EDSA on my Mind – The Grantees of EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival
Who are the filmmakers whose works will be exhibited at EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival, on December 7 at the UP Film Center and December 8 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani auditorium?
They make, naturally enough, for a diverse bunch. Here we have teachers and writers, university students, freelancers and full-fledged professionals. Then, of course, are their films themselves. A smattering of fiction films on this side, a semi-biography on the other. Some works are documentaries, whereas another visibly caricatures the documentary form. A number of productions share the stories of women who were embroiled in the storm and stress of EDSA 1986. Others probe into the lives of haves and have-nots closer to the present time.
Ma. Angela Garrido has been making films professionally since 2004. In the course of her work, she has created videos and films for the international organization Oxfam, the government agency National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cinemalaya, as well as for business groups such as SM. Since 2005, she has also been the president and organizer of the art film festival of the Philippine Women’s University Independent Film Group. In her film “1985,” a woman loses her husband and is permanently scarred by a hot oil spill amidst the EDSA uprising. Nine years after, having given birth to a son, she tries to come to terms with her losses.
Hubert Tibi, who usually collaborates with Garrido, previously won the Best Screenplay prize in the short film category of the 2006 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for “Parang Pelikula.” He also directed other Cinemalaya short films like “Maikling Kuwento,” “Si Bok at ang Trumpo,” and “Hay Pinhod Oh Ya Scooter.” For EDSAngangdaan, he directed “Mani,” where two teenage peanut peddlers struggle to make ends meet until they discover that stealing metal railings along EDSA can be more lucrative than their current trades. The biggest catch of all, it seems, is nothing less than pilfering the railings along the historic EDSA Shrine.
Meanwhile, Eva Aurora Callueng is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines College of Education. She also teaches at the University of the East and works on various projects related to reproductive health with the Probe Media Foundation, while serving as the editor of the Pinoy LGBT (lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender) channel at Philippine Online Chronicles. Her documentary film “Kaba, Takot at Pangamba ng EDSA” narrates the stories and perspectives of the mothers and wives of soldiers in the three EDSA protest movements, and explores the influence of these women throughout the duration of these events.
Representing the youth sector are Andrea Regine Reyes and her teammates JJ Collins, Randy Valdez, Vianca Baliao, Christa Balonkita, Marj Calingo, Dek Carillo, Mia Sinagunian and Ada Umali, students taking up different courses at Miriam College. In their short film “Bagong Buhay,” a mother and her daughter leave their old home and try to build a new life together. Over the years, however, the mother’s unending pursuit of perfection takes its toll on her daughter, putting their relationship on a collision course.
Then there is the team of producer Eloisa Espino-Sanchez and award-winning filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi, who wrote and directed the Cinema One Originals Special Jury Prize and Audience Award winner “Paano Ko Sasabihin?” Espino-Sanchez has already produced a number of award-winning short films and documentaries. Legaspi teaches video production and advertising at the University of the East College of Fine Arts and was a fellow of the 2007 Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea. They teamed up again in “Pamatid-Gutom,” (Hunger Pangs), a stark rendition of electoral politics in post-EDSA. Mercedes Cabral plays the role of a mother, desperate to feed her child, who takes part in the feeding program of a city mayor, yet ends up being used by the politician and his wife for his electoral campaign promotions.
Finally, Seymour Sanchez is a director and writer of Red Room Media Productions and a Mass Communication professor. He won the grand prize for his short film “Lababo” (Kitchen Sink) and third place for “Shorts” in two Viva – Pinoy Box Office Digitales short film contests and topped the screenplay category of the 2009 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for “Hiwaga” (Mystery). His “Patron ng Laging Saklolo” (Patronage Politics) is a “mockumentary” (mock documentary) of enduring patterns of patronage politics in the Philippines. It chronicles the activities of a barangay throughout typical election season. By examining the fiesta mentality of Filipinos, and their attitudes towards politics, several gripping comparisons will be drawn.
