This no-holds-barred look at the making of Brooklyn hip may just be the funniest documentary to ever come busting out of the art world.
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WHAT IS "BIG BAD ART"?
"Big Bad Art" is a hilariously raw, completely of-the-moment depiction of a gang of characters gunning for the big time in New York City.
Shot in Brooklyn last summer, this full-length documentary follows an irreverent artist and his crew in the weeks leading up to one of the rowdiest opening nights the art world has ever seen.
If you have any interest in contemporary art, the cultural zeitgeist, 80s house party movies, or simply enjoy a timeless tale about red-blooded American dreamers, we think you're probably going to love "Big Bad Art."
Andrew Ohanesian is an emerging artist who is stressing, strategizing, sighing, and just plain soldiering on in the weeks leading up to the biggest show of his career. In order to execute this ambitious new work, an experiential installation titled "The House Party," Andrew has to oversee the design and construction —down to the last detail— of an entirely free-standing, suburban-style house inside a reputable, if underdog, Williamsburg art gallery.
Come opening night, only a house full of wild partygoers can bring the piece to life, and Andrew will be remembered —or so he hopes— for audaciously combining art and debauchery. In the hyper-illogical, multibillion-dollar art market, a stunt like this could catapult Andrew to artistic and financial success. "Failure," on the other hand, would surely doom him to the butt end of a quickly forgotten joke.
To pull it off, Andrew has to rely on a ragtag crew of artists and builders led by a moody and sarcastic foreman called Bumfight. It's a battle against the clock and occasionally themselves, as tempers flare, major screw ups occur, and plans rattle apart in the tumultuous countdown to opening night.
Join Andrew, Bumfight, Pedro, Whimpy the Intern and others through one of the wildest, bumpiest, most hilarious rides through the art world ever caught on camera!
Featuring artist Jon Kessler and an appearance by the FDNY that's so unbelievable, even Spielberg would've included it in "Lincoln" if it would have been an option.
Last year, Kickstarter channeled more money to creative projects than the National Endowment for the Arts. We have put a lot of work into creating original rewards that offer you unique value, whatever your budget. "Big Bad Art" is now sitting in post-production and we need you to help us finish this one-of-a-kind movie you'll want to watch and share. If you enjoyed the trailer, please share our Kickstarter page with friends!
WHAT'S THE BUDGET FOR?
Good question! We have over 30 hours of action-packed footage that is ready to be cut into a feature-length film. Because we have already invested hundreds of hours of sweat equity into the project, and have concluded the production phase, we're going to be able to finish the film on a shoestring budget.
That said, to make the movie you deserve to see, we need your support to help fund quality:
//EDITING //COLOR CORRECTION //GRAPHICS //SOUND DESIGN //MUSIC COSTS //FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY FEES
WHO ARE WE?
My name's Ben Cannon. I work in film and TV production. Currently it's mostly reality television.
"Big Bad Art" is a product of my dream to make next-generation documentary content that is as entertaining as it is illuminating.
Last summer, Andrew Ohanesian and his crew gave me and a talented young cameraman named Brendan Swift virtually unlimited access to their lives in the weeks leading up to "The House Party." Having already spent some time around Andrew, his tight-knit team, and the terribly fun and interactive artworks they make together, I knew these dudes would deliver plenty of excitement and laughs on-camera. What happened after we started shooting, however, is the stuff that a certain kind of documentary filmmaker dreams about. It was an amazing roller coaster ride, albeit the kind you're ready to step the hell off of once the ride's over!
Since that time, I have been finishing the film with a dedicated crew of film professionals in New Orleans, including a talented editor named Sam Cartwright and my Jill-of-All-Trades post-production supervisor, Sasha Solodukhina, both of whom have worked tirelessly for little more than iced coffee, kombucha tea, and the promise of making a little splash in this crazy, crazy world.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the entire Big Bad Family, cast and crew, and I can confidently say we are all very excited to take this down the final stretch. With your help, Neon Deion this one into the end zone and produce a movie that will make the world a slightly more entertaining place to be.
EARLY CRITICAL PRAISE
But hey, Gavin, we ain't asking for nothing for free! Just check out our array of slick rewards, won't you. In fact, why don't you go ahead and roll yourself a yahtzee by grabbing that executive producer credit while you're at it?
OWN A PEDRO ($50 or more)
DREAM DATE WITH PEDRO ($250 or more)
MANDIES ($500 or more)
OWN THIS KESSLER SCULPTURE ($1,000 or more)
Let's do this!
