Sunday, July 29, 2012

EVENTS: Cinemalaya 2012 Winners!


MY Cinemalaya 2012 ranking!

After watching all the 25 entries for the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, here's my ranking based on its depth, originality, cinematography, editing and over all impact (1 being the highest):




For the Director's Showcase 
1) Bwakaw
2) Mga Mumunting Lihim
3) Posas
4) Kalayaan
5) Kamera Obskura
For the New Breed Full-Length Category
1) Ang Nawawala
2) Requieme!
3) Ang Katiwala
4) Diablo
5) Aparisyon
6) Sta. Nina
7) Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino
8) Oros
9) The Animals
10) Mga Dayo


New Breed Shorts Category
1) Ruweda
2) Paghihintay sa Bulong
3) Pasahero
4) As He Sleeps
5) Balintuna
6) Manenaya
7) Sarong Aldaw
8) Ulian
9) Bohe
10) Victor

                   I’m very much lucky to watched all of the entries for this year’s Cinemalaya. If I’m going to compare the entries from last year, this year was a lot better. As the National Artist for Literature, Bienvenido Lumbera said, it’s first time for the festival to have entries to the New Breed Full Length category with middle/upper class theme on it; Ang Nawawala and The Animals per se. Usually, independent films tackle only harsh realities, poverty and the like. This just mean that the Cinemalaya evolves a lot from its yesteryears.
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And the winner is..!



            The 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival awards night was held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (aka CCP Main Theater) last July 29, 2012, Sunday night. Everyone was so excited for this culminating activity since this was the time to recognize their efforts, hard work and all. The event was well attended by artists, production staff and crew, media press, fans and movie enthusiasts. The films were judged by different local and foreign juries. For this year, awards has been given to almost all of the film entries. It significantly shows that this year has been a really tough fight between the entries. Here’s the complete list of this year’s 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival winner:

New Breed Shorts
Best Screenplay: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, “Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong’
Best Direction: Sheron Dayoc, “As he Sleeps”
Special Jury Prize:
 Richard Soriano Legaspi, “Manenaya”
Best Film: Jarell M. Serencio, “Victor”
Audience Choice: Hannah Espia, “Ruweda”



New Breed Full-Length
Best Sound: “Aparisyon”
Best Original Music Score: Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa and Jazz Nicolas, “Ang Nawawala”
Best Editing: John Wong, “The Animals”
Best Production Design: Benjamin H. Payumo, “Intoy Syokoy” 
Best Cinematography: Tristan Salas, “Diablo” Best Screenplay: Rody Vera, “REquieme!”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Joross Gamboa, “Intoy Syokoy”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Anita Linda, “Santa Niña”
Best Direction: Mes de Guzman, “Diablo”
Best Performance of an Actor: Kristoffer King, “Oros”
Best Performance of an Actress: Ama Quiambao, “Diablo” Best Film: Mes de Guzman, “Diablo”
Special Jury Prize: Loy Arcenas, “REquieme!”
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award: “Diablo” by Mes de Guzman
Audience Choice: Marie Jamora, “Ang Nawawala”


Directors Showcase
Best Sound: Ditoy Aguila, “Kalayaan”
Best Original Music Score: Diwa de Leon, “Kamera Obskura”
Best Editing: Vanessa de Leon, “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Production Design: Adolfo Alix, Jr., “Kalayaan”
Best Cinematography: Albert Banzon, “Kalayaan”
Best Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actor: Art Acuña, “Posas”
Best Performance of a Supporting Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Agot Isidro and Judy Ann Santos “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Direction: Raymond Red, “Kamera Obskura” Best Performance of an Actor: Eddie Garcia, “Bwakaw”
Best Performance of an Actress: Iza Calzado, Janice de Belen, Agot Isidro and Judy Ann Santos“Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Film: Lawrence Fajardo, “Posas”
Special Jury Prize: Raymond Red, “Kamera Obskura”
NETPAC Award: Jun Robles Lana, “Bwakaw”
Audience Choice: Jun Robles Lana, “Bwakaw”


           I want to congratulate all the participants especially the big winners for this year. To all the volunteers, staff and crew, directors, actors and actresses, media and movie enthusiasts, a big props to you all.. See you on the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival on July 2013!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Emmanuel Palo's "Santa Nina" - Cinemalaya 2012


It stars some of the best actors in the independent film industy including Coco Martin, Alessandra de Rossi, Anita Linda, and Angel Aquino. Completing the cast are Irma Adlawan, Nanding Josef, Lui Manansala, Joe Gruta, Bea Garcia, Dax Alejandro,and Rie Batingana.

