Cambodian Indie Vietnam War-era Feature Film 'FREEDOM DEAL' Counters Lack of Local Production Financing With Country's First-Ever Feature Film Crowd Funding Campaign
Cambodian Vietnam War-era Feature Film 'FREEDOM DEAL' Counters Lack of Local Production Financing and Infrastructure With International Online 'Crowd Funding' Campaign, the First of its Kind for a Cambodia-Based Feature Film. The Historical Wartime Film, Which Includes Supernatural and Horror Elements, Takes Place During Nixon's 1970 US-ARVN 'Cambodian Incursion' as the US-Vietnam Conflict Expand
- (1888PressRelease) May 14, 2012 - A group of Khmer and Foreign filmmakers and artists, including a Cambodian Princess, US alt-rock legend Bob Lewis of the band DEVO, an award-winning US writer-director, and Golden Age 1960's Cambodian filmmaker Yvon Hem all have one thing in common.
They're working to get Cambodia's first homegrown crowd funded indie feature, 'Freedom Deal' off the ground, in a developing nation where film funding is virtually non-existent and crowd funding - common in the West and other developed filmmaking environments - is virtually unheard of.
Undaunted, a new crowd funding site for the film has just been launched at the popular international crowd funding portal, IndieGogo, at http://igg.me/p/101764?a=207478
'Freedom Deal' tells the story of a Cambodian youth and his fellow refugees, who flee the growing conflict on their border as the Vietnam war expands into Cambodia during Nixon's 1970 'Cambodian incursion'. On their way they evade horrific Cambodian ghosts, while rescuing a downed US aircrew and evading brutal Khmer Rouge guerillas.
Many US citizens remember the 1970 shootings of unarmed protesting students at Kent State as a turning point in the US involvement in the Vietnam war, leading to the eventual downfall of President Nixon himself.
But relatively few people in the US, and fewer still in Cambodia, realize that the Kent State protesters were expressing outrage at the Cambodian incursion depicted in 'Freedom Deal', a military action which had widely been seen as an expansion of the Vietnam War into the rest of Southeast Asia.
Writer-director Jason Rosette is quick to point out that ''Freedom Deal'' is not an 'Anti-American' movie, of the likes of some kind of 'Mai Lai' massacre.
"To the contrary, states Rosette, 'Freedom Deal' is an 'Anti-War' movie. It expresses, as a dramatization (with supernatural & horror elements) the well-researched and well-founded points of view of many diplomatic, civilian, and military personnel - US, Vietnamese, and Cambodian - that the war in Indochina had been ill-conceived and was needlessly costing hundreds of thousands of lives by 1970, the date that 'Freedom Deal' takes place.
To help promote the movie's development and production, Cambodian Princess Soma Norodom has been conducting local and regional outreach in order to share this important, but relatively unknown part of US-Cambodian history and to attract attention to the movie's cause.
The production has recently concluded a local casting session in Phnom Penh to secure the local talent needed to produce the short film adapted from the feature screenplay.
The producers are also now in discussions with several Los Angeles and New York-based agencies to attach name Western actors for the principal roles of US military characters who feature prominently in the story (aged 19-26).
"International co-producers are excited by this completely unique story and the obvious US tie-in, which will help the movie's performance in North America especially", states Rosette. "But, since we're planning to shoot in Cambodia and Thailand, folks abroad are still slightly risk averse until they can actually see we can put something on screen."
The Cambodian film production environment is still lacking in several key areas, and film production incentives (let alone rebates or grants), typical in Western and other developed nations, are not currently available.
On the other hand, local labor is inexpensive, Cambodian talent is capable, the locations in Cambodia are fresh and authentic, and the cinema industry is developing rapidly as international productions begin to shoot here more and more frequently. Advanced gear, if needed, can be brought from neighboring Bangkok, a 45 minute flight from Phnom Penh.
"Needless to say, a story about the US military involvement in Cambodia would most appropriately be shot in Cambodia", notes Rosette, though he adds that complex scenes, requiring heavy grip and lighting, pyrotechnics, and major mechanical FX may be more conveniently shot in neighboring Thailand.
Interested fans and supporters can l;earn more about this groundbreaking feature film, 'Freedom Deal' on IndieGogo, and help bring to fruition an untold story about a little known part of the US-Vietnam war...in Cambodia.