Belltower Entertainment (OTCBB:BTOW) today announced the addition of two new films to its current production slate of six features:
The first is a collaboration with Academy Award-winning writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) which tells the story of legendary golfer Moe Norman. The film, tentatively titled Dance the Green, will begin filming this summer in Canada.
The second film, titled A Kid for Christmas, is a family comedy being written by Josh Goldstein, whose credits include “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “The Jamie Foxx Show” and HBO’s “Arli$$.” Much of the film will be shot in China.
Belltower is an independent film company based in Los Angeles, with offices in Toronto and Shanghai. Led by founder and CEO Donald Bell, Belltower was formed in 2008 to take advantage of the popularity of independent films and the globalization of the entertainment industry.
“Our intent is not to focus on a specific niche market or film genre, but rather to produce a diverse portfolio of films with entertaining stories and compelling characters, and do so in a manner which is cost-efficient while attracting high profile talent,” noted Bell, a financier who entered the entertainment industry in 2004. “We have a targeted international structure that includes tapping into local production facilities, alliances with strategic partners, along with meaningful talent in countries like China and Canada.”
Belltower now has six projects in its production pipeline, three of which will be at least partly filmed in mainland China. The strategy is to appeal to high profile directors and talent while keeping the films within a modest budget. The key is to identify projects that directors and actors are very passionate about. Take Dance the Green for example, cited in a recent Globe and Mail article screenwriter Barry Morrow, an avid golfer and devotee of all things Moe Norman, was interested in Moe for the same reasons that led to Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman played an autistic savant. I want to “pay homage to a character you want to see protected. Moe is a character study of a true underdog” Morrow states. Morrow has wanted to make this film since 1995. A top Hollywood talent agency is actively packaging the film with Belltower for release date in 2010.
Additional information on Belltower Entertainment can be found at www.belltowerfilms.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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