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« on: March 12, 2008, 08:29:49 AM »

I've been wanting to see "Blood, Boobs & Beast: A Documentary About B-Horror Filmmaker Don Dohler" for a little while, and there are a couple of other films in there that might be interesting.  However, that shot-for-shot recreation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," as done by some kids 12-19 years old, is mind boggling.

Warning:  if you visit their website, it is very clunky.


The 6th edition the Backseat Film Festival is back in
Philadelphia on March 12-16th. We  have so many great rock ‘n roll movies that
we had to add an extra day of  screenings on March 12th!  The official
festival venue is at 941 N. Front  St (Btwn Laurel and Poplar Streets) in  Northern
Liberties. This year there is over 40 Hours of programming in 16  screening
blocks featuring the finest shorts, features, documentaries,  animations, music
videos and everything in between. Many filmmakers will  appear to present
their screenings and the majority of our programming is Philadelphia  premieres! 
Each screening is $7 or an  all-access festival pass is $40 which is good for
all 16 screenings and the  crazy after parties that will take place every
night of the festival (To be  announced during the festival). 
Backseat Film Festival 2008  Screening Schedule – All Philly Feature
Wednesday, March  12th -  2  Screenings
7pm - Blood, Boobs &  Beast – Directed by John Paul Kinhart  - A compelling
documentary about B- Movie Horror Filmmaker Don Dohler, whose  movies have been
called everything from oddly brilliant to some of the worst  films of all
9:30pm  - Gimme Skelter – Directed by Scott Phillips -  What if Charles Manson
’s illegitimate son decided to follow in his father’s  footsteps and start
his own "family"? They’ve come to town on a mission. They  are going to kill as
many people as they can in one  night.

Thursday, March 13th – 2 Screenings
7pm –  Southern Comfort Double Feature “Seven Signs” and “Been Down That
Muddy  Road”
Been Down That Muddy Road: The Legend of Joe Barry –  Directed by Carol
Carimi Acutt - Joe Barry, rock and roll  legend, bad boy and tortured soul. 
Struggling with personal demons, Barry  gave up on music to pursue his life as a
pimp, used car salesman, preacher and  mercenary.  But he always returned to his
roots of the Louisiana  Bayou.
Seven Signs – Directed by Colonel J.D. Wilkes - The charismatic front man  of
Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers) sets off with a camera crew to prove that the 
older, stranger South still exists in all of its eerie, time-worn, & gothic 
glory...despite the expansion of the "New South's" urban  sprawl.
9:30pm  - Sixes and the One Eyed  King – Directed by Ray Robison - This 
modern day tragedy follows six suicidal contestants as they participate in a 
reality internet service which allows subscribers to wager on the outcome of a 
series of Russian roulette style games.
Friday, March  14th - 3 Screenings 
7pm - We Like To Drink; We  Like to Play Rock n’ Roll – Directed by Lexie 
Shakel - The Unband made every beautiful mistake a power trio could  before
imploding under the weight of their success and the fallout from a  variety of
celebratory pastimes. Find out what made them The Unband in this  powerful rock
9:30pm –  Nobody – Directed by Shawn Linden – A  weird film-noir thriller
about the problems related to being a killer-for-hire  when you’re stuck in a
time paradox.
12am - Easter Bunny  Kill Kill! – Directed by Chad Ferrin – A violent 
criminal fools a Mother into trusting him alone with her young mentally 
handicapped son. The criminal takes pleasure in abusing the boy until a Easter 
Bunny-masked killer comes for revenge!
Saturday, March  15th - 4 Screenings 
2pm – Backseat Shorts Block # 1 –  A selection of the finest rock n’ roll
shorts and music  videos!
4:30pm - True Life  Documentary Double Feature – “Jews at Sea” and “The
Last  Stand”
Jews At  Sea – Directed by Peter Warren -  When Peter Warren began writing
for Adult Video News  (AVN), it was the year of his grandparents' 60th
anniversary. To celebrate, his  entire family took a cruise together for a week to
Alaska.  There was one little problem: only his sister and his cousin knew he had
just  stepped foot into the porn industry ... and he had a mountain of work to
somehow  get done under everyone else's noses. 
The Last  Stand – Directed by Lucas Sabean - A  summer at one of the last
original stands in the Italian Market, through the  eyes of South Philly native
Frankie and his Dad, Joe Brown. Frankie has to deal  his Father’s traditions
and values while growing up and finding himself. 
7pm – Raiders of the  Lost Ark: The Adaptation – Directed by Eric  Zala - A
special screening of a shot-by-shot  adaptation of Raiders made by a group of
12 year olds in the backyards of their  Mississippi homes.
9:30pm - The Dead  Sleep Easy - Directed by Lee Gordon  Demarbre - 15 years
after the biggest mistake of his life, a Mexican  Wrestling Champ is on a
ghost-seeing coke binge which brings him closer to his  revenge (as well as
justice) on a group of immigrant murderers! Meanwhile, he is  dealing with forces on
both sides of the boarder!

