Bigfoot walks with slate of ‘Gold,’ ‘Love’

Company to be closely involved in marketing, promotion

PUSAN — Bigfoot Entertainment has unveiled a slate of dual-language Asian pictures that will make fuller use of the production facilities and film school it has built in the Philippines.

The 2007 slate includes “Deep Gold,” with the English-version will be helmed by Pepper Madison, and a remake of “Love Stinks.” English-only pics now in pre-production include horror “Midnight Movie” for first-time helmer Jack Messitt and Madison’s “Cockfight.”

Company, which is based in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, is owned by Michael Gleissner.

Making his directorial debut with “Irreversi,” a Hong Kong-set murder mystery, Gleissner recently experimented with the dual-language format. He shot his pic in English with Estella Warren, while Mandarin Chinese version “Hui Lu” was shot for local consumption.

Second version should now qualify as Chinese and escape quota restriction, having recently been boarded by Beijing production and distribution combine Poly Bona.

“We hope to find Chinese partners for many of our upcoming movies,” production chief Kacy Andrews said. In its first year of operation, Bigfoot was involved with nine pictures, including upcoming Lucy Liu starrer “Three Needles.” Pic will get a limited theatrical release through Wolfe Releasing on World AIDS Day Dec. 1 followed by a telecast on Showtime.

Company will use international sales agents to distribute its output in the near term, but Bigfoot wants to be closely involved in marketing and promotion and will eventually bring sales functions inhouse.

All pictures will likely make use of either the soundstages or post facilities built in Cebu. “Equipment pays for itself pretty quick and we get to use it across a number of movies,” Andrews said. Film school students also get to use real hardware.

Andrews says that school is receiving many approaches from other schools that either don’t offer hands-on production courses or those with foreign study courses that are now reaching out to Asia.

Gleissner is slightly modifying production tactics. His production fund Bigfoot Partners will now be open to outside investors, a move intended to make coin go further and build a library of Asian pictures.

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