YOUNG FACES IN CINEMALAYA 

FIRST PHOTO: BARBIE Forteza --Apart from seasoned thespians like Nora Aunor, Nova Villa, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Robert Arevalo, Freddie Webb, Rosanna Roces and Aiko Melendez, youthful actors are featured in various entries in the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, ongoing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and selected Ayala cinemas until Aug. 10.
Most of these young stars had eagerly auditioned for their chosen projects—lining up with newcomers and veterans alike. Enzo Pineda (Janice and Denise O’Hara’s “Sundalong Kanin”) recalls his tryout: “It was a humbling experience. I realized there were so many good actors away from the mainstream world.”
Ken Chan (Real S. Florido’s “1st Ko Si 3rd”) auditioned for his role as the young Freddie Webb. To prepare for his part, he watched Freddie’s old movies and TV shows on YouTube. RAFA Siguion-Reyna --Coleen Borgonia, who plays the young Nova Villa in “1st Ko Si 3rd,” also watched videos of “Home Along da Riles” (which top-billed Nova with Dolphy) on the Net. “I studied Tita Nova’s mannerisms.” Coleen and Ken have long watched Cinemalaya movies. Coleen recounts, “Our professors (in La Salle Taft) encouraged us. I recently graduated with a degree in Philippine Studies; I had to write reports on Erick Salud’s ‘Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me’ and Alvin Yapan’s ‘Debosyon.’” * READ MORE...

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(ALSO) CINEMALAYA 2014: ‘K’na the Dreamweaver’ exploring Filipino culture

PHOTO: RK Bagatsing and Mara Isabelle Lopez stars in the Cinemalaya entry “K’na the Dreamweaver.” from “K’na the Dreamweaver” - Working on an independent film is nothing new with the lead stars of Cinemalaya entry “K’na the Dreamweaver.” Mara Isabelle Lopez was part of last year's Cinemalaya movie “Debusyon” and won her first best actress award in Cinema One originals entry “Palitan” in 2012. While her leading man, RK Bagatsing who was part of Cinemalaya for the first time, worked on four indie films namely “”Supremo,” “Slumber Party” where he played his first lead role, “’Sitio,” and “Guerilla is a Poet.” Yet these experiences didn’t make working on “K’na the Dreamweaver” a breeze for them since they have to face one big challenge: using the T’boli language all throughout the film. “Learning the language was the most challenging,” Mara said in an email interview with philSTAR.com. “We met with our language coaches several times prior to the shoot, and we went through the whole script more than 30 times, I think!” * READ MORE...

(ALSO:) Cinemalaya 2014: Ai-Ai goes indie in 'Ronda'

Ai-Ai delas Alas in a scene from the film "Ronda." Photo courtesy of Cinemalaya. Known for being a comedienne, Ai-Ai delas Alas is out to prove she can also be a dramatic actress in “Ronda.” One of the 10 films in the New Breed category of the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, “Ronda,” directed by Nick Olanka, is about a policewoman on graveyard shift who deals with the problems of Manila as she handles her own personal issues. “Acting in an indie is different from acting in a mainstream movie, malaki ang pagkaka-iba,” Ai-Ai said in an interview with the STAR entertainment editor Ricky Lo. She added, “Sa mainstream, spoiled ka; marami kang PA (Production Assistant). Sa indie, mga-ilaw-ilaw namin, okey na kung ano lang ang nandyan. Sa mainstream, uma-anggulo ka sa kamera. Sa indie, sabi ni direk Nick, ‘Just go ahead, keep on walking even if the camera is behind you; basta, sige ka lang nang sige, natural ka lang’.” * READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘A Cinemalaya film should still have a life after the fest’ 

This Saturday night, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival celebrates a decade of independence, even as funding, marketing and distribution remain thorny issues. PHOTO: NORA Aunor in Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya.” Cinemalaya will unveil its 10th edition with flourish and festivity at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary “Documented” as opening salvo; screenings of the competition and exhibition films start tomorrow and run until Aug. 10 at the CCP and select Ayala cinemas in Metro Manila. In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, Chris Millado, CCP vice president/artistic director and Cinemalaya festival director, outlined activities conceptualized to make Cinemalaya’s first-decade anniversary a momentous occasion. These include the launch of the book, “Making Waves: 10 Years of Cinemalaya” (edited by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.), to the unveiling of a new logo/opening billboard (designed by filmmaker Ellen Ramos). * READ MORE...

ALSO: Aiko gives her all in Cinemalaya debut  

PHOTO --Aiko Melendez plays a single mother in Asintado, an entry in the Directors Showcase of Cinemalaya X. In the trailer for Asintado (Between The Eyes), her Cinemalaya debut produced by Ferdinand Lapuz and Dennis Evangelista, with a story and screenplay by Soccorro Villanueva, directed by Louie Ignacio (also taking his bow in the same event), Aiko Melendez is shown with her face caked in mud in a scene with, as backdrop, the Taong Putik Festival of the farming community Bibiclat in Nueva Ecija where the movie was shot in more than one week. That scene must have made Aiko recall how her face got bloated, poke marked with pimple-like growths caused by a botched stem-cell procedure. It happened two years ago. The condition became so serious that Aiko had to beg off from the cast of the Kapamilya soap Apoy sa Dagat because no amount of make-up could hide it. “That was the reason why I stayed away from the scene for a while,” said Aiko. “I’m well now. Look,” she added, touching her smooth face, “okey na, thanks to my dermatologist.” Instead of filing a case against the “culprit,” Aiko decided to just forgive her and charge it to experience. Actually, she said that she has become more forgiving since she joined the Victory Christian Fellowship and met Piolo Pascual (her Apoy sa Dagat co-star), one of the group’s devout members, who gave Aiko a copy of The Bible. “I get goosebumps every time I watch that scene,” confessed Aiko whose character speaks with a Northern accent. * READ MORE...

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President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist. The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert. “Pixels” will be released on May 15, 2015.  * READ MORE...


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Young faces in Cinemalaya

MANILA, AUGUST 4, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Bayani San Diego Jr.


BARBIE Forteza

Apart from seasoned thespians like Nora Aunor, Nova Villa, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Robert Arevalo, Freddie Webb, Rosanna Roces and Aiko Melendez, youthful actors are featured in various entries in the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, ongoing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and selected Ayala cinemas until Aug. 10.

Most of these young stars had eagerly auditioned for their chosen projects—lining up with newcomers and veterans alike.
Enzo Pineda (Janice and Denise O’Hara’s “Sundalong Kanin”) recalls his tryout: “It was a humbling experience. I realized there were so many good actors away from the mainstream world.”

Ken Chan (Real S. Florido’s “1st Ko Si 3rd”) auditioned for his role as the young Freddie Webb. To prepare for his part, he watched Freddie’s old movies and TV shows on YouTube.


RAFA Siguion-Reyna

Coleen Borgonia, who plays the young Nova Villa in “1st Ko Si 3rd,” also watched videos of “Home Along da Riles” (which top-billed Nova with Dolphy) on the Net. “I studied Tita Nova’s mannerisms.”

Coleen and Ken have long watched Cinemalaya movies. Coleen recounts, “Our professors (in La Salle Taft) encouraged us.

I recently graduated with a degree in Philippine Studies; I had to write reports on Erick Salud’s ‘Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me’ and Alvin Yapan’s ‘Debosyon.’”

* Several actors are making their movie debut in Cinemalaya this year, including Sophie Albert (Gino M. Santos’ “#Y”), Ritz Azul (GB Sampedro’s “s6parados”), Jeric Gonzales (Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya”), K-La Rivera (“s6parados”) and Rafa Siguion-Reyna (Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s “Hari ng Tondo”).

Self-improvement

Rafa, who plays a musician in his father’s film, volunteers: “My character is an artist who wants to improve. I have the same goal in real life—as an actor, singer and dancer.”


MIGGS Cuaderno in “Asintado”

Jeric says he has come to “love acting more” after making “Hustisya.” “Watching my costars at work made me realize how blessed I am for being an actor.”

Sophie nervously accepted “#Y,” though she has a daring love scene with Elmo Magalona. “I read the script, so when it was time to shoot it, I was prepared,” Sophie says.

Newcomer Jak Roberto (Louie Ignacio’s “Asintado”) says being part of Cinemalaya is “a dream come true.” “I’ve been aiming to be part of this fest since I joined the business in 2012. In making ‘Asintado,’ I learned that you have to be dedicated to your craft.”