SYNOPSIS: When Paulino Mungcal and his co-worker in a lahar-filled quarry unexpectedly dig up the remains of his 2-year daughter Marikit, they discover that she showed no signs of decay. Could this be a miracle, and could she -- despite death – cure the sick? Inspired by whatever healing power the deceased child may have, Pol asks the church to declare

Jun Lana's "Bwakaw" - Cinemalaya 2012


Stars: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Gardo Versoza, Soxy Topacio, Armida Siguion-Reyna
Writer-Director: Jun Lana

Bwakaw is a drama-comedy about growing old, and everyone’s fear of growing old alone.

Rene (Eddie Garcia) is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is death.

He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution.

Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. Rene feeds him, but refuses to show him affection.

As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill. In his struggle to get Bwakaw cured, Rene finds comfort in the most unlikely person: Sol (Rez Cortez), a tricycle driver who helps him bring Bwakaw to the vet and befriends him.

Buoyed by Sol’s friendship, Rene starts living and discovering simple joys. The 75-year-old man finally learns to live life without fear because of man’s best friend.


This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.

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Adolfo Alix, Jr.'s "Kalayaan" - Cinemalaya 2012


Stars: Thai actor Ananda Everingham,Japanese actress Kiki Sugino, Zanjoe Marudo, Luis Alandy  
Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.

Writer-director Adolfo Alix Jr. was inspired to do the film Kalayaan when he chanced upon an article discussing how different countries are claiming the Spratly islands. He also read about the military installations put up by the Philippines in the islands being claimed by other countries such as China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.


He tapped Thai actor Ananda Everingham to play the lead role of a soldier named Julian Macaraeg. Ananda, who is best known for the 2004 horror film Shutter, brings life to a man who must copewith loneliness as he is stationed in the remote island. The actor shot the film in Palawan for 10 days.

Due to time constraints and security reasons, Direk Adolf decided to shoot in mainland Palawan instead of shooting in the Spratlys. “We had to re-create the installation based on the photographs that we gathered. We found similar landscapes in Cowrie and Luli island so we built our set there.”

Soldiers were stationed in the Spratlys for three months but the military shortened the duty to one month. Based on Direk Adolf’s research, this is reportedly because most of the soldiers suffered anxiety and low morale.

“[The soldiers] have transistor radios, TV and DVD players. They use two-way radios in order to communicate with their main base.”

Despite these forms of communication, there are soldiers who have difficulties dealing with the long period of isolation. In fact, Direk Adolf revealed: “In most of my interviews, the soldiers often mention their own mermaid stories.”

Japanese actress Kiki Sugino plays the mermaid in one of the crucial scenes of the movie. Direk Adolf revealed that they had to bring their own generator in the mangroves where they shot this scene.

Zanjoe Marudo plays Lucio, the bratty and loudmouthed soldier who has been assigned in the Spratly a couple of times. Luis Alandy portrays Eric, a newly assigned soldier in the island.

Direk Adolf says that his movie aims to focus on the real victims of this situation: “the Filipino soldier who doesn’t even know what their real purpose is in guarding those islands.”

This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.

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Raymond Red's "Kamera Obskura" - Cinemalaya 2012


Stars: Pen Medina, Joel Torre
Writer-Director: Raymond Red

Kamera Obskura can be described as “a fictitious Filipino black-and-white silent expressionist film supposedly found recently by our film archivists and historians.”

In this experimental film-within-a-film, Pen Medina portrays a prisoner locked away in a dark chamber for over two decades. He only sees the reality of the world outside through a small hole in his cell, which projects an image of the city on his wall. He watches people passing by, projected like an inverted movie. As he yearns to rejoin society, he eventually chips away on the hole until it is big enough for him to escape through.