Sunday, March  16th - 4 Screenings 
2pm - Backseat Shorts Block # 2- Another  selection of the finest rock n’
roll shorts and music videos!
4:30pm - Viva  - Directed by Anna Biller - She was a housewife seeking kicks,
in a  world of swingers, orgies, booze and sin that was the sexual
7pm - Dead Noon  - Directed by Andrew Wiest - Its Dawn of the Dead meets High
Noon in  this shoot'em up western horror tale. Ancient demons, walking
skeletons and  cowboy zombies join forces to take the law down in a blaze of
hellfire and  brimstone.
9:30pm - Eat Your  Heart Out - Directed by James Tucker  - A thoughtful
character study of a lonesome young professional living in New  York who falls in
love with a zombie  prostitute. All wackiness ensues.

Each screening block  begins with several shorts and music videos. Shorts
selections  include lots of local filmmaker selections and new films from
festival favorites  such as award winning animator Bill Plympton, Scott Colonico,
Kamal  Ahmed (Jerky Boys), Leah Meyerhoff, Alex  Ferrari, John  Goras (Chirpy),
The Brothers Passera and Rodrigo Gudino (Rue Morgue Magazine).  Music videos
include the latest from Relapse  Records, Riverboat  Gamblers, The  Casualties,
Phenomenauts, The Old  Souls, The  Dozens and tons  more!

Stay  tuned to the all new website at _www.backseatfilmfestival.com_
(  for  the up-to-date schedule, trailers, film
info and more festival news!  Tickets will be available online as well as Crash
Bang Boom on South  Street. 
Many Filmmakers are  available for interviews and screener copies of the
films can be made available  for review. For more info or to receive screeners for
 review, please contact:

Doug Sakmann - Office: 215 235 5603 - Fax: 215  235 9745 - Cell: 917 287 4175
Email: _Backseatconcept@aol.com_ (     -   
_www.backseatfilmfestival.com_ (
The 2008 Backseat Film Festival is  made possible by our generous sponsors,
including Pabst Blue Ribbon,,  Philadelphia Weekly, Gray Kangaroo
Personal Liquor Filters, M3 Printing, Goodie  Goodie, Sire Press and

Teenagers Tribute Called the  ‘Greatest Fan Film Yet’

February 29th 2008 - After 3 years of working  to get this movie to Philly,
the Backseat Film Festival is very excited to  announce that "Raiders of the
Lost Ark: The Adaptation" is coming to town! If  you've heard anything about
this movie, you probably know how much excitement it  stirs up at every one of
its very select screenings. This will be the Philly  Premiere and will likely be
the ONLY screening in Philly for a long time.  Producer/Star Chris Strompolos
will be in attendance for interviews and  Q&As, coming directly from a
screening at the Smithsonian Institute the day  before! Strompolos is available for
interviews to discuss this unique  production. 
It took seven summers to make,  required a cast of, well, dozens, and
included the star’s first on and  off-screen kiss, but “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The
Adaptation,” has become a  favorite of film festivals around the world. 
Scott Rudin bought the rights to the  filmmakers’ story for a Paramount feature
film, and filmmakers from  Steven Spielberg to Eli Roth to Quentin Tarantino
have declared themselves fans  of the film.  Now the 100 minute  feature will
make its Philadelphia, PA premiere at the Backseat Film  Festival on Saturday,
March 15th at 7:00pm. Tickets are  $7.
Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb and Chris  Strompolos were just twelve years old when
they set out to make their own  shot-by-shot re-creation of “Raiders of the
Lost Ark.”  They finished at age nineteen.  By saving up their allowances,
hijacking  younger siblings, and setting Eric’s basement on fire, they used
astonishing  ingenuity to make a film that is surprisingly entertaining, even
stunning.  It’s been hailed as the “greatest fan  film yet” by, “the best
damn fan film I have ever seen… pure magic” by  Harry Knowles, and “
phenomenal” by Wes Craven.   
For fifteen  years, “Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Adaptation” was nearly a
forgotten  masterpiece, until Harry Knowles obtained a copy from Eli Roth and
screened it  at his film festival.  It became an  instant phenomenon, featured
in Vanity Fair, The Today Show, and NPR amongst  many other respectable press
“We’ve shown this film all over the  world,” says Zala,” and it’s still
exciting to us to see the reaction.  It makes the near-permanent loss of my 
eyebrows during filming well worth it.”
Scott Rudin purchased their story  rights and the feature film about their
childhood adventures; with Daniel Clowes  (Ghost World) penning the script is in
active development by Paramount. This story is especially timely  due to the
upcoming release of the 4th installment in the classic  series, Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

You can find  out more about this uncovered treasure of a film at:
_Raiders Adaptation page on  TheRaider.Net_
Saturday, March 15th at 7:00pm - $7 - Backseat Film Festival  (941 N Front 
St, Philadelphia PA 19123) - Tickets and info at _www.backseatfilmfestival.com_



Andrew Borntreger
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