European film tour of TOTAL BADASS and HELL ON WHEELS and CRASHTOONS cartoons featuring Bob Ray and Chad Holt!
Peep all the info at: http://www.BadassFilmTour.com
Why make movies if nobody’s gonna see them, you ask? Right, we say! Exactly right! So, we make people see them! We have done the film festivals and our needs have not yet been met. So, we film tour!
We packed up our two newest films, Total Badass and Hell on Wheels, and drove all over the face of the great U.S. of A. We had an adventure in self-distribution with two five-week film tours in 2010. Such a hoot was had, that we’re aiming to do it again. In Europe! Crazy? Maybe. Dumb? Huh?
So far, all the expenses related to making and distributing Total Badass and Hell on Wheels have come out of our pockets. But with the unavoidable costs of travel to Europe, we won't be able to pull off such a crazy idea without your help. So, we hope you find it in your heart’s heart and within your means’s means to help us expose these amazing films to (parts of) the world, while exploring self-distribution (and ourselves!) in Europe.
But wait! There’s more:
Not only will we be self-distributing Total Badass and Hell on Wheels and touring around like madmen on a quest for the last remaining drops of gasoline in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, we’ll also be creating an artifact. This artifact thing is not quite a movie, and more than a tour journal, but out of laziness, we’ve just taken to calling it the Tour Journal. We’ve written about the first two U.S. tours, and documented many a wild adventure. We aim to ramp it up in a “stranger in a strange land” sort of way via a European Film Tour!
Behold: The words in paragraph form! The pics! The vids! The confluence of chaos that is the Tour Journal: http://www.crashcamfilms.com/tourjournal.htm
But that’s not all! We landed tons of great reviews on these tours. Here are some for Total Badass:
“Total Badass is both a portrait of life on the artistic and social fringe and a thriller... a working-poor man’s cross of Frederick Wiseman and Hunter S. Thompson.“
-The New York TImes
“The title couldn't be more apt.”
-Time Out New York
“Total Badass is a wild, unique ride, deep into the Austin counterculture... it's entertaining and shockingly funny, and undeniably touching... a thunderbolt of a documentary.”
“[Total Badass director] Bob Ray is Austin’s newish lowbrow Maysles brother... Chad Holt comes off charmingly as equal parts Texan Keith Moon and crispy Richard Benjamin, talking blue streaks and rolling joints in his probation officer’s parking lot.”
“A ballsy feature-length documentary... a totally unapologetic profile of the ubiquitous Austin hero.”
"A psychological treat"
-Phoenix New Times
“An outrageous and hilariously seedy journey into the Austin underground... [Total Badass] bravely goes where no documentary film has gone before.”
We also got great reviews for Hell on Wheels:
"Hell on Wheels is full of adrenaline-fueled highs, heartbreaking lows, and lots of chicks in short skirts kicking the shit out of each other."
-The Onion’s A/V Club
“Hell on Wheels is an epic doc. It's fast, fun, and inspiring.”
-Chris Gore (Film Threat Magazine)
“…the kind of twists, drama, cat fights and compound fractures that only happen in real life. The story is extremely compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud outrageous and above all inspiring.”
-Ain't It Cool News
“Hell on Wheels is a fascinating story and a fun movie.”
Bonus: we’ve been getting love and attention for our newest film, Total Badass just by doing these tours! Score! Not only did we land all those great reviews and press I just mentioned, but Bob has written articles for MovieMaker Magazine (the most widely read magazine about filmmaking) and super-producer Ted Hope’s popular film blog, Hope for Film. Bob will also be a panelist at SXSW film festival in 2011, discussing DIY filmmaking and self-distribution. And hey, did you know that Kevin Smith is totally copying us and touring with his new film? We’re flattered!
We are very low maintenance road warriors. Of the ten weeks we toured the U.S.A., we only got a motel for two nights and only had to sleep in the car for three nights. We exploited our charms and found places to crash out for the remainder of the time. We also only got arrested once and didn't get murdered once. We plan on being thrifty and crafty on the European tour. But there are some expenses we didn't have to endure on the American tours that will put us in the hole right off the bat. We drove my car, so we didn't need a rental, and we launched the tours from Austin, so we didn't have to fly anywhere. The airfare and rental car will be the biggest bite out of our asses.
Look at this crazy:
Flight $905 x2 $1810
Car Rental (for five weeks) $1980
Petrol (that’s European for “gas”) $1173
Tolls, Ferries and crap $ 298
We actually need more than five grand. There will be lots more expenses, including:
Translating and subtitling the films and making new master screeners
Shipping of stuff to cinemas and press
Press kit printing
Food for eating
Drugs for doing
Beers for drinking
So, if we get more than five grand, then: awesome.
Thank you for reading all these words and watching our vids and emptying your wallets and/or purses on us. We will make you proud!