Direk Raymond points out: “Since 1983, I’ve been thinking of giving homage to silent cinema. ‘Yon yung wala tayo sa Philippines since ang sama ng film preservation natin at wala tayong awareness.

“Ever since, meron akong fascination for cinema heritage and film history. In fact, 1990s ko pa pinaplano ito pero ngayon lang natuloy.”

Direk Raymond already worked on a short film with a similar theme that was released in 2006.
“Si Pen Medina na rin ang actor ko noon na nakakulong [in his short film titled Mistulang Kamera Obskura]. Sinali ko yung short film na iyon sa Imahe Nasyon [an omnibus film comprised of 20 short films created by 20 filmmakers].”

The veteran director believes the now is the perfect time for his obra.“There’s a transition now to digital; mawawala na ang film--yung celluloid cinema. Kaya nagkataon ganun na ang thinking ng mga filmmakers ngayon: paying tribute to cinema heritage and history.”

This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.

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Lawrence Fajardo's "Posas" - Cinemalaya 2012


Stars: Nico Antonio, Bangs Garcia, Art Acuña, Jake Macapagal, Nor Domingo 
Director: Lawrence Fajardo 
Writer: Zig Carlo Dulay



To prepare for his role in Posas, singer-actor Nico Antonio actually took instructions from a real-life snatcher on how to steal a cellphone.



His character Jestoni “Jess” Biag is a notorious snatcher victimizing people in bustling streets around Quiapo Church.  As a routine, he steals wallets, gadgets and jewelries, which he will trade for a meager amount of peso - enough for him to survive and to support his family.


The film shows how Jess is captured by the police for snatching a cellphone of a call center agent, Ma. Grace Rosuello (Bangs Garcia). It’s his first time to undergo investigation.  And as he goes in the process from Barangay Hall Clinic, Police Station to the Fiscal’s Office, viewers will witness how human rights violation bluntly executes, and how culture of corruption deviously perpetuates in this chain of institutions.

PO1 Damian (played by Nor Domingo) chased Jess as he ran along the streets of Manila. According to co-producer Atty. Joji Alonso, they had to reshoot the snatching scene of the film because it was very difficult shooting in Quiapo.


Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Wendy Valdez is cast as Idang, the girlfriend of Jess the snatcher.



One of the most-talked about scene in the movie is the torture scene of Nico’s character. 



Nico Antonio endured waterboarding, a form of torture wherein water is repeatedly poured over someone's face, when his character is caught by the police. The actor temporarily developed a phobia of water because of this traumatic experience.



This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.

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Joey Javier Reyes' "Mga Mumunting Lihim" - Cinemalaya 2012


Stars: Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro with the special participation of Janice de Belen and Ms. Judy Ann Santos
Writer-Director: Jose Javier Reyes

In Mga Mumunting Lihim, Iza Calzado, Judy Ann Santos, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen bring life to the women whose bonds of friendship are tested when they discover secrets about each other. 

Mariel (Judy Ann) and Carla (Iza) have been close friends since high school. When they grow up, Carla becomes a successful advertising executive while Mariel is a married woman who is actually jealous of Carla.

They meet Olive (Janice de Belen) and Sandra (Agot Isidro) who eventually become part of their barkada.

Judy Ann describes the movie by saying, “Pinapakita nito yung relationship ng magkakaibigan, paano na build at paano muntik magkawatak-watak dahil sa isang makabuluhang journal.”
In lieu of the meek characters that she portrayed in the past, Judy Ann accepted this role, which she describes as a “slight kontrabida.”

Mariel (Judy Ann) is afflicted with a terminal disease and when she died, her friends got to read her diary containing her darkest secrets.

Iza says about her character Carla: “I am ambitious and career driven. Ako yung type ng babae na matibay sa lahat ng bagay pero sa isang punto sa buhay ko, nagkaroon ako ng vulnerability na nag-trigger for me to become cold and cut off.”

Direk Joey admitted that Mga Mumunting Lihim is a very personal film for him. “It’s a movie about friendship. It’s about the death of a friend. I’m dedicating it to one of my best friends, Don Escudero.”

The director/production designer died of colon cancer in July 2011.


