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
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
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
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
The 2008 Backseat Film Festival is made possible by our generous sponsors,
including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bside.com, Philadelphia Weekly, Gray Kangaroo
Personal Liquor Filters, M3 Printing, Goodie Goodie, Sire Press and Myspace.com.
“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION”
TO HAVE PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE AT THE BACKSEAT FILM FESTIVAL!
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 Wired.com, “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_