenings will be available at the door. Northern Borders is being jointly presented by The Bennington Museum and Kingdom County Productions. The mission of the Bennington Museum is to showcase and model the creativity of Vermont in all its forms and throughout its history, as well as serve as a venue for visual and performing arts that enrich our community and our world. More information is available at Kingdom County Productions works to produce place-based New England narrative and documentary films, innovative education projects, and world-class performing arts events in small towns. Information about KCP can be found at


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