This film is one of the 5 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's Director's Showcase Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.

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Loy Arcenas's "REquieme!" - Cinemalaya 2012




The cast includes Asia Film Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actress Shamaine Buencamino(Niño) as Swanie, Rez Cortez as Budoy, Anthony Falcon as Joanna, and Paul Jake Paule as Winston. It also stars Endong as Rener Concepcion, Antonette Garcia as Sally,Roli Inocencio as Robinson,Garry Lim as Junior, Jelson Bay as Baboy, Angelita Raymundo as Melvi, Skyzx Labastilla as Taranta, Ces Aldaba as Jake, Lou Veloso as Renato and Lilia Cuntapay as Aling Isang.

SYNOPSIS: Circus hijinks surround the barangay of Sta. Maria in the midst of an international murder sensation. Swanie, Sta. Maria’s barangay chair and a distant relative of the killer, tries to gain political points by staging a wake for the criminal-turned-celebrity. Meanwhile in faraway Manila, Joanna, Swanie’s runaway son, navigates his way through labyrinthine bureaucracy, to give a neighbor a proper burial. With these two unrelated deaths, estranged mother and son each bury the dead long shelved in their hearts. Amidst these unspoken family burials, the neighborhoods’ penchant for funeral fiestas, gossip and secrets, bizarre social events and the sheer mix of scandal and inebriation complete the picture of dying the Pinoy way.

 
 FILMMAKER’S PROFILE: REquieme!” is Mr. Arcenas’ second film. His first film, “Niño”, was premiered in last year’s Cinemalaya festival where it received the Special Jury Prize. It was co-winner for the Best Film Award in last year’s New Currents section of the Busan International Film Festival. Based in New York, Loy Arcenas has an established career as a theatrical set designer as well as director. He has designed sets for Broadway shows that have included “Once On This Island”, “Prelude To A Kiss”, “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life”. He has also designed the sets for the off-Broadway and major American regional theater companies of the United States. He has collaborated with some of the most exciting American directors and playwrights including Joe Mantello, George C. Wolfe, Anne Bogart, Robert Falls, Terrence McNally, Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel. For his design work, he has received the Obie for Sustained Excellence of Scenic Design, the Drama Desk Award, the Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, the Jefferson Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Michael Merritt Award for Design Collaboration. His directing work in New York have included his collaboration with Lonnie Carter, “The Romance of Magno Rubio”, for which he received his second Obie, and Ralph Peña’s ‘Flipzoids’. His New York directing work is very much associated with the Ma-Yi Theatre Company. For Tanghalang Pilipino, he designed and directed “The Romance of Magno Rubio”, David Henry Hwang’s “Golden Child”, and “Tatlong Mariya”, Rody Vera’s adaptation of Chekov’s “Three Sisters”.

Production: Director-Loy Arcenas, DOP-Louie Quirino and Maisa Demetillo, Story-Loy Arcenas and Rody Vera, Screenplay-Rody Vera, Producers-Philippe Chambon and Daniel Arcenas, Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo, Editor-Lawrence Fajardo, Musical Scorer-Budoy Maraviles, Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami, 1st Asst. Director-Sheenly Gener, 2nd Asst. Director-Ed Lacson, Production Manager-Ron Capili and Philip Buena, Production Design-Loy Arcenas.

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Julius Sotomayor Cena's "Mga Dayo" - Cinemalaya 2012


It stars Sue Prado (Alex), Janela Buhain (Miriam), and Olga Natividad (Ella) with Brandon Muna, Charlene Baes Leffler, Louella Camaganacan, Aaron Agsalud, and Vicky Flor Dizon.


SYNOPSIS Guam, U.S.A. Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day. Alex, a local newspaper photographer, gets into a “green card marriage” with her good friend James, a Guam-born Filipino. Miriam, a former member of the Philippine press and now an established Guam journalist, longs to repair a damaged relationship with her American husband. Ella, a hotelhousekeeper for almost 20 years, finds means of sending her 88-year old mother to the Philippines with the uncertainty of coming back. As the island of Guam celebrates this classic American holiday when people count their blessings and give thanks, the lives of the three Filipina immigrants intersect and find themselves at a tug-o-war of sacrifice and significance where they must find their home or must they find it somewhere else.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE Julius Sotomayor Cena was born in Pandacan, Manila and moved to Guam at the age of 15, making him 1.5 generation Filipino immigrant. He received his degrees in Psychology and Anthropology with minors in Sociology and Fine Arts: Art at the University of Guam. He received College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Student of the Year Award in 2007 and graduated cum laude. He is a visual art teacher and a filmmaker. He has been a part of several art exhibits on Guam including Creative Hands: Pacific at Isla Center for the Arts where his piece “Pandacan Fiesta” received Honorable Mention.

