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Joey Gosiengfiao: 1941--2007

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Joey Gosiengfiao wasn't a friend--I wouldn't presume to have enjoyed the privilege. I wasn't close enough to him--didn't spend enough time with him to become close--but it wasn't for want of wanting. Of the many people I've met and come to know deeply or casually in the Filipino film industry he was one of the most good-natured, the most endearing.

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Spirit of defiance

A new batch of independent Filipino filmmakers are wreaking creative havoc on the international film scene

KONG RITHDEE

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Direk Joey Gosiengfiao has been laid to rest

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March 15 ng umaga, Thursday, habang naglalakad sa Cubao at nakikipag-text pa kay Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes, inatake sa puso ang veteran director na si Direk Joey Gosiengfiao at bumagsak. Mabuti na lang, may nakakilala sa kaniya kung kaya't dinala agad siya sa pinakamalapit na ospital, sa Quirino Medical.

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Bigfoot kicks off reality competition for Filipino filmmakers

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Bigfoot Entertainment will produce a reality show that sees Filipino filmmaker wannabes compete for a chance to break into the movie industry.

"Hollywood Boot Camp" sees eight contestants from the Philippines live together in one house in Los Angeles for a month during which they are set tasks that include screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, production design and acting. Action takes place entirely in L.A. in April, during the location shooting of Bigfoot's forthcoming horror pic "Midnight Movie."

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Firecracker TV Broadcasts Filipino Films on Pay-per-view

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Firecracker have recently relaunched their site with the addition of a new feature called Firecracker TV. With it they aim to broadcast hard to find Asian movies over the net on a pay-per-view basis. Their choices are hearteningly eclectic and very interesting. They include a documentary on the Beijing rock scene by Zhang Yang, and a focus on Malaysian and Filipino independent filmmaking, a little known area of cinema that they seem to be leading the way in promoting.

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'Tuli' Wins Berlin Film Festival Netpac Prize

Posted by umakcepda at the cinemanila yahoogroup:

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TULI', WAGI SA BERLIN!
Billy Balbastro, TAKE BILLY, Abante

WINNING awards and recognition for the country (during these
difficult times for the local movie industry) by our independent
filmmakers continues as another Filipino movie won honors in Berlin.

The Berlinfest, many consider, next only to Cannes (France) while
the discriminating insist it is in the Top 5 among the film
festivals of the world.

Over the weekend, we got the good news: Auraeus Solito's Tuli tied
with a Japanese movie for the Netpac Award.

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A bleak storyline for the Filipino film industry (?)

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In the country that produced "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," a coming-of-age story of a gay teenager that has won several international awards, the film industry is beset with problems, supporters say: domination by Hollywood movies, rampant piracy, overtaxation and a poor economy. More so than other developing Asian economies, the Philippine movie business has been eroding for years, and few see any hope for a comeback.
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Ani Awards pays tribute to culture greats

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Jan. 1, 1897 marked the first film screening in Philippine history. On this day, Filipinos got to watch their first four movies shown on 60mm Gaumont Chrono-photograph projector. They marveled at Un Homme Au Chapeau (Man with a Hat), Une scene de danse Japonaise (Scene from a Japanese Dance), Les Boxers (The Boxers), and La Place de L’Opera (The Place L’Opera) shown at the Salon de Pertierra at 12 Escolta, Manila.

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Manila 1945: The Forgotten Atrocities

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Thankfully something other than books and magazine articles (which have an insignificant readership relative to the total population) has come into being to give present day Filipinos from age 1 to age 65, the means to realize the pain their parents and grandparents suffered under the Japanese.

This previous thing is a documentary film produced by Peter Parsons, son of the famous WW II guerrilla “Chick” Parsons, and Lucky Guillermo.

Available in DVD, the documentary film will be released to commemorate the Battle of Manila which began on February 3, 1945.

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Raya Martin's 'Independencia' Wins Prince Claus Fund Film Grant

Prince Claus Fund Film Grant Awarded to a 2007 CineMart Project
Independencia by Raya Martin (the Philippines) has been allocated the Prince Claus Fund Film Grant of €15,000 for a 2007 CineMart project.