About this project
NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a new documentary from director Adam Baran (JACKPOT), executive producers P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes (ROOM 237) and Jonathan Caouette (dir. TARNATION).
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
Ours is the first film to explore the impact of David Lynch’s cult masterpiece TWIN PEAKS using one superfan's incredible true story. As a child, Travis Blue looked for an escape from cruelty and abuse he endured, and he soon found it the day he came across David Lynch and his crew filming Twin Peaks - then titled "Northwest Passage" - in his own hometown. Travis became fascinated with the idea that his world could be transformed into a fictional place as weird and wondrous as Twin Peaks.
Travis formed a connection with Laura Palmer, the tragic, mysterious figure at Twin Peaks' core. His obsession with the series took him to the Twin Peaks Fan Festivals, where he had wild adventures and found friends. But as he entered his teenage years and his sexuality began to surface, Travis turned to Laura - who wielded power over the men in Twin Peaks - as a role model, and he began to do the things she did - from using drugs to sex work - which drew him closer and closer to the show’s darker side and put him at risk of suffering Laura's tragic fate.
Our film begins with Travis' earliest memories of the show's production, then traces his 12-year-journey to come to terms with the traumatic experiences in his life and figure out who he really was.
Northwest Passage is an incredible story of life imitating art that's especially relevant today. Millions of people take cues for their lives from fiction - movies, TV shows, books and more, but in Travis' case it played out in the extreme. We have been interviewing Travis for four years. Out of our interviews with him, we’ve crafted a plan for a striking documentary that brings his memories to life in an appropriately Peaks-ian style. Northwest Passage will also appeal to fans of the many TV series Twin Peaks inspired - including THE X-FILES, THE SOPRANOS, LOST, BREAKING BAD, and TRUE DETECTIVE, as well as fans of queer film and independent cinema such as MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and MYSTERIOUS SKIN.
We can't make the film without your support, so please scroll down and check out our incredible range of Twin Peaks-themed rewards, and become a backer. If we don't meet our goal we can't make the movie, and even a little goes a long way towards making NORTHWEST PASSAGE a reality.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
“Adam Baran is a sparkling storyteller with the finest taste in New York.”
- John Cameron Mitchell,
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and SHORTBUS
“Travis Blue’s story resonates with me deeply: a wayward kid in love with fiction who gets lost and finds his way. I support Northwest Passage.”
- Scott Heim, author of MYSTERIOUS SKIN and WE DISAPPEAR
"Fans of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, and other examples of edgy independent cinema - and documentaries - will no doubt be as eager to see Northwest Passage as I am."
- Travis Mathews, INTERIOR LEATHER BAR and I WANT YOUR LOVE
"Support Adam Baran and help him get this film Northwest Passage made. It's a crazy good story and he's a talented man." - Andrew Haigh, LOOKING and WEEKEND
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT
Travis’ story is an important opportunity to shine a light on a host of issues which remain relevant today, including drug and alcohol addiction, teen sexuality, homelessness, and abuse. Supporting our film provides awareness of these and other vital themes.
Beyond simply exploring the impact of Twin Peaks, our film is, on a human level, the story of a gay teenager searching for himself and all the chaos, confusion, joy and fear that comes with that difficult process, told in an original way. The fact that Travis is able to share his story with others is remarkable. Like TARNATION and MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Northwest Passage has the power to help people heal and come to grips with life's horrors. Travis may have endured terrible situations, but he survived. Our film can inspire others to find their way as well.
Travis' story is also the singular tale of one of the most obsessed Twin Peaks fans out there. Travis’s insider knowledge is phenomenal, having spent weekends driving around the Snoqualmie Valley to find the show’s shooting locations well before anyone else, to encounters with the cast and crew on set, to secrets uncovered during the Twin Peaks festival. In our film, you will learn things about Twin Peaks you've never read in any book.
