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PR: PETA SHOWS TO STREAM ONLINE VIA PAY-PER-VIEW STARTING NOVEMBER 27, 2020

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 The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is ready to open to doors of its virtual theater, welcoming the first online edition of the PETA Laboratory! Dubbed K.E.-POP: Kalinangan Performers Overcoming a Pandemic, this year’s PETA Lab offers a wide array of new and old works relevant to the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online streaming festival features a total of six shows streaming via www.ktx.ph from November 27-29, December 4-6, 2020.

PETA Artistic Director and PETA Laboratory Director Maribel Legarda describes PETA Lab 2020 as a tribute to the artist’s capacity to be creative and resilient despite COVID-19. “It’s going to be a mixed bag of things,” she says, “We hope that these explorations will be very interesting for our audiences, especially in these times of isolation and disconnection.”

PETA Lab 2020 is offering two sets of new works with three productions in each set: PETA Lab Set A brings audiences Maskian, a dance piece on mask-wearing throughout history until the pandemic, written and choreographed by Carlon Matobato; WFH, a Zoom-based theater piece on the struggles of employees during quarantine, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Meann Espinosa; and Hello, a devised work about isolation amongst young people, directed by Ian Segarra and Keiko Yamaguchi, sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

 

Alongside this, PETA Lab Set B presents Finding Z, a play on mental health written by Jean Gladys Vicente and directed by Ian Segarra and Julio Garcia; Harinawa, a play on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Lotlot Bustamante; and Second Set: 2 Meters Apart, a docu-musical about the experiences of parents, teachers, children, and frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic directed by Norbs Portales with music by Ada Tayao.

 

The cherry on top for this year’s PETA Lab is something that has not been done for the previous years: PETA is streaming three of its past, well-loved productions. Audiences can now revisit one of PETA’s most in-demand hit musicals, Liza Magtoto and Vincent De Jesus’ Care Divas, along with the voter’s education musical Vincent De Jesus’ Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo, at Ang Limang Milyong Boto, and, for the first time on screen, the historical and landmark musical, Carlos “Charley” de la Paz and Lucien Letaba’s 1896 – the first and only sung-through musical of PET, which tells the story about the Philippine revolution. In addition, PETA has also shot a full-length documentary that weaves through its 54 years of work as one of the country’s groundbreaking theater companies. Directed by Dudz Teraña, Living Voices, is an in-depth look into the rich history of an institution that has withstood time and tide, featuring tales of humble beginnings – also available with this year’s PETA Lab offerings!

 

Coming to our screens starting November 27, these new explorations are PETA’s response to the changing times we are currently facing, by creating works of art and bringing back performances that echo the stories of Filipinos today. “We would really love and need the energy that the audiences bring to us, because of course, we miss that,” says Maribel Legarda about migrating theater to the virtual stage, “That’s the gaping hole that will never be filled. But given this condition, we’re more than willing to accept this challenge – explore and create new ideas and new stories, and at the same time, introduce who we are as artists.”

Support the arts. Support theater artists!

Watch PETA’s streaming festival from November 27 to 29 and December 4 to 6 via www.ktx.ph.

Tickets are only 120 pesos and 220 pesos.

For more information follow PETA’s social media pages:

Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater

Twitter @petatheater  | Instagram @petatheater

YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline

 

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PR: LINE UP OF FILMS TO STREAM AT QCINEMA 2020 FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 6

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Cinephiles from across the country will now get to savor the delights of the QCinema International Film Festival.
 
There’s no need to go to Quezon City for this special edition of QCinema.  No need to rush to the cinemas, brave the Metro traffic, nor line-up for movie tickets.  QCinema brings the international film festival experience to anyone in the country, right in the comfort of their homes, through any internet-connected device.
This is made possible through QCinema’s partnership with UPSTREAM and GMovies.
The film festival, which runs from November 27 to December 6, will stream two sets of films for five days each.
It opens its virtual doors with ten award-winning and highly acclaimed films available for rent for only P 150.00 each.
 
The films include QCinema grantees Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; Balangiga Howling Wilderness by Khavn; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red.  
 
Aside from these films, QCinema also hosts the Asian premiere of Genus Pan by Lav Diaz; the Southeast Asian premiere of Song Without a Name by Melina León and Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro; and the Philippine premiere of Rom by Tran Thanh Huy;  Suk Suk by Ray Yeung; and Corpus Christi by Mateusz Pacewicz.
 
Genus Pan is a look at how much human beings are like animals.  The film is the only Philippine entry at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.  It also won for Lav Diaz the best director award in the same festival.
 
Song Without a Name is a 2019 Peruvian drama film directed by Melina León. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the Peruvian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film is about a mother who takes her newborn baby to a health clinic, but the baby and clinic both disappear.
 
Rom is the first Vietnamese film to receive the New Current Awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The film is about the residents of an apartment complex that is slated for demolition.
 
Divine Love is a Brazilian drama screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Divine Love tells the story of a religious woman who uses her position at work to help struggling couples save their marriage. While waiting for some praise, she is confronted with a personal crisis.
 
Suk Suk is a 2019 award-winning and critically acclaimed Hong Kong drama film about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years.  This film premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.

Corpus Christi is about a reformed criminal who is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release. He dresses as a priest and ministers a small town parish. It premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and is the Polish entry in the 92nd Academy Award.

Limited number of tickets will be released per film and will be made available starting November 24.

QCinema Festival Bundles will also be made available for P 750.00 each.  Bundles give access to five films plus will give away QCinema-branded items.

To rent a film, go to upstream.ph to choose a film.  Viewers will be guided to GMovies to pay for the ticket. To avail of QCinema bundles, go to qcinema.ph.

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News: QCinema will grant P50,000.00 each to six short films that can depict ‘quarantine’ life.

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This unprecedented time has prompted QCinema International Film Festival to launch pandemic-responsive initiatives to help keep the film industry alive.

Festival organizers announce a QCinema Completion Fund for independent films forced to halt production and post-production during the pandemic lockdown and a partnership with Inter-Guild Alliance (IGA) for QCinema Special Industry Assistance Fund.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Quezon City has been providing financial and humanitarian aid for those who need it most. It is high time we give attention to our film industry” says Mayor Joy Belmonte.

QCinema is the flagship project of Mayor Joy Belmonte aimed at cementing Quezon City‘s brand as the film capital of the country. It is also regarded as the leading international film festival in Southeast Asia and voted for the third year in a row by local film reviewers as the country’s best film festival.

“These initiatives pave the way for a special #QCinema2020 edition. We will announce in a few weeks’ time a new filmscape that will allow us to reach more people across the country” adds festival director Ed Lejano.

The QCinema Completion Fund will give three grants to independent feature films which were either in principal photography or post-production when the community quarantine was implemented.

The grant is available for Filipino citizens, of legal age, whose film has a total budget of more than six million pesos and whose film’s principal photography should have started not earlier than 2019. Proponent can either be the director or producer of the film.

The final film must be completed by 2021 and shall have its Philippine premiere at QCinema in 2021.

Application form and other details are available at QCinema’s website and Facebook page.  Deadline is October 23, 2020.  The three selected projects will be announced during QCinema2020.

QCinema Special Industry Assistance Fund is a special assistance fund for Inter-Guild Alliance members. Under the agreement, QCinema will make available funds for COVID-related projects for 2021, which will be managed by Inter-Guild Alliance.

Some members of the alliance are the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Lupon ng mga Pilipinong Simematograpo, Filipino Film Editors, Soundspeed Philippines, Guild of Assistant Directors and Script Supervisors, Filipino Screenwriters’ Group, AKTOR (League of Filipino Actors), Soundspeed Philippines, Regional Filmmakers’ Network, and Stunts Association of the Philippines.

Sample projects identified by both organizations are safety officer certification; skillset augmentation, training and certification; and inter-guild collaboration workshops.

 

Lockdown Stories 

Aside from the two-assistance program launched by QCinema, it also delves into the lighter side of quarantine life.

It is giving P 50,000.00 each to six short films that can depict this.

The short film must have a minimum running time of three minutes and a maximum of five minutes, including their OBB and CBB. It can be narrative or a hybrid of narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental. The films can be shot using a smartphone, webcam, or any digital devices and must be produced between September to October 2020.

The competition is open to Filipino citizens, living in the Philippines, 18 years old and above.

Deadline for submission is October 30 and details are available at qcinema.ph or the festival’s Facebook page.

Updates about QCinema are regularly posted on its social media accounts. Details are also available at its website – qcinema.ph.

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News: TOKWIFI NAMED BEST SHORT FEATURE FILM IN CINEMALAYA 2020

Tokwifi (Cinemalaya 2020 Best Short Feature Film)

Besting nine other films, Tokwifi prevails in this year’s edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival as it brought home the coveted Best Short Feature Film and NETPAC Prize awards during the Awarding Program held on August 12, 2020, live on CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages, Vimeo and KUMU.

Directed by Carla Pulido Ocampo, Tokwifi was cited for its “highly original take on love between two persons coming from different eras and worlds, and how modernity and tradition could best be bridged by common humanity.”

Aside from the Balanghai trophy, the Best Film winner took home Php150,000 cash prize, a set of OSMO 3-Axis pocket hand-held camera and full color-grading services from Optima Digital Inc., worth Php360,000.

A film about an unlikely love story between a 1950s mestiza star trapped inside a television set that fell from the sky and a Bontok Igorot man who doesn’t know how to kiss, the film also won received the NETPAC Award for its magical but very convincing depiction of how women are boxed into stereotypes by television and how cultural communities are reduced into backward primitivism by the media.

NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) is a worldwide organization that promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian films and filmmakers.

Filmmaker Martika Ramirez Escobar took home the Balanghai trophy for Best Direction for her film Living Things. She has “effectively orchestrated the resources of cinema in its whimsical yet convincing tale of how two people in
love confront the challenges of change by even more love and devotion.” Her film is about a woman who discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee.

Best Screenplay award went to Pabasa Kan Pasyon, a film by Hubert Tibi. It was cited for its “moving tale of mother and son struggling to survive amid the sounds and sights of lent in the Philippine countryside.” The film follows a Bicolano family that turns to religion to make both ends meet.

Reeden Fajardo’s Quing Lalam Ning Aldo brought home the Audience Choice Award. He receives a certificate and Php50,000 cash prize. The heartwarming tale of a transgender sampaguita farmer who decides to renovate their neglected kitchen as soon as she hears that her son is coming home endears the film to the audience.

Joanna Vasquez Arong’s Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos received the Special Jury Prize for “its moving account through the eyes of a child of the ravages wrought by the strongest typhoon ever recorded in human history, its poignant poetry losing none of the event’s immediacy and tragedy.” She will take home a Balanghai trophy, Php60,000 cash prize, and DCP mastering package, worth Php25,000, from Central Digital Lab.

The Cinemalaya continues to screen on Vimeo until August 16. For those living outside the country, you can catch the global premiere of Cinemalaya on the Filipino Channel (TFC) from August 17 to 31, and on iWanTV from August 24 to September 7, 2020.

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News: FREE SCREENINGS AT CINEMALAYA 2020

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Want to be part of the Cinemalaya film festival but life’s a little tough on the pocket nowadays?  Don’t worry you can still participate with the free screenings of selected Cinemalaya featured films.

Watch the award-winning short stories from across the Asia in Visions of Asia and Allied Festival sections.  These films screenings are made possible through the partnerships with Eiga Sai Japan Film Festival, EuroPelikula, and Iran Film Festival.

Featured films include: MY LITTLE GOAT by director Misato Tomoki; A JAPANESE BOY WHO DRAWS by director Kawajiri Masanao; A SUNNY DAY by director Faouzi Bensaidi; HUNGRY SEAGULL by director Leon Wang; OLMO by director Silvio Soldini; TUA INGUGU by director Daniela Thomas; and I AM AMERICAN by director Omid Mirzaei.

Gawad Alternatibo Para sa Pelikula at Video screens for free all its short film finalists in Animation, Experimental, Documentary, Short Feature, Crosscurrents, and Emergent Media (Video Games).

There will also be Gawad Special Screenings, featuring films from the European Union and Embassy of Iran under the CCP Arthouse Cinema section, shorts from the School of Slow Media coupled with a human-centered storytelling workshop, the QuaranTimes Chronicles shorts and docu essays from alternative media organizations, and the winning shorts from DepEd’s National Festival of Talents-Sineliksik Competitions.

Award-winning playwright Ricky Lee will have a class reunion with the alumni of his writing workshop, which started in 1982.  Cinemalaya will host the grand reunion on August 8, at 1pm.  It will be streamed online via the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU.

Not to be missed are the sessions of Cinemalaya Campus, free live streaming on the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU from August 10 to August 14.  You can also watch the Cinemalaya Campus Short Shorts Winners on August 14; it will be screened within the Cinemalaya Campus session.

Know who will take home the plum awards in the Cinemalaya Awards program on August 12, 2pm. There will also be a Closing Program on August 16, also at 2pm. You can watch both events live in the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages, KUMU and Vimeo.

For a complete schedule and more information, check out the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph), follow the CCP official account in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may also check out the official Cinemalaya Facebook page.

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News: CINEMALAYA SETS SAIL WITH ITS DIGITAL EDITION THIS AUGUST

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THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival continues to sail on its 16th year with its digital edition slated on August 7 to 16, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s biggest independent film festival will be screened on Vimeo.

Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., this year’s film festival will feature Short Films in Competition.

Out of 244 entries submitted, 10 short films were selected and will vie for the Best Film award. These are: ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (THE BROKEN VINYL RECORD) by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori; ANG PAGPAKALMA SA UNOS (TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE) by Joanna Vasquez Arong; EXCUSE ME MISS, MISS, MISS by Sonny Calvento; FATIGUED by James Robin Mayo; LIVING THINGS by Martika Ramirez Escobar; PABASA KAN PASYON by Hubert Tibi; QUING LALAM NING ALDO (UNDER THE SUN) by Reeden Fajardo; THE SLUMS by Jan Andrei Cobey; TOKWIFI by Carla Pulido Ocampo; and UTWAS (ARISE) by Richard Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay.

In Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert, an old vinyl record alters a closeted gay man’s life. Meanwhile, memories catch up as a girl visits a ravaged port city in Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos.

Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss tells the story about a department store sales lady who unearths the ultimate secret to regularization; while Fatigued is about an employee who overslept and must wake-up from a nightmare.

Living Things is about a woman who discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee. Pabasa kan Pasyon follows a Bicolano family that turns to religion to make both ends meet.

In Quing Lalam Ning Aldo, a transgender sampaguita farmer decides to renovate their neglected kitchen as soon as she hears that her son is going home. The Slums, on the other hand, follow a documentary team who progressively intervenes and trespasses  into the lives of a poor family living in the slums as they try to cope with the loss of
their TV.

In Tokwifi, a 1950s mestiza star, trapped inside a television that fell from the sky, dreams up a romantic romp with a Bontok Igorot man who does not know how to kiss. Meanwhile, Utwas narrates how a young boy discovers the ocean as he tries to learn how to dive and fish.

Aside from the main competition, the Cinemalaya will have a specially-curated Short Films in Exhibition, featuring 20 short films namely:

1. GULIS (LINES) by Kyle Francisco
2. IGIB (FETCH) by Joey Paras
3. GRAND GESTURES by Cody Abad
4. HIMAGSIK NG HIWAGA (REVOLT OF THE MYSTIC) by Geoffrey Solidum
5. PAON (BAIT) by Seb Valdez
6. TAHANAN by Mick Quito
7. TARANG (LIFE’S PEDAL) by Arvin Belarmino
8. SUMASAIYO, (YOURS TRULY,) by Jermaine Tulbo
9. ANG MERON SA WALA (BEYOND NOTHING) by Arby and Christine Laraño
10. DISPLACED by Aedrian Araojo
11. JEPOY by Avid Liongoren
12. KUNG SAAN PATAG ANG BUNDOK (WHERE THE HORIZON MEETS THE
MOUNTAIN) by Dolliete Cristi Mari Echon
13. OCTOGOD by Shievar Olegario
14. PINAKANAKAPAGPAPABAGABAG-DAMDAMIN (MOST DISTURBING
FEELING) by Jermaine Tulbo
15. HABAK (CHARM) by Christian Paolo Lat and Mia Salisbury
16. SI GLORIA AT SI JUAN by Gilliano Salvador
17. ANG NAWALANG HALIGI (PILLAR) by Sarah Mya Regacho
18. DAMA DE NOCHE by Lawrence Arvin Sibug
19. MATA by Bryan Kenette Padilla
20. THE ROOFTOP by Avirup Biswas

 

Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia, will also continue its run this year. Visions of Asia, one of the major components of the film festival, will screen award-winning indie films from Asia.

