Archive for September, 2008

Hell on Wheels – The True Tale of All-Girl Roller Derby, Texas Style

Hell on Wheels DVD release party & screening:

Alamo Drafthouse, Austin

Thursday, October 2 at 7:00

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

*director Bob Ray and producer Werner Campbell in attendance for post screening Q&A

*DVDs for sale!!!

HELL ON WHEELS is the true tale of a group of hard-hitting Austin , Texas women who resurrect the sport or roller derby, only to find internal strife ripping the fledgling organization apart. Two leagues emerge from the clash and, in four short years, the two Texas leagues overcame all obstacles to revel in undreamed of success. Riding a wave of international acclaim, the Lonestar Rollergirls and the Texas Rollergirls launch a roller derby revival, inspiring hundreds of other leagues to start up across the globe. Over 300 leagues are now operating in the US , Canada , Europe and as far away as New Zealand , Australia and Japan . Shot over a five-year period by Bob Ray and Werner Campbell, Hell on Wheels was edited by award winning editor Conor O’Neill ( Murderball, Word Wars, Air Guitar Nation ) and features an original score by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and the music of Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Grupo Fantasma, Suplecs, Alice Donut, Nashville Pussy and more.

DVDs available everywhere from IndiePix on Sept 30!

“Hell on Wheels is an epic doc. It’s fast, fun, and inspiring.”

– Chris Gore (founder, 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 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

“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

“Hell on Wheels is a killer documentary about the Austin all-women’s roller-derby

leagues that inadvertently launched a worldwide revival of the sport.”

– Salt Lake City Weekly

“Hell on Wheels is a fascinating story and a fun movie.”

– Cinematical

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

Copyright © 2008 Bob Ray & Werner Campbell

CrashCam Films

All rights reserved.

Platypus Rex in: Inflected

Rex remembers a time when he remembered a better time. A time filled with joy and dick-slapping… It’s all in how you recount your memory of it, I guess. Hey! Stop picking at that or you’ll get it inflected! ~ See loads more low-rent ‘toons at

DVD release party & screening:

Alamo Drafthouse, Austin

Thursday, October 2 at 7:00

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

*director Bob Ray and producer Werner Campbell in attendance for post screening Q&A

*DVDs for sale!!!

We threw up some more Platypus Rex. The new one is “Clone Whores.”  It might reveal the real reason human cloning is illegal.  It’s a mind-blowing conundrum.

Go have a peek at

or, be lazy and watch it here:

from CrashToons: 2 weeks

I’m trying to figure out with what regularity we should release these here ‘toons (or if we should maintain our irregularity).  For a while I was thinking to release one a week, but I think that schedule will kill me.  Not only do I have to record, edit, storyboard, pencil, ink, erase the pencil, re-ink, color, scan, format, clean-up, edit, add sound effects, mix audio, export and then upload each ‘toon, but I also have to post them on-line and promote (through this blog, the newsletter, the web site ( and the MySpace thingies ( &

That’s an ass-load of work for a one-man operation.  Okay, it’s not exclusively a one-man gig.  Michael Dalmon does the voice work.  I just write, direct, and record it (along with the litany of chores listed above).  On top of that, I have some other film projects that are ongoing as well (Hell on Wheels, music vids, the secret doc project, script-writing, etc.). And I desperately need to pick up some film jobs and get some cash-flow coming my way sos I can keep up the cartooning… damn poverty.

With all that in mind, I’m thinking that releasing a new ‘toon every other week is more doable.

Currently, I have two Platypus Rex episodes completed and waiting to launch: Inflected and Clone Whores.  I’m also looking at posting Night of the Kung Fu Zombie Bastards from Hell! (Redux) now that it has completed its month-long run on the Slamdance web site (   So basically, I’ve got three bullets jammed into the chamber.  Sounds deadly, eh?

So the schedule might look like:

Sept. 8    –   Platypus Rex in Clone Whores

Sept. 22  –   Platypus Rex in Inflected

Oct. 6     –    Night of the Kung Fu Zombie Bastards from Hell! (Redux)

Oct. 20   –  either Platypus Rex in Half-Mile High Club or Limp Dictionary: Lollygagging or Sack Lunch Mafia (working title) or something else altogether

That leaves five more dates for the year:
Nov. 3    –
Nov. 17  –
Dec. 1    –
Dec. 15  –
Dec. 29  –

We’ve already recorded a handful of Platypus Rex ‘toons that are ready to animate and I wanna get the Limp Dictionary and Rooster Lollipop ’toons off the ground as well as record some more CrashToons presents thingies (Fire Ants, Beer & Pussy, etc.)… oh man, what am I thinking?

Anybody wanna send me some money?