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I Know Catherine, The Log Lady
I Know Catherine, The Log Lady
Feature-length documentary film about TV icon CATHERINE COULSON, best known as the LOG LADY in DAVID LYNCH and MARK FROST's TWIN PEAKS.
Feature-length documentary film about TV icon CATHERINE COULSON, best known as the LOG LADY in DAVID LYNCH and MARK FROST's TWIN PEAKS. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Join us today in the making of I Know Catherine, The Log Lady, an authorized documentary celebrating the life of renowned stage, film and TV actress Catherine E. Coulson. A life she dedicated to the arts, the environment, to spirituality, and to her fans, friends, family and daughter.
Please watch the video above and...
A lot of wonderful and strange things will be happening during this 30-day campaign. Don't miss any of it!
WHO'S THE LADY WITH THE LOG?
We call her the Log Lady, but do you know the true story behind the beloved woman who portrayed an international cult TV icon up until the last week of her life?
Catherine was a legend in every sense of the word. For those of you familiar with her role on Twin Peaks or who saw her perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you understand the magic she employed when she took the stage. Catherine completed an unprecedented 22 seasons at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF).
“She was an integral part of this company, not only as an actor, but as a passionate advocate for the arts, for theater, for OSF and for the community of Ashland.” – Bill Rausch, OSF Artistic Director
Catherine performed in renowned plays such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, August Osage County, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Catherine performed more than 50 productions with the company over the course of 20 + years.
What you might not know about her is that she was a spokeswoman for the environment, the devoted wife of a rabbi, an important spiritual advisor in her Jewish community, and one of the first females ever to join Hollywood’s prestigious camera union.
Four days before her she passed away, Catherine lay in bed surrounded by those most dear to her. Listening to the words of her lifelong friend, David Lynch, she was about to perform her final act and say goodbye to an extraordinary character she loved so deeply.
With the help of Catherine's closest friends and David Lynch's blessing, we, fans and professionals together, are now being given a unique opportunity to tell an inspiring story that will resonate with film, TV and theatre enthusiasts around the world.
“The stars turn and a time presents itself.”
─The Log Lady
Join the makers of David Lynch Presents: I Don't Know Jack, the 2002 documentary about Eraserhead star, Jack Nance, and become part of a much-needed and well-deserved tribute to Catherine Coulson.
“They'll learn so much about her and appreciate her as a human being. She is one that really should be appreciated.” ─David Lynch
A handful of interviews, including an intimate conversation with David Lynch, have already been shot, but THIS FILM CANNOT COME TO FRUITION WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
Your contribution will help uncover never-before-seen footage and wonderful anecdotes from the cast and crew of Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, Psyche and Star Trek, her colleagues at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many others close to Catherine.
You can find more details about the budget at the bottom of this page, but funds will assist in licensing material from Twin Peaks, post-production, marketing and distribution as well as some very special events honoring Catherine's life.
Richard Green, Director
Richard Green graduated from California Institute of the Arts and attended NYU Graduate Film School. He the managing director of Next Step Studios, an independent production company in Los Angeles and also the founder of History of Cool – what people think is cool - searchable by who thinks so.
As a stage actor he has done everything from NY’s Shakespeare in the Park to world premieres in LA. He has acted in films and TV for directors such as David Lynch and Peter Medak including as The Magician in Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
His voice and songs have been featured in feature films and he has performed with a wide array of jazz and rock musicians around the world.
His writing/directing credits include theater, films, TV, promos, commercials, screenplays and music. He produced David Lynch Presents I Don’t Know Jack (the unsolved life of Jack Nance star of Eraserhead). He produced and directed the indie feature, 7 Year ZigZag…a Film in Rhyme and Swing.
He maintains a high profile career in the low profile voiceover business with clients including Lincoln automobiles, Call of Duty, TCM, Coke, Nike, SpikeTV, NBC, Fox and many others.
Pieter Dom, Campaign Art & Content Strategist
Welcome to Twin Peaks. Log father.
Cameron Holly Dexter, Co-Producer
Alpine skier. Damn fine coffee lover.
Amanda Kari McHugh, Associate Producer
Camerawoman. Daughter of a Christmas tree farmer. TM practitioner.
Jenny Sullivan, Producer
Director. Actor. Writer. 50-year friendship with Catherine.
Justin Giddings, Campaign Manager
The Kickstarter Guy.
David Ninh, PR Consultant
David Ninh is the Director of Press and Publicity at Kino Lorber, Inc. managing the press outreach for the company's theatrical, home video, and streaming new releases. He was previously the Senior Communications Specialist at Kickstarter where he worked with filmmakers and creators during the initial funding stages of many successful film, arts and culture projects. In the past, he's worked on the publicity teams at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York Film Festival and PMK*BNC. He also works as a crowdfunding consultant and leads press for NY-based production company Still Point Pictures on their LGBTQ projects. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
We worked really hard to reward your generosity with massive, massive quantities of ONE-OF-A-KIND and LIMITED EDITION rewards, some of them EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE during this KICKSTARTER campaign!
ASK THE LOG!
Today, the Answer Log has something to say... about EVERYTHING!
This one's real, folks! Yes, a unique wooden log handmade into an all-knowing, show-stopping Answer Log! Real wood, real answers and real mystery approved by David Lynch!
Every Answer Log is unique and holds a CURIOUS SECRET, which will be revealed if we raise $150,000. But you better secure yours NOW before the secret's out...