His exposure to the exciting and progressive art scene in the Philippines, particularly the film community, provided a springboard that embarked him on his filmmaking endeavors. He studied script writing with Armando “Bing” Lao in Found Story Workshop in 2010. His first short film, Fifteen-Year Dream, is a product of the Experimental Film Production under Sari Lluch Dalena at the University of the Philippines as a part of Surfacing, a filmmaking workshop series in 2009. Shortly after, he independently co-produced Lutrina with his good friend Waise Azimi. Set against the backdrop of a real Catholic procession, Lutrina became an official Guam International Film Festival entry in 2011 and received two nominations namely Best Made in the Marianas and Grand Jury Best Short Film – Narrative.

He finds himself drawn to subjects that are no longer around, with feelings he describes as “disconnected and foreign” which were once familiar and common. He tries to capture images of people in situations to reconnect with something that is no longer there, or he is no longer a part of. It is an emotion that can only be felt after leaving a special place, with the uncertainty of coming back.

Production: Writer and Director- Julius Sotomayor Cena; Script Consultant- Armando “Bing” Lao; Camera-Arden Bonto, Gilbert Toots Redila, Francis Pineda; Editing-Ver Custodio; Sound- Jesse Castro

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Paul Sta. Ana's "Oros" - Cinemalaya 2012


It stars Kristoffer King as Makoy, Kristoffer Martin as Abet, Tanya Gomez as Linda, Kim Komatsu as Daisy,Diva Montelaba as Carmen, Angelita Raymundo as Annabel.

 
SYNOPSIS: The film set in a decadent world where even death becomes a provider. In a country where a cadavermay serve as license for holding a sakla operation (illegal gambling) in wakes, people may exploit the dead in order to generate income from the profits of gambling, and possibly pay for its burial. In Oros, a funeral parlor owner sells an unidentified body to Makoy, a kasero in a saklaan, who, along with his reluctant brother, Abet, set the stage for a three-week long fake wake holding the illegal saklaan. The sakla personnel deals with everyone involved, including Linda, an impoverished homeowner, as they agree upon a fictional story which will “legitimize” the wake.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE: Paul Sta. Ana graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Philosophy. After graduating with a Dean’s Award for the Arts, Paul eventually decided to pursue a career in media. He wrote and produced several videos and television specials which received recognition from the Cultural Center of the Philippines Awards for Alternative Video and Film and the Golden Dove Awards for Television. He won the Best Screenplay award for the film, Mayohan (Maytime) in the 2010 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and garnered a nomination for Best Screenplay from the Young Critics Circle and the Gawad Urian for the film Bisperas (Trespassers) in 2012.

Production: Director-Paul Sta. Ana; DOP-Rommel Sales; Story-Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela; Producers-Joey Abacan and Paul Sta. Ana; Co-producers-JD Beales and Josabeth Alonso; Line Producer-Krisma Maclang-Fajardo; Editor-Lawrence Fajardo; Musical Scorer-Gian Gianan; Sound Designer-Wildsound Ami; Asst. Director-Michael Cardoz; Production Managers- Ron Capili and Philip Buena; Production Design-Tonee Acejo.

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Marietta Jamora's "Ang Nawawala" - Cinemalaya 2012


Cast: Dominic Roco, Dawn Zulueta, Felix Roco, Boboy Garrovillo, Alchris Galura, Mercedes Cabral, Kelvin Yu, Jenny Jamora, Marc Abaya, Annicka Dolonius, Sabrina Man

Ang Nawawala

Synopsis: Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now twenty years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad, his first visit in three years. He finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship. Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.


