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Trailers from Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour, stopping at the Tank on 11/26!
November 16, 2010, 16:30
Filed under: film, video

The Tank is stoked to host Bob Ray’s Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour on November 26th! Take a load off that turkey dinner and settle down with a wild double feature of HELL ON WHEELS and TOTAL BADASS. Check out the trailers below! Tickets are available for $10 single screenings or $15 for the double feature.

Screening at 7:30pm
documentary TRT: 89 min
Hell on Wheels takes a from-the-trenches look at the dizzying clash of athleticism, exhibitionism, egos, politics and business that is modern-era roller derby. A group of hard-hitting Texas women overcome myriad obstacles in resurrecting and revamping the sport, only to find internal strife ripping the fledgling organization apart. Two leagues emerge from the clash, and what follows ignites an international roller derby revival. Shot over a five-year period by Bob Ray (Rock Opera) and Werner Campbell, Hell on Wheels was edited by award winning editor Conor O’Neill (Murderball, Word Wars, Capitalism: A Love Story) and features original music by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

Screening at 9:30pm
Documentary, 2010, TRT: 91 min
**** World Premiere Tour ****
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!


Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 16, 2010, 13:15
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our second music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. We’re proud to bring you the opening number for the show! Our video for “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” draws inspiration from The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and features Preston Martin as Michael Borkin. Chekhov never looked this good. Missed the first video? Click here to catch up!

Ivanough opens TOMORROW at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann