BAD BOSS THEORY
Director - Rahmin Atarod
[Photos: Left, Leo Goodman in "Bad Boss Theory"]
To launch the NFT competition we are proud to present a true novel film trailer by director Rahmin Atarod. Our intent is that BAD BOSS THEORY be considered a model and inspiration for filmmakers who choose to enter the NFT Competition.
If you ask the author Michael Neff to define his novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, he will say, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" meets "Donny Darko." If you ask film director Rahmin Atarod to summarize his inspiration for BAD BOSS THEORY, he will say, David Mamet. The two artists could not have matched more effectively. In the novel film trailer, BAD BOSS THEORY, Neff and Atarod have realized their dream to create a short film that will not only stand on its own to make a vital and necessary statement about life and politics in America, but also one that will successfully promote an important literary novel.
In BAD BOSS THEORY, created from a single scene in the novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, two young government employees meet in a D. C. bar after work to debate the facts concerning the growing corruption in their own agency. Laney Dracos, a gritty and sharp veteran of the Washington wars, attempts to convince the naive newcomer, Manny Eden, to join in her plan to resist and expose the White House regime of Ronald Reagan. Manny, however, remains skeptical. He is reluctant to accept Laney's argument due to his own ignorance, the fact that he actually hero-worships Ronald Reagan, and because his new job at the agency is too precious to lose.
Based on true events, BAD BOSS THEORY explores our American society of political corruption in ways that are not only startling but profound, as well as revealing the plight of whistleblowers--everyday people trying to do the right thing and being punished for it.
We don't want to believe it's true, but we can't avoid or deny it.