Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FREEDOM DEAL, Supernatural Vietnam War-era Historical Cambodian Drama, Now on VOD at REELHOUSE

'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky', Camerado's new supernatural historical drama set in Cambodia in 1970 during the US-Vietnam War's 'Cambodia Incursion' - and told, strikingly from an Asian point of view - is now available on home use VOD on REELHOUSE.


Due to numerous ongoing worldwide requests,  FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, the first-ever dramatization of a never before seen intersection of Western-Asian history is now being made available on Home Use VOD (Video on Demand) simultaneous to its ongoing festival and academic/library circulation.

While the ideal environment for this striking genre-busting Asian movie remains the theatrical large screen (*see http://www.freedomdealmovie.com/ for screening schedules) a superb alternative for folks without access to the movie in a festival environment, or who don't want to wait to see it, is available now on sparkling HD on REELHOUSE.

This unique Cambodian Southeast Asian multi-festival selected film is best seen in a group theatrical environment with full frame HD; so, check the 'FREEDOM DEAL' website at http://www.freedomdealmovie.com to keep an eye on screening dates as well.

FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky
A Camerado SE Asia Production
A movie by J "Jack RO" Rosette

Sunday, June 16, 2013

'FREEDOM DEAL' a New Movie by Camerado Southeast Asia FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky', (RT 25:00 Release 2013), an historical dramatic movie made in Cambodia Southeast Asia and set in 1970 during the US-Vietnam conflict's 'Cambodia Incursion', has been selected to the following festival events:

2013 San Antonio Film Festival (USA)

2013 A Film for Peace Film Festival (ITALY)

Others Pending & Added As They Are Announced...

Get more info about FREEDOM DEAL @

A Camerado SE Asia Production

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Documentary, BOOKWARS on DVD with PPL (Public Performance License)

The pioneering documentary, BOOKWARS, available for libraries and institutions with PPL (Public Performance License)

$169.99 Includes PPR (PUBLIC PERFORMANCE LICENCE) For Institutions & Libraries: See License Details Below    Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=186epIJFQFk

Buy now from Amazon/Createspace @ https://www.createspace.com/260556

SUBJECTS and NICHES: Social Justice * Arts & Culture * Books & Literature * Urban Studies * Community * American Studies 

Contact camerado@camerado.com to view an online screener before purchase

Some Street Language
Suitable for High School and Up [PG-13]


BOOKWARS  Documentary, 79 min. with Extras

"Superb...mesmerizing" NY Film Critics Circle
"Hilarious...fascinating" The New Yorker
"Terrific" LA Times
"RECOMMENDED" - Library Journal

IFP Gotham Award Nominee

SYNOPSIS: the gritty world of New York City street booksellers told in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique  perspectives on life.

Made on location on the streets of New York by a New York City street bookseller during then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's 'quality of life' campaign, 'BookWars' is a pioneering first-person documentary made about the public forum of New York and the USA during that transitional time.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS: New York Underground Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Kansas City Film Jubilee, Seattle 911 Media Arts, Facets Chicago, the Freedom Forum, Museum of Modern Arts, and many more

BROADCASTS: Arte/ZDF, NHK, SVT (Sweden), PBS, Bravo, Metrochannels, Cinemapop & more

SUBJECTS and NICHES: Social Justice * Arts & Culture * Books & Literature * Urban Studies * Community * American Studies 


(Matt Seitz, New York Film Critics Circle) 
" In BookWars, a superb nonfiction film by first-time feature director Jason Rosette, books are more than sources of knowledge. They are merchandise that’s appraised, bought and sold. They’re also artifacts, sometimes clean and intact but more often damaged, whose condition at the point of sale says plenty about the conscientiousness of the seller. Most of all, they’re an addictive substance." See complete review @ http://www.bookwarsmovie.com/reviews_pr/page4/page4.html

(Kevin Thomas, LA Times)
"The Laemmle Theaters' "Documentary Days" continues Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Sunset 5 with Jason Rosette's terrific "BookWars," in which he reveals the world of his fellow used booksellers who line a stretch of pavement on Manhattan's West 4th Street in Greenwich Village and around the corner on the Avenue of the Americas. Free spirits who've dropped out of the rat race for various reasons, all are striking individuals, some decidedly eccentric. 

