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An action/comedy series about two offbeat filmmakers, a volatile group of Asian bad guys & one impossible mission.

LET’S FINISH STRONG!!!

While we are absolutely thrilled to reach our $50,000 goal, there’s still plenty of time on the clock for us to take Awesome Asian Bad Guys to even more incredible heights.

Like what kind of incredible heights? How about an Awesome Asian Bad Guys BONUS MUSICAL EPISODE?!!!!!

Now that we’ve got the funds for all 5 of our AABG episodes, we want to push hard for the one incredible scene we’ve been dreaming about this whole time - a crazy, all-out song and dance routine featuring our AABG cast members! We want to release this as a special bonus video that caps off the entire series, much like the closing musical number of Slumdog Millionaire.

We really want to make this sure to be incredible musical video happen, so we’re going to be pushing hard over our last few hours. If we hit $60K by our Thursday night deadline at 9pm PT, WE WILL MAKE THIS BONUS MUSICAL EPISODE!

We can’t stop now. We’ve come too far to just say we’re done. So please keep spreading the word and sharing the Kickstarter link over these last few hours!

Let’s finish strong and see if together we can make Awesome Asian Bad Guys even more epic - BOLLYWOOD STYLE!!!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nationalfilmsociety/awesome-asian-bad-guys

Reminder, join us for our FINAL AABG TELETHON Thursday 5-9:30pm PT! Let's close out this Kickstarter together!

THANK YOU!!!

WE’RE DOING THIS!!!!

Stephen & Patrick

AL LEONG — THE ULTIMATE AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUY

YUJI OKUMOTO — KARATE KID 2'S CHOZEN!

We’re extremely excited about the amazing actors who have already signed onto the project. Their diverse skills and experiences in action movies, comedies and dramas give us the team we need to make Awesome Asian Bad Guys (AABG) as hilarious and straight up kick-ass as humanly possible.

When we were growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, we’d always see hard-hitting Asian bad guys in flicks like Die Hard, Bloodsport, and Karate Kid 2. These badasses were often cooler than the heroes they fought, but they’d usually have a 2-minute lifespan before they were mortally wounded or beaten to a pulp. It really sucked that you barely saw them on screen and rarely got to know them. That got us thinking...

How cool would it be to expand upon this largely ignored slice of pop culture history by following several Asian bad guys on their own action-packed adventures?

Incredibly cool, right? So we’re making it - AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS!

Awesome Asian Bad Guys is a 5-episode action comedy web series that’s a cross between The Expendables and Dumb & Dumber.

The story follows two filmmakers who rush to assemble a volatile group of Asian bad guy actors to take down LA’s most nefarious mobster. But in order to pull off their tricky mission, this unpredictable batch of misfits must do the one thing they hate most - work together.

We’ve been working on this project all summer long, developing the script, assembling a talented team of seasoned professionals in front of and behind the camera and starting to build support via our National Film Society YouTube channel and social media networks. We’ll begin pre-production this fall and start filming on location in Los Angeles this winter. Once production wraps, we’ll commence editing in order to have all 5 episodes completed in 2013.

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Every penny goes directly towards production and contributor rewards. Before we can start shooting AABG, we need to cover a myriad of production and post-production expenses including:

Cast - Bad Guys, Good Guys, Shadowy Figures.
Crew - Cinematographer, Production Designer, Sound Recordist, Fight Coordinator (!).
Equipment - Camera Packing, Lighting and Grip Gear, Expendables (lol).
Production Design - Set Dressing, Props (weapons!).
Costumes - Stylish Henchman Attire, Possibly Robes.
Locations - Places that look expensive.
Permits & Insurance - LA City Permits, Production Insurance (not cheap).
Craft Services - Meals, Beverages, Ramen & Lumpia.
Editing - VFX, Assemblies, Rough Cuts, Final Cut, Possibly Dissolves.
Music - Fat Beats, Sweet Jams, Rocking Riffs.

Stephen Dypiangco (@dypiangco) - Creator / Director
Stephen is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces narrative films, documentaries and online videos. His new media production company the National Film Society has been featured by PBS, Filmmaker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GigaOM and Indiewire. As a Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Stephen’s recent projects include the Oscar-winning short film God of Love and the feature documentary How To Live Forever. Stephen is an alum of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and NYU’s graduate film program.

Patrick Epino (@patrickepino) - Creator / Director
Patrick is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and co-founder of the National Film Society. He was selected by the film magazine, The Independent, as one of its “10 Filmmakers to Watch” for his first feature film, Mr. Sadman, starring Scoot McNairy and Tim Kang, about a 1990 Saddam Hussein double who loses his job and moves to Los Angeles to start his life over. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Chicago, earned his MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is an alumnus of the IFP Narrative Labs and Film Independent’s Project:Involve.

Milton Liu - Writer / Producer
Milton is a founding partner of Kulture Machine, the first film production company listed in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Milton produced and/or wrote the award-winning short films Jesus Henry Christ, Seibutsu, St. Paul, and Pigeon Kicker, and he executive produced the feature Fireflies in the Garden, starring Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Emily Watson. Milton received the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for his script John Hughes Ruined My Life and was an ABC/Disney Feature Writing Fellow. He is currently the Director of Programs and Artist Services for Visual Communications.

Diana Williams (@silkyd67) - Producer
Diana is the founder of Roller Coaster Entertainment. She has produced critically acclaimed narrative films such as “Our Song”, documentaries including “Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible”, and consulted on “Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis” for Starz Entertainment and "Room 237" (to be distributed in 2013). She has collaborated on the development and production of motion comics for “Tron: Legacy”, “The Muppet Show”, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, and “Torchwood: Web of Lies” an animated webseries and interactive game co-written by Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for BBC America. A past nominee for the Independent Spirit Awards, Diana is an alum of Georgetown University, and recently served on the Board of Advisors for the Tribeca Film Institute. 

Phil Yu (@angryasianman) - Executive Producer
Phil is the founder and editor of Angry Asian Man, a popular Asian American news/culture blog. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, the Washington Post calls Angry Asian Man "a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American." Mixing humor with criticism, Phil's commentary has been featured and quoted in stories for the Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Los Angeles Times and more.

Facebook - https://facebook.com/AwesomeAsianBadGuys
Twitter - https://twitter.com/AwesomeBadGuys
#AwesomeAsianBadGuys

Email - nationalfilmsociety@gmail.com

More National Film Society
Website - http://NationalFilmSociety.com
YouTube - http://YouTube.com/NationalFilmSociety
Facebook - https://facebook.com/NationalFilmSociety
Twitter - http://twitter.com/NatFilmSociety
Tumblr - http://NationalFilmSociety.tumblr.com

Hey, you! Yeah, you reading this! Thank you! Awesome Asian Bad Guys began as a random idea we dreamed about putting together someday, and now we’re just a few weeks away from making it a reality. Without your enthusiasm, assistance promoting the project and financial support, none of this will be possible. So from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Stephen & Patrick

Original AABG Video, which inspired us to create this web series:

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