Craven to celebrate 30-year collaboration with Kingdom novelist Howard Frank Mosher at Opera House screening

Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven remains on the road this fall, for an extended series of film screenings and personal reflections to pay tribute to his 30-year collaboration with Northeast Kingdom writer, Howard Frank Mosher. Craven will screen his film “Where the Rivers Flow North” and present reflections on his work with Mosher at a special screening at the Vergennes Opera House, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, students are free.
“My tour provides a chance to reflect on Howard and his many contributions,” said Craven of Mosher, who died on Jan. 29, 2017.
Craven will open the evening with prepared and off-the-cuff reflections, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” that explore his long collaboration with Mosher. He will then present a 25th Anniversary screening of his first Mosher feature film, “Where the Rivers Flow North,” starring Academy Award nominee Rip Torn, Native American actress Tantoo Cardinal (“Dances with Wolves,” “Legends of the Fall”), and Michael J. Fox. 
“Howard was much more than a source for our film stories and characters,” Craven said.  “He was also a constant ally, a ready source of laughs, and a steadying influence in times of strain. This was especially crucial during our struggles with headstrong actor Rip Torn on the filming of ‘Rivers.’ I will tell a few tales that have not been publically shared before — because they capture a rarely seen side of Howard and his work.”
Set in 1927 in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, “Where the Rivers Flow North” tells the story of an old logger, Noel Lord, and his Native American mate, Bangor, who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land.  Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.
“Where the Rivers Flow North” played more than 30 festival dates including Sundance, Seattle, Avignon, Vienna and Vancouver.  Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center and Harvard Film Archive. The picture was also one of three U.S. finalists for Critics Week, Cannes International Film Festival. 
For more information contact Jay Craven at [email protected], or call the Opera House at (802) 877-6737.

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