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Dir. Chris Wilcha
96 min

When filmmaker Chris Wilcha revisits the record store he worked at as a teenager in New Jersey, he finds the once-thriving bastion of music and weirdness from his youth slowly falling apart and out of touch with the times. Flipside documents his tragicomic attempt to revive the store while revisiting other documentary projects he has abandoned over the years.

In the process, Wilcha captures This American Life icon Ira Glass in the midst of a creative rebirth, discovers the origin story of David Bowie’s ode to a local New Jersey cable television hero, and uncovers the unlikely connection between jazz photographer Herman Leonard and TV writer David Milch. This disparate collection of stories coheres into something strange and expansive—a moving meditation on music, work, and the sacrifices and satisfaction of trying to live a creative life.

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 96 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Tags: Arts, Documentary, Music


Director: Chris Wilcha
Executive Producer: Judd Apatow, James P. O’Shaughnessy, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee, Justin Pollock
Producer: Joe Beshenkovsky, Michelle Currinder, Alex Fisch, Adam Samuel Goldman, James A. Smith, Chris Wilcha
Cinematographer: Adam Beckman
Screenwriter: Joe Beshenkovsky, Adam Samuel Goldman, Chris Wilcha
Editor: Joe Beshenkovsky, Claire Ave'Lallemant
Composer: Rafter Roberts, Adam Samuel Goldman