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Jay Craven's 'Northern Borders' film debuts in NH

Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, 'Northern Borders,' whose cast includes Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth.The screening will be presented as part of the film's 100 Town Tour of New England, and will mark the picture's New Hampshire premiere.

'Northern Borders,' a humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story based on Howard Frank Mosher's novel, centers on 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents' Kingdom County, Vt., farm. There he has wild adventures while uncovering long-festering family secrets. Set in 1956, the film conjuresa 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.Dern ('Coming Home,' Alfred Hitchcock's 'Family Plot') and Bujold ('Anne of a Thousand Days,' 'King of Hearts') are joined by Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ('Moonrise Kingdom') and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht ('Sideways,' 'Friends').Creative Process

'Northern Borders' was produced through a partnership between Craven's non-profit Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Craven is professor of film and video. The film was made as the outcome of a semester-long film intensive called 'Movies from Marlboro.' It was produced on a lean budget, through the collaboration of 20 young filmmaking professionals and 34 students and recent graduates from 15 colleges, who worked in substantial roles in every level of production.Tamworth resident Alison Pugh, who attends Mount Holyoke College, participated in the Marlboro College film intensive, working as 'Northern Borders' sound boom operator. She will attend the screening and participate in post-film discussion, along with Craven whose directing credits include four pictures based on stories by Howard Mosher ('High Water,' 'Where the Rivers Flow North,' 'A Stranger in the Kingdom' and 'Disappearances'). Craven's films have played in 53 countries and throughout the United States and Canada. Special screenings include The Smithsonian and Lincoln Center.Tickets for Thursday's event are available at the door for $12; $10 for those older than 65 and $5 for those under 18. For more information, call 323-8504.

Proceeds will pay the film's completion costs and help launch the 2014 Movies from Marlboro project, which will again partner professionals and college students for the production and national release of 'Peter and John,' based on the 1887 novel by Guy du Maupassant.Log onto KingdomCounty.org or call (802) 357-4616 for details on other screenings. Thus far, another New Hampshire screening of 'Northern Borders' is set for 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Peterborough Community Theatre, 6 School St.