Young Independent Film Maker, Ben Hammond, Secures Reality TV Star Amy Roloff’s Participation in His Next Horror Movie, The Welder

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Through a crowd-funding IndieGoGo campaign, the filmmaker looks to raise $6K by May 8 for the feature length film.

Independent film - THE WELDER by Ben Hammond

Independent film - THE WELDER by Ben Hammond

Here is your opportunity to invest in the future of film making. Wouldn't you love to have an 8mm print of the then 12-year old Stephen Spielberg's THE LAST GUNFIGHT?

Young film maker Ben Hammond, a thirteen year old Tualatin Oregon resident, has created several short films including last year’s movie, Zombie Park. He is currently preparing for his biggest production yet, a feature length horror movie, The Welder.

The project has been in the works for the last 9 months. Whitney Johnson, an educator at Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton, Oregon has been mentoring Ben and guiding him through the pre-production stages of this independent student, education project. The script is written and going through final editing now. Ben and his team have been scouting locations for filming and are preparing to begin casting young actors and actresses for the film. Last month, Ben was excited to announce that Amy Roloff, philanthropist and star of the American reality television series Little People, Big World, has agreed to participate in the project. "Working with Amy has given me tremendous insight for how hard I have to work to make it in this industry," Ben said in a recent interview.

Ben has launched a crowd funding campaign to secure the money required to complete the project. Nearly all of the cast and crew are young people and Ben’s goal is to pay them for their work. There are other significant expenses in creating a film of this magnitude including wardrobe, props, makeup and special effects. The current Indiegogo campaign closes May 8th.

"It's been amazing the support that has come from this and my other film projects," commented Hammond. "I couldn't have done it without the help of others seeing something in me that I don't even see in myself," he continued.

As a supporter, John Hutchinson, co-owner of VJ Books, an online bookstore specializing in signed horror, mystery, science fiction and adventure titles said, "Here is your opportunity to invest in the future of film making. Wouldn't you love to have an 8mm print of the then 12-year old Stephen Spielberg's THE LAST GUNFIGHT?"

"Facebook, Twitter accounts have been set up to help create social media buzz for Ben and his work," Barb Hammond, Ben's mother said in a recent interview, "but perhaps the best place to see the level of his commitment to his passion is best shown by going to his YouTube account."

Praise for Zombie Park

"Did the kid in green actually puke? That was pretty realistic!" - Lana20123

"Whoa 1,000 views great job Ben :)" - Planet Awesome 11

"I wish more kids would channel energy into making movies like this than acting out in real life the world would be a lot more safer... " - P. Grogan

Ben can be reached through:
Facebook: Facebook(dot)com/TheWelderMovie and /MeltedChocolatepro
Twitter: theweldermovie

About VJ Books

VJ Books has specialized in signed and collectible modern fiction for nearly 20 years. Each month VJ Books’ customers are able to choose from dozens of autographed books from some of the most exciting, highly acclaimed authors in the areas of horror, mystery, suspense, science fiction and modern literature. Additionally, they continue to offer an impressive selection of back list, rare, out-of-print, and special edition titles.

We simply think the world of Ben and see potential in his work (that's why we did this press release).

Virginia Lenneville
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