A 2015 court order called for all officers of the NYPD to attend back to basics “Sensitivity Training” sessions. These sessions introduced groundbreaking new concepts such as: Don’t be racist, don’t mock others and don’t hassle people for no reason. Colored Blind follows Tom and Slater, two NYPD officers, as they parse through these new principles and attempt to apply them on the streets of Brooklyn. A contemporary, comedic satire, future episodes will test Tom and Slater’s desire to be “good cops” in a city where the only thing that holds us together is how different we are.
To ‘Serve and Protect’ just got a little more sensitive.
Borrowing from the rich tradition of silent comedy comes a new slapstick series. Conceived by Wayne Wilson and filmmaker Jesse Roesler, this series is a playful look at a day in the life of pick-pocket Willie Jones. In this pilot episode, enjoy Willie’s romp through Minneapolis where he gets literally entangled with the girl of his dreams while running from the law. But will he escape her father’s mafioso goons and will he dare follow his heart across an ocean? This first episode, created in collaboration with Franco Dragone, sets the table for the continuing adventures of Mr. Jones across the world, combining the best of American physical comedy with the “fish out of water” pleasures of a travelogue.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted” -Chaplin
Land of Kings follows Jonathan Patterson, a 30 year old, over-educated, unemployed writer new to both New York City and the daily struggles of making it his home. With only a few months of security, Jonathan's finances tighten up and a new reality sets in. Through this first season Jonathan discovers friendships in a new community, fights the small battles of everyday life, and pursues his dream of becoming a celebrated author in a city that will make and break you.
“Sometimes you have to strap your balls to the wall.”
Borrowing from the rich tradition of silent comedy comes a new slapstick series. Conceived by Wayne Wilson and filmmaker Jesse Roesler, this series is a playful look at a day in the life of pick-pocket Willie Jones.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted” -Chaplin
Performance. Social Relevance. The necessity of storytelling for a hungry generation. Dedicated to creation, collaboration, and execution, 668 Productions generates original content of the highest quality for Web, Television and Film Distribution.
WAYNE WILSON is a highly sought after American producer, actor and writer who has been at the forefront of physical comedic creation and performance across the globe for the past 10 years. Most recently, Wayne was hired to design and perform in Franco Dragone’s $400 million Han Show in China. Other Notable works include Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, Banana Shpeel, Zarkana, Michael Jackson ONE, Franco Dragone’s Le Reve, NBC's America’s Got Talent and Francois Girard’s upcoming feature film, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates. Currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Wayne has gathered an accomplished community of artists from all aspects of production and is proud to introduce 668 Productions: A New Crown Heights Film Company.
WILLIAM STURDIVANT is an American actor, writer, and producer who has been creating original content since 2009. As a classical actor, Will has performed to critical acclaim in theatre productions across the country including the Guthrie Theater’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like it, The Acting Company’s Julius Caesar, Henry V and The Pearl Theater’s Henry IV, Part 1. Will attended the Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and studied at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the National Theatre of London. He was the Associate Artistic Director of New American Theatre Project, a company dedicated to classical storytelling. As a co-founder of 668 Productions, Will can currently be seen in the new play, Verano Place as part of the NYC 2015 International Fringe Festival.
MATTHEW AMENDT is one this generation's leading classical actors, playing title roles in many of America’s great theaters. Notable credits include the Guthrie Theater’s The Great Gatsby, Peer Gynt w/Mark Rylance, His Girl Friday w/Angela Bassett, HVSF’s Hamlet, The Acting Company’s Henry V, Red Bull Theater’s Tis’ Pity She’s a Whore, Shakespeare Theater's Henry IV, Theater for New Audience’s Tamburlaine, and PBS mini-series The Mystery of Matter. Awards include the 2014 Emery Battis Award for the role of Prince Hal opposite Stacy Keach in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, the 2008 IVEY Award for his first foray into playwriting, The Comedian’s Tragedy, and the first recipient of the Joe Dowling Fellow in Residence at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, where he wrote, studied, and lived with some of Ireland's best dramatists, poets, and writers.
The importance of creation and constant collaboration remains at the heart of 668 Productions. In addition to our featured shorts and films we will continue to update our collection of digital sketches for your viewing pleasure.
The Drummer Boys of the Wildcat Regiment band used to be famous, or as close to it as you can get, in the world of Civil War Re-enactors. Twenty years ago the NY Times did a story on five boys playing drums while wearing wool in July, a soap company decided they'd make a great commercial, and the rest was history. When the death of Patrick, the only drummer boy to make good on his childhood fame, brings the guys back together with a last request, it seems like a better life is within reach - if they can find a way to forgive or forget. A dark comedy filled with slapstick, drama, and more Civil War Re-enactors than you can shake a rifle at, WILDCAT takes a hilarious, harsh look at what the past means to the present; regret; and if you could go back again, whether or not you should.
Photos by Maren Searle
Founded by three Presidential Scholars in the Arts, 668 Productions is a new film company with one principle always at the core of its process - Take action and finish what you start. Whether it’s WILLIE JONES, a coffee shop idea originally created in 24 hours on the frozen river banks of Minneapolis or COLORED BLIND, our latest comedic satire filmed on the sweltering streets of Brooklyn - the same goal has always been true. We believe in the power of humor and the strength of our stories, well told. We believe in demanding the best of ourselves and our collaborators. We believe in creating content that inspires and challenges in equal measure. Our process may evolve, but these ideals will always hold true.
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