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Total Badass (2010)
Opened: 11/19/2010 Limited
|reRun Theater||11/19/2010 - 11/25/2010||7 days|
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An insanely funny and wickedly debaucherous new documentary about crime, sex, art, drugs, music and life in the Austin underground.
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!
"Selling weed is the glue that keeps my life together financially...I can't survive without it. It's like magic," declares Chad. "That's how l pay to live on the planet."
Living an illegal life under the heavy hand of the law, Chad practices his self-styled brand of civil disobedience. He deals weed openly in public and lives life by his own standards, laws be damned.
Scruffy Chad slouches on his messy bed in his cramped, unkempt room.
"As far as a local writer, I'm the best one. Hands down," he proclaims.
In TOTAL BADASS, director Bob Ray explores the exploits of Austin's singular Renaissance man, Chad Holt. Humorist and publisher, band leader, drug dealer and father, but perhaps most well known for the size of his manhood, Chad baffles family and cronies as well as onlookers. With his apparent goal of attracting the attention of the community (or the cops, or females of any description) Chad revels in the admiration, repugnance and confusion he engenders.
"I'm a total badass. That's what the film is about."
TOTAL BADASS follows and confronts Chad in his day-to-day activities, from holding court, to court appearances. Chad even turns a camera on himself for an "idio-mentary" effect. Filming himself pilfering a retiree's medicine cabinet Chad announces, "Apparently I'm in charge of the movie now."
Raising hell while on felony probation, Chad is more than an amusing and bewildering spectacle. He's a publisher in the dying days of print, a performer risking life and limb for his art, an American outlaw, and ultimately, a single father who must provide a stable foundation for his children.
"I took a year off to raise guinea pigs with my girlfriend. And do cocaine," Chad divulges.
Following Chad as he fulfills his final year of probation, TOTAL BADASS documents Chad's life in the heyday of his chaotic existence and infamy. This bedlam eventually clashes with his domestic life, leading to Chad's eventual transformation into head of household. Chad's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son loses her home to foreclosure and Chad winds up with custody of both his son and step-daughter. In a touching twist, the perennial playboy and rabble-rouser suddenly finds himself a single dad desperately in need of a lifestyle change to accommodate his newfound situation.
TOTAL BADASS shows us a person, an artist, struggling to leave his creative mark. The extreme unconventionality of Chad's lifestyle contrasts with a fundamental human truth: People long for the acknowledgement that they matter. In every facet of his life, Chad seeks validation of his artistic worth. Despite his unusual and at times, blatantly criminal ways, viewers will appreciate his efforts to establish himself. Audiences can relate to the essential truth in the tale of Chad's yearning for recognition and acceptance.
"Whether or not I always do the right thing? I probably don't. But, even if you abandoned the 'right' and 'wrong' side of it, I still try and make it entertaining."