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This is an in-depth, investigative film that examines why women, and society in general, are in love with “bad boys” throughout history

WHO AM I?

My name is Mike Sargent, I am a filmmaker ( http://books.google.com/books?id=i, http://www.imdb.com/) a film critic on radio (https://www.wbai.org/) & TV (AriseOnScreen), and most importantly a single Father.

This crowd-funding campaign is to help me complete a documentary film that has been a 2 & 1/2 year journey and investigation of an essential Gender politic.

WHY BAD BOYS?

If you watched my video above you understand what compelled me to begin this odyssey, but as I began to explore the subject and dig deeper it began to reveal more and more about the nature of gender identity. There was quite a bit written about it, but never put into a cohesive whole. Never connecting the dots. I have done this with Bad Boys: A Documentary.

MY MISSION

My mission is to not just to help women make better choices in the men they get with and help men redefine what it means to be a man but to help create better parents and teach our children a better way to relate and respect each other.

If you want to see more, I have a small sampling of some of the interviews I conducted here:

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For me Bad Boys: A Documentary has been an exploration into something that I always questioned but deepened as my daughter came of dating age.  Everyone has a theory, everyone has an idea as to why women do it, as to why men are that way, and why it is… what it is. In my extensive research over the last two years I have discovered a great many things, some that have been explored and much that has not. If phrases like ‘seduction community’, ‘PUA’s’, & ‘sargeing’ mean nothing to you trust me its tip of the iceberg.

Along the way we created a separate stand-alone website and community for all things bad boy called Badboystories.com. It’s a place intended for women to research, comment, enjoy, vent, commiserate and share their stories with each other in hopes of having a greater understanding of why they get involved with those bad boys.

Bad Boys: A Documentary
is a film that looks deeply at why the iconic image of the male who is a Player, or a Playboy, or very wealthy and has no commitments to women is such a desired goal for men and the desired catch for women. It will attempt to establish the connection it has with who we are as human beings, as women, as men, and as products of the culture from which we come from.

By tracing the historical origins of what is today commonly for referred to as the “bad boy.” And in examining the role the ‘bad boy’ dynamic plays in past, current and recent culture, we will establish once and for all a complete understanding of why we are so fascinated with them.

‘Bad Boys’ are not just a dating or a lifestyle choice, it is something that is embedded in our thinking and how we think of the opposite sex. From the perspective of the nice guy who feels he has no choice but to be a ‘Bad Boy’ to get women, and that of the woman who only finds the ‘Bad Boys’ attractive (or only does the first 10 to 15 years of dating).

Fact & Fiction

It is my intention with Bad Boys: A Documentary to be ultimate last word and look at the subject. I intend it to be both entertaining and educational from a social, spiritual and historical perspective.

From Louis the XIV to Casanova, from James Dean to Charlie Sheen & from James Bond to Danny Zuko, Bad Boys dominate the cultural landscape and continue to make the pulses of women race. Bad Boys: A Documentary explores why.


What Remains to be Done & Why I Need Your Help

To finish this film, I need your help. I’ve spent and exhausted my own money to shoot a little bit at a time over the last two & 1/2 years. The magnitude of this film and its topic is enormous and in order to complete the filming and editing of what I have begun I need YOU.

I’ve come pretty far on my own, but in order to complete the documentary, what remains is; to travel to film interviews with some key professors, sociologists, cultural experts, interview subjects and to capitalize on the research work of the small team I have assembled. And then finally to edit and complete all post production** of what I think will be a work of distinct sociological significance.

Anyone seeing this film will be exceedingly surprised as to not only the history and depth of this, but how we (males & females) all co-create a situation that often is the root of many relationship and gender issues. The ‘Bad Boy’ phenomenon is deceptive, subversive, and we (here in the US and around the world) as a culture alternately embrace and reject many of its tenants both consciously and unconsciously.

After this film is completed no one will ever ask have to ask the question “why do women date Bad Boys?” again.

GET THE WORD OUT

We also need your help in getting the word out about the campaign and its subject. Every dollar raised here will go toward the expense of creating and distributing this film. If you can’t donate please spread the word through your network.

Each week I will release a new ‘Theory trailer’ where in it I ask a different international celebrity why THEY think women date bad boys. Please share them with your friends. Talk, tweet, post, blog, mention, like, pin or anything you can will be greatly appreciated and help me get our movie out. And I want this film to be seen in every country, in every community around the world to make the biggest possible impact. The first BAD BOY THEORY TRAILER  featuring ICE CUBE is here:

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But for all this to happen, I, we need YOU.

