When an early review of The Oregonian referred to the movie as "the strangest one I've ever seen," director Calvin Reeder probably took it as a compliment. After all, if you've dreamed up a plotline — in Calvin's case, Girl Gets In Car Accident, Wanders Wood Alone — that exists only insofar as it facilitates the happening of incredibly, incredibly weird $%@!, "strange" is probably the bare minimum of what you were going for. What's weird is what's in, though, as demonstrated by the films warmly received premiere at Sundance 2011, its subsequent signing to awesome indie distributor Cinemad, and the immediacy with which I became embarrassingly, completely-and-totally obsessed with it. My fixation hinges on two points. Firstly, the trailer. (Just watch, if you're into this kinda stuff, you'll be into this, trust me.) Secondly, Calvin went ahead and made a really, really fun project. Let's break it down:
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0:10: Calvin's self-deprecating humor, laidback style, and distinctly non-fussy (low budget) approach are, in a word, charming. "This isn't the type of movie that the general distributors are clamoring for... In fact, they have no idea what the $%@! to do with it," he says. "And we're very proud of that fact."
1:31: For $50, Calvin will write you a song. A $%@!ing song!!! (Are we sensing a trend yet?)
1:57: As a reward, Calvin is offering copies of his film Jerkbeast, once believed to be unavailable: "A lot of people think this is out of print. But that's just because those people haven't been looking under my bed." Now, I'm laughing outloud at my desk.
3:08 Calvin rejects the idea of using a tiny dog as cute bait. Still manages to include tiny dog as cute bait.
3:28 Calvin dissolves into laughter — always a great one. It lets you catch a glimpse of the project creator as they really are, which is usually shy, earnest, and a little nervous. Ya know, all that good stuff.
Check out the rewards.
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You will receive 2 MP3s of original music from THE OREGONIAN.
I am always down with original music.
Pledge $150 or more
You will receive the original poster art and 5 MP3s of original music from THE OREGONIAN plus you will receive a DVD of JERKBEAST.
It's a pretty cool poster!
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You will receive the Green Monster suit from THE OREGONIAN. It currently hangs in director Calvin Lee Reeder's closet and has never been washed.
This is extra appealing if you keep in mind what the monster actually looks like, and/or muse over the different ways you could potentially use it. Like: as a prop outside the window of an unsuspecting friend.
If you're into it, become a backer. Or, just show a buddy and giggle over it together! Both are pretty good options. And, either way, I can't wait to see this as a midnight movie someday.