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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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FREEDOM DEAL: A New Kind of Horror Film from Camerado SE Asia

This is writer-director Jason Rosette with Camerado SE Asia, I hope you are all well!

Our 3rd feature, FREEDOM DEAL,  is a drama withsupernatural and horror elements taking place in Cambodia during the 1970 civil war, as the US and North Vietnam slugged it out along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. It's a part of the Vietnam war and US and Cambodian history that's never before been explored in a compelling way in the fiction feature format.



Description & Logline: 

Spring, 1970. President Nixon orders a military incursion into neutral Cambodia to  destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong army sanctuaries…unwittingly unleashing a legion of horrifying  disembodied Asian ghosts known as ‘Arbs’. A Cambodian youth single-handedly rescues downed US soldiers while evading the Arbs and foiling Khmer Rouge guerillas as he journeys to the safety of the provincial capital.

As mentioned previously, we're embarking upon a staged strategy to push the movie through development while building an attractive and interesting creative package. This stage, Phase II (Development) is now underway, and involves further script revisions for military, local and historical accuracy, preliminary casting and location scouting, and continued outreach to international and local talent in Cambodia.

Thanks to the following individual contributors who have made our continued progress through Stage II of Development possible so far!

            NORM FASSBENDER & KATE WALLACH (@ Rantdog, Canada)
          DAVID ROGERS (USA)
TEAM :: (updated 8_12_11)

Actors Dy Saveth and Tep Rindaro have expressed interest in playing the parts of 'the Voice of the Supernatural Presence' (the ghostly Arb) and 'Uncle Ramy', respectively, in FREEDOM DEAL. Dy Saveth is a renowned Cambodian actress who featured several Golden Age films throughout the 1960s until the communist takeover in 1975, and later from 1993 to present. Actor Tep Rindaro rose from teenage years performing hard labor in a Khmer Rouge mobile youth team, to become one of the most popular Cambodian contemporary actors in Cambodia.

Cambodian national co-director and additional writer Phun Sokunthearith, aka Mr. Tol, has been associated with Camerado SE Asia since 2008 through his work as a co-organizer and associate producer with another Camerado project, CamboFest, Cambodia Film Festival.  In 2010, Rith was invited to participate at the DW Akademie Deutsche Welle film festival training program at the Berlin Film Festival and Market. Rith has contributed significant story elements while assuming the role of co-director on the Freedom Deal effort.


Writer, co-director & co-producer Jason Rosette, a US national who lived full time in Cambodia between 2005 and 2010, continues to spend part of the year in Cambodia as a media producer, filmmaker and consultant. He emphasizes the importance of telling the story with a local perspective in mind:

"Our goal has always been to tell this story as much as possible from the Cambodian perspective. My input would be informed from living, working, teaching and researching in Cambodia fulltime for more than half a decade under very challenging conditions, and by collaborating as much as possible with key Cambodian talent and colleagues who I have known for years."

 Mr. Rosette's previous work include the features, 'BookWars' (Terrific - LA Times), 'Lost in New Mexico' ('Great Road Pic' - Angelika Entertainment), and numerous shorts and commissioned documentaries. He is the founder and co-organizer of Cambodia's first recurring international film festival since the end of the Khmer Rouge era,CamboFest, and has a BFA from New York University (Film & TV) and an MA from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. See his partial Filmography and IMDB.

Local (Cambodia) PR & Outreach Liason Soma Serei Norodom was born on October 29, 1969, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In April 1975, Soma and her family arrived in the U.S. and resided in Long Beach, California. Soma holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications & Journalism, with an emphasis in News and Public Affairs in 1993, and has completed the Master’s Program in Mass Communication in 1996 at California State University, Fresno.  In June 2010, Soma moved back to Cambodia, where she  is currently writing a book about her father, and the Norodom, the Royal Family of Cambodia


'Golden Age' Cambodian filmmaker Yvon Hem acts as story consultant and advisor for the Freedom Deal effort.  "Yvon worked as a set designer on Marcel Camus´ little-known movie L’oiseau de paradis (1962) that was shot with amateur actors in Cambodia as a successor to his internationally highly successful Orfeu Negro (1959). Yvon went on to teach himself film making by reading how-to-books, and made some of the most beloved films of the “Golden Age of Khmer Cinema” during the 1960s and early 1970s, including Sovannahong and Abul Kasem." (from the Southeast Asia Cinema Studies Institute blog)

Legal Advisor, Arnold E. Toole, has been practicing law since 1992. Currently based in the United States, he has also worked extensively in Southeast Asia. He concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial matters, contracts, real estate, entertainment law, and employment law.  See the Toole Law website for more information.



