Saturday, March 18, 2006

Death Threat Surrounding SUSAN HERO!!

Don't have much time to post, but I had an intense discussion the other day with a representative from one of the local missionary groups here (many of these in Cambodia), and the guy had somehow heard about SUSAN HERO, Camerado's newly completed feature -- see for trailer, etc

Anyway, as you may or may not know, SUSAN HERO deals with human cloning on a very non-sci fi, down to earth "what if" level. This cloning element does not sit nicely with most religious groups as you can imagine.

So this guy stops by to chat, after "learning" about my movie from some source he refused to identify. And we sat and talked for a while, and gradually it became apparent why he'd stopped by: his group disagreed with the message of SUSAN HERO and they would prefer that I do not move forward with the release of the movie!

Well I firmly but politely told him that there would be no way I could not release the movie now. Besides, I told him, the movie is a valid comment on our time, and it holds some social issue significance as well.

He sort of gave me a weird look, a very intense, quivering sort of expression on his face. He stood there for a long time, giving me this weird look, not moving. I shrugged and showed him the door...

A couple days later, I'm riding near my office at night and I hear what sounds like a large firecracker, but far more percussive -- definitely a gunshot. Almost simultaneously, I feel a jolt which sort of lifts me a little from the motorcycle.

Not knowing what was up, I headed back to my office and switched on the lights outside to take a look--

A bullet had passed right through the seat of the moto.

I suspect very strongly that it was the missionary, opr at least one of his coolies. I would say that I knew it was his handiwork, except that I didn't actually see him.

So now, what to do: hold back on the release of the movie, or throw caution to the wind and let it loose? I think the latter, but at what price?