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Fascinating 'Twin Peaks' Documentary Tells The Tragic Story Of A Superfan
Now that Twin Peaks is making a damn fine comeback for sure, it's time for fans to turn their attention to the Kickstarter for a fascinating documentary about one really obsessed fan of the show.Being made in part by the team that brought us the kooky Shining documentary Room 237, Northwest Passage is about a gay teenager who became obsessed with David Lynch's television show as it was being filmed in his hometown. "Travis [Blue] became fascinated with the idea that his world could be transformed into a fictional place as weird and wondrous as Twin Peaks," says the Kickstarter page. As Blue came of age and began understanding his sexuality, he began modeling his own life after that of the fictional Laura Palmer, turning to drugs, living on the street, and even doing sex work in the same bar as Palmer does in the show.
"I had the worst taste in role models," Blue told Vice. "Subsequently, my role models were Madonna in the Sex Book era, and Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. I just didn't know how to pick them."
The filmmakers are looking to raise $60,000 of the project, and are already a third of the way there. Some of the gifts you can receive if you pledge include Northwest Passageparaphernalia, original artwork, signed photographs of the Twin Peaks cast, and a personal tour of Washington state with Blue himself. However, the one that we know you Twin Peaks fanatics really want is the personalized voicemail message by Kimmy Robertson, who played the squeaky-voiced sheriff's office receptionist Lucy from the show. It's kinda like having Carl Kassell reading your voicemail message, but for weirdos.
Check out the Kickstarter trailer for Northwest Passage