History of the Project
from Amanda Kulkoski - Producer/Director
THROUGH THE WINDMILL is a feature-length documentary which looks at the history of
miniature golf in the USA, and how it has evolved over the last 100 years. The film
explores these unique, family-friendly roadside attractions and the talented,
often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.
The inspiration for the film? My love of mini golf started the very first time I picked up
a putter. In my youth, any time our family took a vacation, I would ask to go miniature
golfing. Truth be told, I asked to go miniature golfing even when we weren't on vacation!
I absolutely adored the vintage mechanical courses of the '50s (and still do), but also
enjoyed the charm of the more standardized, Putt Putt-style courses. My first job as a kid
was at Fort Fun Amusements in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I would spend Saturday
nights and Sunday mornings sweeping the course and collecting balls.
The concept of THROUGH THE WINDMILL came about during my time in graduate school
at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design, as myself and a group of friends
regularly visited the old Putt Putt course on Savannah's Mall Boulevard.
Talented crew and award-winning consultants from all over the United States are
involved in the making of this independent documentary. To date, we have traveled far
and wide to shoot footage and interviews across the United States. I can't wait to
showcase to the world a wide variety of the USA's permanent courses (both vintage
and newly-constructed), as well as a number of extremely unique, artist-designed
"Pop-Up" courses, and some truly one-of-a-kind locations, such as mini golf-themed
night clubs, and even one year-round course that is located in the basement of a
functioning funeral home!
THROUGH THE WINDMILL premiered at the 2017 SCAD Savannah Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award. The film was awarded Best Feature Film at the Sunrise 45 Film Festival! We are honored to have been an official selection of the Door County Film Festival, Fort Myers Film Festival, Rivers Bend Film Festival, Middlebury Film Festival, Twin Cities Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, and the New Haven Documentary Film Festival.
Through the Windmill will be available online in Summer 2021!