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Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2010 at 4:29AM

Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.
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Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.

Now that Bella, a successful post-production supervisor, owns all the bits and pieces of his film, IFC Films is finally releasing the retitled Colin Fitz Lives!-- on VOD on August 4 via Sundance Selects. Bella will happily attend the LA premiere (complete with Q & A with Macy) on August 5 at the Cinematheque (tickets here).

Bella tells his own riveting story at indieWIRE and KCRW's The Business. The trailer is below.

This article is related to: Independents, Video, Indies, IFC, Trailers


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