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Song of Back and Neck

  • 86 min
  • Buzz
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
A man resigned to a life of suffering seeks relief in an accidental romance and finding the root of his possibly psychologically caused back pain.
About The Film

Fred Trolleycar winces his way through his days, suffering from chronic back pain that frequently immobilizes him. As a paralegal in his dismissive father’s law firm, Fred is lorded over by an obnoxious younger attorney. His outlook starts to brighten when a new client arrives to start divorce proceedings and unexpected sparks fly. On her recommendation, Fred seeks out less conventional treatment for his pain and finds himself lying face down on an acupuncturist’s table. To their surprise, Fred’s back begins to sing via the needles inserted along his spine, which is just the start of the unpredictable happenings coming his way.

Writer, director and star Paul Lieberstein offers up an unusual hybrid in his directorial debut, artfully giving absurdity and banality equal measure. As the wincing Fred, whose resignation is pierced by occasional flares of a righteous need for something better, he’s created an Everyman who is as unique as he is relatable.

- Drea Clark, Senior Programmer

  • Paul Lieberstein
  • Paul Lieberstein
  • Kim Leadford
  • Jennifer Prediger
Executive Producers
  • Fernando Loureiro
  • Roberto Vasconcellos
  • Allen Babakhanloo
  • Lauren Russell
  • Candice Abela-Mikati
  • Dan McCarney
  • Paul Lieberstein
  • Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Robert Pine
  • Brian d'Arcy James
  • Clark Duke
  • Sam Anderson
  • Paul Lieberstein
US Distribution
  • The Orchard
Production Companies
  • StarStream Media
  • Exhibit
  • Afternoon Nap
  • Boo Pictures
  • Bartosz Nalazek
  • Gary Levy


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