About this project
THOU SHALL NOT TAILGATE is a short form documentary about art car creator, retired postman and minister, the Rev. Charles “Chuck” Linville who has lived in Portland, OR for the past 20 years.
The film is an observational profile of Chuck and his world, which includes two 'concept' houses and multiple cars that are thematically decorated in knick-knacks, cultural detritus and a host of other random oddities that Chuck decides to add to his environment.
An early adopter of DYI art car culture in Portland, OR, Rev. Linville is also one of the founding members of the Portland Cacophony Society, a collection of local artists, musicians and pranksters that author Chuck Palahniuk wrote about in his Portland expose "Fugitives and Refugees".
A cross between a collector, provocateur and outsider artist, Chuck stands in stark contrast to the world around him. His work comments on politics, religion and fringe culture like no other.
Diabetic and in his sixties, he has seen trends come and go, while living and creating on his own terms. By highlighting his art, music and opinions, this film will illuminate Chuck’s unique personality and vision, illustrating how his brand of individualism and originality is vital to an increasingly homogenized culture.
Influenced by the fly-on-the-wall, lived-in documentaries of Les Blank, this film speaks through interviews with Rev. Linville, selections from his music collection and an eye toward the colorful universe that surrounds him. The story will be driven by an audio narrative that will tell his story through conversations, old photos and moments of visual poetry.
The estimated length of the film is 25 minutes.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Director GREG HAMILTON made his first film when he was 19 years old via a local cable access station. 27 years later, he's returned to debut his first documentary short THOU SHALL NOT TAILGATE.
Greg is also a seasoned cinema programmer, and has been curating / presenting various films in his native home of Portland, OR area for the last 14 years. Most recently, he worked as Programming Director for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa and served his 5th year on the Board of Directors at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. He is also the West Coast Editor-At-Large for MovieMaker Magazine.
Greg had known Chuck Linville for ten years before choosing him as a
documentary subject. Chuck was a friend and a fixture on the art car / cacophony society circuit in Portland. That's how the two met - at a cacophony style wedding held on Chuck's front lawn - that Chuck (who is an ordained minister) officiated.
After getting Chuck interested in the documentary idea, Greg and his collaborator Ira Flowers began filming and interviewing him in 2014. This led to several shooting safaris around Portland, and eventually a trip to Chuck's beach house near Long Beach, WA. Over eleven days of shooting and multiple interviews later, the resources were captured, but the story was just beginning. The next step would be teasing the story out of all the material we had gathered....which leads us to this Kickstarter.
I'm asking my family and friends for some financial help to complete this film that I've been working on for the past few years. All of the filming and interviews have been captured, so we are seeking finishing funds to complete the storytelling, editing and post-production. We're asking for $15,000 to cover the remaining production work with some funding for insurance and festival submissions.
Here's the breakdown:
Direction / Editing - $7000
Post Production (sound design, color correction, etc) - $2000
Graphic Design / Marketing - $1500
Errors and omissions Insurance - $1500
Festival submissions - $1500
Kickstarter fees - $1500
You can donate as little or as much as you want. Every investment is appreciated, and there are a few cool things we have available to contributors to the film.
My hope is that we can put the funding together by late Summer 2017, so we can start submitting to festivals by 2018. With your support, we can make that happen. Thanks for taking a moment to consider Thou Shall Not Tailgate!
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Risks and challenges
The main risks that we face on THOU SHALL NOT TAILGATE are mostly tied to completing the first cut and clearing music rights for some of the obscurities in Chuck's record collection. We will be purchasing E & O insurance to help cover this, and will be doing our due diligence to ensure things stay on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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