'Trampoline' exposes a Minnesota family bouncing from one problem to the next


Local filmmaker Mark Wojahn spent a year with the Tattenbach/Kuster/Thomason household, a Minnesota family on the brink of falling apart. Through his lens, we meet parents who don't see eye-to-eye, and witness their troubles compounded from financial stress, unruly teenagers, and drug addiction. In his documentary Trampoline, Wojahn crushes any last traces of the childhood idea of a "normal" family, and throws his audience into the reality of a group of people living in extremes.


From the film's website, "The trampoline is where the children go to play and to blow off steam. It is an apt metaphor for this modern Minnesota tale. It represents the parent's and the teenager's energy, playfulness, rebellion, and mood swings." Wojahn, a 2009 McKnight Film Fellowship award winner, isn't simply part of the reality-for-entertainment's-sake movement; his purpose in making documentaries is to "explore the realms of consciousness and humanity," as well as to build and connect communities. Trampoline also includes a locally-made soundtrack with songs by Red Pens, Aby Wolf, Mystery Palace, Solid Gold, and M.ANIFEST.

The Midwest/Minnesota premier of Trampoline is this Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heights Theatre, located at 3951 Central Avenue Northeast in Columbia Heights. In addition, there will be a Q&A after the movie with the director, cast, and crew.

Visit the film's webpage to read more about the Tattenbach/Kuster/Thomason family.