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‘The Privates’ Shows What Happens When a Rock Band’s Music Literally Catches Fire

'The Privates' Shows What Happens When a Rock Band's Music Literally Catches Fire

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The Privates

Logline: A struggling rock band blows up amps, short-circuits breakers, and starts fires when they play their music.

Elevator Pitch: 
“The Privates” is a science fiction rock-and-roll comedy about the absurd frustrations and minor triumphs of an everyday rock band with a radioactive energy in their music they can’t control. Though talented, driven and full of promise, The Privates struggle with a mysterious power that blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and liquefies tape recorders when they attempt to play their own music. On the eve of their first (and possibly last) show, they have to decide whether to risk life, limb, and legacy for a 1:00 am slot on a Tuesday that could change everything (or nothing at all).

Production Team:
Dylan Allen – Writer/Director – “Epilogue,” “Same Same”
Eddy Vallante – Producer – “Actor Seeks Role” (dir. Michael Tyburski)
Matthew Perkins – Producer – “The Little Tin Man” (writer/director)
Evan Jake Cohen – Cinematographer – “The Wannabe,” (dir. Nick Sandow, EP by Martin Scorsese – [2nd Unit DoP])
Robert Grigsby Wilson – Editor – “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” (dir. David Lowry); “The Future,” (dir. Miranda July [Asst. Editor])
Erik Schuiten – Sound Design – “Epilogue,” (dir. Dylan Allen)

About the Film:
Inspired by the music of my all-time favorite band, The Privates, this film captures the tireless struggle of an unknown band today with a spirit and aesthetic that pay homage to the cult favorites of my youth. Although the real-life Nashville band was my jumping-off point, the characters and story are entirely fictional, allowing me to work in the sci-fi angle that my ’80s-kid heart desired and introduce a more diverse vision of an explosive indie rock band. This is the story I’ve been dying to tell for over a decade.

Current Status: Currently fundraising on Kickstarter.

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