I am not much on reviews but I am going to attempt one of Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, the film Ben directed and reprises his role as janitor Max. Teen slash movies are not a favorite of mine (even when I was the target audience!). Ben had told me this would be different and have a bit more humor in it. When you are a fan of someone you worry What if this is crap? each time a new venture is embarked on! The film is based on a graphic novel and there are some clever shots where a comic shot or panel is inserted and blends into the live action. I enjoyed this much more than I expected! The kids as Ben has said in interviews did a great job and the adults, especially Sean Astin, gave the movie some good moments. Ben fans get a treat with a brief ultra creepy scene that features Max , that was disturbing yet….”hot”. The pacing ( I have no idea the real term!) kept the story moving . Often when you watch something you are not that keen on it will drag. I experienced none of that feeling. Another thing I enjoyed was the music. The original music was quite good for a small budget film, not relying on just a few “hip” sounding songs thrown in.
The film is available for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes as well as dvd.
Don’t forget next week on 13 January, Bad Kids of Crestview Academy will open in select cities followed by a widespread digital release the following day. So if you are in NYC,the Bay area, Chicago, Austin, LA, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, or Seattle get out and see Ben’s directorial debut!! He LOVED directing! He also reprises his role as Max.
Just a reminder that the birthday fundraiser to benefit IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, ends Sunday night at midnight. The plight of veterans is a cause Ben feels is important. IAVA works especially to help those contemplating suicide upon their return. It is a top rated charity and well supported by veterans themselves. I know this is a busy time of year and everyone is watching their money. So many causes to choose from. So donate small and think of the young man or woman debating whether to face another day rather than a grande or a venti. Donate. Special thanks to PKGirl for the photo!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all US fans!! I am thankful for all of you around the globe! The fundraiser just hit $307!!! Still a couple of weeks to donate. As I have said think of someone who spent the day ending it all, many despite having caring family and friends. IAVA the charity chosen has worked diligently on this , especially the Clay Hunt SAV Act. You can read about their efforts here. This is a cause Ben finds important as we all should. Many more young men and women will face this in the decades to come. So skip a frivolous Black Friday item and make a donation!
Tomorrow Americans give thanks for what they have in their lives. It is a time of loneliness for many, especially those soldiers who have returned from war and having trouble being home. War rarely ends for soldiers just by stepping foot on American soil. IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, are there for them to steer them find the right kind of help for their unique situation. So make a donation for Ben’s Birthday — help us help them. DONATE YOUR THANKS
Remember the fundraiser is ongoing! Donate today to help IAVA! Bad news that the veteran suicide film Ben has been attached to for years has been tabled again do to lack of funding. The producer wanted to go outside Hollywood and that is a difficult path. Good news to share as many of you have read Bad Kids of Crestview Academy will his theaters January 13,2017. This film is Ben’s directorial debut and he reprises his role as Max. Watch the newest trailer!
Remember before you get caught up in holidays to think of our returning veterans. Over 500,000 soldiers have returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Each story is different. IAVA , Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is there for them. Ben fan Sylvrewolf , herself a vet, pointed out the lack of political connections this highly rated charity has which she sees a positive thing. In this country veterans are often used as pawns or props by politicians of all parties, so a group by veterans for veterans is a much needed thing. The group is especially focused on helping prevent suicide by those who have returned. These young men and women are strong but fighting an unseen enemy they were not trained to battle. So please make a donation for them. No minimum so skip you latte or monster drink. If you want to help veterans in your home country donate in Ben’s name and send me an email or tweet so I can let him know.