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William E. Badgley graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Experimental Psychology in 2001. The following year Badgley moved to New York City where he studied master's level psychology, evolution, and urban ethnography at Brooklyn College and The CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan before ultimately focusing on documentary film production.
Badgley began his career in documentary as an intern with Punched in the Head Productions, a company contracted by MTV Network 1 to produce their award winning documentary series, "True Life". While at PITH Badgley quickly rose through the ranks from intern to production assistant to associate producer producing, shooting, editing, and managing interns for 10 episodes of the award winning series including "True Life: I Have PTSD", "True LIfe: I Can't Sleep", & "True Life: I Have Broke Parents".
In 2009 Badgley was asked by PITH to host a class of visiting Syracuse University graduate level documentary film students and in 2010 Badgley traveled to Paramount studios in Los Angeles to accept a VOICE award on behalf of PITH for "True LIfe: I Have Scizophrenia". The award was presented by Richard Dreyfuss.
In 2011 Badgley released his first feature length documentary entitled, "Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP" which he directed, shot, wrote, and edited himself and which was released through his own production company Molasses Manifesto.
The film tells the story of three childhood friends who overcome a group of high school bullies in order to start a band. Their band and their bond leads them down the road of self discovery in this coming of age band biopic. The film is set in the Pacific Northwest indie rock scene of Olympia, WA in the early 90s and features: The Melvins, Joe Preston, Calvin Johnson, Unwound, Beat Happening, Bikini Kill, Kimya Dawson, and Kathleen Hanna and many more.
Badgley traveled the US and Europe for nearly three months screening the film on a tour that he himself booked. The film screened over 70 times in 10 countries and was translated into 3 languages. The film sold nearly 2,000 copies and received a lot of great press including a review of “Excellent” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and “3 out of 4 stars” in the Seattle Times.
"Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a band called KARP" secured physical distribution for Badgley's company, Molasses Manifesto, which also functions as a record label,in 2012 and later in that same year Molasses Manifesto signed with Terrence Malick and Ben Affleck's distribution company, TUGG, for theatrical distribution. Currently the film is being turned into a book to be published by the Portland, OR based imprint, Cantankerous Titles.
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It was at Punched in the Head that Badgley got his start in the fundamentals of documentary production under the instruction of executive producer Craig D'Entrone. PITH was a small production company then and the two worked together closely, both in the office and in the field traveling the continental United States filming for the series.
Several production companies have produced "True Life" for MTV in the 15 years the series has been in production but very few have been making it as long as PITH. It is for that reason that PITH was often granted some of the more "hard hitting" topics that the series had to offer, due in no small part to the strict documentary ethics ad heared to by PITH's executive producer and co owner Craig D'entrone.
In 2010 Badgley was hired by the Manhattan based production company SHARP Entertainment to produce episode concepts for a new series they were producing for A&E. While at SHARP, Badgley worked closely with the vice president in charge of production as well as the series show runner, eventually holding meetings with the companies president and corresponding directly with the network contact while developing a series for The Lifetime Chanel on behalf of the company.
When the screening tour for the KARP documentary concluded with a sold out screening at Hollywood's Cinefamily theater on Melrose, Badgley was hired to direct his first paid feature documentary film produced in cooperation with Starcleaner Records based in Brooklyn, NY.
The film is called, and features interviews with Viv Albertine (Slits Guitarist), Tessa Pollitt (SLITS Bassist), Paloma Romero (Slits Founder and First Drummer), Bruce Smith (Slits/PIL drummer), Don Letts (Slits Manager and Punk Documentarian), Dennis Bovell (Slits Producer), Vivien Goldman (NYU's Punk Professor), and many more!
"Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits" tells the story of the world's first all girl punk band, formed in London in 1976, contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, they are the pioneering godmother's of the musical movement Bob Marley dubbed "Punky Reggae".
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