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CrashCam Films & CrashToons year in review.

First off, thanks to all y’all for your help and support in making 2009 such a great year!

Admittedly, we’ve been posting more of the smaller updates on our Facebook pages as opposed to “official” blogs for our multitude of ongoing projects.

Here are the Facebook pages, if you wanna buddy-up:

CrashCam Films: http://www.facebook.com/CrashCamFilms

CrashToons (including APESH!T, Platypus Rex and more): http://www.facebook.com/CrashToons

Hell on Wheels: http://www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie

Rock Opera:  http://www.facebook.com/RockOpera

Total Badass: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Total-Badss/117590408128

And for you Twitter-heads: http://twitter.com/crashcamfilms

So what went down over at the CrashCam Films / CrashToons Global HQ in Austin, TX this year of 2009?  Behold:

The bulk of elbow grease went into the new feature doc, “Total Badass.”  It’s nearly finished and crazy-fun (more info below).  We also completed a re-write of the feature-length script for the dark comedy “The Down Side.” Slamdance Script Coverage Service raves about the Down Side “Hilarious and gut wrenching.  Pure Storytelling genius!“  On top of that, we finished the story for the new narrative feature “Reign in Blood,” and are now fleshing out the script with hopes of shooting it mid ’10.

Here’s a project-by-project breakdown of what went down this year:

Total Badass

Total Badass is the new feature documentary about my buddy (and notorious sex-fiend, writer-publisher-singer-trashcan-jumper, rabble-rouser and man-about-town) Chad Holt.  From May of ’08 through June of ’09 we shoot the new doc.  We quickly moved into post-production in the late summer and, as of today, are about 98% through with the edit.  The movie is NUTS!  You’ll surely be hearing about it a lot in the near future.

www.TotalBadassTheMovie.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Total-Badss/117590408128

CrashToons

Through most of 2009, we were screening the pile of ‘toons we made in ’08.  We screened “Spanish Lessons with Chupacabra Volume 7: Conversational Spanish” at SXSW.  Various APESH!T ‘toons screened at LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Animation Block Party (in both NYC and Austin).  And a mound of creatively curated CrashToons unspooled before the Rock Opera 10 Year Anniversary screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in October.

Online, we host all the ‘toons at www.CrashToons.com.  And a few ‘toons even popped up on Playboy Magazine’s site, www.Playboy.com.

As for new ‘toons, 2009 was a tad sparse.  We were pretty busy finishing up the filming and editing of the new feature doc, Total Badass.  But we did complete a new one called “Platypus Rex’s ABC-Hole.”  And it’s crazy-fun.  ABC-Hole is featured on the CrashToons home page, so swing by and check out the 28 seconds of hilarious and educational fun.

www.facebook.com/CrashToons and the ‘toons at www.CrashToons.com

Hell on Wheels

We released the doc through IndiePix (http://www.indiepixfilms.com/film/hellonwheels) in late ’08, and it was such a blast that IndiePix re-released it in Feb!  Double the fun!  And then, we launched the doc on SnagFilms (http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/hell_on_wheels/), where it remains as one of the highest rated docs on the site!  You can also catch the flick on Netflix and on Xbox and even on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMovie?id=333912438&s=143441)

The great reviews continued to pour in over 2009.  Check the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie) for links to many of these reviews.  We also got a big plug from Texas Monthly magazine (www.texasmonthly.com/2009-10-01/hollywoodtx.php) and we landed on the homepage for Moviefone.com.

We screened Hell on Wheels in several cities in ‘09, including but not limited to theatrical screenings in Austin, Asbury (NJ), Sacramento, Boston, a fest screening at CineSol Film Festival in McAllen, TX, and even a university screening at The Southwestern University Feminist Studies Program with filmmakers Bob Ray and Werner Campbell and skaters Electra Blu (TXRG) and Smarty Pants (TXRD) in attendance for a lively and enlightening post-screening Q & A.

