The world may be struggling with coronavirus but filmmakers carry on. Case in point: Christopher Bickel, the South Carolina-based filmmaker who made such a distinctive debut with The Theta Girl, wrapped production on his latest film just as COVID-19 was ramping up in the States. He has used his time since then to edit the production and the results are being prepped for a self-distributed release in early 2021.
Bickel recently fired up an Indiegogo campaign for post-production/distribution funds that allows you to pre-buy the film as a blu-ray or digital file. You can also get a variety of other unique items for your pledge so the campaign page is worth checking out. Read on for the film’s official press release – and if you need further enticement, you can also check out the film’s unrated trailer below. It suggests that Bickel has plenty of irreverent excitement in store for fans of underground fare…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/29/2020
WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Films Colacitta announces the release of BAD GIRLS, an underground film by Christopher Bickel, premiering in early 2021.
2021 is poised to be the year of the underground film. Due to the the void of Hollywood content caused by the 2020 pandemic, audiences are clamoring for new and unusual programming.
Heading the charge for unique DIY boutique cinema is BAD GIRLS, an eye-popping artsploitation road movie from acclaimed director of THE THETA GIRL, Christopher Bickel. The film’s producer, Crystal Colligan, describes BAD GIRLS as a “shocking drug-fueled post-modern female rage-odyssey.”
BAD GIRLS gleefully subverts genre tropes in telling its lurid, hyperreal tale. After robbing a strip club, three desperate teenage girls lead a misogynistic Federal Agent on a lysergic cross-country chase, scoring a duffle bag full of money, drugs, and a crew of willing kidnapees along the way.
BAD GIRLS is an underground film produced by amateurs in South Carolina for $16,000 — “about one-half of the CATERING BUDGET for a typical made-for-TV movie,” Bickel proudly indicates. The majority of that budget (some of which was raised by crowd-funding, some came from Bickel’s day-job in a record store) went to pay the cast and crew a modest daily stipend — something which director Bickel cites as being “of utmost importance to keeping harmony on set.”
Citing influences as diverse as Jack Hill, Russ Meyer, Greg Araki, R Kern, and Robert Downey (Sr.), Bickel has crafted a vision more than just the sum parts of those influences — it is something unique in current underground cinema.
“These are characters people haven’t seen before, interacting in a violent world that is almost-but-not-quite our own,” says director Christopher Bickel of the “exaggerated reality” of the BAD GIRLS universe. “When you’re making a movie for the cost of a used car, you’re forced to get creative with the storytelling in ways that Hollywood focus-groups don’t allow. You won’t find BAD GIRLS in a Walmart because it doesn’t belong in a Walmart.”
BAD GIRLS stars Morgan Shaley Renew, Sanethia Dresch, and Shelby Lois Guinn as the titular “Bad Girls.” Cleveland Langdale and Micah Peroulis star as two cult rock stars kidnapped by the girl gang. Jonathan Benton stars as a geeky hotel clerk swept up in the madness. Mike Amason and Dove Dupree star as oddly-paired FBI agents following the wreckage of the girls’ cross-country crime spree.
A pre-order campaign to raise final completion funds for the film’s digital and physical media release can be found at www.BadGirlsMovie.com. More information, including trailers, can also be found at www.BadGirlsMovie.com.
Direct link to Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bad-girls-a-feature-length-underground-film#/