'Americatown,' 'Murder City': Aldamisa Produce Black

Sales-financing banner amps up development

Ben Poole’s “Americatown” and Will Simmons’ “Murder City,” both of which made the 2012 Black List, are now part of Aldamisa Entertainment’s development slate.

The two-year-old sales-financing-production banner is partnered with producer Sean Finegan on “Americatown”, which examines an ex-cop’s journey from poverty to power in the third-world American slums of world-leader China after the U.S. economy collapses.  Aldamisa and Finegan are out to directors.

Aldamisa allied with producer Brooklyn Weaver on “Murder City,” a crime thriller following an ex-con who uses his former law enforcement connections to protect his wife and daughter when he becomes the hunter and target of a ruthless Detroit gangster.

Aldamisa co-produced, financed and sold Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

Chairs Sergei and Marina Bespalov said the company aims to get involved earlier in projects as well as considering alternatives to its financing model. It’s also sponsoring a development award at Columbia U. School of the Arts to support student short films.

Aldamisa’s other development initiatives include an English language project for “Holy Motors” director Leos Carax; “Tenn,” written by Robin Shushan about the formative years of playwright Tennessee Williams; and a film based on photographer Jill Peters’ work with the Sworn Virgins of Albania, a group of women who have taken a vow of celibacy and live as men to protect their families in the face of warring factions and blood feuds that claim the lives of male heirs.

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