Jak’s costar Rita de Guzman says her experience in Cinemalaya inspired her to direct her own film. “I’m taking up Film (De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde). I want to join the fest as a director someday.”

Rita had to learn a Nueva Ecija accent for “Asintado.” “We had a dialect coach on the set. It was difficult, but I love challenges. And Cinemalaya taught me the importance of originality.”


MARA Lopez learned T’boli for “K’na the Dreamweaver.”

Mara Lopez, who stars in Ida Anita del Mundo’s “K’na the Dreamweaver,” relates, “Last year, I had to learn Rinconada Bikol for ‘Debosyon.’ This year, I learned T’boli for ‘K’na.’ We stayed in Lake Sebu (South Cotabato) for two weeks. I bonded with the team and the community.”

Other young stars are likewise breaking out of studio-crafted personas.

Elmo points out that “#Y” marks a series of firsts for him. “It’s my first indie, my first Cinemalaya film, my first time to have a shower scene … and a bed scene. I’m moving away from my ‘wholesome’ image. Doing this film helped me develop as an actor … I’ll be ready and equipped for more complex roles.”


ELMO Magalona

Enzo echoes the sentiment: “Being surrounded by talented actors made me push myself. Now I know that emotion is just an acting tool. And an actor should understand his character’s objective and motivations, to be able to give justice to the role.”

No imitation

Barbie Forteza, who plays the young Mylene Dizon in Milo Sogueco’s “Mariquina,” tells the Inquirer that she felt fulfilled with her first Cinemalaya film. “I asked Direk Milo if I needed to imitate Ms Mylene, but he said it wasn’t necessary.”

Chynna Ortaleza considers herself fortunate for having two Cinemalaya entries this year: “Hustisya” in Directors’ Showcase and “#Y” in New Breed.

“I’ve always been a fan of the unconventional,” Chynna says. “If we could produce more socially relevant films like these ones in Cinemalaya, the industry would surely regain its lost glory.”

Some young stars are Cinemalaya returnees.

Julian Trono, 16, was featured in last year’s “Purok 7,” and plays Ai-Ai de las Alas’ repressed son in Nick Olanka’s “Ronda” this year. Julian relates, “On TV, we always see stereotypes. In Cinemalaya, movies showcase reality and allow actors to take risks. I wanted my performance to be more controlled, subtle.”

Another returnee is 9-year-old Miggs Cuaderno, who has two films this year: “Asintado” and Derick Cabrido’s “Children’s Show.” Last year, Miggs also had two entries: Carlo Obispo’s “Purok 7” and Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Quick Change.”

Miggs confesses that his roles this year are more draining than last year’s. In “Asintado,” he plays a mentally-challenged slingshot expert; in “Children’s Show,” an under-aged boxer.

For “Children’s Show,” he trained in boxing; for “Asintado,” he watched movies like “Bullet” (with Cesar Montano) and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (starring Leonardo DiCaprio). “My directors helped me a lot, too,” he says.

Rocco Nacino is no stranger to Cinemalaya, having won Best New Actor (from Enpress Golden Screen and Star Awards) for Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” in 2011.

This year, Rocco shares the screen with La Aunor in “Hustisya.”

Rocco notes, “Working in this film, I became more vulnerable, sensitive and open with my emotions.”

LJ Reyes, who won Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress for Ian Loreños’ “The Leaving” in 2010, says acting in indies enriches her mainstream work.

Adds LJ, who stars in Mike Tuviera’s “The Janitor”: “We get to portray unique characters. When we return to TV, we’ll have the skills to mold roles into distinct characters.”

RUSHES
Pretty visitor’s weird ways turn off the guys the Entertainment StaffAugust 3, 2014 | 12:03 am


AIZA Seguerra has found her true gender. EDWIN BELOSILLO

Seasoned insider has a crush on Visiting Beauty. Harsh reality surfaced when SI got to talk to VB’s Former Beau. Turned out, VB is flaky and unpredictable.

VB gets insanely jealous over the most inane reasons. In sum, she is a certified drama queen who craves attention. No wonder VB’s exes run for their lives when they get to know her.

A spy says the final straw for FB was hilariously macabre:

VB and FB quarrelled via text. As coup de grace, VB threatened to kill herself. Naturally, FB was spooked.

FB rushed to VB’s home and saw the girl on the roof. FB thought she was a manananggal—or akyat-bahay.