** editing, music, rights, animation, sound mix, color correction, duplication, etc.

THE PERKS

We’ve come up with what we think are some fun perks like or our exclusive BAD BOY BUTTONS, T-SHIRTS and please use the Indiegogo share tools to let friends know!


The team.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

MIKE SARGENT
Mike is currently chief Film critic for WBAI RADIO’s daytime film review program, REELWORLD, and host of WBAI’s popular late night radio show, NITESHIFT. Sargent is a nationally quoted film critic whose quotes have been used in national television, print and radio advertising campaigns. Mike is also the creator, Host and co-producer of ARISE.TV’s weekly film review show ARISE ONSCREEN. He is also a founding member of Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). BFCC holds the distinction of being the only organization developed by and catering to the needs of African American media professionals who critique movies and cover the film industry.

Sargent is also an established writer and director. His writing and directing debut feature film, Personals (aka Hook’d Up) starred Malik Yoba (of NY Undercover and Why Did I Get Married), Stacey Dash (of the film and TV show Clueless) and Jim Gaffigan. Personals was the opening night film at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival in 1999. The LA Times called the film “both entertaining and provocative.” The film was distributed theatrically in 2000-2001.

Directors of Photography

Joseph Rodman
A Harlem native, Rodman received a Film degree from the City College of New York. He received his first film job – from Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule by working production on School Daze. He later, started a successful commercial film & video production company Harlem Filmworks – with such clients as: Madison Square Garden Network, Hasbro Toys & The Partnership for a Drug Free America. Recently, “Charge It To The Game” a documentary about the effects of gun violence, directed and filmed by Mr. Rodman, was awarded best selection  at the 2011 NYC Downtown Film Festival. Working at Vibe TV and Sohh.com as a camera operator, Mr. Rodman has worked with a variety of music artists (i.e. Ne-Yo, Wendy Williams, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, etc). Currently he is: a cinematographer, photographer and editor for The Dance Theatre of Harlem, TransceDanceGroup, Gotta Dance, Janusphere Dance Company, Collage Dance Collective, Washington Dance Institute, DeMa Dance and the New York City Center as well as a director, writer and cinematographer of numerous short films for The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.

Lamont Burrell

Lamont has worked for Showtime, BET, MTV, WuTang, Razor Sharp & Sony Records. His work with Alicia Keys on her “Diary of Alicia Keys” project got him a Nomination for a Stella Award for best music video. Burrell also Created elements for Keys “Songs in A Minor (10th Anniversary Edition)” He has Directed a reality show for Elle Varner for MBK/RCA Records and has created digital content for broadcast television and the web. Among his many diverse projects he Created and edited a reality show pilot episode with P Diddy and TI. And a Vibe cooking series with Lil John and Three Six Mafia.

Executive Producer

Melvin Van Peebles
Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles has made his mark in movies, television, literature, music, and on Broadway. Multi-talented and prolific, Melvin Van Peebles paved the way for modern African American filmmakers and rap artists. Called “the-godfather of modern black cinema” because of his controversial 1970 film, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”, Van Peebles also wrote novels, wrote and produced Broadway musicals and TV shows, acted for film and television, and released several spoken-word albums in which he helped invent what later became known as rap music.

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Team
$670USD
raised of $65,000 goal
1%
11 days left
This campaign started on Aug 05 and will close on October 04, 2014 (11:59pm PT).
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Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    BAD BOY E-MAIL THANK YOU PERK

    (Around £6 / €7) A sincere thank you from the director via E-Mail and (if you want) inclusion on our email list so you can get updates about our progress.

    0 claimed

  • $15USD
    BAD BOY MOVIE THANK YOU PERK 2

    Around £16 / €18) You will get a THANK YOU in the credits of the feature length documentary. (if you want) inclusion on our email list so you can get updates about our progress.

    Estimated delivery: December 2014

    2 claimed

  • $25USD
    BAD BOY BUTTON PERK

    (Around £31 / €36) You will get a THANK YOU in the credits of the feature length documentary. Inclusion on our email list for special updates about our progress and an Exclusive BAD BOYS button. Button sez I LOVE BAD BOYS or a I” DOWN WITH BAD BOYS (see gallery for a pic)

    Estimated delivery: October 2014

    12 out of 250 claimed

  • $100USD
    BAD BOY T-SHIRT PERK

    (Around £62 / €72) All the rewards previously listed, plus A limited edition BAD BOYS T-shirt. Please choose from 4 designs front w/the Bad Boys logo on front, back says either; A) I GAVE THEM UP B) I DABBLED C) I KNOW BETTER or D) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF

    Estimated delivery: October 2014

    1 out of 144 claimed

  • $250USD
    Package Perk

    (Around £155 / €180) BAD BOYS: A documentary Package: All of the above and a DVD of the final film when it is released in home video. (We welcome everyone from overseas. Please add $5 for shipping outside the continental US).

