Jim Rivett & Shelly Young, "Westbound"

Jim Rivett & Shelly Young, "Westbound"

Premiere date: Apr 28, 2011

The film is a candid portrait of 96-year-old Adolph Vandertie, grand duke of the hobos, and his final confessions of a life filled with joy, heartache and addiction. Sweeping through the Great Depression, “Westbound” chronicles America’s downfall and return to being the strongest nation in the world. An iconic tale, “Westbound” follows Adolph’s struggles to achieve personal redemption by creating an astonishing collection of 4,000 hobo whimsies and tramp art carvings. This simple act of whittling found objects becomes a beacon of hope for one man while capturing the true spirit of America.


Jim Rivett | Director/Executive Producer

A native of Green Bay, Rivett is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he earned a B.A. in painting and drawing, and a minor in television and film production. He then studied at the New York School of Visual Arts under Milton Glaser.

Rivett has forged a broadly successful career in advertising, graphic design and fine art, leveraging his talents in illustration, design, art direction and photo direction.

Today he is president and creative director of Arketype Inc., a 30-person advertising and design agency based in Green Bay.

In 2007 at the invitation of Wisconsin's Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Rivett was asked to serve on the newly formed Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education. The group's mission is to ensure that a creative workforce and entrepreneurial talent is cultivated throughout the state to compete in a 21st-century global economy.

Along with his passion for painting, drawing and graphic design was a love of film and the goal to create dynamic, compelling work in animation, live action and documentary film. In 2005, he began work on fulfilling this passion by forming Arketype Entertainment, a division of Arketype Inc., and bringing together an ensemble of video producers, animators, editors and musicians. The full-length feature documentary film project "Westbound" began in 2006 and is the culmination of the team's work.

In a very recent development and almost simultaneous to the completion of "Westbound," Arketype was selected to the Business Committee for the Arts 2009 BCA Ten, an exclusive group of 10 companies selected by the BCA, which recognizes businesses for exceptional involvement with the arts.

The BCA, founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education and in the community.

Shelly Young | Writer/Producer

After growing up in Green Bay, Shelly Young attended Suomi College and Michigan Tech University, majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in the Arts and Performance. She has a true passion for film and video, and brings more than 18 years experience in television and video production to Arketype's clients.

Prior to joining Arketype full time, Young had worked independently, partnering with Arketype, to produce several award-winning video projects for both clients of industry and not-for-profit organizations. She also served as a producer with Wisconsin Public Television from 1992 to 2002.

Another of Young's passions is writing. She cowrote a screenplay based on the true story of the Wyandot Tribe of Kansas, currently under contract with Sir Ben Kingsley and SBK Pictures. Their project is scheduled to begin principle production in 2010.

Recognized with more than 30 national and international awards, including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY®, Young has produced a wide range of broadcast programs including children's series,

social-issue documentaries, performance specials, live television, public service announcements and television advertising.

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