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

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

Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

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.

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