Cinemalaya will also pay tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the Philippine film industry – director Peque Gallaga and actress Anita Linda.

Screenwriter Ricky Lee, in partnership with Cinemalaya, will conduct a scriptwriting masterclass. There will also be a virtual reunion of his writing workshop alumni.

Don’t miss out on other Cinemalaya components such as the Cinemalaya Retrospectives, featuring past Cinemalaya films, and Cinemalaya Campus, among others.

For more updates, please visit the CCP and Cinemalaya websites. Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts.

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NEWS: The Virgin LabFest 2020 KAPIT is EXTENDED this July

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DUE to insistent public demand, the Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit will have its extended run on Vimeo, starting July 2 to 15, 2020.

For two more weeks, theater fans will have a chance to watch and experience the theater festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays on the virtual stage.

Fifteen main features, staged readings and revisited plays will have their extended run, namely Nicko de Guzman’s Bagahe, Tyrone Casumpang’s BlackPink, Jay Crisostomo’s Dapithapon, Dingdong Novenario’s Dominador Gonzales – National Artist, Herlyn Alegre’s Fangirls, Luisito Nario’s Gin Bilog, Buch Dacanay’s Jenny Li, Bernice Dacara’s Matira Matibay, Norman Boquiren’s Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw, Claro De Los Reyes’ Mongoloida’s Casa De Pun, Juliene Mendoza’s Multiverse, Daryl Pasion’s Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril, Floyd Scott Tiogangco’s Pilot Episode, Kim Vergara’s The Boyboy and Friends Channel, and Jobert Gray’s Titser Kit.

Sign up with Vimeo to subscribe.  Avail the Regular Package (Php100) to access all the extended plays.  Or opt for the Premium Package (Php100) to access the plays with special features. Log on to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapit.

With the assistance from Japan Foundation, all plays will have English subtitles.

Read the VLF 2020: Kapit Souvenir Program: https://bit.ly/3cQi894

Engage with the VLF community.  Join the VLF online hangout place! https://bit.ly/36QdOp0

Share your VLF experience using the hashtags #VLF2020 #VLFKapit #CCPOnline #CCP50

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News: SIX ‘VIRGINS’ TO LIFT CURTAINS AT VLF 16

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SIX ‘Virgins’ playwrights made it to the 16th edition of the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of untried, untested, unstaged and unpublished theater works, happening on June 10 to 28, 2020, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The VLF virgins who will make their debut in the upcoming theater festival include: Sorsogon-based writer Jobert Landeza who penned “Titser Kit”; Mark Norman Boquiren, with his “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw”; Floyd Tiogangco, with “Pilot Episode”; Daryl Pasion, with “Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril”; Luis Nario, with “Gin Bilog”; and film director Bibeth Orteza who is the only woman playwright, with “Bituing Marikit.”

Completing the final list are: Tyron Casumpang, with “Black Pink”; Anthony Kim Vergara, with “The Boy Boy and Friends Channel”; Juliene Mendoza, with “Multiverse”; Jay Crisostomo, with “Dapithapon”; Juan Ekis, with “‘Nay May Dala akong Pansit”; and Dustin Celestino, “Doggy.” These six playwrights have participated in the previous editions of the festival.

For the Stage Readings, six works have been selected; three of which are written by “virgin” playwrights, namely “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, and “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes. Other featured stage reading works are: “LadyMasters” by Rouchelle Dinglasan, “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, and “Dominador Gonzales — National Artist” by Dingdong Novernario.

VLF festival director JK Aninoche expressed his gratitude to all the writers who “have shared their visions and voices to us.” The 12 finalists chosen for full-staging were selected from the 290 submitted entries.

VLF founder and former festival director Rody Vera and dramaturg Ina Azarcon Bolivar helped in selecting this year’s unique set of plays.

“I’m very excited on the richness of thought-making and breadth and depth of representation of human condition and contemporary life in this year’s edition of the VLF. Masayang may mga kasana sa pagsulong at paglikha. I’m looking forward to the VLF as a collaborative development platform for untried, untested and unstaged plays,” shared Aninoche.


Co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and Manila-based playwrights’ group Writer’s Bloc Inc., this year’s VLF follows the theme “Rurok.” Established in 2005, the VLF aims to provide Filipino playwrights a venue to present their unpublished, untried, untested and unstaged works to the theater-going public.

Follow VLF on Social Media, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph for more information and promo. Connect with VLF by using hashtags: #virginlabfest #vlf16 #vlf2020 #vlfrurok #CCPVirginLabfest #untrieduntestedunstaged

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News: Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs” and “Every Brilliant Thing” Features in SANDBOX FEST 2020

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The Sandbox Collective kicks off its sixth year and season with a festival featuring the works of the award-winning English playwright and director Duncan Macmillan. Hot on the heels of its fifth season, which showcased three major productions one after the other, more than enough to leave one breathless and gasping for air—the company takes on its most challenging endeavor to date. In yet another collaboration with its sister company 9 Works Theatrical, The Sandbox Collective is thrilled to bring back two of Duncan Macmillan’s masterpieces—Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing. SANDBOX FEST 2020 brings you two shows in one space, one festival, all poised to kick off one breathtakingly brilliant season.

Managing artistic director and co-executive producer Toff De Venecia shares, “After insistent public demand, we couldn’t not bring back Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing—two Duncan MacMillan masterpieces that really were some of the best and brightest moments of Sandbox’s six storied years in the industry.”

