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Durham-based Ranger Up nears crowdfunding goal to make a military movie

Durham-based patriotic apparel company Ranger Up, a couple of Medal of Honor recipients and other veterans are rapidly closing in on a crowdfunding goal to raise $325,000 to make a military movie that steers away from the Hollywood slow-motion salutes and other cliches.

“This movie is so hardcore military it makes Hollywood wet itself and run home crying to mommy,” states the description for an over-the-top YouTube video announcing the Indiegogo campaign to help fund the comedy named “Range 15.”

The video, filmed at Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery, includes movie stakeholders killing two fraternity brothers before they sit down, splattered with blood, and decide to make a movie.

The movie is a project of Ranger Up and Article 15, a Santa Fe-based company similar to Ranger Up. Each company put up $250,000 for the movie before launching the campaign.

Other stakeholders include Medal of Honor recipients retired U.S. Army Sgt. Leroy Petry and former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who is engaged to Bristol Palin, daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Tim Kennedy, a Green Beret Special Forces sniper and a professional mixed martial artist, is also a stakeholder in the project.

B movie actor Ross Patterson will direct the movie. Patterson directed and wrote “Helen Keller vs Nightwolves,” and starred in “$50K and a Call Girl: A Love Story” and “Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury.”

As of 11:20 a.m. Thursday, more than 1,700 people donated more than $221,000 to the crowdfunding campaign that launched Tuesday.

To learn more about the Indiegogo campaign go here. Please note, the campaign’s wording and video are not safe for all audiences as it includes violence and profanity.

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