What weaves all of their works together is their unremitting focus on EDSA, and the society that has arisen around EDSA – present-day Philippines. Funded by the EDSA Mo, EDSA Ko! Film Grants extended by Focus on the Global South-Philippines earlier this year, they have been tasked to produce short films on a theme no less ambitious than “Reimagining EDSA” – for a new generation of Filipinos, and according to the experiences of that generation.
In EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival all these retellings of EDSA will be presented to the general public for the first time ever. Where from and where to with EDSA? – join the filmmakers as they take us to the crossroads, exploring these and other questions.
Not to be outdone, Focus is coming out with its own documentary entitled “EDSAngangdaan: Mga Kwento ng Pagtatagpo’t Pagpapasya.” Twenty five years after EDSA, the project follows a farmer, a university student and a laundrywoman as they seek to connect the circumstances of their everyday lives with the broader historical phenomenon of EDSA. The conclusions that they make, and the questions that they raise, are not always flattering or reassuring.
EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival officially opens on December 7, 4 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Film Center, as part of its annual Cine Veritas Human Rights Film Festival. Alongside the six short films and Focus’ documentary, in-depth discussions of their content will also take place on the second screening day, December 8, beginning 9:30 a.m., at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani auditorium in Quezon City.
For more information about EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival please email Jerik Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 4330899 or 433-3387. Alternatively, please check the EDSA Stories website for updates at http://edsastories.focusweb.org/.
Projects for the 3rd Produire au Sud Film Workshop Bangkok
As part of the World Film Festival of Bangkok, Produire au Sud is a biennial workshop in which indie producers and directors get a chance to talk with industry figures about their films and how to get funding for them. This year’s Produire au Sud Bangkok workshop will be held from October 29 to November 1. Six projects have been chosen: Read more
Seven days of indie movies at .MOV International Digital Film Festival
The Daily Tribune
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“Ambulancia” short film wins best editing in Italy
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Anna Isabelle Matutina won the Miglior Montaggio or Best Editing Award for Richard Legaspi’s short film “Ambulancia” at the 14th San Gio International Video Festival held recently in the Courtyard of the Old Court, Scaligeri Palaces of Verona, Italy. Read more
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“Bodong (Pactul de Pace / Peace Pact),” an environmental and cultural
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First Filipino entry in “Woodstock of short films”
“Ambulancia, ” a short film written, directed, and produced by Richard
Legaspi, will compete and have its German premiere at the 32nd Open-
Air Film Festival Weiterstadt, which will take place from August 14
to 18 on the arcadian site of the Braunshardter Taennchen. Read more
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Finally, A Dedicated Program of Shorts on the Big Screen
By: Rianne Hill Soriano | YEHEY! Contributors
1 July 2008 | 9:12 AM
A selection of 7 short films by the Katorse Writers Group (batch 14 workshoppers
of Ricky Lee’s f scriptwriting workshops) graces Robinson’s Galleria’s Indie Sine with “Katorse Shorts,” a selection of 7 short films in a dedicated program normally given to full-length films only. Read more
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By RAMIL DIGAL GULLE
Watching “Katorse Shorts”, an omnibus of short films produced by the Katorse Writers’ Group, “a group of young writer-filmmakers who were part of Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop”—as they describe themselves—one realizes how many films would have been better had they been shorter. Read more
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Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:16:00 06/15/2008
MANILA, Philippines – Ongoing until June 17 at the Robinsons Galleria IndieSine are the screening of the following short films under the “Katorse Shorts” program: Read more
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Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:46:00 06/12/2008
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By: Seymour Barros Sanchez | Yehey.com
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Seymour Barros Sanchez’s “Lababo” (Kitchen Sink) and Richard
