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‘Reviving a Vintage Cinema Hall in Southeast Asia’ – eBook and Documentary from CamboFest Founder, Media Producer, and Educator Jason Rosette

‘Reviving a Vintage Cinema Hall in Southeast Asia’ – eBook and Documentary from CamboFest Founder, Media Producer, and Educator Jason Rosette

NEW! ‘Reviving a Vintage Cinema House in Southeast Asia’ – forthcoming eBook and Documentary, subscribe to the mailing list athttp://eepurl.com/bR6XU5 :: In 2009, my team and I in Cambodia rediscovered and revived a vintage cinema house in Kampot, the ‘Royal’, which hadn’t been used since 1989 (it was at the time being used as a water container storage warehouse and hardly resembled a cinema hall…as seen at http://cambofest.blogspot.com/2009/12/initial-pix-content-from-cambofest-2009.html )
While the art scene in Kampot has recently taken off, at the time, back in 2009, there was resistance from some quarters to the idea of reviving the old cinema hall, and factions within the provincial Culture office clashed with old rivals about bringing the Royal back to life for our event, the CamboFest Film Festival – Cambodia’s first film festival since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime. Meanwhile, interference by foreign movie pirates and friction among some expatriates within the art scene also made things tough going, especially with our puny grass roots budget – probably 1/10,000 that of a typical UNESCO effort. I paid for a lot of the effort out of my own pocket…
There was no simple, streamlined process to gain permissions at the time, and everything had to be done from scratch. I went to Kampot 15 or 20 times by bus from Phnom Penh, in between teaching jobs, on weekends, etc, to keep things rolling. It was not a simple matter of just asking the family who owned the old cinema hall for permission: there was a difficult and labyrinthine process of figuring out just who to ask to get permissions, and I found that I was often on my own negotiating in Khmer as best I could.
Permission had to be granted from the highest authority at the Minister’s office, and although there were many, many supporters, there were also some folks – foreign and Cambodian – who just didn’t want to see the cinema hall come back for various personal and political reasons. (*I’ll get into this more in the eBook and documentary) Even so, despite all the challenges, the event was a success, thanks to our team, all volunteers, and sponsors including the US Embassy in Phnom Penh. The old Southeast Asian Royal cinema hall sparkled and shone again, after years of dormancy, with an all-digital throughput and customized screen and sound system.

Late great Cambodian filmmaker Yvon Hem receives the CamboFest Grabay Meas (Golden Buffalo) award in recognition for his work.

Now, in 2016, more and more cultural events are taking place at the ‘Royal’, thus bringing back to life an entire sector of the cultural economy in Cambodia,  while allowing Mr. Sokun and his family, who are of modest means and who live in the ‘Royale’, to generate some income. Today, permissions appear to be very simple and straightforward – unlike the formidable and nearly impossible process we experienced at the time. It just goes to show that a determined grass roots effort * can * make a difference

Kindly sign up for updates regarding the comprehensive eBook (with photos) about our efforts and the historical process of reviving the old ‘Royal’ movie hall back then, and the short documentary and multimedia project which will accompany it: In the meantime, read more at http://cambofest.blogspot.com/2009/12/initial-pix-content-from-cambofest-2009.html

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Support Camerado’s new project, ‘FINAL COUNTDOWN’, and edgy dark comedy about the ‘New Normal’ in America – on #IndieGogo

 Support Camerado’s new project, ‘FINAL COUNTDOWN’, a darkly comedic story of two hapless blender salesmen who become wanted outlaws in the dusty Southwestern United States. See project info, and ways you can contribute and support on #Indiegogo @ http://ift.tt/1UFZZL1 from Blogger http://ift.tt/1IXGzul via IFTTT

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Camerado Media concludes Fundraiser to Benefit Disadvantaged Kids in Cambodia

Camerado has concluded a recent fundraiser to raise emergency tuition money to cover school costs for a disadvantaged brother and sister in Cambodia. Thanks to worldwide contributors as seen on our fundraising campaign page, the majority of the target was achieved! See some special thanks from the kids themselves in the video below:    The […]

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‘THEY STOLE IT!’ The Henry George School in Chicago Steals Camerado Movie Title, ‘BookWars’

Recently discovered through a routine Google search that the Henry George School in Chicago exhibited our movie title, ‘BookWars‘ in a public performance setting: no advance notice, request or payment was made to copyright holder, which constitutes theft of our IP (Intellectual Property). Screenshot of the original advertisement on the Henry George School, Chicago, website […]

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Panorama Photography and Virtual/3D Tours of Cambodia Hotels, Real Estate and More in Siem Reap, Cambodia

A couple panorama and semi-panorama photos posted here, with more on the way. We also have a few virtual/3D tours in production and will post those when I get a chance as well. Direct Link: http://ift.tt/1QlI8qF Direct Link: http://ift.tt/1GV2ypS from Blogger http://ift.tt/1QlIa1K via IFTTT

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Now on Amazon Instant Video: Camerado’s supernatural Vietnam War-themed historical drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky

Camerado’s recently completed supernatural historical drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky – set along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam War – is now available to watch instantly on Amazon Instant Video. (or visit direct link HERE -> http://ift.tt/1DLpGEV ) SYNOPSIS: May 4, 1970 – Cambodia. During the 1970 US-Vietnam conflict, a combined […]

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From Camerado on Youtube – Send Recurring Scheduled Emails and Social Media Updates with PYTHONMAILER

Send Recurring Scheduled Emails and Social Media Updates with PYTHONMAILER Fast, flexible, FREE and intuitive web application from Camerado Digital allows users to send recurring scheduled emails with a user-friendly intuitive interface. Emails can be sent as reminders, monthly invoices, or can be used to update a wide range of social media platforms through those […]

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New App from Camerado Digital lets users send Delayed, Scheduled, and Recurring emails from their Own Server!

NEW from Camerado Digital:  the PythonMailer Email Application (http://ift.tt/1wnrlJ8) allowing any user to send Recurring, Scheduled, and Repeat Emails easily and Effectively.This is an amazingly handy breakthrough tool not only for sending recurring reminders and company invoices, but for triggering the release and delivery of content to social media channels via each platforms ‘post by […]

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From Camerado on Youtube – Kid Jamming out on Thai Traditional Instrument with Dancing Robots, on Sidewalk in Bangkok

Kid Jamming out on Thai Traditional Instrument with Dancing Robots, on Sidewalk in Bangkok Subscribe at http://ift.tt/1rF2eoC for more great videos :: A kid jams out while playing an electrified ‘Seung’ from the Isan region, on the sidewalk in Bangkok, Thailand. Meanwhile, small robots dance along nearby… CAMERADO Movies and Media http://www.camerado.com from Blogger http://ift.tt/1FkmLpF […]

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From Camerado on Youtube – Batman Goats (and Superman Goat)

Batman Goats (and Superman Goat) Subscribe @ http://ift.tt/1rF2eoC A Pair of Goats Wearing Batman Tshirts, and another Goat with a Superman Tshirt. CAMERADO Movies and Media http://www.camerado.com from Blogger http://ift.tt/1J9x1Ac via IFTTT

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