Justin Mitchell, director of the West Coast-themed music documentary Songs for Cassavetes, focuses on the East Coast for the film Dirty Old Town. This documentary specifically features indie rockers Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at The Village Voice's Siren Music Festival in Coney Island on July 19, 2003. The film includes performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. Mitchell uses a variety of film formats this time, including digital video and 16 mm film. The documentary captures an entire live set along with personal conversations and on-location images. Songs include "Parallel or Together?," "Timorous Me," and "Biomusicology" from the 2001 album The Tyranny of Distance on Lookout records. Also included are songs from the 2003 release Hearts of Oak.