VB didn’t jump, of course. They broke up, and VB moved on to the next Hapless Personality. But this one proved to be her match.

VB ended up with a drama king with secrets of his own. That’s karmic settlement.


PAOLO Bediones’ sex video scandal proves something to those who care

INQUIRER: News anchor and television host Paolo Bediones has brought to police evidence of an alleged blackmail attempt over a sex video showing him and a female partner, a day after he filed a formal complaint before the Anti-Cybercrime Group in Camp Crame.

“Hawak ko ngayon ang mga sex videos mo. Madali naman akong kausap! Kung ayaw mong lumabas ito sa publiko, tawagan mo ako. Antayin ko ang tawag mo! Wag mo patagalin, mainipin ako,” according to excerpts from the alleged blackmailer’s letter, which Bediones posted on his Instagram account.

(I’m in possession of your sex videos. I’m easy to talk to. If you don’t want this to leak to the public, call me. I will wait for your call. Don’t make me wait, I get impatient easily.)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it was investigating the alleged sex video.

“Our probers are checking the links of the uploaded videos on the Internet to trace the ones who uploaded it and make them liable for their acts,” Chief Inspector Jay Guillermo, head of the ACG investigation and intelligence section said.

Price is wrong

* Newbie Heartthrob is not exactly innocent in the ways of the biz. NH received an indecent proposal from Wealthy Personality.

He was tempted because WP offered to pay for his newly acquired house and lot, which was worth millions.

In the end, NH got cold feet. A mole says NH confessed he was afraid of WP, who is very influential. NH may never be able to break free.

Then again, Veteran Benefactor is eyeing NH as well.

Nutty


CRISTINE Reyes had a daring scene in front of her ex.

When he’s soused, Character Actor preys not only on clueless staffers, but on ditzy starlets as well.

One night, CA spotted Willing Victim alone in a bar. WV was eating peanuts, and CA asked if he could have some.

WV quickly said yes, thinking CA was interested in her. CA then took a fistful of nuts and threw them at WV’s face.

WV was stunned, but had the presence of mind to flee. She probably knew things could only get worse, since CA was drunk as a skunk.

Standing ovation

Popular Star cracked a joke about Noisy Enemy, taped for television. Curiously, the quip was not edited out when the segment was broadcast.

To think, NE can pressure the bosses not to air anything unflattering to her.

Seems colleagues are just as exasperated with NE. When PS’ scathing remark was shown, they applauded in the studio.

It was a resounding ovation.

The picker
From the Inquirer tabloid Bandera:

Remember Pretty Celeb, who is notorious for being stingy?

Colleagues have noticed that every time the gang orders take-out food, PC vanishes, only to reappear when the food was delivered. PC then picks from the plates of coworkers who ordered (and paid for) the food.

No wonder PC is branded Madame Curie. Kuripot.

Top of Bandera


ACCUSATIONS make Derek Ramsay feel like exploding

This week’s top show biz news in the Inquirer tabloid Bandera (and why we are moved, if we are moved):

Cristine Reyes bumuka-bukaka sa mukha ni Derek Ramsay. (Good heavens, how do you unsee that?)

Hindi na nakatiis sa sobrang sama ng loob kaya sumabog; Derek kinasuhan ng dating misis, inabandona pa raw ang anak. (Sumabog si Derek?!)

Matapos tawaging bayaran ang mga raliyista sa Sona; Vice Ganda sobrang angas, inupakan ng madlang pipol; pinagtatawanan ng mga mayayaman. (He’s done worse; he’ll get over this one.)

Anchor deadma lang, pero suportado pa rin ng TV 5; Paolo Bediones may 2 pang sex video. (How to evaluate this scandal: Ask who stands to gain from it.)

Dahil sa sex video scandal, pagkalalake di na raw makukuwestyon; Paolo pinatunayan na di siya beki. (Exactly.)


SARAH Geronimo planning a family?

Sarah Geronimo naghahanda na para sa pamilya nila ni Matteo Guidicelli. (Hurry up!)


AIZA

Aiza Seguerra may planong magpa-sex change? (Slow down.)

Maricel Soriano walang paki kung mamaga ang mukha nina Dingdong Dantes at Lovi Poe. (Bakit nga naman?)

Pagtatanggol ni Kris Aquino sa gown ni Nancy Binay kaplastikan. (No comment.)

Kris bawal nang makialam sa love life ni James Yap. (No comment.)

Love life ni Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao nag-trending; Iginaya kay Kris. (LOL.)

Manny Pacquiao pinag-iingat sa lalake si Mommy. (She’s old enough, son.)

Claudine Barretto ilalaban nang patayan ang 2 anak; Raymart Santiago di susuko. (Poor kids.)

Luis Manzano inayawan ang pelikula ni Vilma Santos, ipinalit si Jericho Rosales; Vilma gustong gawin ang movie kasama si Ryzza Mae Dizon, pero … (… pero may movie na last year sina Ryzza Mae with Bimby?)

FROM PHILSTAR

CINEMALAYA 2014: ‘K’na the Dreamweaver’ exploring Filipino culture By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated July 30, 2014 - 10:15am 10 234 googleplus1 1


RK Bagatsing and Mara Isabelle Lopez stars in the Cinemalaya entry “K’na the Dreamweaver.”-PHOTO from “K’na the Dreamweaver” Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines - Working on an independent film is nothing new with the lead stars of Cinemalaya entry “K’na the Dreamweaver.”

Mara Isabelle Lopez was part of last year's Cinemalaya movie “Debusyon” and won her first best actress award in Cinema One originals entry “Palitan” in 2012.

While her leading man, RK Bagatsing who was part of Cinemalaya for the first time, worked on four indie films namely “”Supremo,” “Slumber Party” where he played his first lead role, “’Sitio,” and “Guerilla is a Poet.”

Yet these experiences didn’t make working on “K’na the Dreamweaver” a breeze for them since they have to face one big challenge: using the T’boli language all throughout the film.

“Learning the language was the most challenging,” Mara said in an email interview with philSTAR.com. “We met with our language coaches several times prior to the shoot, and we went through the whole script more than 30 times, I think!”

* To learn the language, Mara said she had a voice recording of the script in T’boli.

"That helped a lot. So after a while, Direk Ida was surprised coz I was already throwing adlib lines! I knew what the lines meant so there was emotion in every line I threw.”

RK, meanwhile, said that aside from learning the language, it took time for him to be comfortable in actually speaking the T’boli language.

“It wasn’t easy being comfortable saying your lines out loud especially in South Cotobato, Lake Sebu where all native T’boli’s live. They’re closely watching our every move and listening to us while filming,” he explained.

Despite all the hardships, the lead stars believe that this film is worth their full time and energy.

“K’na is the first ever feature film about the T’boli people and shot entirely in their language,” RK said. Supporting this, Mara said, “it’s a masterpiece, a simple love story, a film that will show a part of the Philippines that is unexplored.”

A writer in The Philippine Star's Starweek and a musician, Ida Anita de Mundo debuts as a director in the film.

The 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 1 to 10.

Here is the list of the screening schedule and venue of "K’na the Dreamweaver":

August 2 06:15 PM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) 09:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1

August 3 03:30 PM | CCP MKP Hall 04:00 PM | Fairview Terraces Cinema 5

August 4 12:45 PM | CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute) 01:30 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 01:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4

August 5 04:00 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 06:30 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1

August 6 03:30 PM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) 09:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 4

August 7 01:30 PM | Fairview Terraces Cinema 5 03:30 PM | CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)

August 8 06:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 09:00 PM | CCP MKP Hall

August 9 12:45 PM | CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino) 04:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 4

August 10 04:00 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 04:00 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4

 
HOW TO BE A DREAMWEAVER

Cinemalaya 2014: Ai-Ai goes indie in 'Ronda' By Chuck Smith (philstar.com) | Updated August 3, 2014 - 12:10pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Ai-Ai delas Alas in a scene from the film "Ronda." Photo courtesy of Cinemalaya

MANILA, Philippines – Known for being a comedienne, Ai-Ai delas Alas is out to prove she can also be a dramatic actress in “Ronda.”

One of the 10 films in the New Breed category of the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, “Ronda,” directed by Nick Olanka, is about a policewoman on graveyard shift who deals with the problems of Manila as she handles her own personal issues.

“Acting in an indie is different from acting in a mainstream movie, malaki ang pagkaka-iba,” Ai-Ai said in an interview with the STAR entertainment editor Ricky Lo.

She added, “Sa mainstream, spoiled ka; marami kang PA (Production Assistant). Sa indie, mga-ilaw-ilaw namin, okey na kung ano lang ang nandyan. Sa mainstream, uma-anggulo ka sa kamera. Sa indie, sabi ni direk Nick, ‘Just go ahead, keep on walking even if the camera is behind you; basta, sige ka lang nang sige, natural ka lang’.”

* The film also stars Cesar Montano, Julian Trono, Carlo Aquino, and Angeli Bayani.

The 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 1 to 10.

“Ronda” screening schedule and venue:

August 3, Sunday:

01:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5 03:30 PM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo)

August 4, Monday:

12:45 PM | CCP MKP Hall 01:30 PM | Fairview Terraces Cinema 5

August 5, Tuesday:

01:30 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1 01:30 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 01:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4

August 6, Wednesday:

03:30 PM | CCP Little Theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino) 04:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 4

August 7, Thursday:

09:00 PM | CCP Main Theatre (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) 09:00 PM | Trinoma Cinema 1

August 8, Friday:

01:30 PM | Alabang Town Center Cinema 4 01:30 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4 03:30 PM | CCP Studio Theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute)

August 9, Saturday:

06:15 PM | CCP MKP Hall 06:30 PM | Fairview Terraces Cinema 5

August 10, Sunday:

04:00 PM | Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5

FROM THE INQUIRER

‘A Cinemalaya film should still have a life after the fest’ By Bayani San Diego Jr. | Philippine Daily InquirerAugust 1, 2014 | 1:03 am

This Saturday night, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival celebrates a decade of independence, even as funding, marketing and distribution remain thorny issues.


NORA Aunor in Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya.”

Cinemalaya will unveil its 10th edition with flourish and festivity at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, with Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary “Documented” as opening salvo; screenings of the competition and exhibition films start tomorrow and run until Aug. 10 at the CCP and select Ayala cinemas in Metro Manila.

In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, Chris Millado, CCP vice president/artistic director and Cinemalaya festival director, outlined activities conceptualized to make Cinemalaya’s first-decade anniversary a momentous occasion. These include the launch of the book, “Making Waves: 10 Years of Cinemalaya” (edited by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.), to the unveiling of a new logo/opening billboard (designed by filmmaker Ellen Ramos).


* RICKY Davao in Milo Sogueco’s “Mariquina”

Decade of shake-ups

Cinemalaya has gone through shake-ups, at once tumultuous and transformative, in the past 10 years.

The biggest news early this year was the reported departure of the festival’s main benefactor, Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco Jr. Millado clarified, “He is still with us, but he has modified his relationship with Cinemalaya. He has redirected his financial support to the development of the foundation, to make it sustainable in the long term.”

With Cojuangco’s “modified” support, the fest organizers knocked on government’s door for much-needed finances.


ERLINDA Villalobos (left) and Hazel Ann Sulan in Ida Anita del Mundo’s “K’na the Dreamweaver”

Millado reported, “We were fortunate to receive an additional appropriation of P15 million, for this year, from the Department of Budget and Management.”

Cinemalaya Foundation president Nes Jardin drafted the proposal approved by the government. “Next year, we have to look for funding again. I hope government support will be sustained,” Millado said.

He acknowledged the huge strides that the event has made, but recognized the enormity of the challenges that loom ahead.

The toughest hurdle is sustaining public interest after the 10-day festival. “You can feel the energy and the excitement of the students and other viewers who flock to the CCP.” But after the fest, he said, the enthusiasm dissipates.


FESTIVAL organizers—led by Chris Millado (left, front row), Laurice Guillen, Nes Jardin and Mel Chionglo (fourth, fifth and sixth from left, front row) and Tess Rances (right, front row)—with this year’s batch of filmmaker-participants during the launch at CCP of this year’s event. Rodel Rotoni

Hardly encouraging

When the festival’s films are shown in commercial theaters post-Cinemalaya, the box-office results are hardly encouraging, Millado admitted.

The long-term goal is to connect with a broader mass audience, beyond the core fan base of young people and cineastes, he said. “After the festival, a Cinemalaya film should still have a life.”

The most crucial battlefields are still marketing, promotion and distribution, he explained. “We need to work with mainstream marketing experts. We need to communicate to the general public what Cinemalaya is all about.”


