Calvin and Larlee


20th Anniversary Edition
Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound

The 20th Anniversary DVD Edition of Borderlines – which was shot entirely in Wayne County in 1990 – will be screened at the Historic Wayne Theater on July 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Director Ron Schildknecht will be present at the screening.  Admission is free and open to the public, however tickets are required. Tickets are available at any local Monticello Banking Company location.

Schildknecht says that DVD is the perfect medium for rereleasing his 1993 film.

“The digital age of filmmaking has allowed us to do a number of enhancements to the film. First, we had both the picture and the sound completely remastered digitally. Although this is a costly process, the improvement in quality over the previous VHS release is tremendous,” Schildknecht stated. “We also added more music to the soundtrack, courtesy of Clyde and Marie Denney. Second, DVD’s allow you to enhance the viewing experience with the addition of special features, such as photographs, other related short films, commentary, music, newspaper articles, and storyboards, just to name a few.  The film was so embraced by the local community that we wanted the DVD to be a celebration of our time together twenty years ago.”

DVD’s will be available for purchase at the screening.

The poster for the new release can be downloaded here.

The Historic Wayne Theater is located at 30 North Main Street, Monticello, KY 42633, 606-348-8411. The theater was renovated in 2009 for the purpose of providing entertainment and educational opportunities for the Monticello community.

Set against a background of farming, saw-milling and moonshining activities during the Depression, Borderlines focuses on a small portion of the Cumberland Plateau along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Local historical and social conditions beginning with the Civil War have created an atmosphere in which violence has become an acceptable method of handling disagreements.

But to an outsider, schoolteacher Larlee Sanders sent in from the county seat, the deadly behavior can only be considered murder.

Although Larlee gradually solidifies relationships with members of the community - including Cilla Hatcher, her matter-of-fact landlady, Calvin Jones, a sawmill worker, and her quiet pupil Ought Dobbs - she is reluctant to accept their community's way of living and dying. But one night at a box supper, the familiar combination of moonshine, weapons and violent tempers erupt, and Larlee finds herself in the middle and is forced to accept, reject, or in some way attempt to change a deeply embedded social behavior.

DVD, 48 minutes, color.

© 1992/2011 Germantown Films

Superbly done. Students, while enjoying the program as a piece of fiction, should also be able to relate the problems of this rural area in the 30's to the problems of indifference to alcohol and violence in today's world. Useful in secondary classes in social problems as well as U.S. history. -- School Library Journal involving story with fine performances. A stimulating discussion-starter about how to bring about a change in attitude toward conflict. -- Booklist (American Library Association)

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DVD includes

  • Borderlines digitally remastered video and sound
  • English Subtitles for hearing impaired
  • Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound audio
  • Joey Learns to Fly, animated short by Ed Counts
  • Interview of Lynwood Montell, author of “Killings,” by Michael White
  • Multiple recordings of the song, "Borderlines," by Howard Perdue
  • Recordings of the Troxell Brothers, Bobby Clark, and Clyde and Marie Denney
  • Follow the Movie: Premiere, Screenings, Film Festivals, and Awards
  • Slideshows and Digital Stills - Children Casting, Location Scouting, On the Set, Newspaper Articles, and Movie Stills
  • Digital Copies - Screenplays, Storyboards, Shooting Schedule, Script Supervisor Logs, Posters, Notes from the Director, Photographs and Study Guide
  • Watch the Storyboards with the Movie
  • Audio Commentary by Jeff Lomax & Ron Schildknecht
  • Some content requires a computer with a DVD drive to access

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1994 Kentucky School Media Association Jesse Stuart Award
The Telluride Independent Film and Screenwriters Festival
Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival
North Carolina International Film & Video Festival - Certificate of Merit
Louisville Film and Video Festival - Merit Award
Kentucky Educational Television

Jesse Stuart Media Award, 1994, Kentucky School Media Association



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