See complete review @ http://www.bookwarsmovie.com/reviews_pr/page2/page2.html

(Michael Agger, The New Yorker) 
A gritty, low-fi documentary about Manhattan's street booksellers which abounds in fascinating detail. The director and narrator, Jason Rosette, shows how bookselling is the kissing cousin of another urban art form: drug dealing. Both require a knowledge of profitable corner locations, an experienced eye for for potential addicts, and a steady supply of mood-altering substances. In the case of books, you want to be holding works by Carlos Casteneda and Kurt Vonnegut, perennial best sellers on the street. It's a hardscrabble existence: most street booksellers do not vend stolen books; they rely on church fairs, garbage-picking, and the state of New Jersey-"land of the two dollar book." 

Unlike most war pics, the underdogs don't win in the end: Mayor Giuliani's quality-of-life campaign dispersend much of the community captured here.
See complete review @ http://www.bookwarsmovie.com/reviews_pr/page6/page6.html

See all reviews, presskit, and more @ http://www.bookwarsmovie.com/reviews_pr/page0.html


This purchase includes a non-assignable, non-transferable license agreement granting public performance rights (PPR) for classroom, organizational, institutional, or library use by the acquiring puchaser for non-paying audiences only.

TERM of LICENSE: PPR license is the life of the originating DVD

Contact Camerado at camerado@camerado.com with inquiries regarding other uses, Digital Site License, commercial exhibition, or to request an online screener link.

'BookWars' is produced by Camerado

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'BURMA BONG' & Other Short Asian Movies now on DVD & VOD

Viral Stoner Classic, 'BURMA BONG' and other great short movies from Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar by filmmaker Jason Rosette (aka Jack RO) now available on DVD and VOD!

Physical DVD-R with Custom artwork Only $9.99

Both DVD & Virtual DVD Collection Includes:

1) CRAB LADIES - Cambodia, 2011 (Running Time 10:30) 
A dreamlike, impressionistic portrait of crab selling ladies of coastal Cambodia. ** Official Festival Selection, Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival ** 
2) MYSTERIOUS WORKERS ATOP BOKOR MOUNTAIN  - Cambodia 2012 (Running Time 5:30) 
The old French colonial hill station atop Bokor mountain in Cambodia is currently being renovated (in 2012) into a modern mega-resort and casino. All that remains of the old hill station are a few dilapidated structures...and a curious UFO-shaped tower. An army of mysterious workers silently construct the new project - but are they being subliminally guided by the UFO-shaped object? 
3) BANGKOK TRAFFIC - Thailand, 2012 (Running Time 2:10) 
Gorgeous and surreal time lapse based movie featuring traffic flow patterns in Bangkok, Thailand. Composed of thousands of individual high resolution photos - requiring 24 photos for a single second of video. ** Official Selection, 2013 Florida Film Festival ** 
4) BURMA BONG - Myanmar (Running Time 10:16) 
A group of hikers leave their passports behind, take a shotgun and a rifle, and head into the remote forests of Myanmar. Once in Burma, a pair of kindly rangers make a bong from bamboo in the surrounding forest and fire it up...demonstrating the ultimate in 'green travel' 
5) I'M SORRY I FORGOT - Cambodia, 2010 (Running Time 1:00) 
A cameraman, an orangutan...and a missed meal! 
** Official Selection Florida Film Festival / Official Selection New Filmmakers NYC ** 

See & share 'Burma Bong' by itself 
(without other movies) below...

All Movies Produced in SE Asia by Camerado SE Asia / www.camerado.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

An iTunes Logo for Filmmakers

An iTunes Logo for FILMMAKERS

While poking around online for an iTunes logo for independent filmmakers, I noticed there wasn't much besides the standard iTunes logo for musicians - nothing specifically geared for filmmakers selling their movies on iTunes. 

So, I decided to make an iTunes logo first and foremost to promote the purchase of our feature road movie, 'Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero' and 'BookWars' on iTunes.

iTunes logo for filmmakers and independent films

Feel free to download and use this custom iTunes logo for filmmakers - if you enjoy this logo, kindly make a contribution in any amount to our ongoing creative services for indie filmmakers

Notice that the URL for the movie is at a diminished opacity, so filmmakers can take this iTunes logo and overwrite that section with their own URL quite easily.

