Passelande Pictures LLC was formed in 2011 as a film production company for all films and photography going forward produced by filmmaker/photographer, Marcelina Cravat. The first film produced by Passelande Pictures was our award winning environmental documentary, Angel Azul, narrated by the distinguished Peter Coyote. This was followed up by our second environmental documentary, Dirt Rich. Currently, in association with Andrew Kaufman MD, we have just completed TERRAIN with plans to expand the documentary into a series.
Origin of the Name
Derived from the legend of King Arthur, the word "passelande" is thought to be loosely connected to the medieval French language and to mean "passing over the land," a fitting name for a filmmaker telling stories around the world. In truth, the idea to use a horse as a logo came first after a whimsical sketch of a silly horse, or perhaps a mule, who stormed abruptly into the middle of a remote sandy Mexican beach restaurant. Stopping dead in his tracks with an illogical confused look this horse was the source of lots of laughter and hence the inspiration for the sketch... but he needed a name. The first one that came to mind was Don Quixote's "Rosinante" but the name seemed a bit of a challenge and the sketch too crude, so graphic designer Arthur Dwyer was hired to create another version. Cravat fell in love with his creation but decided it was more sophisticated than the original and needed a proper name. In her unsuccessful attempt to identify the name of Guinevere's horse she became intrigued with the name given to King Arthur's horse, Passelande. And that is the story of how Passelande Pictures got its name.
(Founder and Filmmaker)
(Founder and Filmmaker)
Marcelina Cravat, trained at Art Center College of Design and the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, is the producer and director of the award winning environmental documentary called Angel Azul. Making a transition from photography to film came later in life when her love for storytelling motivated her to return to school to pursue a career as a writer/director. Upon graduating she co-founded a small production company specializing in portrait style documentaries on artists and then went on to found Passelande Pictures that serves as an umbrella for all of her projects going forward. Marcelina grew up around Hollywood sets as daughter of character actor Nick Cravat, Burt Lancaster's life long chum, circus partner and co-star.