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‘Northern Borders’ opens new CVFS season

— Film director Jay Craven will introduce his new film, “Northern Borders,” at a Champlain Valley Film Society screening on Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

Set in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, the film is based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning novel. Craven will answer questions after the show.

“Northern Borders,” features an all-star cast, including Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Coming Home, The King of Marvin Gardens) and Academy Award winner Genevieve Bujold (King of Hearts, Anne of a Thousand Days). Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick from Moonrise Kingdom and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht also star.

Craven is the director of three other films based on Howard Frank Mosher novels: “Where the Rivers Flow North,” “Disappearances,” and “A Stranger in the Kingdom.”

“Jay Craven’s Disappearances was one of the most popular shows we’ve ever had and we are thrilled to have him back with this new movie,” Film Society President Sue Reaser said.

“Northern Borders,” is the humorous, sometimes startling coming of age story about 10 year-old Austen Kittredge who’s sent to live on his grandparents’ farm. Kingdom County, Vt., is a place full of eccentric people including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as “The Forty Years War.” Feeling stuck in this difficult household, Austen plans a quick escape but ends up having wild adventures and uncovering family secrets.

Craven is a professor of film at Marlboro College. His awards include two New England Emmys, two National Endowment for the Arts film grants. His films have been screened at the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, and the American Film Institute.

Tickets for the show are $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, visit the Film Society website at cvfilms.org or call 963-8662.

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