Extra Virgin, the indie production, distribution and sales marque of filmmakers Pimpaka Towira and Mai Meksawan, has unveiled its own Web domain, www.ExtraVirginCo.com, upgrading from a Wordpress blog.
Most exciting of all is that Extra Virgin has followed the example set by Malaysian indie film collective Da Huang Pictures and opened the Extra Virgin DVD store.
Extra Virgin's sole DVD offering for now is Pimpaka's documentary The Truth Be Told: The Cases Against Supinya Klangnarong. And seriously, is there not a better time to revisit this sprawling political documentary on the end of the Thaksin era?
And, bucking the trend of Thailand's big studios, the Extra Virgin folks are showing wise foresight by offering English subtitles as an option on their DVDs -- so far.
The only payment options right now are PayPal and bank transfer. The DVD is reasonably priced if you're ordering in Thailand -- shipping costs are going to be a deal breaker for overseas orders I'm afraid.
The current production by Extra Virgin is Uruphong Raksasad's Agrarian Utopia, which is now on the festival circuit and yet to be shown in Thailand.
Extra Virgin also handled theatrical distribution for Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town in Thailand, showing the film in a four-week limited run as part of its Directors' Screen series. That led to Wonderful Town collecting lots of trophies during this year's awards season. There's no Thai DVD yet of Wonderful Town, though it is available elsewhere.
Upcoming projects by Extra Virgin include The Island Funeral, directed by Pimpaka and co-written by Kong Rithdee, and a feature-film version of A Voyage of Foreteller by Jakrawal Nilthamrong, expanded from his short film of the same name.