Although the man behind the two masterpieces hardly needs an introduction, it would be noteworthy to mention that Duncan Macmillan’s contemporary socio-political voice has had a great impact and influence on the company at large. Notable for other plays such as People, Places and Things, and the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, Macmillan has gained a solid reputation for bringing difficult, hard-to-digest issues to the forefront and up for discussion. Macmillan has said, time and again, that his motivation is to “say something that isn’t being said” and to engage his audiences in a timely and relevant conversation on pressing issues—addiction and recovery, depression and mental health and parenthood in a time of climate change and the impending death of the planet. Macmillan has also been quoted as saying, “I didn’t see anyone discussing suicidal depression in a useful or interesting or accurate way.” In the same vein, in writing Lungs, Macmillan felt that he “wasn’t seeing enough about what it’s like to be alive now“. Macmillan’s magic, so to speak, is his ability to weave contemporary socio-political issues into a powerful narrative quite seamlessly and to tell stories that truly speak to his audiences.

Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Following the critically acclaimed and sold-out runs in 2018 and 2019, Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing will return to the Philippines stage through a shared space and shared advocacy—that of expanding and normalizing the conversation on mental health and climate change. At the very heart of both shows lies the innate goodness of people and the human capacity to overcome both internal and external struggles. Through both productions, you see humanity in full view—the joy and pain, the loss and the gains, the bleak and the brilliant. Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, who will be returning to direct Lungs, says, “I want audiences to take away how intense, complicated and beautiful relationships can be.” In revisiting these pieces, The Sandbox Collective hopes to expand the conversation and to extend the advocacy beyond the show. In working with institutional partners and nonprofit organizations once again, they hope to inspire action and to present audiences with avenues to help and contribute.

De Venecia adds, “With Every Brilliant Things, we were happy to have done our share in shedding light on the subject of mental health that continues to grip the country today. Now with natural disasters occurring left and right, and significant doubt materializing in the age of anxiety, perhaps Lungs has gained a horrific new timeliness as well.”

(From L-R) Jake Cuenca, Sab Jose, Teresa Herrera, Kakki Teodoro, Andrei Pamintuan and Caisa Borromeo. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Every Brilliant Thing will star model and TV host Teresa Herrera and theater actress Kakki Teodoro, who will alternate for the role. Every Brilliant Thing earned six citations in the recent Philstage Gawad Buhay midyear citations, including Outstanding Female Lead for both Herrera and Teodoro. Lungs will star film and TV actor Jake Cuenca and theater actress Sab Jose. Lungs earned multiple nods and garnered a total of seven nominations in the Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards, including Outstanding Male Lead for Cuenca and Outstanding Female Lead for Jose.

Every Brilliant Thing will be directed by Jenny Jamora who will be at the helm once again. Back in the director’s chair as well is Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan who will be directing Lungs a second time around alongside Caisa Borromeo as assistant director. Completing the artistic team are Jodinand Aguillon as production designer and Miguel Panganiban as lighting designer.

 

LUNGS—BACK, AND MORE TIMELY THAN EVER

Less than two years after its Philippine Premiere, The Sandbox Collective brings Lungs back to the stage, and now more than ever does its message ring relevant.

With an intimate cast of two, Lungs approaches the audience, looks them straight in the eye, and faces that dilemma alongside them. Reprising their roles as M & W, respectively, are Jake Cuenca and Sab Jose, both of whom garnered nominations at the Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards and BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards for their roles in Lungs’ 2018 run. Jake has established himself as a rich and dynamic actor in Philippine film and television. He previously studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. Recent television and film credits include Los Bastardos, The Blood Sisters, Ikaw Lang Ang Ibigin, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Ang Panday, Tuhog, In the Name of Love, among others. He made his long-awaited stage debut in The Sandbox Collective’s 2018 run of Lungs, for which he won Best Actor (Play) and Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) at the 2018 BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards. His leading lady Sab Jose is an actress, teacher and Marketing Director. In Spring 2018, Sab graduated with honours from the Guildford School of Acting, London, U.K. with a Master of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen in The Sandbox Collective’s production of Lungs (which earned her a Philstage Gawad Buhay nomination for Outstanding Female Lead Actress in a Play), Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s first and second run of Musikal nAPO!, Grease, Shrek, Peter Pan, RENT, and The Wedding Singer, among others. During her stint in London, she appeared in multiple musical productions such as Traces: A New Musical, Carrie the Musical, Oklahoma!, GSA Showcase (The Shaftesbury Theatre) and Spilt Milk (The Other Palace). She makes her theatrical comeback in the SANDBOX FEST 2020 after a yearlong sabbatical.

JAKE CUENCA in LUNGS. Photo by Erickson Dela CruzSab Jose in Lungs. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

 

EVERY BRILLIANT THING:
EMBRACING MENTAL HEALTH AS THE NEW NORMAL

When Every Brilliant Thing had its Philippine premiere last year, the hope was to start the conversation on a seemingly taboo issue that Filipinos have long experienced and conveyed in hushed tones. Mental illness had just started to seep into the daily consciousness of people as an urgent and legitimate disease that affects millions of people across the globe. In the same vein, the concept of mental health was just beginning to find its way front and center through the steady stream of advocates, spokespersons and organizations seeking to end the stigma and hoping to start a meaningful dialogue.

Teresa Herrera. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

Similarly, the man behind Every Brilliant Thing sought to say something that wasn’t being said, at least not in the best way possible. In the words of Duncan Macmillan, “With Every Brilliant Thing, I felt there should be a way to talk about depression and suicidal depression because it’s so common, but to talk about it in a way that is constructive and complex and nuanced and grown up and unflinching. But also accessible and funny.” In creating this masterpiece, Macmillan presented a way for difficult themes to find an appropriate narrative that audiences could finally embrace.

