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‘Northern Borders’ screening and director’s discussion Friday

Award-winning director Jay Craven will present his most recent film “Northern Borders” at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Friday, at 7 p.m. The screening will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by Craven.

“Northern Borders” was shot in Vermont and New Hampshire, and is based on the award-winning Howard Frank Mosher novel. It tells the story of 10-year old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Kingdom County Vermont 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.

The film stars Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) and Genevieve Bujold (“Anne of a Thousand Days,” “King of Hearts”) and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “Before Midnight”). The picture also features 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (“Sideways,” “Friends”), John Shea, Jay O. Sanders, Mark Margolis, Tom Bodett, Rusty Dewees, and John Rothman.

Craven’s six feature films include “Disappearances” with Kris Kristofferson and “Where the Rivers Flow North” with Rip Torn and Tantoo Cardinal. His films have played 73 festivals, including Sundance, with special screenings at The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, and other venues.

The picture was made during a semester-long film intensive, Movies from Marlboro, where 20 young professionals worked with 34 students from 15 colleges.

Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and members, and $5 for students, and will be available at the door.

For more information or directions, call 924-3235 or visit MonadnockCenter.org.

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