South by Southwest Film Festival and the world famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema present:
Badass Film Tour
Under the Austin, Texas based CrashCam Films moniker, Bob Ray catapults the Austin counterculture onto the big screen, reveling in its inspiring, unique and deliriously offbeat glory. Frequently fusing comedic elements into tense and dramatic scenarios, his films push cinematic boundaries while challenging and delighting viewers.
Ray’s work includes the award winning stoner-comedy feature “Rock Opera,” the critically acclaimed roller derby documentary “Hell on Wheels,” myriad short films and music videos for Nashville Pussy, Riverboat Gamblers, Fuckemos, Golden Arm Trio, The Phantom Creeps and more. Bob Ray frequently collaborates with musical pioneers like …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Brown Whornet and Butthole Surfers, and he has worked with The Polyphonic Spree, Black Eyed Peas, Eels, Jerry Cantrell, Blur, Supergrass, The Rapture, Junior Brown, Jurassic Five, Puffy, Modest Mouse, Pete Yorn, Clinic, Starsailor, Don Walser, The Shins, Ozo Matli, Stephen Malkmus, Hank Williams III, X-Ecutioners and many other artists.
Raucously side-splitting, Bob Ray’s animated shorts include the series APESH!T and Platypus Rex as well as several one-offs. Flying under the CrashToons banner, these ‘toons are festival favorites and have been featured on Turner Network’s SuperDeluxe.com, Playboy.com and Comedy Central’s Atom.com.
Bob Ray’s films have screened at tons of fests (many premiering at SXSW) and cinemas all over the world (BAM Cinematek, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian in L.A., the historic Paramount Theater in Austin, etc.) to much critical acclaim. In addition, Ray has screened films at some super-fine institutions of higher learning: USC, Cal Arts, University of Texas, University of Kansas, Southwestern University, Denison University and more.
Now Bob Ray brings you the new documentary Total Badass, an outrageous and hilariously seedy venture into the Austin underground with wild man-about-town, social deviant, musical/stunt performer, sex addict, Guinea pig enthusiast, writer/publisher, father, weed dealing felon and local maniac Chad Holt.
Bob Ray is toured around with his films! Fun! Chad Holt was be there. It was a party!
Tales of filmmakers on a journey across America await. Packed to the brim-job with: sex, drugs, rock and/or roll, more drugs, historic land marks,
cops, near murder, arrest, false rape accusations, more drugs, more sex, transvestites,
unwashed masses, toll roads, sleeping in cars/couches/floors, screening films, crime,
roller derby, parties, the Badass Film Tour Journal does not disappoint.
“…the kind of twists, drama, cat fights and compound fractures that only happen in real life. …the story is extremel y compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud outrageous and above all inspiring.” - Ain't It Cool News
"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 A.V. Club
directed by Bob Ray produced by Werner Campbell
featuring Lonestar Rollergirls and Texas Rollergirls
original music by ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
with the music of: Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Grupo Fantasma,
RPG, Nashville Pussy, Alice Donut, The Crack Pipes,
Suplecs, Amplified Heat, Hobble, USS Friendship and more
Hell on Wheels takes a from-the-trenches look at the dizzying clash of athleticism, exhibitionism, egos, politics and business that is modern-era roller derby. A group of hard-hitting Texas women overcome myriad obstacles in resurrecting and revamping the sport, only to find internal strife ripping the fledgling organization apart. Two leagues emerge from the clash, and what follows ignites an international roller derby revival. Shot over a five-year period by Bob Ray (Rock Opera) and Werner Campbell, Hell on Wheels was edited by award winning editor Conor O’Neill (Murderball, Word Wars, Capitalism: A Love Story) and features original music by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
run time: 90 min
“Hell on Wheels is a killer documentary about the Austin all-women's roller-derby leagues that inadvertently launched a nationwide (and now worldwide) revival of the sport.” - Salt Lake City Weekly
“Hell on Wheels is a fascinating story and a fun movie.” - Cinematical
“Part rock 'em, sock 'em sports doc (cue Trail of Dead) and part behind-the-scenes exposé, the film is blessedly free of A&E-style jiggle and melodramatic pandering, and it makes clear the value of Derby for misfit girls who like to clothesline people. Best of all is the film's coda, which tracks the subsequent formation of Roller Derby leagues across the U.S. and the globe.” - The Austin Chronicle
“A thrill-ride of a documentary …not just wildly entertaining, but downright impressive. Highly recommended.” - digitallyOBSESSED
“Bone-crunching collisions, behind-the-scenes drama and roller skates are all part of the outrageous documentary… a smashingly entertaining feature!” -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“…the drama fans see during bouts pales to the drama that roller derby has gone through off the track. [Hell on Wheels is] a kind of tattooed, tough-girl "Dynasty." The film is as much about dreams, ego, power and simple human nature as it is about roller derby. …one hell of a story.” - 77 Square
4 ½ STARS
"...a story of triumph over adversity and seemingly insurmountable odds. It's one of those documentaries that doesn't really feel like its imposing an agend or actively spewing various facts at you, but simply telling you a true-life story in an organic fashion… a good story well told..” - Real Movie News
an insanely funny and wickedly debaucherous new documentary about crime, sex, art, drugs, music and life in the Austin underground
“a ballsy feature-length documentary...
