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Dogme No. 10
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FW Productions © 2000

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Released to VHS

Chetzemoka's Curse (Dogme No. 10), only the 2nd American Dogme 95 feature officially certified (after Julien Donkey-Boy) announces Valentine's Day/Feb. 14, 2002 video release (VHS).

One of the first no-budget DV features conceived, cast, shot, and completed in the year 2000, Chetzemoka's Curse received official certification as Dogme No. 10 from the Danish Dogme Secretariat. Produced by Rick Schmidt's FW Productions, about a star-crossed love affair, the movie had seven collaborator/co-signers: Maya Berthoud, Morgan Schmidt-Feng, Dave Nold, Lawrence Pado, Marlon Schmidt, Rick Schmidt, and Chris Tow. (Schmidt's then 14 year old son, Marlon Schmidt, was writer/creator of the "flying cup" scene.) Produced in just ten days, Curse was lensed in Port Townsend, Washington, location of Schmidt's 1992 feature American Orpheus (Rotterdam, Seattle Intl., Houston Intl. GOLD AWARD winner for Best Low-Budget Feature of 1992).

Schmidt's eldest son, Morgan Schmidt-Feng (, lead actor/assoc. producer of Schmidt's no-budget hit Morgan's Cake (New Directors/New Films, Berlin Intl., Sundance "Dramatic Competition," SF Intl., Boston Film Festival, etc.) was director of photography on Curse, also co-signer/co-writer and co-producer with dad. Quincy Griffin, composer of musical score for Sundance 2002 Documentary Grand Prize Winner, Daughter from Danang, wrote, composed, and performed music, on location, in real-time, as per Dogme 95 Vow of Chastity Manifesto rule #2.

Schmidt is the author of the how-to indie bible, Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices, (Penguin Books 1988, 1995, 2000).

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