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Attn: Jason “Jack RO” Rosette Rosette * Phun Sokunthearith
PO Box 707 12000 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
855 011 736 206 INT’L 1 818 748 8355 SKYPE kingcamerado
camerado@camerado.com Website http://www.freedomdealmovie.com
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‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’


CREDITS: CREDITS: CREDITS: CREDITS:

KHOUN DARITH...Samnang
SOK POLYNN...The Travelling Musician


Sok Socheat...Lon Nol Officer
Pran Sareoun...Jeep Driver
Aran Lun...The Ghost (Local Version)
Chum Sameth...Bicycle Man Refugee
Nin, Jay, Pen, Vanny & Uncle Oun...Refugees



Written, Edited, and Directed by Jason ‘JACK RO’ Rosette
Co-Produced by ALEC CESCHI
Cinematography by JASON ROSETTE
Consulting Producer JUDY HENRY
Original Compositions MIYHUN KIM
Tro Khmer Music TOEU VORN
Visual FX MICHAEL MARTIN


Assistant Director & Translator PHUN SOKUNTHEARITH
Location Sound & Coordinator TIENG RATHA
Transportation SUONG SAMBATH & PRAN SAREOUN
Local Publicity and Outreach (Cambodia) SOMA NORODOM International
Outreach & Development Associate KAMI LENNOX
Associate Producer PENG SOKENIN
Thanks to the Village Chief GONG LIEN
Thanks to the Cambodia Daily newspaper
Some Sound Effects Courtesy FREESFX www.freesfx.co.uk
Permits through the Department of Cinema and Diffusion, Ministry of Culture and Fine Art
Phnom Penh Cambodia




‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ (c) 2013 Jason Rosette & Camerado SE Asia




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SYNOPSIS

During the 1970 US-Vietnam conflict, a combined US & Army of South Vietnam military
operation enters Cambodia to locate and destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong
sanctuaries. Meanwhile, a Cambodian youth named Samnang (‘Lucky’) and an ornery but
likable wedding musician named Nuon make their way through the conflict - encountering
landmines, traditional Cambodian ghosts known as ARBS, and marauding helicopters as
they go.



Aran Lun as the Cambodian supernatural being known as an ‘ARB’ – rarely if ever seen in the West. The ARB
appears in FREEDOM DEAL to taunt and challenge our protagonists on their journey


SHORT SYNOPSIS


May 4, 1970. A combined US & ARVN military force enters Cambodia to destroy North
Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries, while a Cambodian youth named Samnang (‘Lucky’)
and wedding musician named Nuon make their way together through the conflict.


ABOUT THE MOVIE


‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ is the first ever dramatic movie set during the 1970
expansion of the US-Vietnam conflict into Cambodia, as told from a local (Cambodian) point of
view. To date, several dramas and documentaries have explored this significant era in history,
but universally from a Western point of view –often associating Nixon’s 1970 ‘Cambodia
Incursion’ with the subsequent student protests and shootings at Kent State and Jackson State
universities.
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‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’ dramatizes this perspective through the eyes of a
Cambodian youth named Samnang (‘Lucky’) and the people he meets as journeys to find his
family in the distant provincial capital.


DIRECTOR STATEMENT: J ‘JACK RO’ Rosette


I’m a US national and film and media maker, living in SE Asia since 2005 as
an independent media practitioner, freelancer, and teacher. Jack RO is an
Asian aka, given to me by some students of mine in Cambodia who found it
preferable to call me “Jack” (versus “Jason”, my given name.)

To date, I’ve spent about six years living as an independent media maker
and teacher in Cambodia, where I learned the language well enough to
direct a few movies for NGOs while undertaking independent projects like
‘FREEDOM DEAL’.

FREEDOM DEAL is the story of a country youth and a travelling wedding musician...two regular
folk who might have been there in 1970 when history “pivoted” for the US and Asia in a way
that’s never yet been depicted on screen until now.

I first became interested in the subject of FREEDOM DEAL while I was travelling from Phnom
Penh to the Mekong river town of Kratie, Cambodia, in 2007 or so. Along the way, we stopped for
lunch at a small town named Snoul, a crossroads town near the Vietnam border.

Later I learned that Snoul had seen heavy main-force fighting between US and Vietnamese units
during the Cambodian Incursion of 1970.
The controversial Cambodian Incursion, seen by some as
an expansion of the US-Vietnam conflict, was designed to
locate and destroy long established NVA and Viet Cong
sanctuary areas inside Cambodia. The effort succeeded at
least tactically in relieving pressure against the
beleaguered Lon Nol government while supplying them
with the captured communist equipment.

As a US national, I was interested in finding out firsthand
about this corner of my nation’s history, as it intersected
with the Asian country where I was living and working.

I’m also a native Ohioan. I recalled that Nixon’s US
incursion had led to significant protests Stateside,
including Kent State, Ohio, where students (some
protesting, some not) were shot by National Guard units.

