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AFM: Ambitious Madremonte Project Sets Slate of Genre Pics (EXCLUSIVE)

The Madremonte Project, an ambitious slate of lower-budget English-language genre films that will all be shot in Colombia, has selected its first productions.

All five movies in the lineup will be produced by Jason Gurvitz’s Green Dog Films and Deborah Del Prete’s Coronet Films in Los Angeles and Diego Ramirez’s Colombia-based 64-A Films. They will introduce the crowd-sourced Madremonte projects, chosen from 486 submissions, at the American Film Market.

Peter Wetherell, executive producer on the “Madremonte” slate, will serve as the sales rep for the Madremonte films.

The five films include Chris Gerolmo’s 1950s U.S.-set “The Horror” centers on an African-American family that fight back after being attacked by the Ku-Klux Klan; and Timothy Linh Bui will direct “The Unseen,” an creature feature with an ensemble cast set in Vietnam’s jungle, Gurvitz said.

Also on the Madremonte slate is high-concept “The Awakening,” from Spain’s Victor Garcia (“Return to House on Haunted Hill”). Pic takes place 100 years in the future where humans are kept alive in cryogenic chambers to provide food for the planet’s surviving humans.

Colombia’s Jorge Navas (“The Blood and the Rain”), is attached to helm paranormal “El Duende,” about an evil spirit that terrorizes a family, co-written by Alonso Torres (“Dog Eat Dog”) and Laila Burbano. “The Rage,” from Australia’s Anthony Bowman, is a jungle-set thriller about five kidnapped women who turn the tables on their captors.

Madremonte’s movies will shoot back-to-back in Colombia with the aim to lense some of the films as close to each other as possible to maximize and in some cases even share locations, Gurvitz said.

Per Ramirez, productions will take advantage of Colombia’s low costs and Colombia’s generous 20%-40% international shoot cash rebates, which he recently used to service “Blunt Force Trauma,” with Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.

Budget for each movie will be around $1 million, he added.

“We are creating a structure that is economically appealing and, choosing artistic horror films from writers and directors from different countries, has artistic pedigree,” Gurvitz said.

Ramirez’s recent credits include feature “Ciudad Delirio,” a Colombian B.O. hit, and 74-segment ratings hit “Pablo Escobar: Drug Lord,” one of the most ambitious TV dramas to come out of Colombia.

Gurvitz and producing partner Del Prete have just completed “The Submarine Kid,” helmed by Eric Bilitch and starring Emilie de Ravin; Gurvitz’s most recent film, supernatural action-horror movie “Savaged,” written and directed by Michael Ojeda, bowed recently in Germany. It will be released in Japan Dec. 6, and in the U.S. in February.

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