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The Privates (2017)

An unknown rock band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music that blows up amps liquefies tape decks and starts electrical fires. On the eve of their first (and possibly last) show, they must decide whether to risk life, limb, and legacy for a 1 AM slot on a Tuesday. It could change everything...or nothing at all.

"The Privates" is this week's Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere! 

Short Film Festival: 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival, 2017 IFFBoston, 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest - Spring '17 - WINNER

Writer / Director: Dylan Allen

Producer: Eddy Vallante

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

Director of Photography: Evan Jake Cohen

Music: The Privates Original

Score: Dave Paulson

Editor: Robert Grigsby Wilson

Producer: Javier Gonzalez

Executive Producer: Matthew Perkins

Associate Producer: Mari Shiel

Production Design: Pinky Guest

Casting: Rebecca Dealy

Casting Assistants: Christy Escobar, Kristie Walsh

Costume Design: Megan Stark Evans


At rock shows, the unthinkable can happen. Bat heads are bitten off, stages collapse, drumsticks are jammed into orifices, and — if you’re lucky — the music has transformed you and the rest of the crowd. That live spontaneity creates a level of heightened excitement that is absent from pre-recorded music tracks and for director Dylan Allen, seeing his favorite rock band at a late night basement show in 2005 was the genesis for today’s Staff Pick Premiere, “The Privates.” As Allen explains it, that band was “the entire inspiration for the movie.” Pulling narrative cues from their lyrics and creating a fictional version of the band itself, Allen’s short tells the story of an aspiring, yet self-destructive rock band (The Privates) with a sci-fi twist. In the film, they aren’t destructive in the cliched sense of “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” Instead, their music literally causes destruction with a radioactive quality that blows up amps in their basement practice space, turns their demo tapes to goop, and even starts electrical fires.

The Privates Staff Pick Premiere

The rock and sci-fi narrative blend of “The Privates” is executed with incredible attention to detail that is a blast to watch. Allen and producer Eddy Vallante both grew up playing in bands and all the leads — Lilli Stein, Rachel Trachtenburg, Alex Herrald and Omar Maskati — learned the songs on their respective instruments to bring fantastic performances to the film. All this, blended with a rocking soundtrack courtesy of The Privates’ back catalog, results in a film that feels authentic and offers a unique commentary about the pursuit of a creative career in 2017.

The Privates Staff Pick Premiere

To Allen, “The self-destructive energy felt like an ideal metaphor for the frustration that all independent artists encounter while trying to do what they do when no one could care less.” So why bother trying to create anything? Especially when your craft requires you to put out fires along the way? The spirit of “The Privates” and the pursuit of unknown bands everywhere answers this question perfectly. Because trying to make anything creative with friends is fun, cool, and can result in amazingly unexpected things. Including radioactive fires. So, if you fall in love with “The Privates,” Allen encourages you to “not only expect a feature but demand it.” The feature-length script is done and the story only gets weirder from here.

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