2004 Backseat Film Festival in Philadelphia
JANUARY 22-25TH 2004
Triangle Theater


See the full lineup and schedule here


Short Attention Span

The Legendary WID – Directed by Jason Ferraro and Brian Galla
WID is Philadelphia's version of Gallagher with the emotional complexity of a Weird Al inspired Andrew Dice Clay. This interesting documentary follows comedian/diorama pop-cult artist The Legendary Wid and his bid for fame and identity.


I Love Rock n’ Roll (Double Feature)

...An Incredible Simulation -
Directed by Jeff Economy and Darren Hacker

A documentary on the intense tribute band neither world. You’ll discover an subculture you never knew existed. Featuring the incredible simulations of Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Molly Hatchet, Adam and the Ants, and the well known Neil Diamond and Abba tribute band Lightning and Thunder.

Plaster Caster - Directed by Jessica Villines
Plaster Caster is an intimate documentary portrait of legendary artist and groupie, Cynthia Plaster Caster famous for plaster casting the penises of rock stars, including, most notoriously, Jimi Hendrix. The film explores how Cynthia developed her unique pursuit, follows the ups and downs of casting sessions with a shy guitarist and an extroverted glam rocker, and goes along for the ride as Ms. Caster prepares for her first gallery show in New York City. Featuring candid interviews with "castees," candidates, and commentators Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys), Eric Burdon (The Animals), Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks), Jon Langford (Mekkons), Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Paul Barker (Ministry), as well as author Camille Paglia and artist Ed Paschke, Plaster Caster goes beyond the mythology and asks the question, "is it really art?"

Zombies + R n'R = Good Times
Acne - Directed by Rusty Nails (Philly Premiere)

Franny and Zoe wake up one morning ready to go on a high school field trip. Their plans quickly change when Zoe drinks contaminated water and his head becomes a huge pustule. When Franny comes to aid him, Zoe turns her into a monsterous "zithead." Soon the two of them set off on a bizarre journey, mutating other teenagers, encountering strange suburbanites, and developing a very unusual craving for chocolate. The army starts a statewide manhunt for the infected adolecents as they struggle to remain concious, try to figure out what's happened to them, and draw nearer to a terrifying fate.

Filmmaker Spotlight:JEFF KRULIK
Jeff Krulik is a prolific and award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. Krulik is known for his profiles of unusual people and for bringing a trademark blend of curiosity, humor and compassion to his films including Heavy Metal Parking Lot, I Created Lancelot Link, and Ernest Borgnine on the Bus. We are proud to be screening selections from his work, icluding his latest film documenting the vanishing tradition of the circus sideshow.
"Traveling Sideshow: Shocked and Amazed! is my dream project. This one hour documentary—based on and around the book series James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed On and Off the Midway -- is my effort to preserve sideshow history, and pay tribute to the great performers and human oddities of past and present." - Jeff Krulik


Sketch Comedy

Fubar - Directed by Michael Dowse (Philly Premiere)

Terry and Dean are lifelong friends who have grown-up together: shotgunning their first beers, forming their first garage band, and growing the great Canadian mullet known as "hockey hair". Now the lives of these Alberta everymen are brought to the big screen by documentarian Ferral Mitchener in an exploration of the depths of friendship, the fragility of life, growing up gracefully and the art and science of drinking beer like a man.

Babes, Booze and Guns

Ambition Withdraw – Directed by Jason Eustice (Philly Premiere)

Shot over a fifteen-year period, Ambition Withdraw unleashes to the world the most dangerous rock band, The Unsatisfied. For the first time ever, the legendary sounds of The Unsatisfied can be heard throughout horrific dream sequences and documentary footage. This film reflects the reality of pursuing an unstoppable hunger and the drive of human spirit, while showing triumph’s continual downfall. Ambition Withdraw goes well beyond the average rockumentary by exposing the unglamorous side of real life: working, touring and raising a family. It also shows the determination of dealing with disappointments and disasters, as well as the drive--the drive that enslaves them to perform rock and roll.

Genre Blender

Prison A Go Go - Directed by Barak Epstein (Philly Premiere)

A wild parody of the great 'Women in Prison' films of the past, starring Rhonda Shear (USA Up All Night), Mary Woronov (Rock and Roll High School), and Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment) When sweet, girl-next-door Callista is abducted for "scientific" reasons, her brainy sister Janie must solve the mystery and attempt a rescue. But the only clue leads to a notorious prison in the Philippines, where committing a crime may be the only way in. And no one who’s entered has ever come out…because they’re all having such a wild time! Welcome to PRISON-A-GO-GO! The rowdy womens' prison filled with multiple shower scenes! Girls running amok! Kung fu food fights! Ninjas! Mutant Zombies! Evil Scientists, Prominent Product Placement! Genetic Mutation! and Mad Mud Wrastlin'!