Release Date: 2013
At 28, Nick may not love working for his tyrannical boss at an upstart music company, but getting smashed with his pals and going to punk rock concerts gets him by…that is until his girlfriend dumps him for being a slacker. Nick realizes that if he wants to make something of himself – and get the girl – it’s now or never. He rallies his friends to covertly piggyback his new company on his boss’s server, launching a revolutionary music movement and more importantly, for the first time, taking charge of his life. From the director of “Punk’s Not Dead” and the producers of “Balls to the Wall” (dir. Penelope Spheeris) and “Brick” (dir. Rian Johnson).
If you like films such as “Reality Bites” or “Empire Records”, you’ll love this.
Hollywood, 2011: NICK is a creative punk of the “Why?” Generation, but doesn’t have the drive to see his ideas through. He works for Korgan Digital, a tech-savvy firm run by an utterly evil wunderkind, MITCHELL KORGAN, who has made Korgan Digital into a powerhouse in town. Napoleon complex in full effect, Mitchell savors intimidating his employees and dominating everyone he encounters. Fortunately, some of his employees have had enough of his attitude, and prepare to launch a competing entertainment company from within his empire.
These employees, Nick, Brendan, Donna, Jessie and Sammy, are a renegade group of Hollywood punk rock kids who work the overnight shift at Korgan Digital.
Nick is driven to succeed after his ex-girlfriend, Jessie, leaves him to follow pop-punk sellout band, Spent. With the help of his fellow employees, Nick and friends use Korgan’s resources, adding their own creativity and guile to start BlankTV, an underground operation that aims to knock Korgan Digital off the top of the heap, and restore indie/punk music to its roots, the people. BlankTV plays off the mainstreaming of underground music and culture, to champion the independent spirit of punk rock and start a new youth movement that emanates from the underground without exploiting it.
As BlankTV starts to grow, Nick and Donna start to move beyond the “friend zone”. When it looks like things are finally going Nick’s way, Mitchell’s underhanded resources sweep the rug from under their feet. Now Nick must find a way to rescue his company, have his revenge, save the music, and get the girl; with a little help from punk rock, of course.
“Blank Nation” is based loosely on the true story of BlankTV.com, the Internet’s largest punk, indie and alternative music video channel.
Directed By: Susan Dynner
Written By: Smitty Smith
Produced By: Susan Dynner, Tara L. Craig