FILMMAKER’S PROFILE: Marie Jamora took her Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University, graduating Cum Laude in 2001. Her first short film, “pata ‘yan/patayan” (“A Pound of Flesh/The Killing”) won Best Short Narrative at the Ateneo Video Open. In her last year of college, she was suddenly derailed by her musical hero, Ely Buendia, when he asked her to co-direct an Eraserheads music video with him for their single, “Maskara.” This music video then was nominated for Best Group Video and Best Song Video at the MTV Pilipinas Awards in 2001. Since then, she has directed over 40 music videos, which have had over 30 nominations and 8 wins from the MTV Pilipinas Awards, NU107 Rock Awards, Awit Awards, and the MYX Music Awards. In 2005, she acquired her MFA degree in Film from Columbia University. 

         As a Director, her short films have been in competition and exhibition in the Cinemanila International Film Festival, Singapore’s Women in Film Festival, the Loyola Film Circle’s Ateneo Video Open, and the University of the Philippines Cineastes INDEO Short Film Festival. As a Producer, her short film, “Three Boys” has made the rounds at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Cinemanila International Film Festival, winning the Gold Award at the 2009 Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards. She was an In–House Director at Unitel. In 2008, she challenged herself by helming the first season of Project Runway Philippines. Presently, she is part-time faculty at her alma mater, the Ateneo de Manila University, where she teaches DV Filmmaking.


Production:
Director-Marie Jamora
Writers-Marie Jamora and Ramon De Veyra
Producers-Bernard Dacanay, Trinka Lat, John Sy, Daphne O. Chiu and Marie Jamora
Director of Photography-Ming Kai Leung
Production Designer-Trinka Lat; Editors-Marie Jamora and Edsel Abesames
Sound Design-Ditoy Aguila
Music- Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa and Jazz Nicolas

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Aloy Adlawan's "Ang Katiwala" - Cinemalaya 2012


It stars Dennis Trillo as the Katiwala (caretaker). The cast includes: Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Canapi, AltheaVega, Miggs Cuaderno, Neri Naig, Ernie Zarate, Shyr Valdez, Richard Manabat, Louella de Cordova, Aileen Lota, and Dado Jose.


SYNOPSIS: Ruben loses his job as a carpenter in a small town in Zambales where he lives with his wife EDNA and their 10-year old son, BUDOY. Desperate to make ends meet, he accepts a job as a caretaker of an abandoned property in Quezon City. Ruben soon finds out that the previous owner of the house is an important figure in the country’s history. When he is interviewed by a TV reporter about this historical figure, Ruben feels embarrassed that he knows nothing about him. Ruben soon starts reading up to get to know more about the life of this person, his accomplishments and what he has done for the people. Ruben’s fascination about the person’s life and his inevitable hero-worship irks the only friend he has in the sprawling compound, the night-shift security guard, GIMO, who jokes that Ruben is slowly being possessed by the soul of his new hero.

FILMMAKER’S PROFILE: A former Chemical Engineer by profession, Aloy Adlawan (also credited as Alfred Aloysius L. Adlawan) is a multi-awarded Filipino filmmaker-writer, producer, director, composer. His award-winning works include the screenplays “Ang Babae sa Burol”, “Ang Mga Ibon sa Dapithapon”, “Padyak”; and “Si Lolo Tasyo at ang Araw”. In 2005, he was among the finalists of the first Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival with his film “Room Boy”. His horror film “Ouija” (writer) was 2007’s biggest horror blockbuster. His other horror film “Signos (The Sign)” was awarded the Best Foreign Film at the 2007 Lone Star International Film Festival; was given an Award of Excellence at the 2007 Accolade Film Competition in California, received the Bronze Foreign Film Award at The International Filmmaker Festival in U.K, and won Best International Thriller at the 2008 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. In 2010, he produced another Cinemalaya entry “Mayohan”, which won several major Cinemalaya awards. His television works include the hit TV shows “Paano Ba Ang Mangarap”, “Dwarfina”, “The Good Daughter”, and “Magdusa Ka”, which was nominated for Best Telenovela at the International Emmys Television Awards in 2009. He is one of Philippines’ most sought after writers in the horror genre, with a formidable body of work which includes “Ouija”, “Signos (The Sign)”, “3 Days of Darkness”, “T2”, “Condo”, “Aswang”, the “Punerarya” episode from Asian’s (or probably the world’s) longest horror film franchise “Shake, Rattle, and Roll 12”, which The Young Critics Circle singled out in 2010 as the year’s best. He also wrote for Yam Laranas the screenplay to “The Road”, the first critically acclaimed Filipino film to be commercially distributed in North America.

