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By Gene Park

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 2) – The controversial "Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon" film – shot on Guam and touted as having the potential to give Guam "a greater market presence to promote the island in a different regard" - now will debut in the very location it was meant to promote.

Sorensen Television Systems, a division of Sorensen Pacific Broadcasting, has announced that "Max Havoc" will make its debut on KTGM ABC-14 on December 10 in Guam.

"Our community invested in this film, and can see the final product exclusively with ABC-14," said Sorensen Chief Executive Officer Rex Sorensen in a press release.

Local community investment includes the Guam Economic Development and Commerce Authority committing US$800,000 in cash toward a loan guarantee for the project; thousands of dollars from the Guam Visitors Bureau for undelivered public service announcements by actress Carmen Electra; and numerous local corporate sponsors, Pacific Daily News files state.

The film was shot in May 2004 on Guam, as well as in Japan and Los Angeles.

I've screened the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised," said Jon Anderson, Sorensen president and talk show host. "The film is a terrific showcase for Guam's beauty. If it's shown widely on the mainland, Guam will get millions in great publicity."

"Max Havoc" was touted as being a harbinger of a film industry on Guam when the film was first announced, and aimed to promote the island.

"You will see Guam in all her glory when we end months of speculation and misinformation that reminds many of a sure case of 'crab in the bucket' mentality," said Sorensen Vice President and General Manager Curtis Dancoe.

Dancoe said the TV showing is the film's debut and negotiations are underway for a rebroadcast. The deal was struck between Sorensen and film production company Rigel Entertainment.

Dancoe said despite the negative attention brought to the film, "For seeing a local girl in there, for seeing what Guam has to offer, I was humbled. None of that stuff matters anymore. The movie just depicted Guam as a beautiful tropical island. It was nice to see my back yard on the big screen."

December 2, 2005

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