Reports from Festival Staff
So I went and volunteered at the Backseat Conceptions film festival and had an enlightening experience. The first time at a Backseat event, I felt immediately welcomed and brought into an environment that wasn’t necessarily “normal” to me, but was filled with interesting people, movies, and things to see. Everyone I encountered were friendly, informative, and highly energetic. The movies featured were amazing. With a HUGE variety of films, all the filmmakers seemed to be extremely inspired with such passion about the films they have made. I would have to say the crowd and excitement in the theater for the “Raider’s” feature was inspiring and addicting. The location and set-up of the theater was great for viewing the films and socializing with friends. A great place to gather and have a good time! Nothing but love for Backseat and everyone involved!
First of all, I am going to start off by stating that this Film Festival could have come at a better time for me personally. I work two other jobs and I am graduating within the next three months. Let’s just say I was on a non stop working/school binge starting from school all day on Wednesday to working at the TLA until two in the morning on Sunday.
Since January 08’ I have been helping Backseat put together the film fest. It was an awesome experience learning all the work and time that goes into picking and finding the perfect combination of movies for the Philadelphia’s best underground, funnest, original and drunkest film festival. The week leading up BFF I spent most of my time in the theatre helping with construction, cleaning and preparing. It was an incredible outcome. To have the theatre separate from all the concessions was incredible. There was an all out drink fest in the concessions and an all out film fest in the theatre, plus drinking. As people started to take the fests opening shots in the lobby the projector and screen had their final touch ups and started blazing the Backseat Film Festivals very own Trailer. (Which should have won best short!)
Wednesday was my first time ever stepping foot into a film festival. I didn’t expect to see Doug in a ringmaster costume and roller skates (which he didn’t take off for the entire 5 day festival). Things were pretty chaotic but as soon as the films started everything calmed down, well as calm as things can be when there's all you can drink PBR, Sparks, Monster, Sailor Jerry, and samples of Backseats own Gray Kangaroo filtered vodka shots. Not necessary to say but everyone was wired. I learned if you want people to work hard just get them hopped up on Sparks and Monster and they wont stop moving until their heart explodes or passes out drunk. To bad I couldn’t get down on the drinking, I had to drive 45 minutes home. I missed the after party.
Thursday: The real world sucks and I hope the WCI blows up with everyone it.
Friday is when the fun begins, but unfortunately again I have to drive home, so no drinking for me. But if I had to pick a night to be sober it was this one. Other than the entire place being packed from front to back we were blessed with the presence of the people from Disgrace Land to make this night extra special. Everyone was extremely nice and seemed to love the atmosphere, I know I did and I didn’t have 1 drink.
Friday’s intermission between shorts and the late feature Disgrace Land decided to do a performance along with one of Backseats own, Doug Sakkmann. They got carefully tended too and clean hooks and put 2 in each others backs. It was crazy alone to see people just hangin out with hooks in their back; I wasn’t ready for what happened next. They connected the hooks to ropes and had a HUMAN TUG OF WAR. It was peculiar but grossly awesome to watch, almost like a planned car crash where no one gets hurt and they do it for fun. Then Doug was pulled around the entire theatre by his hooks while still being on his roller skates. I sold a butt load of popcorn after the show and left. I hate 95.
Saturday, finally I don’t have to drive. I go straight to the Pabst and get to business. By business I mean selling tickets of course, ha ha. This was the featured night of the fest, showing Indian Jones, Raiders of the Lost Arch: The Adaptation. (Awesome movie) SOLD OUT! The entire place was packed. The theatre was jammin with all types of people ranging from 7-70, it was great. You could feel the excitement, or maybe it was the fourth Sparks I drank and it was my body fighting off a heart attack. Regardless, it was an amazing event. I blacked out around 11:30 and woke up in my girlfriend’s car with no pants on covered from head to toe in PBR pins, candy Sour Straws and free porn cards.
Sunday morning hurt. A lot. Still drunk, I woke up and asked myself why I was cuddling in my bed with nothing but my cell phone and a double cheese burger from McD’s. Everything else was gone including my dignity. But I did find something, a bruise on my ass, can’t wait to hear how I got this. I finally get enough strength to get to the theatre to find out that I let Doug whip beer bottles off of the top of my head for the photographer of Philadelphia Weekly, the pics are cool. This is the first day I got to catch a lot of the shorts and the feature Viva. The shorts block was hilarious and Viva was hot, literally. Anna Biller is a hottie and she did and showed everything for this movie, defiantly check it out. After throwing up midday from the night before I decided to call it quits.
It was awesome. I’m glad I had the opportunity to be at the fest and even better help put it together and help during the week. The experience was incredible and worth all of the work. I’m glad I got to be apart of the whole experience and hang out with you guys outside of the office, sincerely, thanks Zafer, Doug, Nick and Jack.