Marlboro film project seeks public funding

Friday June 1, 2012

MARLBORO -- Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College have wrapped principal photography for their new collaborative film production "Northern Borders," directed by Jay Craven and based on the award-winning 1994 novel by Howard Frank Mosher.

The film stars Academy Award-nominees Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, along with Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht, and a supporting cast of 15, including eight Vermont actors.

"Northern Borders" shot for 28 days, using locations in Marlboro, Guilford and Chester, as well as Chesterfield, N.H., and Leyden, Mass. Its professional crew of 19 professionals worked alongside 34 students and recent post-grads from 15 colleges, as part of the semester-long Movies From Marlboro project at Marlboro College. The film’s editing will be now be completed by an advanced film student at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and supervised by editor Melody London, whose credits include Jim Jarmusch’s three Cannes Festival award winners, "Stranger than Paradise," "Down By Law" and "Mystery Train." The Ithaca-based Horse Flies will also include students as they compose and perform the musical score.

Kingdom County Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise needed funds for the film’s completion.

Kickstarter, according to supplied material, is the nation’s leading vehicle for "crowd funding," a new idea for utilizing social networks and personal contacts to finance creative projects. People are asked to pledge tax-deductible contributions to help meet the "Northern Borders" goal of $56,000. Donors receive rewards and updates for their support. Only if the 60-day campaign meets its goal, pledges will be collected and paid to KCP. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition.

"Our Kickstarter campaign is part of what makes this production different -- and like an old New England barn raising," said KCP artistic director Jay Craven in supplied material "Our success depends on our ability to attract hundreds of modest donors. This is different from our previous projects where we relied on a just a few much larger investors to fund a bigger budget. To date, 37 backers have pledged $9,460, mostly in amounts ranging from $10 to $350. If we succeed in meeting our goal, I believe we will advance our idea of sustainable regional filmmaking -- and further our educational mission guided by John Dewey’s inspired notion of learning where we ‘enlarge meaning through the shared experience of joint action."

"Kickstarter now generates more funding for creative projects than the National Endowment for the Arts," Craven said.

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