is a new MUSICAL COMEDY/DRAMA about three solo-artists who collide at the same crossroads and discover harmony. Thus is born “RGB” (at least until they come up with a better band name) and what follows is their roller-coaster-ride journey across America for a one last shot at musical glory. Starring real-life bandmates RICH PRICE, GREG NAUGHTON & BRIAN CHARTRAND of THE SWEET REMAINS (50 Million Spotify plays), the film was inspired by their real-life experiences together and made over several years in between tours and other releases.
On February 26th, 2021 "The Independents" debuted at LAEMMLE THEATRES and ANGELIKA CINEMAS for a limited "virtual cinema" run. Then on March 9th it made its general release (available most everywhere you get your On Demand movies). And the accolades are pouring in:
"A WARM & WELCOMING CELEBRATION OF MUSIC" - The L.A. Times
"A TERRIFIC LOVE LETTER TO STRUGGLING MUSICIANS" - Fox 5 San Diego
"AN EXTREMELY ENGAGING FILM!"
- The Hollywood Reporter
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Greg Naughton wrote the screenplay for "The Independents" inspired by his experiences with real-life bandmates, Rich Price and Brian Chartrand of THE SWEET REMAINS. Because the songs in the film create the arc of the storytelling, Naughton ultimately asked Price & Chartrand to play "themselves" in the film so that they could present this story about songwriting and performing as authentically as possible, filming the musical numbers "live" to camera wherever possible. After raising the money and assembling a production team with producers Dorottya Mathe and Jonathan Burkhart, the film was shot in several stints between the band's other commitments .
"The Independents" debuted at the SANTA BARBARA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL where the Hollywood Reporter hailed it "An unconventional and sharply written (film), that proves there are plenty of ways to satisfy audiences." It then won the jury prize for BEST FEATURE FILM at the Omaha Film Festival and went on to win audiences and plaudits at more top U.S. festivals including Deadcenter Film Fest, Dallas International Film Fest, Virginia Film Fest, Naples International Film Fest, and The Mill Valley Film Festival.
THE INDEPENDENTS was written & directed by GREG NAUGHTON Produced by GREG NAUGHTON, DOROTTYA MATHE & JONATHAN BURKHART Featuring RICHARD KIND, BOYD GAINES, GEORGE WENDT, KELLI O'HARA, KEIRA NAUGHTON, CHRIS SULLIVAN & JAMES NAUGHTON. FULL CAST & CREW (imdb) (film running time: 1hr 37 min)
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