'Total Badass' with Bob Ray

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 9:30pm - 11:30pm

Total Badass posterLocal filmmaker Bob Ray is premiering his latest film, Total Badass, on Wednesday night at Alamo Ritz. Ray, whom you might remember from his previous films Hell on Wheels (the rollerderby doc that played SXSW 2007) and Rock Opera, recently finished work on this feature-length documentary about Chad Holt, who is also scheduled to attend the screening.

I think I should let Ray describe the film in his own words (from his Facebook event page for the premiere):

"Total Badass blazes the true Texas tale of a hilarious, crazy-ass writer/publisher/singer/weed-dealer/sex addict/Guinea pig enthusiast/dad/pirate radio host/raconteur and general man-about-town as he rides out the last six months of felony probation and subsequently must change his ways when a financial crisis befalls his estranged family.

"Fascinating in its deep access to unbelievable scenes of outlandish self-expression, Total Badass reveals an unsettled soul, fettered by a felony conviction and relegated to the underground arts scene. Will a happenstance family of his own finally ground this roustabout? Does Chad just need to grow up, relinquish his aspirations and get practical?"

Check out the film's website for more info and some intriguing still photos. And over on the Total Badass Facebook page, you can submit a pullquote for the film's poster, plus get the latest scoop on when/where the film is being shown.

I liked Hell on Wheels a lot (my review) and am looking forward to seeing Total Badass. And if you miss the premiere this Wednesday night, you can catch the movie the following Wednesday, May 26 -- same time, same place. Furthermore, if these screenings sell out, Ray will be able to persuade Alamo to show the film some more (hopefully not at 9:30 pm, a time that is difficult for wussy no-longer-young film writers with day jobs).