Legaspi’s “Ambulancia” (Ambulancia), grand prize winners of Pinoy Box
Office (PBO) Digitales 1 and 2, respectively, will be screened with
five other short films at Robinsons Galleria Indie Sine/ Cinema 8 as
part of the KATORSE SHORTS program from June 11 to 17. Read more
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Philippine Entertainment Portal
For too long, short films have remained the forgotten art form; a consistently underrated medium that has never been given the exposure it demands. Even with the emerging popularity of independent films in the Philippines, short films are still seen as “front acts” for full-length features or “sidebars” at local film festivals. Read more
by Seymour Barros Sanchez
“There must be something wrong with the film culture when, in light of the Cannes selections this year, nobody seems to acknowledge the fact that aside from Brocka, there was the brilliant Raymond Red who not only was in competition for Palme d’Or in 2000 with the short film “Anino,” but also is the first Filipino ever to win one. Before we start claiming those other new firsts…” Thus, posted young, award-winning independent filmmaker Raya Martin at the Cinemanila egroup, perhaps in disgust with the shameful slip. Read more
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Filipino character actor Allan Paule and theater regular Nor Domingo star in Ambulancia, a short film that has been chosen to compete in the 5th Naoussa International Short Film and Video Festival in Greece. Allan is also nominated for Best Actor in the fiction category of the said film fest. Read more
26 February 2008 | 8:57 AM
“Ambulancia,” a short film which tells of a painful twist in an ambulance driver’s belief that a dying patient can be saved by running over stray animals on the streets, won best short narrative in the first Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health held at the Philamlife Center for the Arts, United Nations Avenue, Manila last February 21, Thursday night. Read more
Asie Expo : 13ème Festival Cinémas et Cultures d’Asie
HKMANIA.com le 05-11-2007
La 13ème édition édition du Festival Cinémas et Cultures d’Asie aura lieu cette semaine à Lyon, du 6 au 11 novembre…
Cette édition 2007 comportera 50 courts et long-métrages provenant de 12 pays (dont 10 premières internationales ou européennes et 20 inédits et avant-premières). Read more
MANILA, JULY 7, 2006 (MALAYA) EIGHTEEN new independent digital films will compete in the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 17 to 23 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Sun Star Davao
November 26, 2005
A TOTAL of six short film entries to the recent Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival will be exhibited during the upcoming Mindanao Film Festival slated this coming December 4-11 at the Gaisano Mall cinemas. Read more
by Sofia Guillermo (Business Mirror)
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By Gabby Libarios
Manila Standard Today,
July 14, 2005
There’s no one to blame for the condition of the movie industry than the proliferation of soap operas on television.
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The Manila Bulletin
July 5, 2005
“The good thing about indepedent cinema is that it’s not a business. We don’t consider what we can get in return. Para siyang bisyo – napakamahal na bisyo. (It’s like a vice – a very expensive vice).”
This statement encapsulates the passion and commitment for filmmaking of six women who were hailed as finalists for the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition, slated July 12-17, at the CCP. Read more
Sun Star Manila, July 13 2005
When Anna Isabelle “Sunshine” Matutina, a freelance editor for TV shows and digital films, completed the final cut of “Panaginipan” (The Dreaming) after graduating from the Mowelfund Film Institute last year, she heaved a sigh of relief that she finally has a short film that she can call her own. However, when her directorial debut made it as a finalist in the short film category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2005, she was doubly ecstatic. Read more
RICKY LEE’S LATEST WORKSHOP BATCH GRADUATES
Seymour Barros Sanchez, Contributor
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Since acclaimed writer Ricky Lee started holding free scriptwriting workshops to selected individuals more than 20 years ago, he has successfully helped several aspiring writers enter the competitive world of cinema and television with the scripts they had subsequently completed. Read more
Posted:7:58 PM (Manila Time) | Feb. 15, 2002
Inquirer News Service
Out of 753 applicants to Ricky Lee’s 14th Scriptwriting Workshop for Film and TV, 66 have been chosen. They will be divided into two batches. Sessions will start on Feb. 16 and 17, respectively. The workshop is for free. Read more