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Queer Filmmakers Embark on Twin Peaks Documentary

Queer Filmmakers Embark on Twin Peaks Documentary


Former BUTT Magazine editor Adam Baran is raising funds on Kickstarter to tell the story of an abused gay teen's obsession with Lynch's masterpiece.

A Brooklyn, N.Y., filmmaker who previously told the story of a teen obsessed with porn is teaming up with the creator of the otherworldly film Tarnation to tell a strange story of a teen whose life revolved around the show Twin Peaks.But they need your help to do it.

Travis Blue's childhood in a small Washington town was turned upside down one day when he stumbled across a film crew shooting Northwest Passage, as the show was then called. Fascinated by the transformation of his hometown into a fictional world, Blue skipped school to watch the filming of the iconic scene in which Laura Palmer's body is discovered wrapped in plastic.

He couldn't have known then how his life would come to mirror Laura's, but before long Blue found himself descending into a world of drug abuse and homelessness in an attempt to escape abuse and deal with his emerging sexuality. Throughout it all, he fixated on Twin Peaks as a model for his life, idolizing the character of Laura.

Blue happened to meet filmmaker Adam Baran at a film festival a decade ago. For several years thereafter, Baran served as the online editor and a contributing editor at BUTT Magazine, and he invited Blue to write about his experience as a gay teen hanging out behind the scenes with the Twin Peaks crew and later structuring his life to mimic the show.

But Blue's story was too large to live in just an article, Baran decided, and began conducting a series of interviews that is now culminating in a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create a feature-length documentary.

Baran is joined in the project by Jonathan Caouette, best known for genre-bending works including Tarnation,All Flowers in Time, and Walk Away Renee.

Reaching their Kickstarter goal could be a challenge -- with just a few days to go, they still need over $20,000 to digitize archive footage, hire crew members, and reenact scenes from Travis Blue's life story. The ambitious project offers backer-rewards that will appeal to Twin Peaks fans: Log Lady art, tickets to the Miss Twin Peaks Contest in London, and a personalized tour of Twin Peaks locations with Travis Blue.

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