Every Brilliant Thing will star actress, model and TV host Teresa Herrera whose recent performance credits include Black Mask 2, Dogeaters and the Asian premiere of Love, Loss and What I Wore. She was also the host of Project Runway Philippines and the host & executive producer of Runway TV Asia. Teresa will be alternating with actress, multimedia host and entrepreneur Kakki Teodoro. Kakki received training at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. She was most recently seen in Himala: Isang Musikal, Aurelio Sedisyoso, Rak of Aegis, to name a few. Every Brilliant Thing earned six citations in the recent Philstage Gawad Buhay midyear citations, including Outstanding Female Lead for both Herrera and Teodoro.

Toff De Venecia and Kakki Teodoro. Photo by Gian Nicdao. (Provided by The Sandbox Collective)

 

Heading the production team are The Sandbox Collective’s managing artistic director Toff De Venecia, 9 Works Theatrical’s executive producer Santi Santamaria, Anna Santamaria as operations & finance director, Sab Jose as marketing & PR director, Maine Manalansan as design director, Jonjon Martin as PR & publicity manager, Salve Villarosa as marketing & PR associate, Vicky Herrera as media & PR associate, Kitkat Lastimosa as design & social media associate, Marcel David as production manager (SANDBOX FEST 2020) and stage manager (Every Brilliant Thing), Pachot Festejo as stage manager (Lungs).

SANDBOX FEST 2020 will run at the Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall, 2/F Maybank Performing Arts Theater, 9th Avenue cor. 26th Street, BGC, Taguig City from March 6 until 29, 2020.
Tickets are now available through Ticketworld online or 891.9999 and The Sandbox Collective at 0956 200 4909 / 0917 554 5560 / 586 7105. Festival passes are now available through The Sandbox Collective.

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Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing are co-presented by sister
companies The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical.

Facebook : The Sandbox Collective / 9 Works Theatrical
Twitter and Instagram : @thesandboxco / @9wtonline
Hashtags: #SandboxFest2020 #EveryBrilliant2020 #Lungs2020
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News: Daloy Dance Co. will perform a 3-hour interactive dance called Transcendance on Valentines Day

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Choreographer, contemporary performer, movement facilitator, Ea Torrado will offer a 3-hour interactive performance called Transcendance – A Daloy Movement on February 14 at Kondwi in Makati, as part of the 2020 Fringe Manila Art Festival, with live music by DJ Ed Croix. The performance will include an opening performance by K.Go, a Brooklyn-based artist, called “Hungry Ground”.

Originally trained in Ballet, Ea started Daloy Movement in 2014 as an embodied research on dance as a healing practice. She arrived at a place of fulfilment after many years as a company dancer first with Ballet Manila then Ballet Philippines and wanted to break free and shift her footing to a new flavour of expression. Coming from the highly technical, precise, and formalized movement world of Ballet, her exploration and exposure to Physical Theatre, Yoga, somatic practices, and community work, introduced Ea to a language of dance that is both rawfully beautiful and inclusive.

In a Daloy Movement Jam, all bodies and all backgrounds are welcome. The participants move to bracing music as Ea guides through winged verbalization of anatomical cues and imagery prompts that birth the space for each body to flow through the state of order, swell exponentially into chaos, and be trance-ported back into order again.
Titled, “Transcendance”, the movement jam aims to destroy and transcend the popular notion of love as clinginess and death without the other.

Daloy Movement also espouses the principle of a fluid payment scheme where the participants pay based on their economic capacity and their perceived value of the experience. This serves as a reflection of the body’s accessible and encompassing availability to be free. Expect to be enthralled by a live show of mind-body dance and cathartic release that our ancient ancestors knew very well.

Transcendance” is co-presented by Daloy Dance Company, Kondwi, and 10 Days of Art for Art Fair PH.

When asked, why is the title Transcendance? Ea asnwers, “Hmmm perhaps to Transcend through dancing And to transcend the common misused meaning of love in pop songs that is associated with clinginess or dying without the other etc.”

Ea Torrado

Cited as one of the most exciting and sought-after contemporary dancer-choreographers in the Philippines today, Ea creates visceral and evocative works that have been presented in numerous sites and stages in Manila and abroad. Rigorously trained in classical ballet from a young age, Ea has essayed principal and soloist roles in traditional and contemporary full-length dances, and toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad. She is the founder and artistic director of Manila-based dance theatre group, Daloy Dance Company. Her creations manifest in site-specific work, film, installation, improvisational performance and dance theatre pieces. She was awarded the prestigious Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award (2014), Remedios De Oteyza Award for Choreography (2016) and Asian Cultural Council Grant (2017). She is also a member of World Dance Alliance- Philippines and (ICONS) International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography.

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Daloy DC is committed to the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new choreographies and workshops by Ea Torrado and her guest artists.

Since 2014, Daloy Dance Company has made waves in the Manila art scene by fulfilling its founder and artistic director, Ea Torrado’s vision of generating daring and evocative dance theatre pieces with an ever-evolving group of dancers, thespians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Nominated by Aliw Awards as Best Dance Company of 2017 and Best Classical Dance Company of 2017, and Outstanding Contemporary Dance Group by The Philippine Leaf Awards 2019, the company has performed in a range of dance and art festivals in the Philippines and abroad, Japan, Korea, Thailand and USA, among others. They have also worked with guest teachers from Sweden, Singapore, USA, Australia and Canada. Capturing the energy and philosophy of Ea Torrado’s exploration of the human body as an instrument to provoke reflection and dialogue, Daloy has co-produced Walang Hiya Festival, Sayaw Galaw, Ugnayan Community Program, Tanghal at Talakay, and Daloy Movement— dance workshops that utilise dance as a tool for personal development, empowerment and change.

