How many Hollywood movies reflect the way you live? If you live outside New York and LA, not many, argues Bill Kauffman in the current issue of Massachusetts-based Orion magazine. In an article called "On Location," Kauffman touts Vermont's Jay Craven as a leading producer of authentically regional, "place-based cinema."
"What if...," Kauffman asks, "a filmmaker who lived far off the beaten path — say, in Vermont — made a movie based on a book by his region’s most acclaimed novelist? And then he made another. And another. And what if these works looked and sounded, glowered and sang, like their state, like sugar houses and mud seasons and hootenannies?"
While some might point out there's more to Vermont than sugar houses, mud seasons and hootenannies, Kauffman makes a cogent case for local filmmaking. Read it here.
Read more about the making of Northern Borders here. And, if the topic interests you, join Craven and Orion for a live webinar discussion on July 16 at 4 p.m. It's free, but you must register here.
Photo: Bruce Dern in Craven's Northern Borders.