Check out our rewards directly below, then scroll down to read how your contribution helps make Northwest Passage a reality.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
The Secret Diary Mix, an Exclusive Twin Peaks-themed mix by A Place Both Wonderful And Strange
The Black Lodge Mix, an exclusive Twin Peaks-themed mixtape by Hot For Crime (David Riley of Mirror Mirror and David Miller)
Digital Download of the Pilot Episode of Travis Blue's new webseries Cathedral Park
Digital Download of Executive Producer Jonathan Caoeutte's Lynchian short film ALL FLOWERS IN TIME starring Chloe Sevigny
Northwest Passage Scrapbook featuring Travis Blue's Twin Peaks photos
Two tickets to the 6th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant as part of London's cabaret night The Double R Club
Digital Download of "The Secret Diary of Travis Blue"
"Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks" signed by Brad Dukes
"In Heaven Everything Is Fine" Lynch-Inspired Short Fiction Collection from Eraserhead Press
Canvas Tote Bags, Hand-Screened by artist Andrea Owens (Log Lady/Agent Cooper/Nadine Hurley)
Northwest Passage Coffee Mug designed by Reagan Marshall
T-Shirts featuring Hand-Screened Images by artist Andrea Owens (Log Lady/Agent Cooper/Nadine Hurley) - Three Color Options
Northwest Passage Poster by Artist Glossy Bohemond
Northwest Passage Poster Designed by Reagan Marshall (American Horror Story graphics designer)
Torn Ticket Poster: Reproduction of Travis Blue's ticket to the premiere of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at the first Twin Peaks Fan Festival in 1992
Log Lady Print, Drawn & Hand-Screened by artist Andrea Owens (your choice of 3 color options)
Agent Dale Cooper Print Drawn and Hand-Screened by artist Andrea Owens (your choice of three color options)
Nadine Hurley Print Drawn and Hand-Screened by artist Andrea Owens (your choice of two color options)
Leo Johnson Print Drawn and Hand-Screened by artist Andrea Owens
Rare Photo of Train Car/Murder Site (Twin Peaks shooting location) taken by Travis Blue
Original Photo of Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) taken by Twin Peaks Unit Publicist, Stills Photographer, and Assistant to Mark Frost, Paula K. Shimatsu-U.
Original Photo of James Hurley (James Marshall) by Twin Peaks Unit Publicist, Stills Photographer and Assistant to Mark Frost, Paula K. Shimatsu-U. signed by Paula and James Marshall
Original Photo of Mr. Tojimura (Piper Laurie) and Assistant (Derek Shimatsu) by Twin Peaks Unit Publicist, Stills Photographer and Assistant to Mark Frost, Paula K. Shimatsu-U. signed by Piper Laurie
Take a Personalized Twin Peaks Tour in Los Angeles (pictured) and Washington State with Northwest Passage subject Travis Blue
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Since the story revolves around the world of Twin Peaks, our plan is to bring Travis Blue’s story to life via re-enactments that are anything but ordinary - with surprises that will surely appeal to fans of Twin Peaks and David Lynch. Adam Baran is currently finishing the reenactment scripts and meeting with cinematographers to find someone who can help us create a visual language that complements the nature of our story. Our production team is already scouting locations in Washington State to film the reenactments, and we’ve already lined up subjects for our formal interviews. We have also tracked down archival footage of Travis at the Twin Peaks Festivals and elsewhere, much of which needs to be properly digitized.
The $60,000 we hope to raise during this campaign will go towards covering these and other costs. We are simultaneously seeking private funding for the larger portion of our budget. Though the money we're raising only covers a part of our overall budget for principal photography and post-production, it's a crucial part that will enable us to get the film off the ground. If we go over our goal, all the additional funds will go towards production itself - from paying crew and cast to location fees to equipment rentals and beyond. So the more you can pledge, the easier it will be for us to make this film.
