UPDATE: Northwest Passage has been funded! Be sure to check out the info below and keep an eye on their Kickstarter for more updates. Original story follows.
From time to time I come across a project so compelling it creates a longing to see it even before its made. That’s what happened when friend and director of Tarnation and Walk Away Renee, Jonathan Caouette dropped me an email asking to support a new project he’s executive producing.
Caouette’s films are beyond profound, so an email from him was enough to make me instantly intrigued.
However, when I found out that this project is about how a young man’s fandom of Twin Peaks almost leads to his demise, I knew I wanted to help. Here’s more from Caouette:
The project, Northwest Passage, tells the story of Travis Blue, a queer filmmaker who grew up in the shadow of David Lynch‘s TWIN PEAKS, which was being shot in his town in his teen years. After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse, Travis took cues from the character of Laura Palmer, and eventually followed his screen idol into drug addiction and teenage sex work while living on the streets.
The film follows Travis as he comes out of that darkness, but without judgment or cheap moralizing. In short, director Adam Baran is attempting to make a documentary about growing up LGBT that captures the complexity and unevenness of that journey — while shining a spotlight on the powerful role cultural representations play in mediating it, and the all-too-often ignored issues of LGBT homelessness, mental health, addiction, suicide prevention, and abuse awareness.
Additional members of the production team for Northwest Passage include executive producers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes who produced the brilliant subjective documentary Room 237 which explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.
Northwest Passage is in its last hours of fundraising, and they still have a significant portion to meet their goal of $60k. As you may know, with Kickstarter, if you don’t make your goal, you lose it all. If you want to see this movie made as I do, then the time to act is now!
For more information, and to make your tax deductable donation, go to their Kickstarter page at: www.kickstarter.com
Also, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/NorthwestPassageTP