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Probe the unknown reaches of absurdity and public access television with two gloriously strange new shorts by Calvin Reeder.
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REWARDS UPDATE 9/5/15

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All posters for The Rambler are gone as of 9/5/15 9:57pm. All those who have selected the $60 or higher before this time will receive this reward but beyond that we have unfortunately run out! Thank you!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! 5-26-15

We're gonna squeeze a third short into our schedule, it's called Come Here for now. This one is less elaborate and more of weird joke me and producer Carlos Lopez thought up wandering through a wealthy Seattle neighborhood at 3am. It's about a suspicious man who accepts a mysterious invitation that he probably shouldn't. Gutterball Eyes Wide Shut is the general tone. We're pretty sure we can get it done under the same budget and time frame if we shoot in Carlos' back yard while his kid is sleeping. That's it for now, Thank you!

New Things! 5-27-15

Frank Mosley​ will be joining us as "The Suspicious Man" in our recently added short "Come Here". He's as brave as he is talented and we couldn't be luckier to have him. Welcome aboard Frank!

5-12-15

We're raising money to make TWO SHORT FILMS- The Bulb, and The Procedure- both written and directed by avant-weirdo extraordinaire Calvin Lee Reeder (The Rambler, The Oregonian). Christian Palmer (William Never Married, The Oregonian) is serving as Producer.

The films will feature strange performances by Linas Phillips (Togetherness, Manson Family Vacation) and Christian Palmer (William Never Married). Jacob Rosen is shooting.

The two films will be shot back-to-back in Seattle in August 2015. We are raising money for an extensive set build, but also to ensure that OUR CREW GETS PAID. This is massively important to the project. In order to work under an aggressive timeline (to meet 2016 festival deadlines), we need to work quickly- and to work quickly means enlisting lots of solid professional help. And we believe in paying people what they're worth- and we need your help to make this happen.

From the Director, Calvin Lee Reeder, on THE PROCEDURE:

"A little while ago, I was inspired by an X-Files episode to create a mysterious and ridiculous experiment in which a man is abducted and held captive in a little room, then forced to participate in a peculiar experiment. Instead of actually doing this to somebody, I opted to write it as a short film called THE PROCEDURE. I've been searching for a way to make it for about a year now. It requires an elaborate set build and skilled individuals to pull it off.  We've finally found the right people to do this, and I'm thrilled. But we need a little bit of money to pull it off."

on THE BULB

"I recently had a dream about a public access broadcast from a parallel dimension. I  woke up confused and excited at the same time, so I wrote a short about it and called it THE BULB. It takes place in a flea bag motel where two strangers experience an unnatural phenomenon. In an empty lot around the corner, they discover the source of the anomaly while it manifests itself as an amorphous floating object that may or may not be a portal to some alien continuum. Upon entry, the strangers learn their curiosity is probably better left unsatisfied in this particular situation."

FULL DISCLOSURE Though the intention is not to be offensive it's possible these films will be just that. Probable nudity, bad words and unsavory bodily functions will occur.  So if you're a fan, or if you're a friend- you know that each movie is getting progressively more strange. These next two pictures are no exception.

 

The Cast

Linas Phillips

A graduate of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing, Linas Phillips started out as a live performer of experimental theater and alternative comedy while living in New York City. Linas' day job for over 5 years was babysitting special needs kids, with whom he started making short videos.

After many years of performing comedy and experimental theater work in New York City Linas switched to making films in 2006. His first film, "Walking To Werner", documenting his 1,200 mile walk from Seattle to LA to meet Werner Herzog, earned him a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's list of 25 New Faces in Independent Film. His third feature "Bass Ackwards", which he wrote, acted in and directed, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Recently he guest starred in an episode of Eastbound and Down (Season 4) and is set to act opposite Jay Duplass in writer/director J. Davis' "Manson Family Vacation".

Christian Palmer (Actor and Producer)

 Based in Seattle, Washington, his short films include HORSES (1999), THE COLLIE AND THE LAMB (2002), CAREFULLY TIMED EXPLOSIONS (2003), FORCEFIELDS (2004), and NIGHTVISIONS (2011). As an actor, he has collaborated with Linas Phillips in BASS ACKWARDS (Sundance 2010). He made his feature-length directorial debut with WILLIAM NEVER MARRIED (Best Cinematography, Downtown LA Film Festival 2010, Tiny Mix Tapes Top 25 of 2011, Best Picture - No Budge 2011). He went on to co-produce Director Calvin Reeder's avant-garde horror film THE OREGONIAN, which premiered at Sundance 2011 before winning the Independent Vision Special Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival (2011). In 2012, Christian collaborated with Steven Schardt (Producer, HUMPDAY, YOUR SISTER'S SISTER, TOUCHY FEELY), co-writing and starring in CAVALIER (SXSW 2013).

Carlos Alberto Fernandez Lopez (Producer) Seattle based filmmaker who has been working in the industry since 2005. He got the brunt of his film education while working as a camera operator at Alpha Cine Labs and as a negative cutter at Deluxe Film Archive Solutions. He's directed and produced numerous short films as well as music videos for record labels like Sub Pop, Hardly Art, Suicide Squeeze, In The Red and Barsuk.

Jacob Rosen (Cinematographer)  based in Seattle. He studied at California College of the Arts pre-college program before getting awarded a scholarship to attend The Art Institute of Seattle. His work has premiered at Tribeca, SXSW, Sundance and SIFF Film festivals. His work has also been featured on publications such as No Budge.com ('The Overture' winning Best Experimental Film Award), Rolling Stone, and Stereogum. He has photographed commercial campaigns for Rogers Wireless, Paypal, AT&T, Amazon and other major companies. He regularly collaborates and creates films with Kate Wallich + The YC, a dance company based in Seattle since 2011.

Buzz Pierce (Editor) Buzz is so much more than an editor. He specializes in sound design, after effects, graphic design and yeah -- editing. He and Calvin have made a number of shorts together but really found they're stride during post production on feature films The Oregonian and The Rambler. Their films have gone onto play Sundace, SXSW and dozens of other festivals world wide. He's a key component to this strange operation.

Calvin Lee Reeder (Writer, Director) With a strange mix of underground horror shock and existential atmosphere, Calvin Lee Reeder made a name for himself with short films like Piledriver and Little Farm. His features films The Rambler (Anchor Bay Films) and The Oregonian (Factory 25) divided and excited Sundance audiences just as his shorts had before them. Reeder specializes in turning lo-fi splatter pics into art films by meshing high-concept thought and design with genre storylines. He's won awards from AFI, Sarasota, been chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces in Independent Film and blah blah blah.

Risks and challenges

There is no profit to be made from a short film. There's no risk in recouping our money when we know it isn't possible.

The actors and crew listed above are all on board and have promised to see this film through to completion. There are the normal risks of death and murder and an occasional kidnapping, but we have made it through much worse before, so this seems like it should be a smooth ride.

Plain and simple, these are stories we want to tell. They happen to be short ones. It's straight from one brain, amplified by dozens of smarter brains and projected on a screen. The way movies should be.

We promise stories you've never seen or heard before and images that have yet to be created.

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