Monday, November 26, 2012

One Man's Terrorist: Full Film and DVDs now on sale!

In honor of the release of the long-delayed Red Dawn remake, Buck The System is proud to present this new, leaner version of One Man's Terrorist. The 45-minute, 3-part series has now been edited into a single 33 minute film, and it's all the better for it. If you haven't seen it, or even if you just haven't seen it in a while, now would be a great time to watch it and share it with your friends! Enjoy!

Also, if you you'd like to support Buck The System, you can now donate or purchase a DVD copy of One Man's Terrorist via the PayPal buttons on the right side of the website! DVDs are $15 for a plain DVD and $20 for an autographed copy, and donations of all sizes will be gladly accepted and will go towards helping Buck The System continue to create liberty-minded films!

The One Man's Terrorist DVDs feature:
  • The full 40 minute cut of One Man's Terrorist.
  • A full-length commentary with me; the film's writer and director.
  • The One Man's Terrorist trailer.
  • Promotional materials for The Smoking Gun and other liberty-oriented films.
  • And more!
Stay tuned for more from Buck The System, including a new short-film that is currently in the final stage of editing and will be released sometime in December!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Smoking Gun: Post Fundraiser Update

Hey guys, it's David West here. Sorry I've been so slow updating everyone on what's been going on now that our fundraiser ended but it's been a VERY busy last couple of weeks for me. I was the best man at my little brother's wedding, I went to a family reunion to celebrate my grandparent's 50th anniversary, I did a couple odd jobs to keep afloat while I work on movies, I'm getting ready to crash the Portland Gun Buy-Back, and last Thursday I had my arraignment for a "disorderly conduct" charge I got when I was  arrested while protesting a police speed-trap with a "Tax Whore Pig!" sign a couple weeks ago.

I have the whole thing on video - or at least, I will as soon as the PD returns the back-up camera they confiscated from me - and it should prove very interesting to expose some of the claims made on the police report. You'll definitely be seeing a video about it sometime in the future. I've got a good, freedom-loving, Ron Paul supporting lawyer so I have no doubt that I'll be able to beat the charges.

Anyway... I'd planned on doing this as a video update but I have a few things I'm still trying to get finalized before Paul Fest and I didn't want to wait any longer to finish the video (the piggy-pigs having my tripod hasn't helped, either), so I'm just going to write it. I want to give a big shout out to all of the awesome people who helped us in our fundraiser, but unfortunately we didn't raise nearly as much as we'd hoped to, so we've had to change our plans a little bit.

After IndieGoGo's fees we only raised about $2,000. Once all the perks are awarded (T-Shirts in particular aren't cheap) we have even less. We basically only raised enough to either make the trailer or go to Paul Fest and the RNC, but I fortunately figured out a way that I THINK we should still be able to do both.

We'd wanted to finish the trailer and premiere it at Paul Fest, but we realized not long after we'd started the fundraiser that we probably weren't going to raise the kind of money we'd need to do that. That's why we shot the teaser trailer; so we'd at least have SOMETHING to show people about "The Smoking Gun." To stretch our funds as far as possible, we are using the money we raised from the fundraiser to go to Paul Fest, and in addition I'm investing over $1200 out of my own wallet into a booth at Paul Fest and 500 copies of One Man's terrorist on DVD, which we will then sell at Paul Fest. I should only need to sell about 100 DVDs to break even on the initial investment and everything we sell beyond that will be profit. Hopefully, we'll be able to sell enough to come back from the trip with an extra couple thousand dollars we can use to finance the production of the more extensive trailer for The Smoking Gun, because if not it's going to be paid for completely out of our rather shallow pockets.

Once we get back from Paul Fest, though, the plan is to get right back to work on the trailer and a few other film making projects I've been developing. The beauty of this plan is that, now that we aren't working under a deadline, we can spend more time working on the trailer, and as you know, time is money. Where before we would have had to spend good money to quickly build a jail cell set, now we can afford to shop around and acquire all the components needed for it for a more reasonable price. Essentially, having more time to work on the trailer will allow us to create it even more cheaply.

To get ready for Paul Fest, I've been working on adding some more special features like a directors commentary to the One Man's Terrorist DVD. The plan is to sell the DVDs for $15 a pop and $20 for autographed copies, but we're going to be supporting a good cause while we're at it.
10% of all our DVD sales and 100% of the extra $5 from autographed copies will be donated to helping libertarian journalist and Ron Paul supporter Glenn Horowitz modify his car for wheelchair access. Glenn was crippled by multiple sclerosis in 2006, and is a fan of my films who has further demonstrated his good tastes by being a hardcore fan of Joss Whedon's firefly, so I figure it's the least we can do for him.

