Boston Independent Film Festival Review: 'Bass Ackwards' - Starpulse

What do you do when your love life is not working out, your career is going nowhere, and you've got no place to live? That's the question our writer, director, and star Linas (pronounced Linn-us) Philips strives to answer with 'Bass Ackwards.' For Linus, it seems the right move is to embark on a road trip to his parents' home on the other side of the country, in order to center himself.

This semi-autobiographical tale was primarily shot during the summer of 2008 when Philips actually moved from Seattle Washington back to the East Coast. Philips developed the idea to turn his real life move into a dramatic device to tell the story of his character in the film. To accomplish this, he piled his possessions into a modified VW van and drove cross country with his crew shooting scenes along the way.

The VW van which the character Linus acquires in the film becomes his home on the road, as well as a source of ridicule from those along the way who mock the car's silly appearance. In many ways his reliance on this slow grungy vehicle adds to Linus' stress and depression about his move.

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