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KGo With Opening Performance titled ‘Hungry Ground’

K.Go is a Manila born experimental movement artist & biomythographer from Connecticut currently based in New York. She is inspired by questions around migrations, time travel or timelessness, shape shifting or shaping, queering and queer futurity. She has shared her work at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dancers Unlimited, Miguel Gutierrez’s Landing 3.0 at the Gibney Dance Center and is currently working with artist Lu Yim, at the Center for Performance Research. She is continuously grateful to have opportunities to share and move with others.

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News: Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled their line up of programs for 2020.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its 2020 performance season.  CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado presented the CCP’s year-long programming in a press conference held recently at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.

CCP welcomes the new year with forthcoming productions from its resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and the Philippine Madrigal Singers.  Local and international outreach performance tours are likewise set for some of the resident companies throughout the year.

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A scene from Dulaang UP’s production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

A University Theater Season is set in 2020 wherein select university-based theater groups take to the CCP venues to showcase next-generation talent in their productions of original Filipino works, adaptations of classics and experimental work.  The season of university theater productions ramps up to the 13th International University Theater Association’s (IUTA) Congress and Festival to be held in August.

International Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu leads a stellar international cast from Italy and Manila in the staging of the opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, the Italian-language libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel “The Bride of Lammermoor.”

Ternocon II, a unique competition involving the young designers in a mentoring atelier workshop with established designers in a process that engages the history, technique, and construction of the classic Filipino terno, culminates in a grand fashion concert where the winners are announced.

Other events include concerts (Triple Threats), festivals (CCP Jazz Festival in Baguio City, Banda Rito Banda Roon: Symphonic Band and Clarinet, The Rainbow LGBTQI Arts; Festival of Arts and Ideas), plays (Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Batang Mujahideen” and “Lam-Ang, an Ethno-Epic Musical”), a production of “Senadala at Persyanus: Ang Bagong Mukha ng Moro by community-based theater organization Komedya ng Don Galo, and other productions. 

Markki Stroem at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Photo by Erickson dela Cruz
Markki Stroem will be part of the Triple Threats concert series. Photo by Erickson dela Cruz.

Highlights of the 2020 CCP season calendar include the inauguration of the CCP’s newest venue Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP Black Box Theater), the first CCP Arts and Social Media Festival, Launching of Rare Digitized CCP Performances Collection of the CCP Library and Archives, and the Genesis Magazine Anniversary Edition, CCP Digital Time Capsule, Luces: Festival of Illuminations, CCP Arthouse Cinema screenings, Philippine Hip-Hop Dance Championship and the like.

 The CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (EPA) will soon be available digitally in 2020 including a Digital Installation, Website launch, Mobile Application, and Offline Version as well.

 There are also the CCP regular events such as the Pasinaya, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country; the Virgin Labfest, the annual festival of raw, untested and unstaged one-act plays, followed by an Extra Virgin LabFest to be held in other regions; Cinemalaya, the largest independent film festival with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers.

 Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP continues to hold various training and workshops for national rondalla, national folk dance for teachers, choral groups, and summer dance, to name some.

 Must-see exhibitions include the following: “1986 People Power Revolution – The aftermath from Cultural Center of the Philippines to Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: The Center in the Midst of Change”,  “Valerio Nofuente and Emmanuel Sanchez Collections: The Banned Library Materials During the Martial Law Era”, “Allegories And Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect”, Launching of the 21AM (21st Century Arts Museum), “1st of May: The Roles of Amado Vera Hernandez and Isabelo Florentino De Los Reyes in the History of the Labor Movement in the Struggle for Social Justice and Liberation”, Severino Rivera Reyes (1861-1942) “Father of the Tagalog Sarsuwela”, “Launch of the CCP Print Folio: 20/30 I & II: A Limited Edition Print Portfolios in Celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of CCP”, Cinemalaya Eye Fix, among other shows.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CCP INSTITUTIONAL PRESSCON:

(posted by Mr. Camilo Villanueva Jr.)

  • The fully editable and interactive Digital CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, to be distributed free to public schools and universities.
  • Interactive Digital Wall Installations, which not only feature full info on current shows but also layerable timeliness on the different arts, along with a Time Capsule.
  • CCP Digital HD to extend the lifespan of high-budgeted productions to be launched with Virgin Lab Fest’s “Mga Kontrabida” by Lasallian Dustin Celestino.
  • A Dulaang UP production of Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna“, the last work of Antonio “Tony” Mabesa+, translated by Nicolas Pichay.
  • The First Social Media and the Arts Festival in May, a brainchild of Irene Rada who is retiring this year.
  • The opening of CCP’s New Black Box Theater, which Tess Rances herself assured will finally push through.
  • The revival of Triple Threats concerts featuring Markki Stroem, among others, and
  • Spinifex Group’s dynamic Audiovisual Light and Video Matting for the CCP Facade in September, 2020

 For more information, please call CCP at 8832-1125 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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News: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CCP

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Enjoy the yuletide season while watching free movies as the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Cinema under the Stars, a three-night special event featuring screenings of the best Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and select family-friendly films, surrounded by the glittering parols and featuring performances as part of the CCP’s Sinag: Festival of Radiance from December 13-15, 2019 at the CCP Front Lawn at 6pm.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance is a light and sound show showcasing the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

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The 20-feet sundial art installation by artist Toym Imao Jr. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
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Abner Delina Jr. hosts the program. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

The performances complement the beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lantern makers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa, as well as the 20-feet sundial art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation represents the role of arts and culture in society over time.
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Sir Ariel Yonzon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines led the Organizing Committee for this event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Creator of PANDESALAWAL film Direk Che Espiritu graces the event. Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz

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Program for the event consists of the following:

December 13, Friday

6pm-6:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance – a light and sound spectacle

6:30pm-7pm – Diskarte by Mich Cervantes and Agu Crisostomo – Short film

            Asan Si Lolo Me? by Sari Estrada – Short film

7pm-7:25pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Christmas in Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

