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Backseat Film Festival 2007 Feature Programming

The festival begins on Thursday, March 29th with the Opening Ceremonies and Annual Destruction of the rejected submissions. How will the films be destroyed this year? The only way to find out is by coming to the festival! We’ve got a three ring circus filled with Sideshow acts, Stand-up comedy, Burlesque and much more going all night long! As always, we’ll have the Backseat Drinking Game at every screening!

New special events lined up for the fifth year in Philadelphia include a Midnight Horror Double Feature on Friday night and a Bloody Mary Morning Reception on Sunday at Noon. The closing ceremonies later that night at the M Room features the Awards Ceremony and a live late night performance of America’s Most Dangerous Game Show, Strip for Pain, featuring the girls of! There’s plenty more madness to be announced in the coming weeks!

About the Backseat Film Festival:
The Backseat Film Festival is a rock ‘n roll film fest devoted to the best in edgy, unpretentious movies from all over the cinematic globe. An electrifying mix of zany short films, sleazy music videos, unrelenting documentaries and some of the most exciting feature film premieres around, the Backseat Film Festival is a showcase for movies that embody the youthful, exhilarating spirit of rock ‘n roll. No postmodern love-stories or heavy-handed political statements here, just a lot of zombies, hot chicks, bad jokes and great music. And also, a hell of a lot of booze.

The BFF selection process is very thorough to ensure the quality of the selections. First the programmers watch the film sober, then again when they are slightly buzzed, then again when totally smashed. The films that don’t make the cut are then put into a rejected submissions pile, which is then ritualistically and violently destroyed before a live audience at the BFF Opening Ceremonies. Past rejections have been axed, burned, hammered, micro waved and even taken out to the street and shot. You’ll have to come to the Opening Ceremonies to find out what happens this year!

Besides having great films, our only other festival policy is that you must be able to drink booze in any venue the festival is held in, and plenty of it! Thanks to generous sponsors like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Gray Kangaroo Personal Liquor Filters, we’re able to give free booze out like water! As those who attended past festival events can attest, the programmers of the BFF vow that they will do a shot with anyone who buys a ticket for the festival as they enter the screening, and then some!

Screeners are available upon request, as well as interviews with the festival directors and participating filmmakers.

For more information on the 2007 Backseat Film Festival, please contact:
Doug Sakmann – Press Relations – P. 215 235 5603 F. 215 235 9745

Backseat Film Festival 2007 Feature Programming – All Philadelphia Premieres

Automatons – James Felix McKenney
Somewhere in the distant future, a girl is alone. She is the last of her people, the others having died in a generations-long war that she continues to fight with the assistance of a group of antiquated robot helpers and soldiers. Men started this war, the machines will finish it. A low-tech effects film about the horrors of war and robots.

Blood Car – Alex Orr
In the near future gas prices have reached astronomical highs nearing $40 a gallon. One man, Archie Andrews, an environmentalist elementary school teacher, is trying to discover an alternate fuel source. While experimenting with wheat grass, Archie accidentally stumbles upon a solution. That solution turns out to be blood. HUMAN BLOOD!

Chainsaw Sally – JimmyO
Sally is a girl who lives two lives: a calmly librarian by day, and a brutal serial killer by night. Traumatized after witnessing the murder of her parents as a young girl, Sally has grown up to be a cold-blooded killer who gets her inspiration for murders from horror films. She lives a happy psychotic existence with her reclusive, transvestite younger brother Rudy until a land developer tries to move in on their property. Not wanting to have change in their lives, Sally plots to eliminate the interlopers to ensure she can continue her killing spree lifestyle.

Fudge 44 – Graham Jones
A controversial mockumentary about 6 puppets in a financially impoverished Tokyo children's puppet theater who, locals believe, came to life and robbed a nearby bank to avoid being put out of business. Through dozens of interviews, local residents tell their stories and we slowly develop a picture of six small wooden men dressed in expensive suits, behaving with the characteristics of suave criminals and engaging in some kind of murky business.

Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal – Rick Ernst
Get Thrashed tears through the history of thrash metal - an extreme form of heavy metal in the early 1980s pioneered by bands like Metallica, Megadeath and Anthrax. Through all the head banging, moshing, stage diving, and guitar solos, Get Thrashed traces the rise, fall, and impact of thrash metal on the music industry and the world today.

“Keep Drinking, Men!” The Story of Beer Drinkers in Space – Frank Delle
“Lights, Camera, Alcohol!” Beer Drinkers in Space has a special place in cinematic history in that it never made cinematic history. It's hard to understand what went wrong. You'd think a story about a drunken star tanker crew led by an inept, Captain Kirk-wanna be commander and an openly gay navigator hauling beer across deep space to Nebulae 7-11 would have mass audience appeal. But sadly, that wasn't the case. Bad timing? Bad marketing? Bad movie? It was all of that and so much more! “Keep Drinking, Men!” documents this 1983 production, shot on the construction site of the future Epcot Center in Disneyworld by the drunks who were working on it. Even after more than 23 years, Beer Drinkers in Space is still laugh out loud funny when you're under the influence of a few cold ones! Check out the documentary and feature film in this double feature screening block!

LovecraCked! The Movie – Various Directors – Biff Juggernaut Productions
An anthology of several H.P. Lovecraft themed shorts featuring weapon-wielding psychopaths, evil temptresses, creatures from beyond, forces of the unknown, zombie sex…and a journalist without a clue. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, our story follows the exploits of a bumbling investigative journalist as he struggles to discover the truth behind enigmatic horror author H.P. Lovecraft and his mysterious past.
Pigface: Free For All – Cliff Sieloff
An in-depth documentary on the final tour of drummer Martin Atkins and his band PIGFACE. As their name suggests this cross-country venture literally dismembers what you thought about rock ‘n roll. Free For All captures the chaos and intense drama that goes with the daily operations of producing a National independent concert tour.

Saving CBGB’s – Pat Byrne
It's "Super Size Me" meets "End of the Century” meets "Roger & Me” meets "Punk Attitude". New York is home to many things, but rock clubs, among other things, are becoming extinct. In the summer of 2005, filmmaker Pat Byrne set out to document the last summer of the original CBGB lease. This film shows what happened over that historical summer in the East Village.

Sight – Adam Ahlbrandt
Jeffrey leads a quiet existence. Living in constant fear of the ghosts that torture him, Jeffrey constructs a complex world of denial. He is haunted by the spirits of the vengeful dead. He’s been labeled and dismissed as a head case. Now, after meeting Dana, a young woman who shares his “Sight”, Jeffrey has the chance to prove he’s not insane. His excitement is tragically cut short when is beaten to near-death by Dana’s husband. When he awakens from a coma months later, Jeffery endeavors to find Dana, hopefully before it’s too late.

Stupid Teenagers Must Die – Jeff Smith
Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Zero budget. Witness this loving (and bloody) tribute to the horror films of the 1980s. A group of typical horror movie high school kids get together to hold a séance in a haunted house. Naturally, people start dying preposterously bloody deaths and girls get naked for no apparent reason. Hilarity ensues.

Up At Lou’s Fish – Alex Brook Lynn and Corinna Mantlo
'Up at Lou's Fish' follows the lives of the New York City Fulton Fish Market community, recounting their history as they prepare for relocation to Hunt's Point in the Bronx, after 183 years on South St. The market has always been an insular community; however the filmmakers of 'Up at Lou's Fish' had the privilege of capturing their inter-borough migration. We follow the men and woman -- first, second, third, and forth generation fishmongers -- as they prepare to make the move and share the experiences of their community. In a city that is always changing, the only thing left to do is to tell its stories.

Music videos and other programming include the following rockin’ bands:
The Bronx, Underoath, Scream Club, Shiragirl, Plastic Little, Federation X, The Gossip, Turbo ACs, The Carburetors, The Mae Shi, The Ian Fays, Louis XVI, The Chesterfield Kings, The Sadies, The Briefs, The Supersuckers, Scott H. Biram, Cleric, The Detroit Cobras, Scroat Belly, Metallica, Anthrax, Pigface, Blackmore’s Night The Gaskets and more!!!

Also, as part of the opening ceremonies we’ll be screening a sneak preview the latest Backseat Conception;
Strip For Pain: America’s Most Dangerous Game Show - See male contestants pit their libido against their pain tolerance for lap-dances from the beautiful girls of Burning! ! This TV pilot produced by Backseat Conceptions and cannot be seen anywhere else (yet)!


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