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NORTHWEST PASSAGE, A Documentary About How One Fan Took His TWIN PEAKS Obsession Too Far

NORTHWEST PASSAGE, A Documentary About How One Fan Took His TWIN PEAKS Obsession Too Far

It’s a great time to be a Twin Peaks fan; not only are we getting nine or more new episodes next year directed by David Lynch (after that little hiccup along the road there), but we’re also getting a new novel by series co-creator Mark Frost which covers the twenty-five year gap between the old series and the new. AND last summer we finally got to see the long lost “missing pieces” of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which most fans had given up hope would ever see the light of day.

Now we’ve got a new and interesting addition to all the Twin Peaks goodness in the form of a new documentary called Northwest Passage, named after the series’ working title. Northwest Passage tells the story of a gay teenager named Travis Blue, who grew up in Snoqualmie Falls, where the pilot of the series was shot. A young Travis got to see a whole new world spring out of his own backyard, and became obsessed with it, to the point of dealing with his own abuse and bullying by emulating the series’ central figure, murdered homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Just like Laura, he dealt with his problems by using drugs and eventually prostitution as a way of coping, and even turned tricks at the same Roadhouse that Laura did in the series. Unlike Laura, however, he ultimately found a way out of it.

Northwest Passage is being directed by Adam Baran, and executive produced by Jonathan Caouette, who made a stunning documentary about his own life a few years back called Tarnation, and the folks who brought us Room 237, the documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. That’s pretty great pedigree as far as documentaries go. Right now they’re looking to raise money via Kickstarter. The Kickstarter rewards include a personalized voicemail message recorded by Kimmy Robertson, a.k.a. Lucy from the TV series, signed production stills from the show, and a personalized Twin Peaks  tour of Washington led by Travis himself.

You can go to the film’s Kickstarter page here, which also includes a NSFW trailer for the film. And as the legendary singer Jimmy Scott sang in the Red Room on the show, “I’ll see you in the trees….”

HT: The Fader

Photo: Travis Blue with Log Lady Catherine E. Coulson at the Twin Peaks Fan Festival, 1993
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