It’s nice to see stuntwoman extraordinaire Zoe Bell get a film of her own, and with Nacho Vigalondo no less! If you don’t know Nacho, he’s a regular here in Austin, and quite the personality. Here’s hoping this film really gives Bell a chance to show off what she’s capable of!
XLRATOR MEDIA SETS ZOË BELL ACTION-THRILLER “CAMINO” FROM BLEIBERG ENTERTAINMENT FOR U.S. RELEASE ON TURBO LABEL
LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announced the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.
CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.
“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.
“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.
“Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote & directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and The ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.
The film co-stars Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, Silver Ariel award-winner for Best Actor for Days of Grace), Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, Casino).
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Bleiberg Entertainment’s current slate includes the Peter Sarsgaard-Winona Ryder Sundance film Experimenter, set to screen at the prestigious New York Film Festival, and another buzz title Tikkun, which just won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.
Waller and Noah are partners with Elijah Wood in the company SpectreVision. The company recently released The Boy, which premiered at SXSW in March, and the Sundance hit A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The Sundance film Cooties, a horror-comedy starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson, will be released in theaters September 18th.
Waller, Noah, Bleiberg and Donnermeyer previously collaborated on the cop drama McCanick, starring David Morse and the late Cory Monteith, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
XLrator Media and Bleiberg Entertainment previously teamed on Under the Bed, Feed the Gods, Strange Blood, i-Lived, Hunting Elephants starring Patrick Stewart, and the upcoming Scott Adkins action film Close Range.
ABOUT XLRATOR MEDIA, LLC
One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER, IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD and FIVE STAR.