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‘Captain Fantastic’ Captures Golden Space Needle Audience Award

June 17, 2016

Captain Fantastic tells the story of a widowed father, played by Viggo Mortensen, who is devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. When he is forced to leave their paradise and enter the world, he begins a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

KCTS 9 recently spoke to Mortensen and director Matt Ross about shooting the film in the Pacific Northwest, present parenting and unconventional upbringings.

This heartfelt comedy-drama, Ross' second film, debuted to acclaim at January's Sundance Film Festival and at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. SIFF screened the film as part of the events honoring Mortensen, who was presented with the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in acting. The film, which received the Best Film Golden Space Needle Audience Award, hits theaters July 8. 

Viggo Mortensen and Matt Ross talk about shooting the film in the Pacific Northwest


About the Director

Matt Ross was born in 1970 in Greenwich, Conn. He is an actor and director, known for acting in American Psycho in 2000, The Aviator in 2004, and Silicon Valley today. He directed his first feature, 28 Hotel Rooms, in 2012.

Photo credit: Erik Simkins / Bleecker Street


Director: Matt Ross

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn

Country: USA

Running Time: 118 minutes

In Theaters: July 8

Official Film Website

Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is the managing producer of Spark Public. She is an Emmy-award winning producer who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital media and training the next generation of multimedia journalists. Stacey has been a Digital Content Producer at KCTS 9 for the past four years; her stories have been showcased locally on IN Close as well as nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat. Stacey’s experience also includes working as a senior producer for KPTS, as an assistant media instructor and producer for Portland Community College and a TV news reporter for the CBC in Canada.

Fun Fact: Stacey’s guilty pleasures include over-the-top Halloween decor, eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” video.

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