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Northbound: The art of Janne Jääskeläinen

Janne Jääskeläinen, a young Finnish painter who moved to Italy to study traditional drawing and painting in a city living in the past, Florence. A decade of studying and working in the shadow of the old masters drove Janne to create work that equally impressive in scale and emotional magnitude. He plans a project that would demand the focus of his undivided attention for years to come. Janne makes a sacrifice of leaving his life in Florence behind for the isolation of Finland. He rents a studio and works for four years on the five-painting epic “Universal Law”, 300 sqaure foot narrative oil painting exploring the struggles of the past and the fate of humankind.

  • kevin boylan
  • Melissa Dabback
  • Jennifer Pague
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    Fine Art, International, Artist life
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - kevin boylan

Kevin was raised in a military family, grew up on the road and went to school to study fine art. He's a passionate filmmaker with a love for B horror movies and high concept dramas. He currently lives in Los Angeles making films and weeding the garden.

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Director Statement

Drawing and painting is very similar to film-making. They're both vehicles for an idea. Both are powerful mediums that when armed with a message can be something truly special.