Independent film ‘North Passage’ directed by art professor to screen
January 16, 2014
An independent film directed by a UW-Stout art professor and filmed in Dunn County will screen in Menomonie.
Passage" by Popple Creek Pictures can be seen during a special cast, crew and
community event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Mabel Tainter
Center for the Arts. Tickets are sold out.
is Kevin Pontuti, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design at
UW-Stout. He oversees the entertainment design program.
Passage" is a 60-minute film about a fragmented suburban family that flees a
cultural meltdown, seeking refuge on their survivalist grandfather's farm. Part
north woods fairytale, part psychological thriller, it explores a young girl's
psyche as she seeks peace and redemption. Learn more at the film website.
essay, "Lullaby of the Apocalypse: Wisconsin's Frontier from the 19th Century
to North Passage"by Menomonie writer Devin Corbin,
links the film historically with two classic children's stories also set
in west-central Wisconsin, the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of pioneer tales and
"Caddie Woodlawn." Another essay by Portland writer Brandon Thornburg, "When Going Back is
the Only Way Forward," cites the mood of the film as reminiscent
of the 1970's film "Aplocalypse Now." The essays can be found on the film
The filmmakers had a small
budget, partially crowd-funded. They worked with the Menomonie Theater Guild
and used regional actors and production volunteers. UW-Stout media specialist
Ed Jakober was director of photography.
This is Pontuti's
first feature-length film. From 1999-2009, he oversaw Studio P, a Los Angeles
art production studio and lab, which created projects for artists and
photographers such as Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelly, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein,
Charlie White, Sharon Lockhart, Vanessa Beecroft and Richard Misrach, as well
as commercial clients such as HBO Television, Showtime, NIKE, PUMA, Pepsi and
filmmakers are exploring film festival opportunities and hope to hold a world
premiere in the spring.