        Pan De Salawal by Che Espiritu – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

December 14, Saturday

6pm-6:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – Ephesus Teatron Group Inc.’s Tribu – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm – Maligaya Sana Ang Pasko (by RESBAK) – Short film

                          Paper Cut by Patricia Baguio Camino – Short film

                          Ekstra by Jeffrey Jeturian – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

 

December 15, Sunday

6pm-6:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

6:35pm-7pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance

7pm-7:30pm – PWU Indayog Gongs – Performance

7:30pm-9:20pm –

      Christmas In Our Hearts Reloaded (by RESBAK) – Short film

      Sa Saiyang Isla by Christian Candelaria – Short film

      Doon Sa Kabila Ng Bulkan by Ellen Ramos – Short film

      Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa – Short film

      Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank by Marlon Rivera – Full length film

9:20pm-9:45pm – Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

 

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News: Daang Dokyu – A Festival of Philippine Documentaries Launched

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With 100 years on its back, Philippine cinema celebrations have mainly focused on narrative films. A group of filmmakers now feel it is high time that films with real-world impact and purpose are celebrated.

Documentary filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Baby Ruth Villarama, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala and Monster Jimenez have decided to initiate a move towards this and pioneer a documentary festival about the Philippines.

What started as a casual conversation two years ago among the four women gradually evolved into a full-scale documentary-driven event.
 
“We want people to fall in love with documentaries.  Like any good movie, it can be compelling, emotional, life changing, life-saving and transformative,” shares broadcast journalist Kara Alikpala.

Daang Dokyu is a festival of Philippine documentaries slated from February 15 to 20, 2020 at Cine Adarna at the University of the Philippines. 

The six-day festival will exhibit films curated and presented with Q&As with filmmakers. It will hold a supplemental exhibition presenting the expanse of Philippine documentaries; launch a book on Philippine documentaries; and will culminate with the first ever Philippine Documentary Forum, which will be the largest gathering of documentary filmmakers in the country.

Researchers of the Daang Dokyu Festival have already found 200 remarkable documentaries, and the festival is looking forward to discovering more.

“We are at a point when there has never been as many documentary practitioners in our cinema history not only continuing the practice of documentary filmmaking but also actively pushing the limits of acceptable form, stories and ways of seeing. For this, Daang Dokyu is an occasion for the inspiration and encouragement of the documentary community,” says documentarist Maranan who is also the founder of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative arts and film distribution center.

Daang Dokyu is still open to look into films that resonate with Pinoys, provoke convention, or question existing taboos. They are also hoping to discover hidden films emerge from different regions.

The search is ongoing for nonfiction or documentary work of any type and running length.

Updates on the Daang Dokyu Festival are available at daangdokyu.ph and on its various social media platforms. For direct inquiries on film submissions, email info@daangdokyu.ph.

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NEWS: EIGHT MUST-WATCH FOREIGN FILMS, FEATURE IN 2019 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FESTIVAL THIS NOVEMBER

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Cinema One Originals brings multitude of new takes on storytelling through its exciting World Cinema section line up for its 15th year, featuring the films “The Lighthouse,” “The Father,” “The Invisible Life of Eurice Gusmao,” “Knives Out,” “Matthias and Maxime,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “The Truth,” and “The Two Popes.”

Opening the festival is the much-awaited sophomore film from “The Witch” director Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse,” which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers slowly going insane on a black rock. David Sims of theatlantic.com commends the film for capturing its audience in its strangeness. He wrote, “It’s a bracing squall of a movie, a briny delight that’s as amusing as it is mesmerizingly strange.”

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Thematically kindred in many ways, Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes“, about the often tenuous relationship between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, is also about two men negotiating their estrangements. The Netflix film stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

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Alienation shadows two other films in the lineup, this time, between parent and offspring, with Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s tragicomic road movie “The Father“, which won the Crystal Globe at the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, centering on a father who takes a trip with his son after their neighbor claims his dead wife has been making phone calls from beyond the gravel; and Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s follow-up to his Palme D’Or winning “Shoplifters,” and first feature outside his native Japan, “The Truth.” It features Catherine Deneuve as a French movie star whose tumultuous relationship with her daughter gets even more fractious when her revealing memoir goes into publication. The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, and Ludivine Sagnier.

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Xavier Dolan’s present day “Matthias And Maxine,” where two friends reconcile dormant and kindled feelings during a summer abroad, and Celine Sciamma’s period drama “Portrait Of A Lady on Fire“, which screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won both the Best Screenplay award as well as the Queer Palm, about a young painter who falls in love with her subject, may be generations apart in their settings, but both are incisive and poignant evocations of desire. According to theguardian.com, the director demonstrated “a deeply satisfying new mastery of classical style to go with the contemporary social realism” in this drama.

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Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s describes his sprawling and expansive “The Invisible Life of Eurice Gusmao”, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is based on Martha Batalha’s 2016 novel, as a tropical melodrama with all the emotional upheavals the descriptor suggests, while Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” is an Agatha Christie riff that lovingly reconstructs it while cleverly deconstructing it and being fiendishly entertaining in the process. Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer star in this film.


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The Lighthouse” officially opens the 15th Cinema One Originals on November 7 (Thursday), 7pm at Ayala Malls Manila Bay Cinema 7. The festival runs from November 7 to 17 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Gateway, and Powerplant Makati. There will also be screenings at Vista Cinemas in Iloilo and Evia Lifestyle and in Cinema Centenario, Cinema ‘76, Black Maria, UP Cine Adarna, and FDCP Cinematheque Manila.

For updates, visit @CinemaOneOriginals on Facebook, @c1origs on Twitter and @c1originals on Instagram.

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