November 14, 2012 Update:
Shadows has been renamed "Hell Gate" and will be in released theatrically into theartres on a limited release November 16th, 2012. Hell Gate was at the AFM film festival in Santa Monica California this past October.
July 6, 2012 Update:
Arclight our foreign distributor and our domestic distributor TurtlesCrossing/Freestyle have discussed in detail with me the next steps with "Shadows". We have all agreed it's a good film and since because of world-wide economic delays to rename Shadows. Turtles Crossing/Freestyle has gotten Shadows a deal with FX and is negotiating deals for a possible theatrical release. Arclight has sold certain territories in the foreign market. Bittersweet has been slow in sales as we wait for the next reports on that film. Bottom line is things were very trying for all film makers in the past few years as we all know, though there is light at the end of the tunnel for everyone things are getting better now that new markets are opening through the social media distribution in technologies.
January 30, 2012 Update:
Bitter/Sweet can be seen on Netflix.
Shadows has signed a domestic distribution deal with "Turtles Crossing", a deal for foreign rights is in serious negotiations now. Shadows has been winning awards globally.
July 5, 2011 Update:
Shadows makes its UK premiere in October at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.
June 16, 2011 Update:
Shadows just won the 2011 Fantasy Horror Award for Best Horror picture.
Shadows and just about all films world-wide have been affected like everything else because of the economy. Sales are being made slowly on on the films. We were at the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival in the last few months. There is light at the end of the tunnel it's just slowly coming in. Any questions just call Mark Lane at either 310/747-4383 or 512/541-8588.
Currently we are in negotiations with distributors domestically with Shadows. We are planning on screenings in September in Los Angeles for the studios.
Some deals that were made by Arclight at the Cannes film festival are still in negotiation.
Bittersweet has been in distribution in the foreign market and we should see some capital in a few months.
Bittersweet Wins Thai -Hollywood Romance in Houston
source: Thai Film Journal
The Thai-U.S. production Bitter/Sweet won two prizes at the 42nd WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, which wrapped up on Sunday. Directed by Jeff Hare, Bitter/Sweet won a Grand Remi Award for Best Theatrical Feature, and a Golden Remi for best director. The film made its premiere at the Houston fest. The romance features a cast of Thai stars stars and Hollywood players, led by "Mamee" Napakpapha Nakprasitte as a headstrong public-relations executive who at first clashes but ultimately falls in love with an American coffee buyer, played by Kip Pardue. Other actors are James Brolin, Spencer Garrett and Laura Sorenson as well as Akara Amarttayakul, Pakkaramai Potranan and Kalorin Nemayothin. Pop singer Tata Young makes a brief cameo. Bitter/Sweet was filmed last year in the little-seen coffee plantations of Krabi in southern Thailand. It's produced by Urs T. Brunner's Angel and Bear Productions and U.S.-based Capital Motion Pictures and Jon Karas. Brunner is a Bangkok-based Swiss businessman who is chief executive of the Thailand-based coffee brand BonCafe. The idea behind Bitter/Sweet was to highlight Thailand's coffee-growing regions in the same way that the Hollywood buddy comedy Sideways spotlighted California's wine country. Brunner says he plans to release the film in Thailand later in the year, and is hoping for a slot at a film festival in Bangkok. Here's what he had to say about the Houston festival awards, according to Lekha J. Shankar, whose article about the film's awards appears on page 7 of today's Daily Xpress:
"I can't describe in words how happy and thrilled I am that Bitter/Sweet won these two top awards! This is the third-oldest U.S. film festival, and the very place where directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone and Ang Lee won their first awards for creative excellence. For me, Thailand won here tonight, beating entries from 33 countries! This award is for the beautiful country, people, and Thai cast of the film."
From left, producer Jon Karas, director Jeff Hare, producer Urs Brunner, actress Laura Sorenson and producer Mark Lane. The full list of awards is at the festival website (XLS file). Update: Lekha says the producer told her that the screening was attended by a large number of Thai-Americans, who seemed to enjoy the film a lot. (Via Daily Xpress and e-mail from Lekha. Thanks Lekha!)
February 19, 2009 Update:
The filming for "Shadows" starring Cary Elwes started February 13th, 2009, in Thailand. The buzz on the set about the actors performances is nothing short of incredible.
Anticipated release will be either this summer or Thanksgiving. A trailer and posters will be ready in May for pre-sales at the Cannes Film Festival.