‘Colin Fitz’ rises from the pits

Fest fave gets rebirth 14 years later

After 14 years in the can, fest circuit hit “Colin Fitz Lives!” held its L.A. preem Thursday night at the Aero in Santa Monica. Helmer Robert Bella and thesp William H. Macy followed the screening with a Q&A moderated by Variety’s Peter Debruge.

Macy commented on the relative ease of creating a commercial idea: “I’m going to write a script about teenage vampire girls who explode.”

“Colin,” on the other hand, has been anything but easy. To finish the film in time for 1997’s Sundance, Bella had to max out 20 credit cards. “To this day I’ve never been paid on this film,” he said. “This fairytale dovetailed into a nightmare.”

Fortunately, the film has finally been picked up through VOD distrib via IFC’s Sundance Selects. Would Bella do it all over again? “I’d do it in a second,” the helmer said.

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