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   from the issue of July 26, 2007

Director to attend Ross screenings

Director Jay Craven will attend screenings of his films "Disappearances" and "Where the Rivers Flow North" on July 27-28 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Craven will appear at the 7:30 p.m. screening of "Where the Rivers Flow North" on July 27. At 4:15 p.m. July 28, Craven will offer a movie talk following the 2:15 p.m. screening of "Disappearances." He will also introduce a 7:30 p.m. July 28 showing of "Disappearances," then guide a post-film discussion.

Based on the award-winning novel by Howard Frank Mosher, "Disappearances" is a story of high-stakes whiskey running. The film stars Kris Kristofferson in his first lead role in 20 years.

Set during Prohibition, the film tells the story of Quebec Bill Bonhomme (Kristofferson), an impossible dreamer and schemer who needs fast cash after a freak lightning storm destroys his barn. Despite forebodings from his skeptical and mystical sister, Cordelia, Quebec Bill hatches a plan to steal 20 cases of liquor from feral Canadian whiskey pirate, Caracjou and smuggle it back across the Vermont-Canadian border. He takes along his 15 year-old-son, Wild Bill, his inscrutable brother-in-law, and his cranky hired man. Together, they cross the border into Canadian wilderness - and a haunted and elusive past - for three unforgettable days.

"Disappearances" (rated PG-13) is one of nine American films selected for the American Film Institute's international cultural exchange, AFI Project 20/20 for 2007. The movie completes a trilogy that Craven calls, "Vermont frontier films," that includes "Where the River Flows North" and "A Stranger in the Kingdom."

"Disappearances" is showing at the Ross through Aug. 2. Show times are available online at or by calling 472-5353.

Showing @ The Ross

(July 27 to Aug. 9)
Anime thriller by Satoshi Kon in which the line between reality and dreams blurs. Rated R

"Introducing the Dwights"
(Aug. 3 to Aug. 16)
A heartfelt comedy about a mother who tries to come between her son and his coming of age. Rated R

For more information go online to or call 472-5353.



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