The Film

Don't Turn Your Back On Friday Night

From EP Tom Morello - meet former gravedigger and doorman Ike Reilly. At 40 years old he landed a major label recording contract and in true rock & roll fashion he bought his family a dream home. He took his band out on the road where they became what The New York Times called “one of the best live bands in America.” Despite 9 albums, a cult following and immense critical acclaim Reilly has not yet found widespread commercial success. Academy Award winning director James Marsh says, “Ike’s stuff sounds like it should be enormously successful and it just isn’t and I have no idea why.” Exploring Ike’s career, the film culls over 40 years of footage masterfully weaving in songs that reveal a complicated and formidable artist with an incredibly charismatic family. Struggling with booze and in the face of financial calamity, Ike finds redemption in music, art & family as his 3 sons begin performing with his band.

The Cast

Ike Reilly

Tom Morello

Rage Against The Machine

Dave Pasquesi


David Lowery

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven

Kara Dean

Ike Reilly's Wife

Johnny Hickman


Tony Fitzpatrick

Artist, Actor

Andrea Swennson

Music Critic

Shane Reilly

Oldest Son

Kevin Reilly

Middle Son

Mickey Reilly

Youngest Son

Hannah Stone


Phil Karnats

Ike Reilly Assasination - Guitar

Dave Cottini

Ike Reilly Assasination - Drums

Pete Cimbalo

Ike Reilly Assasination - Bass

Adam Krier

Ike Reilly Assasination - Organ

Tommy O'Donnell

Ike Reilly Assasination - Bass

Ed Tinley

Ike Reilly Assasination - Guitar

Mars Williams

Psychedelic Furs

Lin Brehmer


The Filmmakers

Mike Schmiedeler


Michael O'Brien


Tom Morello

Executive Producer

Pete Schnieder

Field Producer