The procedure to modify his Honda Element for wheelchair access is going to cost about $26,000, and If you're interested in donating to help him, here is the link to his "Get Glenn Mobile" IndieGoGo campaign:

 I'm also donating 25 DVDs to his campaign as perks so even if you can't make it to Paul Fest but you'd like to help Glenn and get an autographed copy of One Man's Terrorist, check out his campaign and donate $25.

I want to let everyone know that I'm working on getting all the perks fulfilled but because we had some issues getting our IndieGoGo funds properly dispersed (I forgot that my debit card expired in the middle of the campaign, so my funds weren't properly dispersed at first and ended up being delayed about 2 weeks because of it), things did get delayed a bit. I have ordered the shirts now but unfortunately it's probably going to be another two weeks before they're ready and therefore I might not be able to send them out until early September when we return from the RNC. Part of the reason the wait is so long is because I'm getting a really good deal on them, though, so I appreciate all of your patience! Considering the budget we're working with every penny we save is that much more we'll be able to use for the film effort!

So I think that pretty much covers everything... Thanks again for all of your support in our IndieGoGo campaign and if any of you are going to be at Paul Fest or the RNC let me know because I'd love to meet up while I'm out there!  Before I leave I want to tell you that, if you haven't already, you absolutely must check out the concept teaser trailer for Gray State, a police-state action-thriller in development by fellow libertarian filmmaker David Crowley. If you like what I've done, you'll LOVE Gray State. I've embedded their trailer below and linked to their IndieGoGo campaign below it if you'd like to donate. Check it out, and keep up the fight, guys! Keep your eyes open for another video update further discussing our plans for Paul Fest before we hit the road in a week! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Smoking Gun: Concept Teaser Trailer

We're pleased to announce the release of this concept teaser trailer for the smoking gun. A full trailer that hints more at the story is still coming, but not for a while yet. For now, watch and share this video!

Also, with just a few days left in our IndieGoGo Campaign, be sure to share our fundraiser and donate to it if you can!

Thank you!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Smoking Gun

We here at Buck The System are pleased to formally announce the project we've been quietly working on the last few months: The Smoking Gun.

The Smoking Gun is an action-packed, modern-day western about the war on drugs and it's detrimental effects on society. We are currently raising money to shoot a trailer for the film this summer to help us secure the budget we're going to need to shoot the feature film next summer. Check out our IndieGoGo campaign and watch the video to learn how you can help! This is a tremendously exciting project and we have some great perks lined up for those of you who help us! Even if you can't chip in financially, please help us make this film a reality by sharing the campaign with your liberty-loving friends on Facebook, Twitter, and every other corner of the internet!

The Smoking Gun IndieGoGo Fundraiser:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One Man's Terrorist: Episode 3

Here is the third and final episode of One Man's Terrorist. Hopefully it makes you think.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stossel Responds to my Clip

I'm certainly glad I'm not the only one who remembers booing, because this video throws me off a bit. I'm definitely still right though that people did NOT applaud Bolton's answer. If anything the smattering of applause are for me trying to rebut Bolton or just people doing the typical clap

What you still don't see is the people in the back corner of the room where my seat was hugging me and shaking my hand and telling me Bolton can go, "Go F*** himself" as I'm on my way to my seat. Between that and the fact that I was practically seeing red listening to Bolton, I guess that is what is coloring my memory of the event. Still, pretty manipulative editing by Fox to make it look like that answer got applause.

I know a couple people who have personally told me that they booed, though, so I'm not going completely crazy.

Here's the full write up:

Friday, February 24, 2012

John Bolton Dodges Question; Insults Me

I got to confront neo-conservative war monger John Bolton on the issue of blowback during the taping of the Stossel show at last weekend's Students for Liberty Conference... and it made it on the show!

Check it out!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

One Man's Terrorist: Episode 2

The second episode of One Man's Terrorist released yesterday! Check it out, and be sure to share it! We need all the attention we can get so that someday we can take the-libertarian-conspiracy-to-take-over-the-world-and-leave-everyone-alone to Hollywood!

Sorry I'm a little late posting this to the blog, I had some rendering issues that prevented me from getting it up on YouTube until yesterday evening, and I'm kind of still trying to catch up on things since returning from my D.C. trip.

Tune in next Wednesday, February 29, for the conclusion, which will be up shortly after midnight, 12 AM, on the 29th.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thanks from D.C.! (Well, almost...)

I'm sitting in the IAD airport in Virginia right now thanks to you guys! I can never thank you enough!

Ron McInTosh
Charlene Prinsen
Thaddeus Gala
Billy Hung
Dennis Chan
Ashley Thomas
Ashley pouryamini
Johanna Halsey
Renee Kimball
Otto Rihtaric
Marty Mason
Nickey Hardy
Jack and Abbie
Susan Robertson
Sharon K Dunivin
Maria Norbeck
Stephen Thomas
Ryan Treat

And of course, lets not forget my 3 anonymous donors! You know who you are!