ABOVE: Snoul at present, above, with photo of US APCs on the same corner in Spring, 1970

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My goal in making Freedom Deal: The Story of Lucky, is to tell the story of a couple of civilian
persons caught up in an uninvited conflict on their doorstep – a conflict brought on by
geopolitical forces beyond their influence, but not beyond their comprehension.

PRODUCTION NOTES


‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Samnang (‘Lucky’) was shot on location in Kandal province,
Cambodia, in August –September 2012. The final edit, mix, and color correction (i.e.,
“completion date”) was May, 2013.

Production in Cambodia poses unique challenges. There are no rental houses as may be
found in developed production environments, with equipment being sourced from a variety
of local individuals and some being borrowed or purchased and shipped in directly for
production.

The budget for FREEDOM DEAL was limited, with financial support coming through global
friends and strangers alike as part of our crowdfunding efforts. In the end, though, much of the
movie was paid for out of pocket, with much of the production gear being sold off to complete
the movie.

In the end, FREEDOM DEAL was a true group effort, with Cambodian colleagues and friends
taking part in the production all the way down the line!



On location in Kandal province, Cambodia, shooting ‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’. August 2012.
Ratha Tieng (Sound, seated), Phun Sokunthearith (Assistant director, with script), Suong Sambath
(Transportation/Grip), and actors Polynn Sok (Nuon) and Khoun Darith (‘Lucky’)

We had a very slim window of opportunity to shoot, as our funding – raised through one of
Cambodia’s first crowd funding efforts for a movie production - was extremely limited.

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Rainy season had nearly arrived, and once the
rain began in earnest, production would
become much more difficult.

We were therefore racing against the
weather, while trying to raise enough money
to start the shoot on time as planned.

As it was, our crew van was caught in the mud
on the first day of shooting and we had to
swap out vehicles for a 4 x 4 for the remaining
days.

Luckily, the Department of Cinema and
Cultural Diffusion in Phnom Penh expedited
our permits, and there was wholehearted
support for our unique, independently
produced foreign-Cambodian hybrid team
effort:


“I am very pleased having received the
script of FREEDOM DEAL ”The Story
of Samnang”. The Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion totally supports
your initiation into film production. I hope that Camerado Movie and Media
Production will succeed in producing this film. I have the great pleasure in
assisting and collaborating with you.” Sincerely, Mr. Sin Chan Saya
- Director Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion


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permission and support from the Cambodian
government, who supports our aim of helping to
further develop an independent film industry in
Cambodia!

International producers may contact the
Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion in
Phnom Penh with any shooting, production, or
permit inquiries in Cambodia

Attn: Mr. Sin Chan Saya, Director
855 012864769 chansayasin@ymail.com



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Assistant director Phun Sokunthearith (aka Mr. Tol) reviews script with actors on location (LEFT); actor Socheat Sok
(Lon Nol Commanding officer) prepares for a day of shooting (RIGHT)



Ratha Tieng (LEFT) and Darith Koun (‘Lucky’) celebrate the end of the final day of shooting.
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Khoun Darith, left (‘Lucky’) and Polynn Sok, right (Nuon the musician) are cast through a series of open casting calls
in Phnom Penh; the “open casting call”, common in developed film industries, is still unusual in Cambodia


Due to our limited budget, we “adopted” a section of the Phnom Penh post office for our additional castings while
the staff were away on their lunch break (with Associate producer Peng Sokenin)


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Ad for the first open casting call in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for ‘FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky’. Thanks to the
Cambodia Daily newspaper for providing us with ad space in the Khmer version of the newspaper.


Protagonists of ‘Freedom Deal’: ‘Lucky’ (played by Khoun Darith) and Nuon the Musician (Polynn Sok

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DIRECTOR BIO

Filmmaker Jason Rosette, aka Jack RO (IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0742891), has been living in SE Asia
since 2005 as a filmmaker, media consultant, and educator. He’s spent
nearly six of those years living full time in Cambodia as a media
freelancer and teacher, working on a variety of fiction, documentaries,
and edutainment projects.

Previous movies include the award winning urban New York feature
documentary ‘BookWars’ (‘Terrific’ – LA Times; ‘Superb’ – NY Film
Critics Circle), the feature road movie ‘Lost in New Mexico’ (‘Great
Road Pic’ – Angelika Entertainment, NYC; ‘Recommended’ – Library Journal), and a varied
filmography of commissioned and independent documentary and fiction. A filmography can be
seen @ http://www.jasonrosette.com/filmography

He is also the founder and co-organizer of Cambodia’s first international film festival since the
end of the Khmer Rouge regime, CAMBOFEST: Cambodia Film & Video Festival
(www.cambofest.com – now on hiatus) and another regional ASEAN festival event, the Bangkok
IndieFest (www.bangkokfest.com). He has a BFA from New York University (Film & TV) and an
MA from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Development Studies)



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