Hell on Wheels landed on a couple of those end-of-decade lists care of The Onion’s
A/V Club:
http://www.avclub.com/austin/articles/10-overlooked-austin-movies-of-the-00s,36275/, and a “Best Documentaries of the Decade” list: http://boomerbust-scooter63.blogspot.com/2009/12/top-documentaries-of-decade.html

http://www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie

Rock Opera

Holy poop!  We had our ten-year anniversary screening of Rock Opera at the Alamo Drafthouse in October with after party at the Highball featuring a Voltage and Pocket FishRmen reunion.  If you were there, you rocked!  If not, you missed out on some FUN!

http://www.RockOperaTheMovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/RockOpera

CrashCam Films

http://www.CrashCamFilms.com

http://www.facebook.com/CrashCamFilms

CrashToons

http://www.CrashToons.com

http://www.facebook.com/CrashToons

Twitter: http://twitter.com/crashcamfilms

Whew!  So there ya have it, the year in rewind.  We promise lots more far-out, and raucous flicks in 2010.  Keep up to date by signing up for the email newsletter (http://crashcamfilms.com/index1.htm) or palling around with the Facebook pages, if ya prefer.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped make 2009 such a fruitful and fun year.  We cannot do all this alone, and are really appreciative of your help and support.  Best wishes in 2010!

Hugs and Happy New Year!

Bob Ray & the CrashCam Films / CrashToons team

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“A thrill-ride of a documentary …not just wildly entertaining, but downright impressive. Highly recommended.”
– digitallyOBSESSED
http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/showreview.php3?ID=10269

“Bone-crunching collisions, behind-the-scenes drama and roller skates are all part of the outrageous documentary… a smashingly entertaining feature!”
– Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/s_613208.html

“…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. Ray might have lucked out on one hell of a story, but he rises to the occasion, telling the tale in a gritty style that matches the material. The film has a grainy look, and a pulsating soundtrack from Austin rockers … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. …one hell of a story.”
– 77 Square
http://77square.com/movies/topofthequeue/story_440252

“Hell on Wheels is entertaining, educational and frustratingly brilliant.”
– In Utah This Week
http://dev.inthisweek.com/view.php?id=98417

“A must-see film!”
– The Stamford Times
http://thestamfordtimes.com/story/465712

“Compelling storytelling… It’s fascinating to watch.”
– DVD Talk
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/36265/hell-on-wheels/

4 ½ STARS
“A good story well-told… It’s a documentary exposing a certain athletic niche (in this case, roller derby), but first and foremost it’s 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 agenda or actively spewing various facts at you, but simply telling you a true-life story in an organic fashion… at its core, it’s a feel-good film about interesting people and a cutthroat sport that I heartily recommend to anyone looking for a good story.”
– Real Movie News
http://www.realmovienews.com/reviews/discs/3141

“A wholly engaging documentary.”
– Campus Circle
http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=8004

Hell on Wheels screening in Boston on Feb. 20!
Sponsored by the Boston Derby Dames (www.bostonderbydames.com)

The screening will be in Arlington at the Regent Theater (www.regenttheatre.com)

www.indiepixfilms.com/film/hellonwheels

Hell on Wheels DVD out now!!!

Lots of action going on around here at the CrashCam Films global headquarters.  So much so, that I didn’t even have time to harass y’all (again) in advance of the Hell on Wheels DVD release date (Sept 30!).

Well, guess what.  The DVD is out and available NOW!!!

DVDs available from IndiePix! (www.indiepixfilms.com/film/hellonwheels)

Hell on Wheels DVD:

On the two-disk Hell on Wheels DVD we have a TON of extras:

Two Hell on Wheels trailers

Music videos from Nashville Pussy and USS Friendship

41 deleted scenes!!!

Three audio commentary tracks:

– Filmmaker’s track with director Bob Ray and producer Werner Campbell

– BGGW (Lonestar Rollergirls) track with She-E-Os Nancy Haggerty, Anya Jack and April Ritzenthaler and Putas del Fuego captain Sara (Lunatic) Luna

– Texas Rollergirls track with co-founders Lane (Strawberry) Greer, Laurie (The Wrench) Rourke-Korpi, Rachelle (Sparkle Plenty) Moore, and Amy (Electra Blu) Sherman

www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com

“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

If you want the lowdown on all the Hell on Wheels action, please sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this web page:  http://www.hellonwheelsthemovie.com/index2.htm

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!!!

http://www.originalalamo.com/Show.aspx?id=5213

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!

www.indiepixfilms.com/film/hellonwheels

www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com

“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

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