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Camerado produces movies and other innovative compelling media in the US & Asia - projects to date include BOOKWARS ( * LOST IN NEW MEXICO ( * FREEDOM DEAL ( * CAMBOFEST ( * Bangkok IndieFest (

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Camerado SE Asia: New UK Co-Producer & Tax Deductions for 1970 Vietnam War-Era 'Freedom Deal'

Hello Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters from Camerado producer Jason Rosette and the 'Freedom Deal' Feature Film Team in Cambodia:

We are happy to share two New Important Developments regarding our SE Asian Vietnam War-era feature drama, 'Freedom Deal' (, taking place in Cambodia during Nixon's 1970 Cambodia incursion.

1) We now welcome onboard a talented, UK-based co-producer for the project, Alec Cheschi; Alec worked with us a few years ago when he came to Cambodia to undertake his own documentary project, and we helped him out with logistics, locations, and fixing at the time.  

We've been in touch with Alec ever since, regarding the evolution of the FREEDOM DEAL project, and now he's come onboard as a significant contributor and co-producer for our current stage of preparation, where we are planning to shoot a segment of the feature - based on the actual, complete feature screenplay - as a buzz-building (and financing-building) short that other indie films, like 'Slingblade', 'Bottle Rockets', and 'Stranger than Paradise' used to develop their features.

"With more than 30 years experience as a cameraman that has taken him to over 50 countries, Alec has a wealth of knowledge in documentary filmmaking, television and drama. He is based in London, where he runs both production and post-production companies. He regularly travels throughout Europe and to Asia to advise with filming, technical and productions matters."

See a Video Shoutout to Alec from Cambodia from the current 'Freedom Deal' Team at:

2) Although we're operating the first-ever crowdfunding campaign for a Cambodian feature, from Cambodia (at the highly reputable IndieGogo, similar to Kickstarter: ), some folks still may have apprehension about contributing online to our unique feature project which is being undertaken in a developing country (*although IndieGogo, our crowdfunding partner, is US-based)

Therefore: we've also prepared an "offline method" (through snail mail, check, and a downloadable PDF form) that allows contributors to help move our project forward by processing contributions through our official US-gov't approved project fiscal sponsor, the long-established Media Alliance in Oakland, California.

US-taxpayers get a 100% Tax Deduction on their contribution, in any amount; the Media Alliance takes a small processing fee and remits the rest to our project - if you're not a US Taxpayer you can still contribute, although there won't be a tax deduction.

But - even if you're not a US taxpayer, you'll still get the same perks (copy of the DVD, video shoutout postcard from Cambodia, associate or co-producer credit, etc.) if you contribute by check, as you would if you contributed online through our IndieGogo campaign: contact us with inquiries or questions about this process!

Besides financial contributions, there are some other great ways you can assist in our mission:  for example, you can share the link and widget from our Indiegogo campaign with your friends and colleagues online.

Finally, may we kindly ask: If you are so inclined, wherever you may be in the world - can we ask you to download our PDF Contribution Form to print it out and hang it in your local movie house or cafe, and otherwise distribute to your colleagues?  

This alone would mean a great deal to us - and we thank you in advance as we plunge forward into uncharted territory...!

Thanks and All the Best, 


(additional information, regarding DEVO co-founder Robert Lewis as story and music adviser and our press so far, below)

Legendary Devo Rock Band Co-Founder Robert Lewis Advises Music and US Story Elements for 1970’s Cambodian Indie Vietnam War-era Feature Film 'Feedom Deal' Launching Pioneering International 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. 

May 20, Phnom Penh Cambodia

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 - and in less than a week, with more than a month to go, is over 25% towards its fundraising goal:

Despite sporadic internet, this is thee first time that a global online crowd funding approach to feature film financing has been implemented in Cambodia, for a  feature film to be shot in Cambodia (and neighboring Thailand), by a team based primarily in Cambodia itself.

Already, this novel crowd funding effort, one of the first of its kind in the developing world, has received notable press:

'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.

Robert Lewis, one of the original founding members of DEVO, (and a Kent State University Alumnus who experienced those protests) has been advising the production on US Stateside period story elements, as well as the film’s potential mindbending, 1970’s kick ass rock and roll soundtrack – Western and Cambodian Psychedelic Rock and Roll – pending music budget, of course.

The first goal of the 'FREEDOM DEAL' team is to raise enough money to produce a short film adapted from a representative section of the feature length screenplay, with the resulting short to gain film festival exposure and thereby attract additional interest and co-production financing to produce the full-length feature itself.

Writer-director Jason Rosette is quick to point out that ''Freedom Deal'' (his third feature film as writer-director) 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 locally and abroad, Cambodian Princess Soma Norodom has been conducting local and regional outreach in order to share this important and untold part of US-Cambodian history, while 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 several 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, (*who has spent over half a decade living and working in Cambodia as a media producer and consultant and who now speaks Khmer fairly well), though he adds that complex scenes, requiring heavy grip and lighting, pyrotechnics, and major mechanical FX may be shot in neighboring Thailand.

Interested fans and supporters, please contribute to this totally unique supernatural Vietnam war-era feature, 'FREEDOM DEAL'!

Visit 'Freedom Deal' on IndieGogo,, and help bring to life an untold, supernatural wartime feature drama about a little known part of the US-Vietnam Cambodia.

Thanks to the Following Contributors and Supporters So Far:

  • Hear and see an intercepted radio transmission from Cambodia that illuminates the absolute dedication of the 'Freedom Deal' team's efforts to get this project off the ground and flying

Find out more about 'Freedom Deal' @


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