We're more than a QUARTER OF THE WAY (26%)
to our goal!
The Cambodian government has offered its full support in this cutting edge global film project, stating:
"I am very pleased having received the script of FREEDOM DEAL ”The Story of Samnang”. The Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion totally supports your initiation into film production.
A recent press release, seen here on PR Log, describes our growing efforts to get this project off the ground and rolling with even greater momentum than ever before.
There are unfortunately no government incentives, grants, or rebates to shoot in Cambodia; we are therefore now seeking to raise a total of $4700 through our IndieGogo crowd funding platform and other sources
Our goal at this stage is to make a 10-minute short film based on a logistically manageable section of the actual screenplay of FREEDOM DEAL, which can be produced on a limited budget.
This short will then be shown at international festivals and other relevant platforms and venues in order to leverage further funding for production of the feature film.
FREEDOM DEAL is not an ‘Anti-American’ movie of the likes of some kind of ‘Mai Lai Massacre’. Nor is it any kind of statement against other participants in the Indochinese conflict (French, Chinese, Russian, or otherwise)
To the contrary, FREEDOM DEAL is a GLOBAL ANTI-WAR MOVIE that demonstrates, from civilian refugee, as well as military perspectives, that armed conflict, now or in the past, is a solution of last resort that can devastate all participants for years to come
FREEDOM DEAL, a story taking place in Cambodia during the expansion of the US-Vietnam conflict during Nixon's 'Cambodian Incursion' has NEVER BEEN TOLD in a dramatized feature film format.
On top of this, we're planning to shoot it in Cambodia, a very challenging but rapidly developing environment, with local talent, local crew, and with principal Cambodian associates and co-directors to help make the movie as compelling and authentic as possible. (Some relevant regional and international crew and advisors will supplement the production team - see the current FREEDOM DEAL team HERE)
See a brief [5 min.] 'scene demo' below, shot in Cambodia, with some 1970's Vietnam and Cambodian archival combat footage included for education purposes to provide a ''look and feel" of the FREEDOM DEAL story:
LOGLINE: SPRING, 1970. As part of the escalating Vietnam War, a combined US & Army of South Vietnam military operation enters Cambodia to locate and destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries. A Cambodian youth named Samnang (‘Lucky’) rescues downed US soldiers, while evading horrific Cambodian ghosts and foiling Khmer Rouge guerillas, as he journeys to the safety of the provincial capital.
Our Financial Goal for FREEDOM DEAL short adaptation #1 - $4700 (*whatever funds are received in excess of this amount will be applied towards successive stages of production, including "short adaptation #2", and beyond as required, see below)
$4000 of this figure will go towards production: gear rental, grip, crew, expendables, etc. Principal Khmer and Foreign staff will receive the same basic fees.
Post production will be handled on a deferred basis by Camerado SE Asia using existing in-house editing gear, and this figure will not be factored into this budget
$700 of this figure will be used to master and replicate the short onto DVD, with festival application fees (typically $30-$50) and press kit materials gobbling up the remainder
Though not preferred, we can use existing in-house DSLR equipment with tripods only (no dollys/jib, etc), and limited grip and expendables. We'll sleep in hammocks instead of guesthouses if we need to. But we'll do whatever it takes to get this short 10-minute adaptation finished and circulating internationally to generate exposure, funding, and PR for the feature production of 'FREEDOM DEAL'.
HOWEVER: IF WE EXCEED our goal of $4700, we will apply this extra funding towards the next stage of our production strategy, which will include:
1) a separate, 2nd short film based on another section of the FREEDOM DEAL script (to be edited together with our other sections)
~ and/or ~
2) pending successful further funding based on our current short film effort, adaptation #1, the generation of sufficient funding to commence production of the full-length feature.
Here is a script excerpt, from our April 28, 2012 casting call for local Cambodian Participants (below):
YES: I want to contribute to this groundbreaking project!...but, besides being generous, what do I get out of it?
A 'video postcard' or phone call from Cambodia - depending on contribution level, which can include a reference to your company and a URL lower third for visitors to follow; see a few video 'thank you postcards below:
The satisfaction of knowing you have made a vital, DIRECT contribution to the revival of independent film making in Cambodia, which suffered a complete annihilation of all arts (including cinema) during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Fabulous PERKS, ranging from a limited edition DVD of the movie, a 'FREEDOM DEAL T-SHIRT', to an associate producer or even co-producer credit, and more!
- Thanks to Jim Zetwick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHLu75qAa_0
- Thanks to Sara Caldwell (again)! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9PBZqEvKlc
- Thanks to Tim Merrill! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1LvtygtvFo
- Thanks to Walter Gorey!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfMHpWfJ34
- Thanks to Sara Caldwell for her first contribution!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Wld7ZEjPg
- See a SECRETLY intercepted radio transmission from Cambodia that illuminates the absolute dedication of the FREEDOM DEAL team's fundraising efforts!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jWDEhwA-64
Interested co-production partners with a credible track record and IMDB are invited to contact us to discuss further participation; please EMAIL US with inquiries.
He has preferred to send direct contributions through our Secure PayPal Payment Portal; if you choose to remain "off the radar" like Rolando, please consider contibuting through this link.
METHOD 3) For US taxpayers, we can also offer 501 (c) 3 tax deductible contribution status through our longstanding, reputable partner, the Oakland, California based MEDIA ALLIANCE - (US taxpayers, make your tax-deductble contribution HERE)
Potential actor for the role of the Viet Cong guerilla, 'TRINH', attending the April 28, 2012 open call for FREEDOM DEAL.
FREEDOM DEAL writer-director Jason Rosette screen tests potential local talent
Princess Soma Norodom, Ratha Tieng, Colleague of Ratha, and coordinator Phun Sokunthearith at the 1st open casting session for FREEDOM DEAL in Phnom Penh
Now we need your help to achieve the next milestone!
Contribute, either financially, through in-kind services, or technical advice and consultation, at our crowdfunding portal at IndieGogo
Cambodian screen names Tep Rindaro (L) and legendary Cambodian actress Dy Saveth with FREEDOM DEAL writer-director J Rosette (R). Both actors have expressed interest in the project.
The more complex and expensive vehicle and pyrotechnics-intensive components of FREEDOM DEAL, with name Western attachments sought (ages 19-26) for the roles of two principal US Army GI characters - including disaffected, 'redneck philosopher' and peacenick Private "Shaky" Griffith - will be produced later pending forthcoming budget components. A list of preferred, bankable talent is available to credible co-production partners.
Current talent for main protagonist, SAMNANG; here seen in a clip from existing scene demo
Potential sidekick of SAMNANG, named ROAT