Some Kind of Quest


Shine a spotlight on the life's work of a truly prodigious artist.



From the Press Release:

What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? SOME KIND OF QUEST is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life.

Explore the film's site.

My wife and I pitched the concept for this documentary to Sylvain Labs and Greencard Pictures in the hopes that they might sponsor the production, which to my endless appreciation, they did.

The idea for the film came after my wife and I visited Northlandz randomly, and were astonished to think that we (or anyone we knew) had ever heard of Northlandz before. The world's (second) largest model railroad needed to be discovered.


Within days of posting Some Kind of Quest to Vimeo it became a "Staff Pick." Two weeks later it was featured as Vimeo's "Short of The Week." It was also recognized as an "Official Selection  at the Fairhope Film Festival, the Buffalo International Film Festival, the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Borrego Springs Film Festival.

The documentary was also featured on Atlas Obscura, Gizmodo, Tech Insider, Devour, Make:, CityLab, io9, Lost at E Minor, Mental_floss and Reddit.

The Team

Director / Creative Director: Andrew Wilcox

Co-ideators: Debi Blizard, Krystal Plomatos

Patrons: Alain Sylvain, Emily Wiedemann

Director of Photography: Matthew Clegg

Editor: Matteo Minasi

Composer: Matt Wilcox

Producers: Chazz Carfora, Ted Day

Colorist: Daniel Silverman

Sound Recordist: Thomas Wynn

Color: MPC