Contact us at camerado@camerado.com with any inquiries

Monday, February 04, 2013

Camerado's SE Asian time lapse short, BANGKOK TRAFFIC, accepted to the 2013 Florida Film Festival

ANNOUNCING: Camerado's SE Asian time lapse short, BANGKOK TRAFFIC, accepted to the 2013 Florida Film Festival! (with other movies still pending).

Help us get our newest Asian movie, the US-Vietnam War era drama made in Cambodia, FREEDOM DEAL, below, into worldwide festivals - support global indie film @ http://www.indiegogo.com/Freedom-Deal-Festivals

Sunday, February 03, 2013

CamboFest's 2009 Re-Discovery and Revival of a Vintage Cinema in Southeast Asia, 'The Royal' in Kampot, Cambodia

Just back from Kampot, Cambodia, location of the historic CAMBOFEST, Cambodia Film Festival (www.cambofest.com), 3rd edition, where CamboFest staffers re-discovered and revived the once popular vintage Cambodian cinema house, the ROYAL (established in 1955 or so)

As seen in previous coverage from that CamboFest event, the Royal had been unused since 1986, and had been completely forgotten by most, including all long time expatriates in the region. However, many older Cambodian Kampot residents remembered the old vintage cinema house very well.

In 2009, CamboFest staffers including coordinator Phun Sokunthearith (Mr. Tol) and founder/co-organizer Jason Rosette had stumbled upon the old venue while searching for reputed vintage cinema houses in the area.

Among those venues visited were two of the other original cinema halls in Kampot, the Makara ('January') and the Santhapeap ('Friendship'). However, the Royal did not stand out as a cinema house at first: it was being used as a water jug storage arehouse and only the latticed deco marqui hinted at its former role as a movie house.

Thus, Mr. Rosette and Mr. Tol sleuthed out the family who still lived in the former venue, and met with Mr. Chea Sokan and his wife, Mrs. Sim Mala.

Reviving the old cinema house had not been accomplished previously, and it had remained completely unused as a venue since 1989 when it was last shuttered.  Thus, there was some hesitation at first, as well as any lack of formal workflow regarding the approval process with the local Privincial governor's officer or the Ministry of Culture and Fine Art in Phnom Penh.

After many many meetings over the course of several months, the family agreed to allow the festival to take place in the 'Royal' if the proper permissions could be obtained from the Cambodian authorities.

A vigorous stretch of grass roots fundraising commenced. After many meetings with local authorities, some interesting and startling intrigue occurred within the local political sphere and foreigner-dominated art scene, which seemed to arise from a mixture of contemporary (foreigner-dominated) art world rivalry, mingled with the awakening of a long-latent antipathy coming from the former owners of the now-defunct Makara cinema house, which had been one of the original competitors of the Royal long ago.

With a significant amount of out of pocket expenses balanced by the generosity of worldwide contributors and a modest grant from the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, the 3rd annual CamboFest Cambodia Film Festival succeeded for the very first time in bringing the vintage Cambodian cinema house, The Royale, back to life once again!

This brings us to the present: since the original 2009 grass-roots, bootstrapping revival of the vintage cinema house, 'The Royal' by CamboFest staffers Mr. Tol, Jason Rosette and others for the CamboFest, Cambodia Film Festival, several more film & cultural related efforts have taken place at the Royal, solidifying the venue's undisputed revival as a functioning cultural venue once again.

February 2013: Two recent Cambodian-based movie projects which have utilized
or which will soon utilize the Royal for production and exhibition; with Mr. Sokun, proprietor of the Royal
February 2013: Camerado SE Asia filmmaker (and CamboFest founder), Jason Rosette, with sunburn (L) and the Sokun family - owners of the old Royal cinema house which has found a new life since its revival at the CamboFest Cambodia Film Festival

March, 2016 Update: Kampot based arts organization, Epic Arts, chooses to use 'The Royal' as the venue for its dance performance, 'Come Back Brighter'. Although CamboFest had invited Epic Arts to participate in the original 2009 CamboFest event, Epic Arts had declined at the time, citing a 'clashing' event in Phnom Penh at the time (*see the Photo Phnom Penh event, below)

Ironically, seven years after the 2009 invitation to participate in the revival of the 'Royal' for the CamboFest event, Epic's use of the venue for their dance performance 'Come Back Brighter' was hailed by the Phnom Penh Post as a 'cultural coup'. 

