'Colma' in tune with Roadside Attractions


NEW YORK -- Roadside Attractions has nabbed all worldwide rights to the irreverent indie "Colma: The Musical."

Richard Wong's first feature follows three rebellious high school grads on a voyage of self discovery in Colma, the San Francisco suburb known for its many cemeteries. The gloomy environment provides the backdrop for more than a dozen musical numbers shot in digital video.

"That someone can go out and make an accomplished, full-blown musical on their own is a giant evolution in independent film," said Roadside co-president Eric d'Arbeloff. The distributor plans a domestic theatrical release of "Colma" this summer.

"Colma" earned an IFP Gotham Award nomination for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" last fall and an Independent Spirit Award "Someone to Watch" nom for Wong earlier this year. The film won special jury prizes during its debut at the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival and at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Wong co-wrote the project with H.P. Mendoza, who composed the score and stars in the film with Jake Moreno and L.A. Renigen.

The deal was negotiated by Roadside's d'Arbeloff with Nguyen "Wyn" Tran of sales agent The Institution on behalf of the filmmakers.