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Travis Blue based his real life on the fictional story of Laura Palmer

A Twin Peaks fan lived out Laura Palmer's life

Travis Blue channelled the cult homecoming queen to escape his problems – Northwest Passage is a film that tells his story

The executive producers of Room 237 and Tarnation are looking for money to fund a new documentary about an obsessed Twin Peaks fan who lived out Laura Palmer's life. They've launched a Kickstarter campaign and need donations in order to finish Northwest Passage. 

The documentary, named after David Lynch’s original title for Twin Peaks, tells the story of a lost gay teenager called Travis Blue, who found solace as a teenager in the story of murdered homecoming queen Laura Palmer.

Blue grew up in Twin Peaks, Washington and saw his neighbourhood being turned into another world by the director and his team. He became fascinated by how easy it is to tweak reality; as an escape from personal problmes he beganto reenact Laura’s life. He escaped bullying and abuse by using drugs and getting into sex work, just like Laura. “I was hooking in the same bar as Laura Palmer was hooking in”, he says in the trailer. “It felt good to be like Laura. She was some kind of guardian angel. I would play the Twin Peaks music and dance around my room like she would."

The $60,000 that the team wants to raise is to pay for the re-enactments of Blue’s life. Backers are offered original photos of Audrey Horn, James Hurley and Mr Tojimura and if you have $200 to spare you can get a personalised voicemail message from Kimmy Robertson, the woman who played the sheriff’s station receptionist, Lucy Moran.

Twin Peaks fans are riding high right now – after pulling out of negotiations David Lynch is back on board to direct 18 new episodes and Northwest Passage seems like a fascinating insight into the type of fandom that the show is notorious for.

If you want to help Blue's story reach the big screen, head over to the Kickstarter campaign and watch the trailer below.