PRELUDE TO ANARCHY follows four contemporary stories signaling the hilarious end of capitalism. Its chapters are Love, Work, Food, and Property.
One might call PRELUDE TO ANARCHY an anthology, but to the ambitious it’s a playbook. Its four chapters share characters, but more importantly, they trace how revolution grows fractally – sowed in the artist’s bedroom to one day fell our banking system.
As late capitalism sinks deeper into nationalism and environmental disregard, what comes next? A movie can’t start a revolution, but at least we can share one farcical vision of how the very near future could unfold.
“…by trying to learn the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities, by freeing herself from the fear of public opinion and public condemnation. Only that, and not the ballot, will set woman free…”
– Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays
“Joanne Never Wanted to be Polyamorous”
Joanne, a polycurious performance artist, persuades her two boyfriends to share her. Unwilling, they spy on each other, adopting the other’s traits in hopes of being enough for Joanne. Finally, Joanne can’t support their insecurities and seeks refuge in her female friends, namely Agnes.
“An anarchist is someone who doesn’t need a cop to make him behave.”
– Ammon Hennacy, The Book of Ammon
“Man Police Man”
To gain favor among his lady colleagues, Robert teaches the office misogynist how to behave. Sadly, the only friend he gains is his newly reformed co-worker.
“Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
– Emma Lazarus, 1883
“Help Hump Hemp”
When Agnes stays the summer with an intentional community to work the hemp harvest, she discovers the farm doubles as training ground for environmental militants.
“The landlord owes his riches to the poverty of the peasants, and the wealth of the capitalist comes from the same source.”
– Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread
“Fund the Matriarchy”
Billionaire heiress Abigail Ashe hires a feminist assistant to inspire her out of CBD-induced lethargy. Granting her young assistant unparalleled access, the assistant embezzles millions for charity, including certain revolutionary activities on a hemp farm.
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Writer/Director – David Brundige
David Brundige wrote and directed IFC’s THE PROSPECTS, an award-winning feature comedy about an amateur thief who falls for his victim’s Jamaican nurse, now airing internationally on the Sundance Channel. Along with David’s recent festival short Haircut, which was a Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week, David has directed pilots concerning a cranky Princeton film professor (Marc Maron) and the shadowy life of autograph hounds (Eric Edelstein, Jake Johnson, Derek Waters). In addition to directing, David has participated in shows at SSSLA and Kayne Griffin Corcoran galleries and is currently editing the feature drama BEAST BEAST for director Danny Madden and Vanishing Angle Productions.
David’s political activism includes working with embedded film crews at Standing Rock and Occupy Wall Street, creating a “get-out-the-vote” video to successfully flip CA-25, and helping uncover Breitbart’s secret Los Angeles headquarters. David also wrote for Flavorwire Magazine about forging a badge to attend Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, and once orchestrated a West Hollywood Sheriff Department sting operation to retrieve his stolen camera. His new feature comedy PRELUDE TO ANARCHY follows four contemporary stories signaling the hilarious end of capitalism.