Bombshells and Dollies

A feature length documentary about contemporary pinup girl culture - women who emulate a style and presentation popular in the 40's & 50's - of hair, makeup and vintage clothes. However rather than living in the past, these women are able to pick and choose the styles and values from both then and now. We document the Miss Las Vegas Pinup Contest, the largest and most heralded pinup contest the world held annually at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend attended by over 25,000 fans of Rockabilly music, classic cars, and all things vintage. Uniquely, this contest judges as much on inner beauty as outer beauty. Each of the 12 finalists from around the world is engaged in social or charitable work in their communities back home. This empowering doc encourages every woman to express herself with style, glamour and self-confidence, and champions freedom of self expression, self respect and total body acceptance no matter what shape or size, celebrating every woman's right to be gorgeous!

  • Dan Halperin
    Rosemary (Showtime), Lost Bombs/Phenomenon (PBS)
  • Dan Halperin
    Picture Windows (Showtime), Rosemary, Rocket to Stardom
  • Dan Halperin
    Road Dogs (Lionsgate), Picture Windows (Showtime), Scarred (MGM/Sony), Lost Bombs/Phenomenon (PBS), Rosemary, Both Ends of the Gun
  • Dane Krogman
    Paradise (1991) | Bound and Gagged: A Love Story (1993) | Purple Rain (1984)
    The Devil Makes Three, Buzzard Hollow Beef, American Harmony
    Happiness Runs (2010) | The Foot Fist Way (2006) | 588 (2012)
    Red Autumn (2006) | Shaving Mr Hanks (2014) | Ross Mackenzie's Redemption on the West Texas Barbecue Trail (2010)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    350,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, multi formats
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Director Biography - Dan Halperin

Dan produced the feature films: ROAD KINGS (Lionsgate) and SCARRED (MGM/Sony). He created and produced the Emmy-winning SHOWTIME series PICTURE WINDOWS, also an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Dan wrote and directed the series pilot. He produced, wrote and directed for the PBS television documentary series PHENOMENON: THE LOST ARCHIVES.

Dan attended the UCLA graduate film & TV program, worked as manager of production for San Diego community television; and wrote, produced and directed numerous music videos and commercials. He is a member of Film Independent (FIND); The International Documentary Association (IDA); The Television Academy (ATAS); and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), where he serves on the Mentorship Committee, The Power of Diversity Workshop,, co-chairing the Green Outreach Committee, and a founder of ECEC – the Entertainment Community Earth Coalition.

Dan is currently developing the dramatic feature film BOTH ENDS OF THE GUN ( written and directed by Doug Atchison; producing and directing the feature length documentary SCOUTS AND RAIDERS: THE ORIGINAL NAVY SEALS (; and transitioning the political comedy CITIZEN KATE from web series to a network/cable half-hour.

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Director Statement

Dan makes commercial projects that also make a difference, and he doesn't see any reason why they can't do both. This is the same position Dan expresses in his position as Co-chair of Diversity and Inclusion at the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Bombshells and Dollies is at once a look into the unique world of a "retro" movement, yet it is also empowers women to find the freedom to unshackle themselves from societal norms and express themselves in whatever fashion they see fit.