Robert 'Bob' Lewis, Western Rock Music & US Story consultant, was a founding member (along with Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh) of the New Wave band DEVO. He graduated from Kent State University shortly after the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, and currently writes commentary on cultural and political issues.


Cambodian Rock Music Consultant Matthew Caron is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Caron was key researcher of filmmaker John Pirozzi's upcoming 'Golden Age' Cambodian feature rock docu, 'Don't Think I've Forgotten (Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll). He is currently the host of East Village Radio's 'Bim Bam Room', under the handle of Your Friend Matthew.


...more team members & talent being added as they are confirmed

As a reminder, we are seeking: 

  • International production partners
  • Introductions to interested name talent, additional funding sources and (real) creative producers overseas
  • ...and for those of you who may be able: financial contributions through our fiscal sponsor, the Media Alliance, or through our online crowdfunding campaign  for Development Phase II

A) Crowdfunding on IndieGogo (

B) Tax-Deductible 501 (c) 3 Contributions can be made HERE through our fiscal sponsor, the Media Alliance( 

Contribute to FREEDOM DEAL at Media Alliance

C) Direct Contributions 
 D) OR...Purchase previous movie titles by Camerado - all revenue will be plowed back into development and production of 'Freedom Deal':

BOOKWARS - Feature Documentary 
RT 79:00 with 56:00 TV Version ~ USA
a Flick by Rosette

An insider's look at the gritty world of New York City street booksellers
"Terrific" - LA Times
"Hilarious" - The New Yorker
"Superb...mesmerizing" - NY Film Critics Circle


DVD-R [Home Use] Createspace (Amazon partner)
DVD-R [with limited public performance for libraries] Createspace (Amazon partner)
VOD [Video on Demand] iTunes    Amazon Instant Video
TV & THEATRICAL Email Camerado with inquiries regarding the 56:30 TV version and Theatrical Exhibition
LOST IN NEW MEXICO - Feature Drama  RT 85:00 ~ USA
A Film by Jason Rosette
woman desperate to clone her deceased child steals cash and heads across country in search of a maverick animal cloning expert who says he can help her - a multicultural 'cloning road movie for the 21st Century' (Library Journal - Recommended)
"Great Road Pic" - Angelika Entertainment, New York, NY
"a unique and interesting take on the fluidity of technology versus the recurring commonality of the human condition" - Moving Arts Journal


Createspace (Amazon partner)   Kunaki  (no-frills manufacturer) 
DVD-R [with limited public performance for libraries, etc] 
Createspace (Amazon partner)
VOD [Video on Demand]
iTunes (coming soon)    Amazon Instant Video
Email Camerado with inquiries regarding TV broadcasts and Theatrical Exhibition
Other movies - Short Docs & Fiction  
>RT Various ~ USA/Cambodia
A Taiwanese rock and roll guru living in Phnom Penh teaches Vuth about Motorhead, the Ramones, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, and more in this provocative cross-cultural documentary. Cambodia's first homegrown rockumentary. ** Official selections Florida Film Festival, Vientianale (Laos), and others **
Createspace (Amazon partner) 


Email Camerado with inquiries regarding TV broadcasts and Theatrical Exhibition


A Film by J Rosette

SYNOPSIS: Nancy has just moved into an old Brooklyn apartment. Lying among her boxes and clutter is a package addressed to the former tenant - a mysterious man known only as 'Charlie'.

A noirish 16mm New York City psychological drama in the spirit of John Cassavetes and Jim Jarmusch ~ 
  • Produced on 16mm black and white film with original optical sound transfer
  • Writer-Director J Rosette's first indie drama : produced in 1991, but unavailable for years - now on DVD for the first time!
  • RT 29:00 [ 2 programs / incl. commentary] (c) 1994 / DVD 2011
DVD-R [Home Use] Createspace (Amazon partner)

Thanks again for any consideration in supporting Camerado's latest movie project, 'Freedom Deal', either through a contribution or the purchase of one of our existing titles. Our goal is to commence production of FREEDOM DEAL in SE Asia on or around May 2012, before the rainy season arrives in full, and to complete the picture within 15 months.

Contact  or by Skype at  kingcamerado  with any inquiries

All the Best

Jason Rosette, Writer-Director
Camerado SE Asia


Spring, 1970.

As part of the escalating Vietnam War, a military incursion enters neutral Cambodia to locate North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries…unwittingly unleashing a legion of horrifying disembodied Asian ghosts known as ‘Arbs’.  

A Cambodian youth singlehandedly rescues downed US soldiers while evading the Arbs and foiling Khmer Rouge guerillas as he journeys to the safety of the provincial capital.

GENREDrama; War; Social Issue (Refugee/IDP, Youth) ; Action; Supernatural/Horror

‘Sounds Like a Fascinating Story’

- Christopher Kopp, Focus Features

Contact Camerado SE Asia @ with inquiries


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