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The ultimate movie about Missoula, Montana, its lore and lost eras, its place in time and space, and its river-deep weirdness.
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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    My heartfelt gratitude: a single dollar will pay for between two three seconds of Super 8 footage! And every contribution helps me make the Missoula movie of my dreams (and yours!) Thank you very much. Immediate delivery!

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    I'm sending you my thanks in the form of an A Place Sort Of postcard with a personal note! Thanks a bunch!

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Punctuation! If you think the title of my movie is begging for a period, comma or parentheses (for example: A Place. Sort Of), pledge at this level and you can have the punctuation you like--cut from black paper and sent to you in the form of a signed original art piece. What's with that big comma hanging over the mantelpiece, people will ask. And you can say, well, there's a story there...

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    25 is kind of the magic number in this campaign: It runs for 25 days, with a goal of $25,000, to personally commemorate 25 years of living in Missoula. So for a $25 pledge to A Place Sort Of, I'll send you a a small limited-edition print of the mysterious flying platypus creature that sort of inspired it. I'm only going to print as many as there are sponsors at this level, so this particular reward will be rare, limited and exclusive even at $25. Now, wouldn't a mysterious flying platypus creature look great in your breakfast nook?

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    Pledge US$ 26 or more About US$ 26

    You just want to see the movie. No fuss, no muss, no prints, no weird old zines or flying platypi or 54 papier-mache hats or any of that. Just a digital download of A Place Sort Of delivered to your computer before the end of 2016. Yeah, I think I can swing that for you.

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    If a flying platypus creature seems a little too, uh, specialized for your personal home decor scheme, why not pledge $5 more and show your Missoula spirit with a small, tasteful and charming silhouette print of a Missoula landmark? Choose from the Wilma Theater, the Babs Beauty College, Milwaukee Station or the spire of St. Francis Xavier church. Each print is 4"x6" and comes matted and all ready for a framing upgrade in its protective plastic art bag.

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    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    The SHAT UPON level!
    Not for everyone, but just the ticket for a very select group. Shat Upon is/was a gloriously sloppy, densely wordy and often quite naughty zine published in Missoula between 1995 and 1999, devoted to Missoula rock and scene history, partying and elevated inanity generally. As its former publisher, I still get dozens of requests every year for a new issue copies of old issues or a deluxe coffee-table anthology (heh heh). So what better occasion than this to make some choice bits available again? Shout it from the mountain, sonny: $40 toward A Place Sort Of gets you a homemade Best of Shat Upon anthology, selected by me and done up in as fancy a package as Kinko's can provide. An almost TOO authentic piece of Missoula underground history! (And yes, it will have the famous sex quiz!)

    NOTE: If you want Shat Upon but were hoping to pledge more support, I'll chuck a best-of in with pledges of $150 or more (just mention you want one when you fill out the post-campaign reward survey).

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    Pledge US$ 41 or more About US$ 41

    Who wants a Stop Keeping Missoula Weird t-shirt like the one in the Mayor John Engen videos? For a $41 pledge, it's yours, and I'll throw in a DVD or digital download of the movie, too. Stone deal! (T-shirt by this Xmas, the movie by next.)

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    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    Digital Download Double Fantasia! Back the ultimate Missoula documentary at this level and you'll get a sensational twofer: a digital download of A Place Sort Of, PLUS a digital download of my feature-length silhouette-animated WWI documentary, And We Were Young. You'll have to wait until fall 2016 for A Place Sort Of to be finished, but the brutal and beautiful And We Were Young will be yours, all yours, by November 2015.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Looking for an exclusive and neato (but WEARABLY exclusive and neato) way to show your support for A Place Sort Of? Look no further! $50 backers get an ultra super-limited, attention-getting, Smetankafied version of the famous flying-platypus-creature t-shirt that gives the movie its name. You won't be able to find one of these babies at Rockin Rudy's or anywhere else but here: I'm only making as many as there are backers who choose a t-shirt option. (So you'll want to change out of this wearable work of art and into your playclothes before you set about changing spark plugs or slurping gravy without a bib.)

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    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    At this level, discriminating backers will receive a t-shirt plus the matted Missoula print of their choice, plus an authentic ORIGINAL BLACK PAPER CUTOUT from one of my other movies! Lessee...I have birds, windmills, miniature Eddie Vedders...tons of cool stuff! My choice of cutout, but it'll be something nice (unless you specify otherwise!) and it will be the only one of its kind in existence.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Hey, nice. I'm sending you the mysterious flying platypus-a-la-Smetanka t-shirt, plus one large Missoula print and two smaller Missoula prints exclusive to this project (your choice), plus a original Smetanka paper-cutting, mounted and matted and ready to frame! A good all-rounder, this one.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Oh yeah, now it's on. At this level, backers receive a t-shirt, a movie poster, two exclusive 8"x10" Missoula silhouette prints, and a copy of the movie on DVD. Please allow for at least a year on the DVD; the other items will ship much sooner..

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Backers at this level receive the deluxe package of DVD (and a thank-you in the movie credits), two large and two small Missoula prints, PLUS a limited edition silkscreened movie poster and your choice of either a t-shirt or a one-of-a-kind handmade piece of Smetanka window art (looks a lot like the prints, but it's made of cut paper and light shines through). Another nice all-round package (and a nice round multiple of $25 in the spirit of the thing!). Might be enough swag here to cover a few holiday gifts, too...you know, for those otherwise hard-to-shop-for people on your list who have superb taste in art...

    *Note: DVD might take at least a year.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Backers at this level, the STAR POWER LEVEL, will receive the super-duper limited silkscreened poster, a bunch of prints, the t-shirt, the DVD...and...wait for it...A CAMEO IN THE MOVIE. For yourself, your whole family (or just one member), your band (no businesses, though), etc. We can discuss the particulars. The point that at this level you get to be in the movie somehow. Maybe as soon as October, 2015! It will help to live around here, of course.

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    Pledge US$ 750 or more About US$ 750

    PLATYPUS LEVEL! Everything from the STAR POWER level, except instead of a cameo in the movie you will receive one-ninth of the enormous flying platypus just for this level of generous backing. You know how all nine enormous chunks of the original Waterworks Hill peace sign are still stashed all over town? This is my tribute to that: a flying platypus divided between nine handsome wooden boxes intended for window display. The ULTIMATE in limited A Place, Sort Of production art. Wouldn't you like to be one of the Nine? Kinda like Lord of the Rings? First backers get first choice of uber-collectible platypus art-cutlets.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    RED CARPET LEVEL! Everything from the STAR POWER level, plus dinner and a movie...on the occasion of the autumn, 2016 Missoula premiere of A Place, Sort Of. That's right: you-plus-one are part of the directorial entourage that night, and we're having it large with a slap-up dinner, refreshments and for all I know maybe freakin' go-karts before we take our reserved seats to watch APSO hit a screen for the very first time. Walk straight to the front of the line! Includes chaste goodnight kiss afterwards. But you won't have to wait that long for your first rewards.

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    Pledge US$ 2,000 or more About US$ 2,000

    Well, this is it: the tippy-top tier of support. Backers at this exalted level receive everything there is to receive in the way of rewards, plus an extra-special thank you very prominently displayed in the credits, plus a special evening visit at home from the director (scheduled to your liking, of course), on the occasion of which he will bring dinner (catered or home-cooked), a special evening program of his rarest short films, and abundant energy for discussing anything else I can make or do to make a superstar backer happy.

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