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 Privatesoffers 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