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An Evening With 'Kaleldo' and its Filmmakers

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Last January 10, I was able to attend the last screening and ensuing panel discussion of the extended run of the movie 'Kaleldo' at the UP Cine Adarna. Present were Director Brillante Mendoza and Screenwriter Boots Agbayani Pastor.

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IndieSine Launch!

Tuesday evening, January 16, 2007, history was made when IndieSine, the first movie theater in the Philippines dedicated to Filipino Independent Filmmaking was launched at the Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas Avenue by Robinsons Movieworld and the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-purpose Cooperative (more simply known as the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative or IFC). Went to the venue at around 6:30, just in time for the buffet dinner, and was surprised to find out that the event was bigger than I had imagined.

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Creating a Music Video with Windows Movie Maker

Last December 24, inspired by a "despedida" or farewell song to a Music Ministry fellow member Ryan Garcia -- who was leaving on the 26th for the UK for college studies -- I created a music video overnight.

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Tarkovsky on Truth-Telling, and Going for Broke as a Filmmaker (or an Artist)

Something worth re-posting from Ray Carney's website -- a quote from filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky about film school and learning -- a quote which can be applied to any art form, for that matter. Translation by one of Carney's students, Alex Lipschultz:

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"What is important to the education of a filmmaker is not a matter learning a set of skills and techniques, but having a vital, passionate need to express something unique and personal. Above all, the student has to understand why he wants to become a filmmaker rather than work in some other art form and he has to ponder what he wants to say in film's unique form of expression.

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The Story Behind the 'Moises Padilla Story'

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Last Wednesday, December 6, at the week-long Cine Veritas Human Rights Film Festival, got to see the UP Film Institute Cine Adarna screenings of Gerry de Leon's Moises Padilla Story at 2pm, and Celso Ad Castillo's Asedillo at 7pm. Poet and UP Creative Writing Institute Deputy Director Romulo "Joey" Baquiran, Jr. tagged along for the first screening when I dropped by the Creative Writing Institute and told him that I was watching Moises Padilla.

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'Riles', a Movie Executed to Perfection

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Went to the December 9, Cinekatipunan screening -- at Mag:net Katipunan -- of Ditsi Carolino's 'Riles'. I heard a lot of good things about the film from fellow cineastes, especially from my filmmaker friend JP Carpio, and had included 'Riles' among my must-see films. And I wasn't disappointed. I've long suspected that documentaries, when properly executed are the highest form of cinematic art, and in this film, Ditsi Carolino executed to perfection.

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A Reunion With Kidlat Tahimik at the Cinekatipunan Opening

Last November 3, I was able to attend the inaugural screening of Cinekatipunan at Mag:net Katipunan featuring Mes de Guzman's ‘Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong' (The Road to Kalimugtong). Met Canadian filmmaker Marie Boti, and Filipino filmmakers Fred Rebadulla, Tad Ermitaño and Kiri Dalena, who hosted the event. Marie and Tad's works were also shown this November. Also introduced myself to Mag:net owner Rock Drilon.

There was supposed to be a performance from a surprise guest immediately after the screening, but the guest was late. It turned out that the guest was none other than the great Kidlat Tahimik. When Kidlat arrived, he was carrying his old 16mm camera, and he was asking around if anyone knew how to fix it since there was something wrong with it. I originally thought that he had borrowed the camera from Rock, but when I asked him, I found out that it was his. He also had with him his signature bamboo camera, and armed with that he went on and performed for those who had stayed, dancing in his bahag, and delivering an amusing monologue.

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Santiago Loza and his film Extraño at the UP Film Institute

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Just came from the screening of Santiago Loza's multi-awarded film Extraño (Strange) at the UP Film Institute's Cine Adarna. I came 10 minutes late because of the Katipunan traffic -- the film started at around 2:30 -- but was awed by what I saw once I started watching. You would think that the movie was created by a middle-aged director already at the peak of his powers, but was surprised to find out that this is just the first feature film of the visiting Argentinian filmmaker who is just 35 years old, and that the movie was actually made in 2001 when he was only 30 years old.

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Noel Vera's New Blog

Film critic Noel Vera has a new blog over at Blogger.com. Check out his comprehensive coverage of The Imaginasian Film Festival in New York.

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Short Films on Guimaras Oil Spill Censored

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Was able to catch the Guimaras Short Film Special the other night on ABC 5, thanks to my brother, Rizaldy, who reminded me thru text just when the show was starting -- it started late at around 11pm.

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