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THE PRIVATES - still #1


NY Premiere

Director: Dylan Allen

United States, 2016, 12 min

Shooting Format:RED

Festival Year:2017

Category:Narrative Short

Cast:Lilli Stein, Omar Maskati, Rachel Trachtenburg, Alex Herrald

Crew:Producers: Eddy Vallante, Javier Gonzelez - Screenwriters: Dylan Allen - Composer: Dave Paulson - Cinematographer: Evan Jake Cohen - Editor: Robert Grigsby Wilson - Casting Director: Rebecca Dealy - Production Designer: Pinky Guest - Costume Designer: Megan Stark Evans - Make-Up / Hair: Lexan Rosser


A band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music they can't control.

About the director

Dylan Allen is the founder of Amalgamated Picture Co, an award-winning production house based in Brooklyn, NY. His short film Epilogue premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured on Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, Fast Company, The Atlantic, io9, United Airlines, Film Shortage and NoBudge, where it was the most watched film of 2014. He is a card-carrying member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.


Filmmaker's note

The Privates is a sci-fi rock-and-roll comedy about the absurd frustrations and minor triumphs of an unknown rock band with a radioactive energy in their music they can't control. 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 Privates is inspired by, and features the music of, the Nashville band of the same name. Though the characters, story, and world are fictional, this film is the eventual result of a very real late-night basement show in 2005.

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