WHO WE ARE
ADAM BARAN, DIRECTOR
Adam Baran is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose work often explores the effect fictional narratives have on our lives. His short film Jackpot (2012), about a 14-year-old boy’s quest to get home with a stash of gay porn, won Best Short Film at the 2013 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and screened at LGBT film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, Tel Aviv, and more. He is currently developing a feature based on the short. His short musical film, Dirty Boots (2014), premiered on Vice and screened at festivals in the US and Europe. His short Jinx! aired in regular rotation on the IFC Channel in 2007. Adam is a two-time Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow, and was selected as a Millay Colony fellow in 2011. In 2008, director Ira Sachs invited him to co-host and curate Queer/Art/Film, a popular, critically acclaimed film screening series at New York’s IFC Centerwhich invites queer artists to present films which influenced their work. The series is now in it’s 6th year. Adam was the online editor and a contributing editor for the influential queer publication BUTT Magazine from 2006 - 2011, and currently writes for thesword.com. His writings have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times Style Blog, V Magazine, The Room and more.
JONATHAN CAOUETTE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jonathan Caouette has been making films since he was 11 years old. His early shorts include The Ankle Slasher (1987), The Techniques and Sciences of Eva (1988), Pig Nymph (1990), The Hospital (2001), Flowerbone (1998) and Fame (2002). His other films include Tarnation (2004) All Tomorrows Parties (2009) All Flowers In Time (2010) and Walk Away Renee (2011). In 2004, Tarnation, produced by John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant, premiered in 2004 at Sundance Film Festival. It then went on to screen at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight, Toronto, Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles Independent film festivals. Distributed internationally by Wellspring Media, Tarnation won multiple awards around the world including “Best Non Fiction” film from the National Society of Film Critics, “Best Documentary” at The London International Film Festival, and was voted one of the American Film Institute’s “Moments of Significance” in 2004. Tarnation was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award, Grand Prix Asturias, Best documentary for the Gotham Award, and The Independent Spirit Award. The film won the Stanley Kubrick Award at the Michael Moore Film Festival (Traverse City), The BSFC Award for the Boston Society of Film Critics, The Chlotrudis Award, The Glitter Award, The Sutherland Trophy at The London Film Festival, Best documentary at The Los An- geles IFP/West Film Festival, The NSFC Award at The National Society of Film Critics, and The San Diego Film Critics Society Award, as well as many others. In 2007, Jonathan was a recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowship Award. In 2015, Jonathan is going into pre-production on his narrative feature debut, which is only being defined at the moment, as “an existential psychological, experiential nightmarish horror film”.
P. DAVID EBERSOLE & TODD HUGHES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
The Ebersole Hughes Company is a unique creative collaboration from the husband/husband team P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, each an accomplished writer, director and producer. Producing and writing credits include work with HBO, Showtime, IFC, Lifetime and VH1, as well as live events like the Silver Lake Film Fes- tival and numerous independent projects. The duo’s directing credits include 20th Century Fox Television, Sundance Channel, Cyber-novelas and many indie features, shorts, and music videos. Recent features include their first documentary Hit So Hard, about drummer Patty Schemel of Courtney Love’s seminal grunge band Hole. Hit So Hard was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and a NME Award for Best Music Film. It had its world premiere at SXSW 2011 and was released theatrically in 2012. They are Executive Producers of the IDA award-winning ROOM 237, a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. ROOM 237 premiered at Sundance and was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, and it was released in 2013 by IFC. Most recently, Ebersole Hughes created Lifetime’s award-winning Dear Mom, Love Cher a documentary about Georgia Holt, the mother of international superstar Cher.
A very special thank you to Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, who edited the teaser trailer; David Riley, who edited the Ask video; Reagan Marshall, who designed many of our rewards; Jan Wandrag, who designed NorthwestPassageMovie.com, Marcal Fores, contributing artists Andrea Owens, Glossy Bohemond, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, Hot for Crime, Paula K. Shimatsu-U., Eraserhead Press, Brad Dukes. Additional special thank yous go out to Ross Tipograph, for all his invaluable work on behalf of Northwest Passage over the past few years; Adam Keleman for the use of his camera; and Charlie Dibe for his guidance and support.
Risks and challenges
Making a film independently on a low budget presents challenges far and wide. But we have deep confidence in our ability to deliver it to you as outlined above. With your support, we will make NORTHWEST PASSAGE a reality.
See you in 2016.
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