YOUR TREE IN THE LOG LADY GROVE
Catherine's role as the Log Lady lead to her work as a spokeswoman for the environment. Over the years, the Log Lady gained a special, symbolic meaning as a protector of forests and trees, and Catherine spoke out about the devastating effects of deforestation. She was a passionate advocate for groups like TreePeople.
We have joined forces with TreePeople to make sure that vision stays alive. Now you can dedicate a tree in The Log Lady Grove and receive a hand-signed and numbered Log Lady Grove & Tree People certificate.
TreePeople is a non-profit organization and their Tree Dedication Program focuses on the neighborhoods and communities of the greater Los Angeles area, and the mountains and wilderness areas of Southern California.
Make a tree dedication to honor a friend, celebrate an event, or remember a loved one. Give a gift that grows in The Log Lady Groves!
While making this film, we will comb through boxes full of Catherine's letters, old photos, college essays, and other items she saved. Many of these discoveries will appear only briefly in the film, or maybe not at all, but we will collect them to create an intimate and tasteful narrative of her life as it has never been seen before.
The Logbook will be a deluxe coffee table book* meticulously compiled during the making of the documentary. Numbered copies will only be available for purchase during the campaign, and you will have the opportunity to contribute your own story, photo, poem or tribute in a curated memorial section. You will be thanked in the book AND in the film.
*Size and format to be decided.
DAVID LYNCH PRESENTS: I DON'T KNOW JACK
Everyone who purchases the digital version of I Know Catherine, The Log Lady during this campaign, will already get free online access to our team's 2002 feature documentary, David Lynch Presents: I Don't Know Jack, about the life and unresolved homicide of Eraserhead star and Catherine's former husband, Jack Nance.
For the first time available online, the film's bonus material includes Unsolved Homicide, an interview with Twin Peaks actress Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran) and the detective who handled Nance's case. Kimmy and Richard Green also participated in a session with psychic Marla Frees at Kimmy’s request...
JOIN OUR EDITORIAL MEETINGS
Do you have a knack for documentary films? Looking for a hands-on experience? We're offering a limited number of editorial consultant credits!
This means we'll send you an early cut of the film so you can actually sit in on our editorial discussion. You will be invited to two group Skype calls with the director/editor. Of course, you'll get an Editorial Consultant Credit in the film and on IMDb.com!
There's A LOT more to discover in our rewards section to the right! Like a growing collection of DIGITAL GOODIES...
...and UNRELEASED MUSIC by artists orbiting close to the world of Twin Peaks.
UNRELEASED JOHNNY JEWEL (CHROMATICS) EP
CHRYSTA BELL'S UNRELEASED STUDIO VERSION OF SYCAMORE TREES
SILENCIO'S END OF THE GLASS, MIXED BY JOHN NEFF
Oh, and we also have a couple of special MYSTERY REWARDS!
“There are things in life that exist, yet our eyes cannot see them.”
You can't spell “Log Lady” without a little mystery, and that's why a number of reward levels include bonus MYSTERY REWARDS.
These immersive mystery rewards can only be revealed WITH YOUR HELP as soon as we hit certain milestones:
- MYSTERY REWARD #1 to be revealed at 20% raised
- MYSTERY REWARD #2 to be revealed at 40% raised
MYSTERY REWARD #3 to be revealed at 80% raised
- THE ANSWER LOG'S SECRET to be revealed at 60% raised
Keep an eye out on our social media channels for clues, so follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In order to best tell this story, we will utilize our budget to secure the rights to important footage from CBS, Showtime and Catherine's performances at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (10%). We'll set up exclusive interviews with co-stars and colleagues like Kyle MacLachlan, Mark Frost, Mädchen Amick, Michael Ontkean, and William Shatner (5.4%). Our team will digitize and dig through rare archived footage, outtakes and interviews starring Catherine. Your contributions will help pay for equipment rentals, travel expenses and the cast and crew (62.6%). We will also hire a top-notch editor to cut the whole thing together into a beautiful film (6%).
Donna Dubain, Executive Producer
William Haugse, Executive Producer
William Haugse ACE. Four dreamy years living with Catherine.
Anne Lundgren, Associate Producer
Christopher Liam Moore, Associate Producer
Constance Coulson Ollivier, Associate Producer
Logan Heftel, Associate Producer
Please share this Kickstarter page (or iknowcatherine.com, if that's easier to remember) with everyone you think could be interested in learning all about Catherine.
Are you press? Do you blog? Do you manage an online or offline community that could be interested in this film? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us through social media!
Here's a press kit with promotional images you can use.
Do you have something related to Catherine, like a beautiful photo, an old letter, a prop or other mementos? Please reach out!
Any help is much appreciated!
LONG LIVE THE LOG LADY!
Risks and challenges
First, let us say how deeply we appreciate each and every single backer who joins us here on this exciting journey. Many of you may know the difficulties in completing a documentary and there are a slew of unknowns we may encounter (and have already overcome) along the way. Due to the nature of documentary work, we are still gathering the pieces of this story. So, please be patient with us as we fulfill your rewards and complete this film. Projects like this don't come together overnight. We are going to do our best to have this film ready to watch by Summer 2019, but please understand that there are all sorts of hurdles along this road. Some of these are actor availability for key interviews, licensing integral footage, and editing it all together! Again, thank you for being a part of the team!
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