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Bass Ackwards is a film written, starring and directed by Linas Phillips and also starring Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher and Paul Lazar. The film, which is currently Not Rated, has a running time is 103 minutes.[1]

Bass Ackwards was named an Official Selection in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival for inclusion in NEXT (<=>), a new category that recognized films for their innovative and original work in low-and-no-budget filmmaking and is part of a wave of films that showcases the diversity of independent cinema.


Festival appearances

  • Sundance Film Festival 2010 – Official Selection

Cast and crew

Linas Phillips (director, writer, “Linas”)[2]

Linas Phillips graduated from NYU's experimental theatre wing with a BA in acting. For many years he worked with special needs children during the day while performing in theatre and comedy venues at night before moving onto film.

His first feature film WALKING TO WERNER played at many festivals and theatres both in the U.S. and internationally. The film is a personal documentary about Linas' 1,200-mile walk from Seattle to Los Angeles. It's an homage to Werner Herzog and a portrait of an artist struggling to follow a dream. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival and landed Linas a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's 2006 list of “25 New Faces to Watch in Independent Film”.

His second film GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD is a documentary about 12 homeless people living on the streets of Seattle and features each character performing a famous speech from history. Bass ACKWARDS is his third film and first a narrative, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. His next film, RAINBOW TIME, is about the strained relationship between a mentally challenged man and his caregiver as they struggle to create a TV show called "Rainbow Time."

Mark Duplass (Executive Producer) [3]

Mark Duplass first made a name for himself when he starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed a string of award-winning short films, including THIS IS JOHN and SCRAPPLE, which premiered at Sundance in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He and his brother Jay also wrote and directed the 2005 Sundance breakout hit THE PUFFY CHAIR, which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW 2005 and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Roadside Attractions and Netflix released it theatrically in 2006.

BAGHEAD, their next feature film, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2008 and played in theaters around the world that summer. As an actor, Mark co-starred in THE PUFFY CHAIR, Joe Swanberg's HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (IFC Films), and the breakout Sundance hit HUMPDAY (Magnolia Pictures). He most recently completed a role in Noah Baumbach's new film GREENBERG and is starring in the new FX Television show “The League,” which was recently picked up for a second season.

Thomas Woodrow (Producer) [4]

Woodrow is a 2009–10 Sundance Producing Fellow as well as an IFP/Rotterdam Producing Fellow. He produced SHADOWS, directed by Milcho Manchevski, TRUE ADOLESCENTS, directed by Craig Johnson and starring Mark Duplass and Melissa Leo. BASS ACKWARDS is his third feature film as producer.

BASS ACKWARDS will be featured in the new NEXT category at Sundance this year, where it will be the subject of a distribution experiment: to use the festival as a theatrical campaign and release the film, in partnership with New Video and Zipline Entertainment, on February 1.

Thomas holds a graduate degree in film production from NYU, where he was the winner of the producing award two years in a row. He graduated with honors from Yale University.

Sean Porter (Cinematographer, co-writer)

Sean Porter's visual style is a culmination of over 10 years of cinematography, lighting and storytelling experience. His work on the international award-winning documentary SWEET CRUDE, which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, earned him accolades in the Variety.

Porter has shot music videos for artists such as The Blakes, Laura Veirs, and The Saturday Knights and his short films have been screened at SXSW, Palm Springs, Toronto, LA and Seattle. On the commercial side, Sean has shot for Superfad, Microsoft, GLG, ZAAZ, MTV, and MSN, among other agencies and design firms. Sean graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Media Production and Design, where he returns to teach master classes on cinematography and lighting.

Paul Lazar (“Paul”, co-writer)

Paul co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Annie-B Parson. His work with the company includes conceiving, directing and/or performing in such works as “PLAN B,” Mac Wellman’s “Antigone,”(at Classic Stage Company), “Another Telepathic Thing,” “Shunkin,” Mac Wellman’s “Girl Gone,” as well as dance/theater adaptations of Tristan Tzara’s “The Gas Heart,” Ödon von Horvath’s Don Juan Returns from the War, and Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom. He co-directed Comme Toujours Here I Stand that recently ran at The Kitchen and toured to many cities in France.

Paul received a BESSIE Award in 2002 and Big Dance received an OBIE in 2000. Their next work will be an adaptation of Euripides’ Alkestis, translated by Anne Carson, commissioned by The Getty in L.A. and The Anticodes Festival in France.