FROM left: Ritz Azul, Melissa Mendez, Ricky Davao and Victor Neri in GB Sampedro’s “S6parados”

Millado stressed that, apart from the quality of its products, the main edge of Cinemalaya is that it provides a venue for film buffs to discuss and debate among themselves, and also to interact with filmmakers after the screenings.

This year, as in previous years, Millado intends to engage in a favorite ritual: From the third floor of the CCP, he will observe the hubbub of activity at the Main Theater lobby. “You can see filmmakers surrounded by students… the germination of ideas begin there. You can see the next generation of filmmakers, the future of Philippine cinema,” he said.

Bridge the gap
Millado is appealing to “mass marketing experts” to help Cinemalaya bridge the gap between its films and the general audience.


BUBOY Villar (left) and Allen Dizon in Derrick Cabrido’s “Children’s Show”

His call becomes all the more imperative, now that there is talk of simultaneous screenings in other cities like Cebu and Davao in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Cinemalaya brand has reached cable TV audiences—past films are now aired on Fox Filipino.

“This year, we are looking into other distribution systems, like video on demand,” Millado said. “We are starting with Cinemalaya short films. We are partnering with Viddsee, a distribution network based in Singapore that specializes in Asian short films.”
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Aiko gives her all in Cinemalaya debut FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 4, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Aiko Melendez plays a single mother in Asintado, an entry in the Directors Showcase of Cinemalaya X

In the trailer for Asintado (Between The Eyes), her Cinemalaya debut produced by Ferdinand Lapuz and Dennis Evangelista, with a story and screenplay by Soccorro Villanueva, directed by Louie Ignacio (also taking his bow in the same event), Aiko Melendez is shown with her face caked in mud in a scene with, as backdrop, the Taong Putik Festival of the farming community Bibiclat in Nueva Ecija where the movie was shot in more than one week.

That scene must have made Aiko recall how her face got bloated, poke marked with pimple-like growths caused by a botched stem-cell procedure. It happened two years ago. The condition became so serious that Aiko had to beg off from the cast of the Kapamilya soap Apoy sa Dagat because no amount of make-up could hide it.

“That was the reason why I stayed away from the scene for a while,” said Aiko. “I’m well now. Look,” she added, touching her smooth face, “okey na, thanks to my dermatologist.”

Instead of filing a case against the “culprit,” Aiko decided to just forgive her and charge it to experience. Actually, she said that she has become more forgiving since she joined the Victory Christian Fellowship and met Piolo Pascual (her Apoy sa Dagat co-star), one of the group’s devout members, who gave Aiko a copy of The Bible.

“I get goosebumps every time I watch that scene,” confessed Aiko whose character speaks with a Northern accent.

* In Asintado (competing in the Directors Showcase category of Cinemalaya X), her big-screen comeback, Aiko plays a mother of two sons, the older (played by Jake Vargas) involved with a drug ring and the younger (Miggs Cuaderno) an autistic who is gifted with a marksman talent that he can shoot a a bird or a person between the eyes.

“The ending is a bit shocking,” warned Aiko who refused to go into details. “Basta, my character is made to choose who between her two sons she has to save. It will make the audience question my character if she’s a good mother or not.”

How was Aiko able to relate to the role (also a single mother of two like her in real life)?

“In my scene with Jake where I had to cry because I couldn’t give him the pair of shoes that he wants, I tried to imagine that Jake was my son Andre (By Aiko’s first ex-husband Jomari Yllana. — RFL). I thought, ‘What if one day Andre (now 15) asks for something na hindi ko maibigay?’ The story was inspired by real-life incidents.” (Aiko has a daughter, Martina who just turned eight years old last week, by her second ex-husband Martin Jickain.)

To illustrate her feeling both as a reel and real mother and how far a mother would go for her children, Aiko quoted a line from the movie’s theme song by Gloc 9,…minsan may gagawin ka sa buhay mo na kahit ayaw mo, para lang sa mga mahal mo…

“That pertains to the dilemma of my character na kahit ayaw niyang mapasama ang isang anak niya, she has to do something because of her love for both her sons,” said Aiko who admitted that she’s a spoiler/disciplinarian. “I am both a mother and a father to my children so I have to be that way.”

Loveless (and presumed to be, well, chaste) for six years, Aiko insisted that it’s her personal choice, not that she’s wanting in suitors. Ex-husband Jomari is now her good friend, said Aiko, “Friends without benefits.”

