Jay Craven

Grandparent figures

For this filmmaker, the story resonates on a personal level

I'm touring throughout Vermont this summer with my new film, Northern Borders, based on the award-winning novel by Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher.

Northern Borders focuses on 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live with a pair of Vermont grandparents whose thorny marriage is called “the forty years war.”

Mosher's novel was recently named by The Guardian as one of the 10 best books that address relationships with grandparents. Northern Borders joins other titles on the list, including Little Red Riding Hood, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Not many stories include grandparents as developed and complex characters, even though many of us have or had deep and illuminating relationships with our own parents' parents.

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A totally original sound

A director describes the dimension that the Horse Flies’ music has added to his award-winning films

After a film is fully shaped and cut, and the director has fully signed off and “locked” the picture, there is still a lot to do to add layers of sound. Some sounds, like those from trucks or cars, are taken from recordings. Others, like steps and door slams,

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