Outside of his work with Big Dance Theater, Paul has appeared in The Wooster Group’s “Brace Up!,” “Emperor Jones” and “The Hairy Ape.” Other acting credits include Marie Irene Fornes' “Mudd,” Richard Maxwell's “Cowboys and Indians,” and at Classic Stage Company in “The False Servant” and “Richard The Third,” directed by Brian Kulick. Paul directed “Major Bang” for The Foundry Theatre at Saint Ann’s Warehouse. He is currently working with Young Jean Lee and will be in The Wooster Group’s revival of “North Atlantic” this spring. Recent directing projects include “Orestes” at Classic Stage Co., and “Major Bang” at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

His film career includes roles in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, BELOVED, LORENZO'S OIL, PHILADELPHIA, and THE HOST. He is an instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has also taught at SUNY/Purchase, The Bill Esper Studio, the Michael Howard Studio and Rutgers University.

Jim Fletcher (“Jim,” Co-writer)

Jim Fletcher is a staple in the New York City downtown theater scene. He has worked for nearly a decade with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players as well as with the Wooster Group in the touring version of “North Atlantic.” He has performed in the NYCP productions of “Showy Lady Slipper,” “Boxing 2000,” “Caveman,” “Showcase,” “Henry IV,” “Part 1,” “End of Reality,” “Ode to the Man Who Kneels,” and “People Without History.” His video experience includes roles in “The Darkness of this Reading” and “The Feud Other.” Recently, he has also worked with Elevator Repair Service (“Gatz”) and with Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment (“Sight is the Sense That a Dying Person Tends to Lose First”). In September 2009, he directed a ten-minute segment of “X Wohnungen” in Vienna for the Players called "A Fresh Feeling."

Jim has recently been performing the title role with Elevator Repair Service's Gatz, an 8-hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He has appeared in sketches on Conan O'Brien, and has worked with Linas on several theater and short film projects in the past.

Davie-Blue (“Georgia,” co-writer)

Proclaimed “radiant” by the San Francisco Chronicle for her portrayal in an original musical commissioned by the Exit Theatre, Davie-Blue has acted in staged plays, short films and independent features. She recently supported in TRUE ADOLESCENTS, starring Mark Duplass (HUMPDAY) and Melissa Leo (FROZEN RIVER), and is currently awaiting the premiere of her first leading role in the short BETTY, directed by Heather Ayres. She finished principal photography on Christian Palmer’s film WILLIAM NEVER MARRIED last July.

Davie-Blue studied acting at the London Dramatic Academy, and was recognized as a semi-finalist (top 10 in nation) by the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare competition.

Alternative distribution

Bass Ackwards became available for purchase and download in tens of millions of homes via major digital retailers, cable VOD and DVD on demand on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The film, executive produced by Sundance veteran Mark Duplass and marketing executive Marian Koltai-Levine, produced by Thomas Woodrow and directed by actor Linas Phillips, also stars Phillips as a man who embarks on a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus after ending a disastrous affair with a married woman. [5]

“The partnership with New Video and Zipline Entertainment breaks new ground. It combines a cutting-edge film with an innovative distribution vehicle—the prestigious Sundance Film Festival,” said Thomas Woodrow, producer of Bass Ackwards. “It’s a new way to quickly bring the film to a broad digital audience after launching the film at the Festival.”

“The title, Bass Ackwards, not only describes an offbeat and entertaining film, but also the spirit of the filmmakers who are joining us on this innovative ride,” said Steve Savage, co-president, New Video. “Together we’ll be taking a film from its festival buzz immediately to an audience who is ‘on the pulse’ and want to see it now. The digital age is an exciting time in the evolution of indie-film distribution with Post-Festival-Releases among the new paradigms.”

“The goal of an independent filmmaker is usually to strike out on your own, without the assistance of big budgets or a big studio, and tell the story you want to tell the way you want to tell it – all while getting as many people as possible to see your film in the process,” said Mark Duplass, executive producer, Bass Ackwards. “The way Thomas has approached this alternative distribution idea for Bass Ackwards is no different.”

Release dates

Bass Ackwards is currently available for purchase via on demand on and iTunes.

A full retail DVD release in the spring will include in-depth bonus material documenting the unique distribution strategy.


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