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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #1: Calvin Reeder Expands His Sundance Short ‘The Rambler’ Into a Film About “Embracing the Unknown”

Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #1: Calvin Reeder Expands His Sundance Short 'The Rambler' Into a Film About "Embracing the Unknown"

Born in Portland and raised in Seattle, Calvin Reeder worked in construction out of high school while also shooting 16mm films during that same period. Since then, he’s gone on to become a renown short film director, known for mixing underground horror shock with an existential atmosphere in acclaimed shorts like “Piledriver,” “Littlefarm” and his 2008 Sundance entry “The Rambler,” on which his latest feature of the same name is based. It marks his second feature, following his debut “The Oregonian,” which divided audiences in Park City in 2011.

READ MORE: Sundance Review | A Wacky Roadtrip in Calvin Lee Reeder’s “The Oregonian”

What It’s About: “A man gets out of jail and finds his home on the road. Strange encounters, love interest, major vomit scene blah blah blah.”

Now What It’s REALLY About: “Embracing the unknown. For me, it’s a lot about trying new things, blending humor with the horrific and obscene. I get bored of things that have been done already.”

What I Shot On: “Alexa. Tried to go film one last time but somehow the budget wasn’t there for it. Kinda funny how that happens on my most expensive film.

What I Want Audiences To Remeber: “Hopefully a set of images that they won’t soon forget. I’d definitely like the film to have its own feeling that people can remember as well.”

Films Used for Inspiration: “Hard Times,” “Cincinatti Kid,” “Repo Man,” “Fando and Lis,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” El Topo,” “Heartworn Highways,” “Third Part of The Night,” Porcile,” “Scorpio Rising” and lots more.

In the Works: “Something I hope; total mystery right now.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on January 17 for the latest profiles.

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