Production: Writer/Director-Aloy L. Adlawan; Producers-Aloy L. Adlawan, Antonio P. Tuviera; Executive Producers-Ramel David, Joselito Oconer, Michael Tuviera, Aloy Adlawan, Wanda Lomibao, Paolo Leano; Director of Photography-Carlo Mendoza; Production Designer-Jed Sicangco, Editor-Laser Diaz; Sound Design & Recording-Cedric Region; Music-Peter Legaste

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Lemuel Lorca and Jerry Gracio's "Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino" - Cinemalaya 2012




SYNOPSIS: Intoy has had the hots for Doray since they were kids in Kalye Marino, Cavite City, formerly the American Naval Base in Sangley Point. Both marginalized as the long-lasting effect of American abandonment of the said base, Intoy has become Kalye Marino’s best “tahong” caretaker-with-no-angst-about-poverty, while Doray a cheap prostitute-with-no-guilt, tending to her siblings’ needs. Intoy strives to have his own cages of “tahong” so he can have Doray, not for just a night of quickie sex, but forever. But what will he do to when she offers to drop by his hovel-on-stilts to quench his passion, but before it happens Nature has chosen to play a joke on his tahong cage? Will it be goodbye to his tahong business or to his damsel-in-distress and ultimately to Kalye Marino? From Eros S. Atalia’s 2001 Palanca Grand Prize-winning Short Story, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino is a love tale minus the obligatory romantic sentiments.

 
FILMMAKER’S PROFILE: Lemuel Lorca has six strong and extensive years of experience in TV,
movie and commercial directing, producing and writing. Among the films he has worked are Nakaw (Stolen), a short film produced by MowelfundInstitute starring Gina Alajar and Ricky Davao; Oliver, Kung ako, Ikaw, a full length movie; Ika-Sampu (The Tenth), a full lengthdigital movie featuring Eddie Garcia, Boots Anson-Roa and Priscilla Mireilles; and Bola 2011, a full length movie starring Arnel Ignacio, Suzette Ranillo and Simon Ibarra.

Production: Story Right-Eros S. Atalia, Scriptwriter-Jerry B. Gracio, Director-Lemuel C. Lorca, Assistant Director-Armando A. Reyes, Director of Photography-Jun L. Pereira Jr., Production Designer-Benjamin H. Payumo, Editor-Benjamin G. Tolentino, Musical Directors- Margie Morrero and Paulo Almaden, Executive Producers-Boy So, Robert Bernardo and Boy Abunda


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Mes de Guzman's "Diablo" - Cinemalaya 2012


Cast: Ama Quiambao as Nanang Lusing; Jose Escobedo as Ronaldo, Roeder Camañag as Alberto, Fredie De La Cruz as Fernando, Arnold Reyes as Ruben, Carlo Aquino as Oscar, Edelyn Escobedo as Ima, AltheaVega as Angela, John Paul Escobedo as Matias and Ronal Caranza as Jamba.


SYNOPSIS: This is the story of Lusing,mother to five grown up sons who have distinct characters and professions of their own. Her children would occasionally come by for a visit. Each son comes for a specific purpose with different stories to share. Never has there been a chance that all five siblings came together nor met each other. The only moment they will gather as a family would be when one son is

Vincent Sandoval's "Aparisyon" - Cinemalaya 2012


         SYNOPSIS: It is 1971, and the sisters of the Adoration monastery lead quiet, insulated lives in a remote town in Rizal. Mother Superior Ruth leads the group in its prayers and daily rituals and prides herself in keeping the nuns removed from the vices and vicissitudes of the outside world. Young and fairly new, Lourdes, joins the monastery and gets introduced to the cloistered life.