a totally unapologetic profile of the ubiquitous [Austin] hero.” -Vice Magazine
"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.” -Flavorpill
“genuinely funny and touching” -Monday Magazine
“[Total Badass] is a rough film, and that's a good thing: Holt comes across like a lost John Waters' collaborator, or like a real-life version of Nicolas Cage in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.” -Austin Chronicle
Here's the "test scene" we shot before embarking on the feature shoot: TOTAL BADASS "Test Scene"
“Holt is a modern day Texas punk rock version of a Kerouac character; speeding through life on whatever fuels him in a non-stop flurry of writing, drug dealing, singing, stage diving, love making, and guinea pig raising.” -Austin Daze
“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.” -Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“[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.” -Village Voice
Texas filmmaker Bob Ray catapults the Austin subculture onto the big screen, reveling in its inspiring, unique and deliriously offbeat glory. With his latest documentary, “Total Badass,” Bob Ray takes you on an outrageous and hilariously seedy adventure into the Austin underground music and arts scene via wild man-about-town, social deviant, musical/stunt performer, notorious sex fiend, Guinea pig enthusiast, writer-publisher, father, weed dealing felon, hip-hop impresario, trashcan jumper and local maniac Chad Holt. Exploiting life as his unwitting canvas, Chad's take-no-prisoners artistry assaults funny bones, political correctness and common decency as he strives to leave a creative scar on the planet. Strap in for the riotous ride and follow this icon of the Austin counterculture as he blazes through his final year of felony probation, living his own brand of civil disobedience while manning the helm of a life-altering family crisis and going out smokin!
directed by Bob Ray
produced by Kera Dacy, Bob Ray, Mia Cevallos
edited by Bob Ray and Andrew Segovia
featuring Chad Holt
with the music of: The Crack Pipes, Fruntbutt, BFE,
Migas, Wine and Revolution and more
written and directed by Bob Ray
featuring Jerry Clark, Chad Holt, Ted Jarrell
original music by 16 Deluxe with the music of:
Butthole Surfers, Nashville Pussy, Fuckemos, The Crack Pipes,
Honky, Pocket FishRmen, Phantom Creeps, Titz, Voltage,
Cherubs, Antebellum, Squat Thrust, El Flaco, PigPoke,
Ed Hall, Witchbanger, El Insecto and more
Austin, "The Live Music Capital of the World" Texas
comes the award winning and critically acclaimed stoner-caper-comedy Rock Opera, a hilariously raucous and seedy tale of drug
fueled rock and roll debauchery. Rock Opera sets a fictional tale
of double crossing drug deals in Austin’s real life underground
music and drug scene.
run time: 89 min
Rock Opera was nominated for a High Times Magazine Stony Film Award!
hysterically funny slacker caper movie."
–Jerry Renshaw, The Austin Chronicle
Opera delivers the goods."
"RockOpera is damn funny."
--The Seattle Stranger
every pot user goes to see Rock Opera,
I think you'll have a hit on your hands."
violent and funny,
Rock Opera is solid midnight movie fare."
funniest celebration of unrepentant drug ingestion since Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke... One of the year's
-- San Francisco Independent Film Festival
warped...scathingly hilarious...a spot-on quasi-parody of
the day-to-day existence of struggling Austin musicians
and their wayward ways."
-- Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
love Rock Opera!"
--Steve Bloom, High Times Magazine
funny... If you’re not easily offended, this should definitely
be near the top of your to-view list."
--Grant Tait, Austin
Rock Opera is rockin’."
Opera possesses that delicious sense of the absurd
for which so many indie films strive for but very few achieve.
Never before has the underground Austin music scene been
brought onscreen to such glorious, pot-reeking life. Rock
Opera could very well be the next Austin film to inherit
the low-budget crown previously worn by Slacker and El Mariachi."
great film, including really fucking hilarious performances,
especially the uberstoner Toe, played by the seeming unstoppable
Jerry Don Clark.
It's great fun."
--Terminal City Weekly
Ray is a director who rocks."
"A good old fashioned
ass kicking spectacle."
with rocking energy...
a hell of a time."
--New Times L.A.
suspenseful... terribly funny...
Rock Opera puts Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to shame."
--San Francisco Weekly