Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven speaks during the audience question-and-answer portion of the “A Tale for Three Counties” screening of Craven’s film “Northern Borders.”
The Saturday afternoon screening at Genesee Community College was a fundraiser for the community reading project. More than 100 people attended and Gretchen Bouchard of Batavia won a painting of a Vermont scene by artist Gilbert Jordan of Wyoming in a raffle.
Screening was hosted by Livingston County News Managing Editor Ben Beagle, who introduced Craven and did a brief question-and-answer session with the director to set the stage for the film which followed. The film is an adaptation of Howard Frank Mosher’s nostalgic coming-of-age novel about a young boy sent to live with his grandparents in rural Vermont.
The novel was the second selection of the Tale reading project. It was featured in 2004. Craven’s film was released last year, a project that put film industry professionals side by side with about two dozen college students.
Craven talked about how he made the film, changes from Mosher’s novel, and the challenges of being an independent filmmaker working far from Hollywood. He says he is drawn to telling Vermont stories because he wants to share a sense of place with audiences that is lacking from most Hollywood blockbusters.
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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation