ABS-CBN’s Cinematografo International Film Festival Opening is on November 9 and the Philippine Consulate General is a co-presentor of the Opening Film, “Larawan”. Director Loy Arcenas, Rachel Alejandro (actress), and Maestro Ryan Cayabyab (composer) will all be in attendance.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' New Filipino Cinema series is now in its fifth year! Each edition captures a diverse and compelling snapshot of the best films coming out of this unique nation of islands. Through continued investment in this series, YBCA helps amplify creative voices seldom heard outside the Philippines. New Filipino Cinema runs from June 9th to July 3rd. Check out the Filipino films on view here: http://ybca.org/new-filipino-cinema-2016
"Women are largely underrepresented in the film industry, particularly as writers, producers, and directors. Three independent local female filmmakers are carrying out all three roles, driven by determination and a story to tell." News story from The Source.
PhilStar's Joanne Rae M. Ramirez pays congratulations to filmmaker Ramona Diaz on her Global FWN™ '15 award. "It is a much deserved accolade for Diaz, whose film Imelda, a full-length documentary about the former First Lady of the Philippines, garnered the Excellence in Cinematography Award for documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the ABCNews VideoSource Award from the IDA. In an interview with FWN, Diaz said she makes films about “the Filipino experience for a global audience. We are often represented as minor characters, even in our own narratives. We seldom see ourselves represented on the screen in a lead role." News story from PhilStar.
Director Lawrence Fajardo’s film Imbisibol (Invisible), which had its international debut at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday, tells the stories of four OFWs living in the city of Fukuoka in the aftermath of a 1989 Japanese crackdown on overstayers – workers who remain in the country after their work contracts expire.
“That’s why we chose the title,” says producer Krisma Fajardo, who is also Lawrence’s wife. “They’re not supposed to be in Japan. Legally they’re not there. And then they’re also not in the Philippines, physically, so it’s like they’re invisible. These people tend to lay low and not attract attention.”
News story courtesy of The National