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Boat People - Life on Latsch Island

In one of Minnesota's most scenic areas, you'll find one of its quirkiest neighborhoods. Latsch Island is in the middle of the Mississippi River near Winona, and it has around 100 boathouses floating on water. Around 10-20 people live there year-round. My dad owns a boathouse there and as a child, I didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until later in life, after traveling around the world, I realized how unique this place is. The community is as diverse as the design of the structures; everyone from gypsies and old hippies to businessmen and state senators. It really is a kind of Huckleberry Finn lifestyle which I find so fascinating.I want to show the world a unique part of the town where I grew up.

  • Jennifer Whalen
  • Daniel Zhu
  • Richie Kulchar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jennifer Whalen

Jennifer is a director based in Los Angeles that has caught the attention of Marriott, Hyatt, Outrigger Hotels, Conde Nast Traveler, and Where Traveler among many more.

While double majoring in Fine Art and Journalism at the University of Minnesota, Jennifer started working as a photojournalist while still in college. Her continued pursuit of photography eventually lead her to a path of video and film where she started getting directing work centered around travel and lifestyle tourism.

She is an avid traveler and her background in photography as well as her knowledge of journalism has shaped her ability to capture natural moments in a cinematic style.

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Director Statement

At heart, I am an adventurer and explorer of emotional frontiers. Creating imagery is about capturing the raw ethereal beauty of the world and the honesty of people.