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A struggling rock band blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and starts fires when they play their music.
A struggling rock band blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and starts fires when they play their music.
A struggling rock band blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and starts fires when they play their music.
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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 are haunted by a mysterious power that blows up amps, shorts circuit 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).

Conceived in the nostalgic spirit of the original-concept adventures of our youth, The Privates offers a unique blend of genres and conceits, combining the attitude and energy of a rock and roll movie with the spectacle of a science fiction adventure. The film explores themes of ambition, perfectionism, popularity, personal safety, compromise and the subjectivity of success. It has respiration masks, electrical fires, jumpsuits, geiger counters, lightning, and guitars. It is also funny.

The film is inspired by and features the music of the Nashville-based band of the same name. Though the characters, story, and world are fictional, this film is the eventual result of a late-night basement show in 2005.

SPECIAL POINT OF CONSIDERATION:

A stand-alone short film in its own right, The Privates is also a proof-of-concept for a feature film. Elements of the feature have been pared down to craft a more satisfying conclusion to the short while still offering an introduction to a larger world.

The team has been working together in various combinations since 2004. They are all graduates of Emerson College, except Matt, who ruined this paragraph for the rest of us. 

on SAME SAME (SHORT, 2012):

on EPILOGUE (SHORT, 2014):

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS + SCREENINGS:

HONORS & AWARDS:

The Reservoir (Teleplay Pilot):
Semifinalist - 2015 Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab
Second Place - 2015 Williamsburg International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Honorable Mention - 2014 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Quarterfinalist - 2014 Screencraft Pilot Launch

Risks and challenges

While filmmaking is a complex and inherently risky endeavor, here at Amalgamated Picture Co we finish what we start. The Privates will shoot in the first half of 2016, targeting a release in Fall 2016. We will be providing intermittent up-to-the minute reports from the front and invite all of our contributing underfunder fighters (UFFs) to follow our progress.

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    Fresh-faced graduates of the Amalgamated Underfunder Fighter Training Program. Thank you for taking this important step in eradicating underfunded short filmmaking.

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    Top-tier cadets who exhibit an aptitude for underfunder fighter leadership and vision.

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    DEPUTY DIRECTOR

    Supervises battalion chiefs and develops initiatives for mid- to long-range underfunded short film reduction.

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    -Extra role in The Privates (must be available in NYC area during shoot)
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    Enforces district-wide UFF protocols, manages budgets and traditionally throws the first pitch at the UFF interregional softball game.

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    Commanders of the UFF legions, keepers of the UFF battle standard, stewards of the underfunded, lights in the darkness. Pre-approved for Amalgamated sainthood.

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    -Executive Producer credit on film (and listed on IMDb)
    -Receive a jumpsuit worn in the film by the band member of your choice (first-come, first-serve)
    -Inspire the UFF legions by taking over our Instagram account for a day
    -Sit with the Amalgamated team at NYC premiere
    -4 tickets to the NYC premiere and reception (food, travel & lodging not included)

    *Due to current availability of jumpsuits, legions and battle standards, limit of 4.

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