    Estimated delivery: April 2015

    0 out of 150 claimed

  • $500USD
    Personal call Perk

    All the rewards previously listed, plus a personal phone call from the director of the film.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015

    0 out of 50 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    First look Perk

    All of the above, and we will send you A signed DVD copy of the Directors’ previous film: PERSONALS. First-look updates on the film’s progress, very special thanks in the film’s end credits and website, Sneak Peak at select footage before the film is released

    Estimated delivery: May 2015

    0 out of 25 claimed

  • $2,500USD
    Co-Associate Producer Perk

    All of the above, and your name as co-associate producer will appear in the credits and on IMDB.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015

    0 out of 10 claimed

  • $7,500USD
    Co-Executive Producer Perk

    All the rewards previously listed, Co-Executive Producer credit in the opening credit roll and on IMDB. Two festival passes for any one festival we screen at (Transportation and lodging not included).

    Estimated delivery: April 2015

    0 out of 10 claimed

  • $10,000USD
    Executive Producer Perk

    All the rewards previously listed, plus Executive Producer credit in the opening credit roll and on IMDB. Two festival passes for any one festival we screen at (Transportation and lodging not included).

    Estimated delivery: June 2015

    0 out of 5 claimed

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I’m writing to you because you may or may not know (or remember) I have been working on a passion project of mine for over the past THREE years. It’s a Documentary that answers the question:
 

“Why do women date bad boys?”

My mission is to not just to help women make better relationship choices and help men redefine what it means to be a man but to help create better parents and teach our children a better way to relate and respect each other.
 
As a father of a teenage girl, who is definitely growing up and starting to take a strong interest in boys, I was compelled to find out answers to the ‘bad boy’ allure. I launched my crowd-funding campaign on IndieGOGO in August. Unfortunately, I have not gotten anywhere near the response I need nor have I come close to reaching my goal. This I why I am writing to you personally. 
 
What I’ve learned is that the crowd is you. My crowd. Friends, colleagues, and the people I’ve known that hopefully believe in me enough to support me. This is not easy for me as I’m not really used to asking for help. Which is the essence of crowdfunding as opposed to raising money from investors. Which is the way my first film* was financed.
 
So here it is: I need your help. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY NEED YOUR HELP NOW.  Hopefully you’re interested in the subject or me or you wouldn’t you haven’t read this far. I have LESS THAN 2 WEEKS left in the campaign! Whatever you can contribute will help me complete this film which for me as a single dad of a teenage daughter means a lot to me. The link above takes you to the campaign where you can contribute as little as $10.00 or $25.00 and at this point EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. And of course if you can help me spread the word that will help me as well. 
 
I ask that you do this RIGHT NOW as you are reading this, it takes less than 2 minutes and my campaign is about to end. So PLEASE click this link and go to the IndieGOGO site you will see more links to what I call “theory trailers” As you probably know I am a film critic as well as a filmmaker and as i have conducted interviews with various celebrities over the last couple years have asked them to give me their theories as to WHY WOMEN DATE BAD BOYS some of them are quite enlightening.
 
here are LINKS to a few:
 
ICE CUBE
TERRENCE HOWARD
ZOE BELL
THE PRODUCERS OF THE JAMES BOND MOVIES
 
I have a few more i will release before my campaign ends. But I ask (ok BEG) you to contribute anything you can to help me and do it as soon as you read this. Please don’t wait! I know your life is busy and so we tend to forget. A number of friends and colleagues have said they will and have yet to and then my campaign will be over and… well, I think you get where I am going with this. Donate! Help me! And donate NOW please!
 
At the bottom of this email I have some links to the various social media connected to the project and a blurb or two about me and the project. you can read if you want but thanks for taking the time to read this andA HUGE THANK YOU if you actually contribute.
“Forget what you thought you knew, there is so much more there…”

Mike Sargent on making Bad Boys: A Documentary

Filmmaker, Film critic, Radio & Television Host MIKE SARGENT makes his return to film-making with a Documentary about one of the most under examined but prominent gender archetypes in society today the ‘Bad Boy’ .

This is an in-depth, investigative film that examines why women, and society in general, are in love with “bad boys” throughout history. For nearly three years Mike has been conducting interviews, doing historical research, dissecting the inner workings, history and social result of the Bad Boy in contemporary culture from every angle.

The campaign is to complete the film and craft what Mike intends to be the most enlightening, informative and ultimately the last word on Bad Boys and the women who love them.
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