BOGOTA – In the latest U.S.-Colombia production link-up, consolidating a building international production axis, Jason Gurvitz’s Green Dog Films in L.A. and Diego Ramirez’s Bogota/Cali-based 64A-Films are teaming to co-produce a five-pic slate of horror movies, all of which will shoot in Colombia.
One of Colombia’s most sought-after young directors, 64A partner Carlos Moreno (“Dog Eat Dog,” “All Your Dead Ones,” “The Snitch Cartel”) has committed to direct one movie in the slate. Moreno will also take an exec producer credit on the five films, and help to oversee the slate’s storytelling. Alonso Torres, Moreno’s regular co-scribe, will act as script consultant.
A sizeable addition to Colombia’s burgeoning genre production scene, which is attracting an increasing number of international partners, the production pact looks like one of the biggest deals to go down at the Bogota Audiovisual Market.
The alliance was already attracting heat from U.S. and European sales agents by Thursday at BAM.
Movies will be mostly, but not necessarily entirely, in English mixing U.S. and Colombian above-and-below-the-line talent, Gurvitz told Variety.
Per Ramirez, the five films will shoot back-to-back over a total five-month period with the same technical team working on more than one project. Finance would mix U.S. equity investment, Colombian coin – either subsidies or Colombia shoot rebates – and sales agents’ minimum guarantees.
Budgets will be highly contained, use a limited number of key cast and locations, but boast high production value, Ramirez added.
“Some scripts are already in development but we welcome scripts from both Colombian and U.S. screenwriters for consideration,” Gurvitz added.
64A will put out a call for projects in the next few weeks via the Black Velvet communications agency, Ramirez said.
Per Gurvitz, one of Green Dog’s roles will be accessing and overseeing the U.S. components including casting, co-financing and crew.
The partners aim to unveil the five titles and their concepts at November’s American Film Market.
Gurvitz has already made one of the earliest co-productions with Colombia after “Maria Full of Grace,” Daniel Gillies’ four-narrative Showtime-aired “Broken Kingdom,” with Rachel Leigh Cook, linking with Colombia’s Mad Love Film Factory.
Said Gurvitz: “Colombia has a new rebate scheme, really great production crews and post-production facilities, beautiful landscapes, stories waiting to be told, and a passion to make films which have nothing to do with FARC or drug-trafficking.”
He added: “This is a great opportunity for us to be making really exciting commercial genre movies in Colombia.”
As an exec producer and director, Ramirez and Moreno are fresh off the success of TV series “Pablo Escobar: Drug Lord,” a 74-seg bio-series of the narco legend which, produced and broadcast by Caracol TV over May to November 2012, was one of the most ambitious TV dramas ever to come out of Colombia.
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