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The Silly Bastard is a documentary short about one of the funniest phone calls ever made from the Oval Office.
Scott Calonico
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What's the Film About? 

The Silly Bastard is a short documentary about one of the most unintentionally hilarious phone calls ever recorded in United States presidential history. 

In August 1963, a very pissed off President Kennedy phoned an Air Force general to give him a dressing down. Luckily for posterity, the phone call was being taped at the time. 

Here's the original phone call in it's entirety...

Who's the Silly Bastard? 

At the time, the First Lady was pregnant. While she was on vacation in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the Air Force kept a hospital bed at the ready at nearby Otis Air Force Base.  

Word soon leaked out that the Air Force spent $5,000 (that's nearly $40,000 in 2014 dollars) on refurbishing the hospital bedroom. 

In the phone call, Kennedy repeatedly refers to a picture printed in that mornings Washington Post of a young serviceman posing beside Mrs. Kennedy's hospital bed. Throughout the call, he bitches about "the silly bastard next to the bed."  

For fifty years his identity was unknown, until now...

What We Need 

We are set to premier the film at two prestigious film festivals in the United States. Which is great! However, now this is where the money comes in. 

Tape transfers, posters, buttons, shipping, handling, etc., it all starts to add up. 

This stuff is all ongoing - every time we have a screening, we need to send out more posters, postcards and all that other good stuff, so don't think that it's too late to donate! 

Who Are We? 

My name is Scott Calonico. I've made a number of short films over the years, some of which have shown at Sundance, Slamdance, AFI/Los Angeles, Kerry (Ireland) Film Festival, Belfast International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, True/False Documentary Film Festival, and many others. 

Your contribution will help me and the rest of Team Bastard finish the film to the highest quality possible, then create some exciting marketing and promotional materials so that we can bring the story of the Silly Bastard to audiences around the world. 

What's In it For You? 

Excellent question. Just take a gander at the right hand side of the page. Every little bit helps. You ever wanted to see your name in a movie? All it takes is a few bucks! 


But, let's face facts here: this is a short film. Short films don't get a whole lot of love. Nor do they make a lot of money. However, the film has already been accepted into two prestigious festivals* in the States, so you know it's good! 

Where Can You See The Silly Bastard? 

Here's a list of where The Silly Bastard has screened/will be screening. 

  • Full Frame Film Festival 2014, Durham, NC

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't donate, that's cool! You can still be a Bastard! Use some of the Indiegogo sharing tools on the site to tell your peeps. Also send around the link to the original phone call on YouTube! 


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    Slightly Humorous Bastard

    Not quite silly, but you're close. We'll give you karma, just not as much as if you gave $5.

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    Anonymous Bastard

    Don't want to give us your shipping address? That's okay! I'll send you a thank you email and some good karma.

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  • $10USD
    Frivolous Bastard

    I will send you a personalized thank you postcard from Edinburgh, Scotland and a digital download of the film.

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  • $25USD
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    One personalized postcard from Edinburgh, Scotland, as above, your name in the credits, and a digital download of the film.

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  • $100USD
    Inappropriate Bastard

    Receive a movie poster of The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed signed by the director, an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit,and a digital download of the film.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $500USD
    Glorious Bastard

    You silly bastard!!! If you donate this much, you'll get a postcard, the poster, a digital download and an CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit. Suitable for the IMDB!

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