Hanlon surpasses goal for movie

IT’S DEFINITE – movie-making is coming to Barnesville.

The kickstarter.com effort begun by Barnesville native Gage G. Hanlon and his associates has surpassed its minimum goal of $13,500, by more than $1,200, and as of this morning when people still had 62 hours to pledge funds. The total pledged, as of early today, was $14,768.

Filming of “The Pinewood Man” is scheduled for five days in Barnesville, beginning Feb. 27.

Hanlon regards the people of Barnesville and beyond as “our miracle” for making the film.

The minimum goal of $13,500 was reached Friday around 8 p.m., and the Barnesville native commented, “Anyone who has ever made a film knows of the endless amount of variables that can upset a production, and I think it’s an absolute miracle whenever a film gets made.

“Our miracle, in this case, are the people from Barnesville and beyond. I am sitting here, trying to tell you how I am feeling about being able to make this film now, and I can’t. I am completely speechless at the support people have shown for us and what we are trying to do. It’s all really extraordinary. It’s love, really.”

Hanlon is director of “The Pinewood Man,” and making films has been his goal since he was 7 years of age. With encouragement from family, teachers and friends, he worked toward this goal all through school and eventually earned a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. The upcoming movie will be his Senior Film before college graduation.

Nick Reichard, one of the two producers on the film, said he is thankful for everyone who has helped out or supported the film project in one way or another.

Money is being pledged for the movie through the kickstarter.com website, and Reichard explained, “I’d say the reason why we turned to kickstarter in the first place was to involve as many individuals from the community and around the world as possible. To me, that was more important than the dollar amount people people give.

“We have a minimum budget of $13,500. This sounds like a lot, but it’s necessary to accomplish this film. But, if we shoot past our goal and raise extra it will allow us to add more production value to the movie. Better lens, lights, food for the crew, transportation, etc., can be possible with more money.

“This short film is our calling card to show people what we are capable of doing as filmmakers, and when it’s complete, we hope to enter into as many festivals as possible to get as many people to see it as possible. This unfortunately costs money also but the more we raise past our goal, the more people will see the film and essentially, Barnesville. ‘The Pinewood Man’ is a great opportunity, and I am honored to be one of the producers and help bring this script to the screen.”

The film stars James Madio, whose latest movie is one directed by Clint Eastwood. The script was written by Ryan Dyson of Columbus and the other producer is Kayla Jane Adams.

“The Pinewood Man” involves a man whose wife left him while he was on a Boy Scout camping trip with his son, and he uses the son’s upcoming Pinewood Derby Race to prove that he’s a winner. It’s described as a “dark and funny story.”

Persons pledging funds for the film receive various rewards, and the deadline for pledging is Wednesday at 9 p.m., EST.

More details are on the website, “kickstarter.com” and by clicking on “The Pinewood Man.”

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