Set in 1983, Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass follows high school freshman Mark Buckley after he impulsively strikes out at a school bully (Bobby Ellis) and spends the day experiencing the classic Kübler-Ross stages of impending death (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) as he awaits the inevitable retribution.
When I wrote this script about a year ago, I was trying to capture something about the extremely difficult and often traumatic high school experience. By exaggerating in a humorous way the sense that everything just seems bigger, more intense--you WILL die if your boyfriend breaks up with you, that bully IS going to kill you--I was aiming at expressing a universal experience that anyone who is in, or has ever been in, high school can immediately understand on a visceral level. And laugh at.
The validation of receiving a second-place finalist award from a major national screenwriting competition, the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, made me determined to see this project through, despite the challenge. Additionally, the very real chance of premiering in Park City is an exciting opportunity and incentive.
I am honored by the amazing and talented people who have offered the help, expertise, and financial backing necessary to fulfill this project. I am inspired to make them proud to be a part of this film.
Don't forget, the way Kickstarter works is: if we don't meet our goal, we get nothing. So pledge early and often. And thanks from the entire cast and crew.
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