SOURDOUGH

2014/USA/NR/10 min.

Compiling home video footage (1992-2001), phone conversations and his travels home over the course of a summer in interior Alaska; filmmaker Kirk Rasmussen reflects on his childhood with father, Bruce Rasmussen.

Sourdough is a vernacular term originating in Alaska/Yukon Territory used to identify someone who has become grizzled by their time in the wilderness, with roots in the early northern gold rush culture.  

The film observes the interaction between person and place and the fragility of independence. 

Sourdough as a short documentary tells the story of both my childhood growing up in Alaska, and the relationship I currently hold with my Father at a time in my life where I go out in the world to establish and question my own independence and individuality.

This project has helped me communicate with the people around me who care, and inspire others to reach out to those near- or grown distant. It's taught me again by bond with the great, empty land of Alaska, and helped me to shape the bond of father and son.

SOURDOUGH, Trailer (2015). Kirk Rasmussen (1998). 

  Sourdough  premiered at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in 2015, winning first place and is the thesis production of Grand Valley State University School of Communications. The film is in consideration for a number of international film festivals including YMFF (1st place doc) TMFF, and Student Art, FL.  Sourdough  played in select theaters with Kotava Films'  The Wolfpack  (2015).  

Sourdough premiered at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in 2015, winning first place and is the thesis production of Grand Valley State University School of Communications. The film is in consideration for a number of international film festivals including YMFF (1st place doc) TMFF, and Student Art, FL. Sourdough played in select theaters with Kotava Films' The Wolfpack (2015).