Making SONG OF BACK AND NECK was a real-life crash course in indie filmmaking for The Office writer,producer, showrunner, and actor Paul Lieberstein. Not only did he direct this pitch-perfect comedy, but he also wrote the screenplay and starred as Fred, the film’s well-meaning and naïve antihero. Though SONG OF BACK AND NECK is Lieberstein’s first feature film, this multiple Emmy Award winner has had a brilliant career in television. In addition to his work on The Office (2005-2013), Lieberstein worked as a writer for Clarrisa Explains It All (1991-1994), Weird Science (1994-1998), The Naked Truth (1995-1998), and King of the Hill (1997-2010). He then moved on to producing shows like The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004), The Bernie Mac Show (2001-2006), and The Newsroom (2012-2014)
Jennifer Prediger, who filmgoers may recognize from her role in Alex Karpovsky’s Gotham Award nominated meta-comedy Red Flag (and her appearance at GPJFF33), produced Lieberstein’s film. In addition to Red Flag (2012), Prediger’s other indie credits include leading roles in The Foxy Merkins (2013), A Teacher (2013), and Pollywogs (2013). Prediger also co-directed, co-wrote, and starred in Apartment Troubles (2014), her directional debut with collaborator Jess Weixler. Her films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and the Rotterdam Film Festival.