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The only thing that can trip us up is not reaching our goal, causing millions to lead less fulfilling lives. But don't you worry: we already have a post-production team ready to Deion Sanders this one into the end zone
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**NEW** >>THE BUM FIGHT ALARM CLOCK<< In the trailer for "Big Bad Art," the angry foreman known as Bum Fight berates poor Whimpy the Intern for not reviving Andrew from a comatose-like slumber, and time's running out. (You probably noticed that Andrew's not alone in his bed.). Bum gives poor Whimpy an earful, to say the least. To thank you for your support, we'll have the Bum Fight himself call you and/or send you a personalized batch of recorded messages that give you just the swift kick in the butt you need at a given moment. + HD DOWNLOADEstimated delivery:
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**NEW*" |SEXT WITH PEDRO™| At the artist's behest, we are, ahem, "proud" to offer an opportunity to "sext," or receive/exchange erotic words and/or pictures via text, with Pedro™. THRILL-SEEKERS ONLY! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! + HD DOWNLOADEstimated delivery:
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!!EXTRA NEW!! By popular demand, you will receive a copy of our movie poster inscribed with a personalized note of thanks from "Big Bad Art" creator Ben Cannon. + HD DOWNLOADEstimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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PRIVATE SCREENING WITH THE CAST AND FILMMAKERS. First, we'll all meet somewhere in Brooklyn (other cities TBA) and heckle the cast during a private screening. Then, we party. Multiple dates TBA. You'll also receive a download so you can host a screening of your very own.Estimated delivery:
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WIN A DATE WITH PEDRO! In the movie, as in life, Pedro is Andrew's creative consultant. He's also one hell of a talented painter, loyal friend and all-around weirdo dreamboat á la Devendra Banhart circa 2008. One adventurous girl (or guy) will get to have Pedro all to herself (or himself) for one day. Together you can pick wildflowers in an imaginary meadow, sprinkle fairy dust across the Williamsburg Bridge, or have him paint you in your very own portrait. The only catch is that Pedro lives in Brooklyn and can't afford a plane ticket anywhere. As the lucky purchaser of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you will have to negotiate who's paying for what on your date with Pedro, but we'll make sure to slip a coupla' twenties in his pocket before he goes frolicking off to meet you. (SIDE NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ABOVE $25 ALSO INCLUDE A DOWNLOAD OF THE MOVIE!!)Estimated delivery:
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***LIKE, SO NEW!*** //DATE WITH BUMFIGHT™\\ At last, a date with the scrappy, sarcastic, but ultimately lovable, sweet and genuine, completely one-of-a-kind Bum Fight is available to one lucky supporter. Bumfight™ aka Bummers™ aka The Bum™ may play a supporting role to Andrew's lead, but he is the kind of character who might end up stealing the show. Now let him steal your heart. Or at least come to your place in New York and build something/fix anything. Not only is he a master-wizard builder, he's also full of super zeitgeisty wit and insight. It was Bumfight, after all, who said "I don't think hipsters really exist anymore. Now everyone's just idiots." So be the idiot who gives him the keys to your heart, or at least to apartment place so he can redo all your cabinets while you're away at work.Estimated delivery:
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**NEW** WIN A DATE WITH ANDREW!! Ever since one lucky contributor snagged that Dream Date With Pedro™, the ol' suggestions box has been, er, "flooded" with requests to add a date with Andrew, the wisecracking star of the party himself. Et voila! A California boy with luxurious hair, rapier wit, and a mouth that won't quit, Andrew will lead/accompany you on an unforgettable adventure. Interested in a rooftop soiree at sunset, with priceless views of the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan? Andrew will be your charming host (guests negotiable). Dinner at a SIZZLIN' new restaurant? Andrew's all over it. Need help moving something in NYC? Guess who's got a nice really truck! Heck, why not just consider buying this reward so you can sit Andrew down to a coloring contest against your five-year-old and watch the "conceptual artist" probably lose, giving the art world tons of late-night TV-style fodder. Ladies! Gentlemen! Transgender people! Just pull all your money together, if you have to, and please buy this man for a day! + HD DOWNLOADEstimated delivery:
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"THROW A KEGGER AT MANDIES!" Before Andrew and the gang threw "The House Party," they built "Mandies," which is basically the world's tiniest dive bar (see picture below). Currently installed in a Bushwick studio, "Mandies" creates one hell of a party wherever it goes (e.g. the Scope art fair, a fancy art collector's penthouse roof). For this level of contribution you and up to five guests can party it up in "Mandies" for a night. It'll be all set up for your party. And chances are pretty good Andrew, Bumfight, Pedro and the rest will be right there partying with you. The date is negotiable; the Bushwick location - not so much.Estimated delivery:
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//OWN A KESSLER// For his day job, Andrew is an assistant to Jon Kessler, a top-tier multimedia artist whose work has been hailed "a masterpiece" by the New York Times. Kessler makes an appearance in "Big Bad Art" and is, in fact, the fellow seen shaking his head toward the end of the trailer. For this pledge amount or higher, backers will receive a limited-edition sculpture titled "Fishin' and Drinkin'" (see rewards section below), along with a personalized note from the artist himself.Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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++EXECUTIVE PRODUCER++ You are hereby initiated into the Big Bad Art family! You're a credited executive producer, so it's time to start acting like one. That means limo rides, private parties, film premieres, and the deepest gratitude of a tight-knit circle of talented individuals ready and willing to help you with whatever creative project you have your sights on.Estimated delivery:
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