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Back the Way We Came

Back the Way We Came frames a visual album of continually metamorphosing indie rock band The Prids.

The camera travels with the Prids as a tour mate, in their element, from family towns to lonesome taverns, from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, connecting dots as to what it is to live the dream dreamt differently.

In 2004, Portland filmmaker Sean Strauss witnessed the Prids, a band of wild horse stampedes and shark attacks and Fur Elise-esque lullabies..

While on tour in 2008, the Prids survived a van accident which usually marks the final curtain. Prids fans responded with fund raisers and a tribute album, getting the band back on the road and in the studio. The support network of The Prids is the cradle and impetus for Back the Way We Came, Strauss's first feature and result of a decade's worth of footage and friendship.

Back the Way We Came goes on tour with the Prids in support of the album that followed the accident, 2010's Chronosynclastic: Kurt Vonnegut's term in Sirens of Titan for "a strange dimension where everything becomes one and everything and one is right. Those who pass through it are able to see the past, present, and future all together." (Wiki)

Inspired by tough love low-budget music documentaries like Fugazi: Instrument and meeting people is easy, Back the Way We Came is a torn postcard from Oz, a cautionary tale of the storm inside the dream, and a time capsule of an impenetrable friendship; mates with a band on the beautiful, treacherous road.

  • Sean Strauss
  • Sean Strauss
  • The Prids
    Key Cast
  • The Soft Tags
    Key Cast
  • Sean Strauss
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 16 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Northwest Tracking Series
    Portland, OR
    January 29, 2015
Director Biography - Sean Strauss

Sean Strauss
1975 - present

Butterfly framing - live event, music video, documentary and narrative

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Director Statement

It started with beyond the infinite and ended with "a long time ago..."