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The Alamo Drafthouse Unleashes 'The Commander-in-Chief: Ultimate Badass Filmmaking Frenzy'

Inspired by Timur Bekmambetov and Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Austin movie mecca the Alamo Drafthouse has just announced a new contest: "The Commander-in-Chief: Ultimate Badass Filmmaking Frenzy." Filmmakers everywhere are invited to create their own movie about the secret life of a U.S. President, illustrating what a total badass he was. More info, and a very funny trailer, after the jump.

Here's the press release we've just received for this contest, which conveniently lists some of the "alternative occupations" our Presidents could have had: "Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest have teamed up for 'The Commander-In-Chief: Ultimate Badass Filmmaking Frenzy'. The Filmmaking Frenzy is inspired by 20th Century Fox's new film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which will open in theaters June 22.  Badass Digest asks filmmakers to consider the possibility that Lincoln wasn't the only president who moonlighted as an ass kicker. What if other presidents lead secrets lives with badass jobs and hobbies?"

"The Commander-in-Chief: Ultimate Badass Filmmaking Frenzy challenges filmmakers to pick any U.S. president from any era in our history and pair him with one of the 'alternative occupations' listed below. To enter, filmmakers will write and produce a parody trailer for the film about the ass-kicking President of their choice and post it on the Badass Filmmaking Frenzy site.  Audience votes, via Facebook likes, will determine the top five trailers, which will then be sent to the esteemed panel of judges.  After careful consideration the judges will crown a winner from the top five audience favorites to be rewarded with a Sony HD professional camera and Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 editing software.  The second place winner will receive a Sony Bloggie Touch Camera.  In addition to the prizes, the best entries will play before screenings of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at all Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide.  Once your film is uploaded, it's up to you to spread the word. Share your film on all your social media channels and get your friends to watch and vote for yours.

"Films will be judged on entertainment value and technical proficiency as well as historical accuracy and plausibility. This means filmmakers should do a little research before beginning filming. While this contest is all about creativity and originality, a flying George Washington wielding a light saber probably won't cut it.  All film entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on June 18 to be eligible and voting will be open till 5:00 PM CST on June 21."

Alternative Occupations:

Getaway Driver

Secret Agent

Starship Pilot


Mad Scientist

Rodeo Clown

Stand Up Comedian

Pirate Captain

Ninja Assassin

Shark Hunter

Demon Knight

Psycho Lumberjack

Disco Star

Tornado Chaser


Bank Robber

Indie Rock Hipster

All Star Gigolo

Original Gangster

Drug Kingpin

Dog Whisperer

Archaeological Adventurer

Dinosaur Wrangler

Wasteland Warlord

Kaiju Killer

Ape Lord

Ghost Buster

Noir Detective

Urban Vigilante

Taxi Driver

WWI Fighter Ace

Cock Fighter

Alien Infiltrator

Genie of the Lamp

Herald of C'thulu

Apache Chief

Card Sharp

Witch Finder

Sasquatch Trainer

For additional details check out the Commander In Chief: Ultimate Badass Filmmaking Frenzy website: