Freeload

A serious documentary about freight hopping in the 21st century.
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Highway Goat Productions
Film
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Painting a Portrait of America's 21st Century Hobo

Highway Goat Productions sets motion to its first feature documentary film to bring you the beginning and end of one of our fondest fairytales - the hobo's journey.  

Dan Skaggs (rail name Skeeter), Kentucky born and dreadlocked, has logged ten thousand miles on America's railroads.  Now, after a brief hiatus, he's ready to catch out once again, this time accompanied by an experienced film crew.  Freeload is his vision.

"We are going to bring you the people that you may see in your town and never even knew existed - the train riders of America"

Freeload shows the life of contemporary hobos, living in an age that's turning them into myths.  
They're lost breeds, gone from the orthodox, subscribed to rattling around America courtesy of its railways.


Freedom, Hell and Creosote.


BECOME A FREELOADER (Donate a minimum of $10)

We set our goal at $5000.  Highway Goat Productions consists of three film units in production simultaneously  - one by rail, one by road and one back home.  Every beat of our ride becomes your movie. 

Our production costs include one more camera, external hard drives, memory cards, batteries and gasoline.  

MEET THE CREW

There's Director 

Dan Skaggs. Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky.

B.A. in environmental studies, University of Montana - Honors & President's Award for Excellence and Achievement, no less.  And he panned for gold, and he made it rich.


Editor

There's Ryan Seitz.  Born and raised in Billings, Montana.

B.A. in media arts, University of Montana - and the 

President’s Outstanding Senior Recognition Award, of course.  W

orked as a cinematographer and editor for dozens of independent films, of course.  H

e's shootin' from the road, and he loves his mother, of course.


Editor

Mather McKallor was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

B.A. in media arts, University of Montana.  Completed the New York Film Academy's summer workshop in Los Angeles, Calif.  And -the maestro of sound editing- has a presidential head of hair.



Director of Photography

Charlie Moore, born and raised in Connecticut.  Studied in Spain and Italy and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in sociology.  Knows things from traveling more than he should have when he was young.  Lived in Missoula until now.  No longer allowed inside any of the bars or casinos.      


Producer

And there's Neil LaRubbio.  Born in Youngstown, Ohio - raised in Houston, Texas.

B.A. in radio-television-film from the University of Texas.  Then he got the M.A. in journalism from the University of Montana, and he finally got that dream job, but he never did get braces.



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$6,366USD
raised by 114 people in 2 months
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$5,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on June 14, 2011
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  • $10USD
    Become a Freeloader

    We will recognize you as a Freeloader on our website and in the credits of the finished film.

    35 claimed
  • $25USD
    Postcard from the road

    We will send you a personalized postcard from the road during production. Preceding perks included.

    33 claimed
  • $50USD
    Copy of the DVD and Bandanna

    We send you a copy of the finished DVD and a Freeload bandanna. Preceding perks included.

    21 claimed
  • $100USD
    Limited Edition LP Soundtrack

    You will get a limited edition vinyl copy of the soundtrack released by Killertree Records. Preceding perks included.

    15 claimed
  • $250USD
    Limited Edition Travel Map

    You will get a limited edition copy of the map used in the film. This poster sized color print will outline the route taken by the Highway Goat crew. Map will include journal excerpts and stills taken on the road. Preceding perks included.

    6 claimed
  • $500USD
    Associate Producer Credit

    You become an associate producer in the credits of our film. Preceding perks included.

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Dinner and drinks on us

    The ultimate package. We will drive to your town (lower 48 states) and cook you a hobo style dinner with drinks... on us. Preceding perks included.

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