Canzo Empyrean (partially found underground film; 2007)

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Canzo Empyrean logo, taken from the film's now-defunct website.

Status: Partially found


Underground filmmaker Justin Fornal is perhaps best known for his work as alter ego Baron Ambrosia, an eccentric food critic and "culinary ambassador to the world" (in his own words), who starred in a self-produced web series in 2007 titled Underbelly NYC, as well as 2 TV series; the 2008-2013 public access show Bronx Flavor and the short-lived 2011-2012 Cooking Channel series The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia, though he is also known by many for his notoriously elusive 2008 underground film Canzo Empyrean.



File:GI JOE movie trailer (extended) 2009
The leaked Canzo Empyrean trailer.

Canzo Empyrean is a 2008 underground movie starring, written and produced by Justin Fornal. It premiered in Liberia, Haiti, Somalia and Russia in 2008 (spanning 20 or so local cinemas), and has had 1 showing in America in 2009. The third (and allegedly final showing) has not yet been announced, although rumor has it that Fornal has plans to destroy his copies of the film after the third showing, leaving only 4 copies available for viewing: one in Monrovia (Liberia), one in Port Au Prince (Haiti), one in Mogadishu (Somalia) and one in Grozny (Russia).

The film has never been mass-released publicly, although a few bootleg copies are said to have been sold online for upwards of $500.

The film is loosely based on G.I. Joe, and is set in a futuristic world where everyone has AIDS and sex has been outlawed. The movie was said to have been 10 years in the making, although these claims are unverified. The bizarre official website[1] for the film contains several hidden clips,[2][3][4] and additionally, a 3 minute trailer was leaked online in 2007.

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