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Canana joins producing team on ‘Ultima’

Martin, Peranson prep microbudget pic

Mexico’s Canana Films has boarded “La ultima pelicula,” a fiction-documentary hybrid co-directed and written by fest faves Raya Martin and Mark Peranson.

Pic stars U.S. actor Alex Ross Perry and Mexican thesps Gabino Rodriguez and Iazua Larios in the tale of a filmmaker (Perry) and his guide scouting for sites to shoot a Western in Mexico, against the backdrop of the pending Mayan Apocalypse.

Principal photography begins in Yucatan on Dec. 16.

The concept was germinated at CPH:DOX, the educational and pitching sidebar of CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen Intl. Festival in Denmark.

CPH:DOX will produce alongside Pablo Cruz for Canana, Peranson for Cinema Scope Prods. (Canada, Germany) and Martin for Cinematografica (Philippines).

The microbudget pic is pegged at less than $100,000.

“We are grateful for the support and faith of Canana, the patience of the good people at CPH:DOX, and our wonderful actors who have agreed to go with us on this certifiably crazy adventure,” Martin and Peranson said in a statement.

Martin, a Filipino, has directed several features. His “Independencia” and “Manila” both unspooled in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Canadian Peranson is a critic and editor of Cinema Scope magazine, as well as head of programming for the Locarno Film Festival. He will next appear in Albert Serra’s “The Story of My Death.”