Mylene Dizon plays a nun in "Aparisyon"

        Shortly after, Remy, an extern nun (who is able to leave the cloister from time to time to do errands for the nuns), gets an unexpected visit from her mother telling her that her activist brother has been snatched away. Deeply troubled, Remy asks Ruth for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother. But Ruth turns down her request, reminding her of the increasing importance of prayer during that time of crisis and in order to keep Remy out of harm’s way.

Mylene Dizon with Jodi Sta. Maria

          Behind Ruth’s back, Remy starts attending meetings of families whose progressive relatives have

Gino Santos's "The Animals" - Cinemalaya 2012


                                Albie Casiño plays the role of Jake in The Animals

SYNOPSIS: Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with. All Jake wants to do is have a good time, Alex just wants to fit in, and Trina simply wants more. A very vivid picture is painted of life in high school after the final bell rings, as well as a different side of the Philippines, and what is happening to its privileged children.


FILMMAKER’S PROFILE Gino Martin M. Santos graduated from De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde with a degree in digital filmmaking.

In 2006 he attended the Asia Pacific Film Institute, which sparked his passion for filmmaking. To enhance his passion, He enrolled in the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute the following year.

          
In August 2012, he participated in a workshop conducted by the New York Film Academy, which was held in Kyoto, Japan. Gino, together with 12 representatives around South East Asia, was chosen to represent the Philippines in the Motion Picture Associassion - CICE workshop that was held in Beijing, China in December 2011. Gino's short musical film, "Ang Tangke" (The Water Tank) was chosen to represent De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde for the MGDF1919 water stories competition along with 10 schools around the Philippines. The musical received the honorable mention award in the 22nd Gawad CCP competition, and also competed in the 19th Contravision film festival in Berlin. The year after that he won another honorable mention award in the 23rd Gawad CCP competition in the experimental category for his short film entitled "Bangungot." His short feature "Every Other Time" was an official entry in the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. "The Animals" is Gino's debut full-length film.

Cast: Albie Casiño as Jake, Dawn Balagot as Trina, Patrick Sugui as Alex

Production: Producers-Stained Glass Productions, Cinemalaya Foundation, Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, Gino Santos; Executive Producer-Malou Santos, Nicanor G. Santos III, and Jeff Stelton; Director-Gino M. Santos; Writer-Jeff Stelton; Director of Photography-Alex Espartero; Editor-John Wong and Rona Delos Reyes; Musical Scorer/Sound Designer-Diwa De Leon; Original Soundtrack-Nix Damn P!

This film is one of the 10 finalists at the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition's New Breed Full Length Feature Category to be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with showing at Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma from July 20 to 29, 2012.




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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cinemalaya 2012!



          July is a great month for the Philippines Film industry as it marks another year for Cinemalaya. The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate the Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Each year, ten fresh talents are given a seed grant in order to create the film of their dreams. These films in the New Breed Full Length Category are then featured in festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines every July and compete for the coveted Balanghai Award. Awards are also given in the Short Feature Category and the Directors Showcase. Along with these competition films are an array of exhibitions that include Tributes to Past Indie Mavericks of Pinoy Cinema, a Cinemalaya Kids’ Treats, World Premieres of New Digital Works (the Cinemalaya/NETPAC Prize), and other modules.



          2012 marks the 8th year of Cinemalaya. From July 20 to 29, 2012 movie enthusiasts can enjoy to watch movies inside the different theatres of Cultural Center of the Philippines. The 25 movie entries that made to this year’s festival were as follows: (You can click on the TITLE or POSTER of the FILM to know more about the entry.)

New Breed Full Length Feature - 10 Film Entries:


New Breed Short Film - 10 Film Entries:


Nadjoua Bansil's "Bohe: Son of the Sea" 

Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's "Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong"

Mario Celada's "Pasahero" 

Sheron Dayoc's "As He Sleeps" 

Marianito Dio Jr.'s "Sarong Aldaw" 

Emmanuel Escalona, Jr.'s "Balintuna" 

Hannah Espia's "Ruweda" 

Chuck Gutierrez's "Ulian" 

Richard Legaspi's "Manenaya" 

Jarell Serencio's "Victor"



Director's Showcase - 5 Film Entries: 


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