When the film pushes attitudes, actions, and appearances to extremes that break from modern convention and redefine what is possible within film as an art form, you end up with a visceral experience that comprises the very definition of Bad-Ass. A non-specific genre of film, the Bad-Ass film speaks to those film goers who want something different, something dangerous.
The Bad-Ass Film Festival (B.A.F.F.) will play a selection of films that are deemed to be "Bad-Ass" by a board of judges. The festival will run over several days and coincide with a fan expo that will showcase celebrities and products/services that embody the Bad-Ass philosophy. The Bad-Ass Film festival has its targeting systems set on becoming the destination for the world of fans who are seeking the adrenaline rush that only Bad-Ass films can provide.
We at the B.A.F.F. are fighting to do something new and distinct with regards to film and film festivals. Bad-Ass films will probably not be recognized at other festivals as they will at B.A.F.F. but that does not matter. They ain't got time to bleed. Any film has the chance of going to Sundance or SXSW and winning "BEST" of this or that, and while those films may be good...
ARE THEY BAD-ASS?
We want to celebrate those films. The films that "came to kick ass and chew bubble gum..." The raw pieces of the cinema that make you want to stand up in the theater and yell out "HELL YEAH!" Those films with characters that haunt your mind, ferocious action that breaks the bones in your eyeballs, and moments that hit you so hard that it instantly liquefies your brain. Martial arts, Action, Westerns, Horror, Science-Fiction; the art of Bad-Ass isn't limited to just one genre. It is an art form hidden within a broad scope of films, and we think the time has come to give those Bad-Asses of film their due.
WHO IS BAD ASS?
We are a group comprised of film makers, artists, and film critics. Some of the founding members include David Bostaph, Amanda Shaffer, Joseph Mellesh, and Mark Kosobucki. B.A.F.F. President David Bostaph was a contributing writer at Dread Central for several years. Through this work covering the horror genre he eventually became involved with the Eerie Horror Film Festival, for which he served as Vice President for five years. He is a published author and has concentrated acid for blood. Vice President Amanda Shaffer is a graduate of Edinboro University with degrees in both Computer Animation and Photography, and she has mastered the timing needed to properly execute the Devil's Kick at maximum destructive power. Vice President Joseph Mellesh is an actor who has been in several films, and was a director of the Eerie Horror Film Festival and Head of its judging committee. He prays to Crom every night before we strap him down in bed. B.A.F.F. Art Director "Monster" Mark Kosobucki has done effects work for several films, holds a film degree from Edinboro University, and is a graduate of the Tom Savini special make up effects program. He also has written and directed several short films, and is the writer and director of our Kickstarter video! He never promised to kill Sully last...There are many other who are working to make the B.A.F.F. a reality, and now you can join them in their quest!
A BAD-ASS KICKSTART!
The Bad-Ass team is working very hard, but we need help! Our inaugural event is planned for September of 2013, and our plans include having the event at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. This location has just the right mixture of space, rooms, and equipment we would need to make the B.A.F.F. as wild and amazing as we want. We also are developing a really, really Bad-Ass Website, a brutal marketing plan (which will include MORE videos like the one above), and some Bad-Ass music events. What we want is to raise starter funds to help us get the project underway, with the largest portion of our budget going to helping us secure the venue we want.
EVERYONE CAN BE BAD-ASS!
No matter what the level is, ANYONE who backs the BAD-ASS FILM FESTIVAL will have the chance at an amazing reward. The names of all backers will be kept in a specially designed BAD-ASS TIME CAPSULE. This capsule will only be opened on the 10th anniversary of the B.A.F.F. and when it is opened everyone who helped us achieve our goal will be rewarded! What will the reward be? Golden Bad-Ass Statues? Strap-on beards? Maybe will we just teleport everyone to the event and shake their hand? WHO KNOWS WHAT THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BRING? We promise it will be something cool, something awesome, something very BAD-ASS!
There are also some very special rewards, such as dinner with the one and only Joseph Mellesh. Joe is the Bad-Ass beard who stars in the Kickstarter video! The beard is no special effect! Its real, and its really Bad-Ass! Also at the $1349 level is a LIFETIME PASS to the Bad-Ass Film Festival. The lifetime pass is just what it sounds like: You have access to every Bad-Ass Film Festival for AS LONG AS YOU LIVE!
Fans of Bad-Ass Art should check out the unholy reward at the $666 level. This is a ONE OF A KIND, 27"x41" one sheet poster size print of YOU FIGHTING the BAD-ASS CINEMA BEAR! This work of art will be done by Monster Mark just for you.
BUT WE WON'T!
Help us! We at the B.A.F.F. want to make this project a reality so that we all can enjoy it! So throw down, gear up, and get ready!
BAD-ASS: For any donation amount made to The Bad-Ass Film Festival, we will not only include your name on a special "THANK YOU" page on our website, but we will also place your name in our BAD-ASS TIME CAPSULE which will be opened in ten years time, and on that tenth year anniversary the B.A.F.F. will honor each and every Kickstarter backer with a supremely BAD-ASS thank you.
UNLUCKY FOR SOME: All Backers donating $13 or more will receive a BAD-ASS silicone wristband created by the B.A.F.F. design team exclusively ONLY for our Kickstarter backers. Will include the previous reward level.
27 CLUB: All Backers donating $27 or more will receive a BAD-ASS T-Shirt with a special BAD-ASS design created by artist Monster Mark only for Kickstarter Backers. Will include all previous reward levels.
SUDDEN IMPACT: All Backers donating at the $44 level and above will be able to make their day with a beautiful BAD-ASS Glass with our very own BAD-ASS logo and design by our BAD-ASS design team. Will include all previous reward levels.
SPARTA!: All Backers at the $300 level will receive a 4 DAY V.I.P. PASS to the BAD-ASS Film FESTIVAL in September 2013. V.I.P. Passes allow you access to ALL events at the B.A.F.F., Special meet and greets, and lots more! Will also include all Reward levels up to the $44 level.
UNBEARABLE: Backers at this level will receive a ONE OF A KIND print depicting an image of THE BACKER versus The BAD-ASS ANGRY CINEMA BEAR done by our very own MONSTER MARK! This one of a kind work of art will be standard one sheet size (27" x 41") and will bear your very own likeness in the thrall of combat against the worlds most formidable movie critic: A BEAR. Will also include all reward levels up to the $44 level.
From BAD-ASS with Love: Backers at the $1349 level will receive a LIFETIME PASS to the BAD-ASS FILM FESTIVAL. This pass will allow you attend all BAD-ASS events for as long as you and the BAD-ASS FILM FESTIVAL are alive! Also Backers at this level will be treated to dinner with the star of our BAD-ASS Kickstarter video, Joseph Mellesh! Travel and Lodging not included. Will include all reward levels up to the $44 level.
COMPLETELY INSANE: Backers receive: Trip to 2013 BAD-ASS Film Festival with travel and lodging. A BAD-ASS LIFTIME PASS, Dinner with BAD-ASS Joseph Mellesh, and listing as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the BAD-ASS FILM FESTIVAL on our website and other promotional media. We will also honor all COMPLETELY INSANE backers with a special live presentation on stage at the 2013 BAD-ASS FILM FESTIVAL! Will also include all reward levels up to the $44 level.