“Northern Borders” was produced as the result of a unique collaboration between Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Craven is professor of film and video, in the form of a semester-long film intensive called Movies From Marlboro. The film was produced on a lean budget in Vermont with the help of 34 students and recent graduates from 15 colleges, who worked alongside 20 filmmaking professionals on every level of production.
“’Northern Borders’grows out of my long experience working with young filmmakers and my years of producing and releasing ‘North Country’ pictures produced on significantly larger budgets,” said Craven. “Building on these experiences, and by using recent developments in independent film production and distribution, I believe that Movies From Marlboro will help chart a new course for how independent films get made and distributed. Our very positive experience making ‘Northern Borders’ has led to a second project, now in development, which we plan to again shoot with professionals and students from multiple colleges during the spring ’14 semester.”
Based on a novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher, “Northern Borders” stars Academy Award–nominated actors Bruce Dern (“Coming Home,”Hitchcock’s “Family Plot”)and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of a Thousand Days,” “King of Hearts”).
“Northern Borders”tells the story of 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and the farm becomes a magical place for Austen, full of eccentric people and his stubborn but loving grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. 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.
For more information visit www.marlboro.edu or call Craven at (802) 258-9251.