Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Vermont Filmmaker Jay Craven’s “Northern Borders” to be screened at The Paramount

Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — Award-winning director Jay Craven will present his most recent Vermont film, “Northern Borders,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Paramount Theater in Rutland. The screening will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by director Craven.

“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 ten year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Kingdom County 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 startling coming-of-age story, “Northern Borders” evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.

Jay Craven has produced six feature films including “Where the Rivers Flow North” (1994 with Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal).  “Northern Borders” was made during a semester-long film intensive, Movies from Marlboro, where 20 young professionals worked with 34 students from 15 colleges. Tickets are $4-$6 at the door for this screening. For more information, call 802-775-0903 or visit

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