It's notable in comparison that in 2009, the Phnom Penh Post's then-CEO Michel Dauguet had broken the Cambodian press law by refusing to correct a fake ad placed by malicious pranksters which was designed to derail the revival of 'The Royal' and the CamboFest festival event: it was a prank ad which announced the supposed 'cancellation' of the festival.
Mr. Dauguet's apparent intention was to utilize the Post as a vehicle to insulate the Phnom Penh based Photo Phnom Penh photography festival, organized by the Institut fran├žais, from a perceived threat from the CamboFest movie festival which was happening at the same time in Kampot. (*hence the 'clashing', to quote the words of one of the proprietors of Epic Arts). This perception of 'clashing' remained, despite the fact that our event was taking place in another city altogether (Kampot), and that the dates for the revival of the Royal had been established more than a year in advance, before any other events in Cambodia had set theirs. 

Additional motivations were undoubtedly amplified by long standing, assumed cultural mandates of the Institut fran├žais and related actors who share similar interests in Cambodia.

For instance, despite requests from the PAS / public affairs officer at the US Embassy, Phnom Penh, (at the time, this was PAO John Johnson; the US Embassy was a sponsor of CamboFest at the time) and CamboFest founder Jason Rosette, Mr. Dauguet failed to follow the Cambodian press law requiring an immediate correction when knowingly inaccurate printed content appears in a mass publication. 

After the CamboFest event had taken place - successfully, despite the obstacles, with visitors coming from neighboring ASEAN countries as well - we visited the Post's offices and found no correction in any of the newspaper's archived editions.  

Only when Mr. Rosette spoke directly with Mr. Dauguet after the event, did he state that he "thought it made more sense for the correction to be made on the same day of the week in which the 'error' had occurred" - that, is, a week after the prank ad had been printed, and after the conclusion of our event.".

Again, he stated he thought it 'made more sense' to wait a week, rather than to make the correction immediately... 

None of this was necessary; there was no tangible measure of interference between potential audiences. The criminal behavior of Mr. Dauguet  and his peers only threatened the bona-fide revival of a classic Cambodian cinema cultural venue, 'The Royal' which has since proven to be a welcome living cultural museum once again. 

As can be seen by the used by Epic Art's turnaround in perspective and subsequent decision to incorporate 'The Royal' into one of its 2016 performances, it's clear that the 'Royal' has truly come back to life as a vintage cinema hall and cultural venue. 

The hard fought efforts of the original CamboFest staffers back in 2009 - Mr. Tol, Suong Sambath, Jason Rosette, and others - and the enabling worldwide contributors and sponsors at the US Embassy, Phnom Penh, have conclusively shown that a focused grass roots effort can make a difference.

Our budget in 2009 was minimal; co-organizer and founder Jason Rosette was working only part time as a teacher in Phnom Penh, while devoting his free time to the event's production. Much of the production costs came out of pocket, even with the contributions and donations of worldwide supporters and the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.

Even so, the 2009 revival of the vintage Southeast Asian Cambodian cinema hall, 'The Royal' was successfully accomplished - bringing back to life a formerly lost corner of the Cambodian cultural landscape for others to use to this day, while continuing to provide an income to Mr. Chea Sokan and his wife, Mrs. Sim Mala.

*** NOTE: A comprehensive, detailed eBook, with photos, about the process of reviving the vintage Southeast Asian cinema, 'The Royal', in Kampot Cambodia is forthcoming! - Contact camerado@camerado.com with inquiries ***

All the Best,

Jason Rosette / Camerado Media
Co-organizer and founder of the CamboFest Film Festival

IN OTHER NEWS: One of Kampot's three last remaining vintage cinema houses, the Makara 7 (7th of January), has been partly town down to allow the construction of a new hospital. Only the front facade of this striking new-deco structure remains...

Balancing the loss of the iconic Makara 7, at least the Royal has now found a new place on the cultural scene...

Monday, January 07, 2013