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July 14, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

Bob Ray’s Down And Dirty Austin Film Tour Comes To Denver

Award-winning filmmaker Bob Ray Hits the road on a DIY film tour to promote the world premier of his new film “Total Badass”, as well as “Hell On Wheels”, his critically acclaimed documentary on the resurgence of female roller derby!

Who: Bringing his Austin-centric films to audiences in theaters throughout the USA, film maker Bob Ray commences the adventure with stops in 30 cities out west. Not content to sit back and allow current independent film marketing and distribution practices to dictate the fate of his art, Ray is deliberately foregoing the old model of angling for distributors. Instead, he’s taking charge and taking his show on the road.

What: Grassroots through-and-through, this tour joins forces with local derby leagues (to date, 529 derby leagues operate worldwide) and film groups to serve up a slice of the Austin magic to theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Presented by roller derby leagues, many of the “Hell on Wheels” screenings will feature post-screening discussions with reps from local leagues, as well as Ray himself, to further explore the birth of modern derby and examine the connection with each local stop’s community.

When and Where:

Sat, July 17 Denver, CO @ Starz FilmCenter

7:00 Hell on Wheels with CrashToons
*sponsored by Rocky Mountain Rollergirls

9:00 Total Badass with CrashToons
*with filmmaker Bob Ray and Chad Holt

About Bob Ray & Crashcam Films

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 critically acclaimed roller derby documentary “Hell on Wheels,” myriad short films and music videos for Nashville *****, Riverboat Gamblers, Fuckemos, Golden Arm Trio and more. Bob Ray frequently collaborates with musical pioneers like …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and ******** Surfers, and he has worked with The Polyphonic Spree, Black Eyed Peas, Blur, Jurassic Five, Modest Mouse, Clinic, Hank Williams III, X-Ecutioners, Eels and many other artists. His films have screened as official selections in over 70 film festivals as well as cinemas all over the world (BAM Cinematek, SXSW, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian in L.A., Australian Centre for the Moving Image, etc.). In 2003, Ray received a High Times Magazine nomination for a Stony Award for his first feature film, “Rock Opera”. Ray’s raucous, sidesplitting CrashToons animated shorts have been featured on Turner Network’s SuperDeluxe.com, Playboy.com and Comedy Central’s Atom.com.

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