Having been just baptized a Christian, Aiko said that having sex out of wedlock is a big no-no.

“I used to have 10 suitors but when I told them that I was staying away from being intimate, isa-isa silang nawala, until only two have remained, nagtitiyaga. My outlook in life has changed, nag-improve. I can’t have sex until after I get, if ever, married again.”

(Reminder: Cinemalaya X runs until Aug. 10. You can watch the entries in cinemas in Trinoma, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Fairview Terraces and CCP.)

Nico Antonio avoids being typecast in gay roles

Can a certified straight guy be affected in real life by the gay roles that he often plays?

“I don’t think so,” said Nico Antonio. “I can speak only for myself.”

Married with kids, Nico has played gay a few times (in the Kapamilya fantasy-adventure Dyesebel and in the indie Sana Dati), so convincingly that people have started wondering, is he actually gay? “I just laugh it off,” said Nico. “They can ask my wife.”

Nico (who was in five Cinemalaya entries last year) stars in Eyeball, a seven-minute film directed by Thop Nazareno for the Short Film Category of Cinemalaya X, which is about a pervert man set to see a woman he met on Facebook and bumps into someone else who will change his life forever.

A Multimedia Arts graduate of College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, and who attended the filmmaking program of Mowelfund Film Institute, Thop made his first short film titled Ang Balut ni Mang Roger in 2012, which was screened in Europe and the USA. He was the editor of previous Cinemalaya films Pasahero (short film, 2012) and Purok 7 (New Breed Category, 2012).

“I asked Thop why he got me for Eyeball and he said that he saw me in Sana Dati,” recalled Nico. “I said, ‘Eh, bakla ako doon.’ And he replied, ‘Kahit na, nakakatawa ka pa rin d’un.’”

When he’s offered a gay role, does Nico ask permission from his mom, lawyer-producer Joji Alonso?

“Not from my mom,” clarified Nico, “but from my wife. Pero okey lang sa wife ko. Sabi niya, ‘Okey lang ‘yan, lalaki naman ‘yan, eh.’ But then, I don’t want to be playing gay all the time baka ma-typecast ako.”

Briefly Noted

• Nineteen newbies are competing in the 2014 Miss Grand Philippines. The winner, who will be known on Aug. 16 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in Diliman, Quezon City, will compete in the 2014 Miss Grand International on Oct. 7 in Sukothai, Thailand.

According to John dela Vega, founder of Miss Grand Philippines Organization, the first Miss Grand International Janelee Marcus Chaparro Colon of Puerto Rico, and Miss Grand International franchise-owner Nawat Itsaragrisil have confirmed their participation in the Oct. 7 finals.

Ali Forbes (left photo), our bet in last year’s Miss Grand International, finished third runner-up. — Celso de Guzman Caparas

Classic video game characters unite via film 'Pixels'
(philstar.com) | Updated July 23, 2014 - 12:03pm
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Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage star in upcoming film “Pixels.”- PR Photo

MANILA, Philippines– Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy “Pixels.”

It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.

President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

* Executive Producers are Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Patrick Jean, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon, and Ben Waisbren. The film, a Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital, is a Happy Madison / 1492 Films production in association with One More Production.

Companies with classic arcade games that are teaming with Sony Pictures on the film include: Atari® Interactive: (Asteroids®, Breakout®, Centipede® and Missile Command®); Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Frogger); BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. (PAC-MAN, Galaga, and Dig Dug); Nintendo (Donkey Kong); Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (Q*bert); Taito Corporation (Space Invaders); and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Joust, Defender, Robotron and Wizard of Wor).

Commenting on the announcement, the film’s director, Chris Columbus, said, “there would be no way to make the movie without these legendary characters – they are as important to the film as the roles that Adam, Kevin, Michelle, Peter, Josh, and Brian are playing.

“It was a real thrill to see everything come together exactly as we envisioned it, and we’re grateful to have all of these fantastic companies on board.”

Producer Allen Covert added, “these classic characters are part of the DNA of the project, so it was critical that we work together to bring them on board.

“Fortunately, they were all extremely receptive. We approached them with a deep love for their characters and a respect for the elements that make them unique and iconic, and we’ve worked with the companies to incorporate those elements into the film.”

“Pixels” will be released on May 15, 2015.


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