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MELVIN is a slow-burn road movie, the fractured portrait of Melvin Mills, a wandering misfit struggling to express himself.

*NOTE – Although we’ve reached our $3,000 goal, we’re trying to raise another 10% ($300) to offset Amazon.com’s service fees, and the cost of shipping our rewards. So, to clear and collect our full $3,000 — we need to reach $3,300.00.

Thanks to both Cinematical and indieWIRE for mentions during our Kickstarter Campaign!

The video we've included for our MELVIN/Kickstarter Campaign, is a short clip from the first act of our film, MELVIN. This is a work-in-progress piece and showcases our main character, Melvin, wandering a beach in Oregon, documenting his own journey -- right after he has left home.

About this Project:
Help us bring MELVIN to the big (and small) screens!

Who am I?
My name is Chris Ohlson. I’ve been making films for the last ten years, creating more than a dozen short films and videos that have screened at film festivals and competitions around the world.

here is a link to my short film, the award-winning EXPECTING

My recent work includes producing the feature length film, THE OVERBROOK BROTHERS, for Tom Borders’ Sixth Street Films. Directed by John Bryant, THE OVERBROOK BROTHERS screened in competition at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and later went on to play at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival and the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival (as well as many others). The film is available via IFC Films On Demand.

I also Co-Produced Bryan Poyser’s LOVERS OF HATE, which just premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, I’m serving as the Executive Producer on Paul Gordon’s THE HAPPY POET, which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX.

After working many years to develop myself as a filmmaker, I decided it was time to take the big plunge and tell an important story, to give voice to MELVIN, my first feature-length film.

What am I trying to do?
Quite simply, I am trying to raise funds ($3,000.00) to clear the last hurdle to finish MELVIN and bring him out for festival screenings and showcases.

The funds you pledge will go exclusively towards completing the final sound mix, color correction and output of our High Definition master.
MELVIN is now in the homestretch, having made it all this way on the generous support of friends and loved ones, my own personal savings, and a million and one favors.

How does Kickstarter work?
Melvin needs to raise $3,000.00 – by May 1st, 2010. I must meet that goal, by that date, in order to receive the funds. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. And that’s where you come in.

Over on the right hand side (and below), you’ll see different PLEDGE AMOUNTS for various levels of giving. But rather than looking for a donation to the film, I am pre-selling goods from the movie in order to finish Melvin. This way you both give and receive.

I’m asking you to buy a digital download of MELVIN, or a limited edition dvd, a signed poster or a MELVIN-Customized SIGG Water Bottle. Or you can simply pledge $10 to add your name (and link) to our special thanks on the website and in our film’s closing credits.

So with your help, we’ll all give a bit and get something with real value: a thoughtful movie with integrity and spirit.

So who is MELVIN?
Like some long-lost Kafka novel, MELVIN is the fractured portrait of Melvin Mills, a wandering misfit struggling to express himself. MELVIN is a slow-burn road movie, simmering with hidden maladies, misplaced yearning and the temptations of violence.

With a skeleton crew of MELVIN believers, we shot the film in two fevered weeks, criss-crossing 6 Western states and innumerable cities and towns. Our idea was to bring MELVIN into harmony with the sea, the road, trees and wind, co-opting them into his drama and revealing them as perhaps the only things with which Melvin resonates.

I have grown profoundly as a filmmaker during the making of this film. With your pledge of support I hope to make this unique and dynamic film a reality. 


Thank you greatly for your time and consideration. Please don’t hesitate to email me any questions about MELVIN or the Kickstarter funding method.

Many thanks,
Chris Ohlson

chris@chrisohlson.com
www.chrisohlson.com

824 PICTURES presents MELVIN
JEF GREILICH as Melvin
KATE CULLEN ROBERTS
DAVID WAINGARTEN
cinematographer DAVID WAINGARTEN
sound recordist BUCKNER COOKE
editor DAVID LOWERY
written by GREGORY COLLINS and CHRIS OHLSON
produced & directed by CHRIS OHLSON

PLEDGES:
*all orders will be filled when the film is complete, late summer 2010
$10 – PLEDGE:
SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

$25 – PLEDGE:
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) *Quicktime 7 or later, or iTunes required for playback
+ SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

$50 – PLEDGE:
SPECIAL EDITION DVD [1 of only 1,000 to be created with a bevy of add’l features and extras]
+ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) *Quicktime 7 or later, or iTunes required for playback
+ SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

$125 – PLEDGE:
LIMITED EDITION POSTER [1 of only 500, signed (or not) by the filmmaker]
SPECIAL EDITION DVD [1 of only 1,000 to be created with a bevy of add’l features and extras]
+ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) *Quicktime 7 or later, or iTunes required for playback
+ SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

$250 – PLEDGE:
SIGG WATER BOTTLE with Melvin-customized artwork (help the environment)
PIG HEAD MASK for Halloween (or any day for that matter!)
LIMITED EDITION POSTER [1 of only 500, signed (or not) by the filmmaker]
SPECIAL EDITION DVD [1 of only 1,000 to be created with a bevy of add’l features and extras]
+ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) *Quicktime 7 or later, or iTunes required for playback
+ SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

$2,000 – PLEDGE:
Director will fly to your house and do a Q&A with you and a group of your friends!
SIGG WATER BOTTLE with Melvin-customized artwork (help the environment)
PIG HEAD MASK for Halloween (or any day for that matter!)
LIMITED EDITION POSTER [1 of only 500, signed (or not) by the filmmaker]
SPECIAL EDITION DVD [1 of only 1,000 to be created with a bevy of add’l features and extras]
+ DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) *Quicktime 7 or later, or iTunes required for playback
+ SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com)
+ YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE.
+ automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

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    Director will fly to your house and do a Q&A with you and a group of your friends! SIGG WATER BOTTLE with Melvin-customized artwork (help the environment) PIG HEAD MASK for Halloween (or any day for that matter!) LIMITED EDITION POSTER [1 of only 500, signed (or not) by the filmmaker] SPECIAL EDITION DVD [1 of only 1,000 to be created with a bevy of add’l features and extras] + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film (HD quality, 1280x720p, H.264 .mov) + SPECIAL THANKS credit in the film’s closing credits (and on imdb.com) + YOUR NAME/LINK on our official WEBSITE. + automatic addition to our MAILING LIST, for up to date info about the film.

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