Those of you who chipped in $100 or more, I'll be sending you your DVD's right about the time the3rd episode of "One Man's Terrorist" goes live on the 29th, so you should get them about the first week of march. Hope you guys enjoy the movie and my coverage of the march on Monday!

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the first episode of One Man's Terrorist, and be sure to share it with your friends!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

One Man's Terrorist: Episode 1

Watch the first full episode for One Man's Terrorist! Please share and re-post this film everywhere you can! EVERYONE needs to hear this film's message!

Episode 2 premieres Wednesday, February 22.
Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, February 29.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Interview with Me

My friend John Weirick has a great interview with my he just put up on his website! I mostly talk about about my beliefs and my film making.

Check it out!

And be sure to take look at some of his other work while you wait for the first episode of
One Man's Terrorist to go live tonight! Good stuff!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Judge Napolitano's "Freedom Watch" Cancelled

It's a sad day for libertarians. Judge Andrew Napolitano's excellent Fox Business show Freedom Watch has been cancelled. The last few years that he has been on, the good Judge has been the most unwavering proponent of liberty on television. Check out the article on it here:

You know, what we really need is a powerful voice for individual liberties and a voluntary society in Hollywood...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

"We both support the 2nd Ammendment..."

What a load of crap this is!

If Bloomberg supported the right of every human being to defend himself (I refuse to refer to it as, "The 2nd Amendment," as it's not the 2nd amendment that grants me this most basic of human rights), he wouldn't be imprisoning people like this decent woman:

These are tyrannical bastards with no love for their fellow man.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Great news everyone!

The IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to get me to Washington D.C. for the Veterans for Ron Paul march has been an ENORMOUS success.

I was helping a friend move all day yesterday so I didn't get a chance to check the fundraising page until lunch time. All I was really hoping for was that someone - ANYONE - had donated to my campaign. I about did a literal spit take when I saw that you guys had already donated $435! By the time I got done helping my friend move in late afternoon, we'd already broken my $800 goal, something I'd been extremely worried we wouldn't even be able to hit in a week! And now, only about 36 hours after I started the campaign, you've raised $1,010 for me! Absolutely AWESOME!

This is really good news because knowing how successful the campaign has been I'll be able to pick up my airfare today before it gets any more expensive and I won't have to wait until next week hoping the campaign will be successful so I can actually afford them!

But that's not the only thing on the great news front! My good friend Paul Henderson's College Libertarians group at Pepperdine University met last night to plan out their expenses for their trip to the Students for Liberty Conference February 17-19 (an event I'm also attending). Still waiting on all the exact details but it looks like I'll be able to room with them the first few days I'm in D.C. and instead of spending the $50 or so a night to split a room that I was hoping to spend, I may only have to spend about $20! So it's looking like there's a very real possibility that I'll have a few bucks left over from this campaign to put towards my next action-packed short film about the ethics of private, voluntaristic defense.

Before I go, I just want to give a quick shout out to all the people who have helped me get to where I am so far! I'll be posting a more detailed blog dedicated to thanking you guys after the fundraiser is over, but for now, HUGE thanks to:

Billy Hung
Dennis Chan
Ashley Thomas
Ashley pouryamini
Johanna Halsey
Renee Kimball
Otto Rihtaric
Marty Mason
Nickey Hardy
Jack and Abbie
Susan Robertson
Sharon K Dunivin
Maria Norbeck
Stephen Thomas
Ryan Treat
And 3 anonymous donors!

Thanks a ton guys! I promise I'll do what I can to represent and keep up the fight!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Help me attend the Veterans for Ron Paul March in Washington D.C. on February 20th!

As some of you may know, I'm planning on attending both the February 20th Veterans for Ron Paul march in Washington D.C. and the International Students for Liberty conference the same weekend. Now, I'm going no matter what, but if any of you could hop on over to my IndieGoGo page and chip in a few bucks it would be a HUGE help to me as finances are tight and I have an extremely ambitious plate of liberty-themed film making before me.

Plus, my 22nd birthday is the day after the march, so you can consider this something of a birthday present for me! Even if you can't chip in, PLEASE share this with all of your friends who love liberty and support Ron Paul!

Check out my fundraising page here:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Welcome to Buck The System!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new blog: Buck The System. For the foreseeable future this is going to be the front for my opinions, activism, and, most importantly, the culmination of these two things that is my film making.

And what better way to celebrate the commencement of this blog than with a trailer for Buck The Systems very first project, the 40 minute war film, "One Man's Terrorist"!