On January 20 at 7pm, Banned Movies Pilipinas kicked off the new year at the Freedom Bar in Quezon City with “Todo Todo Torres: John Gets Banned.”
A cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, indie filmmaker John Torres is a recipient of Vancouver’s Dragons and Tigers Award, Singapore’s Fipresci-Netpac Award, and Cinemanila’s 2005 Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema. The event screened four of his short films, namely, “Tawid Gutom,” “Salat,” “Paano Kita Liligawan ng ‘Di Kumakapit sa ‘Yo?” and “Gabi, Nang Nalaman Ko na Ang Aking Ama ay May Anak sa Labas.”
Between these 3-to-12-minute films, the rawest and freshest local bands rocked the scene. Among them are Taggu nDios, Severo, Pumping Pluto, Linch12, Xeven Thursday, Surfherloverboy, Final Vow, and the Board of Trustees.
?Tawidgutom? is an experimental love poem/monologue composed of images that recur and repeat themselves. The narrator reminisces on a relationship and anticipates meeting his love again, both with trepidation and excitement.
?Salat? is composed of several vignettes that are like snap-shots of urban life, juxtaposed once again with images of love, friendship and everyday life. In The Last Sherbet, street kids savour ice cream. Lunar Play is a short elegy for Portuguese footballer Miklos Feher (1979-2004), while Ellipsis, Kulob and Lunar Punch are a triptych in which the narrator muses on hope and the persistence of the spirit to want to carry on, against the background of a relationship that has quietly ended.
?Kung Paano Kita Liligawan Nang Di Kumakapit Sa Iyo?? is an experimental film composed of rapid cuts, digitised images,snippets of urban and rural landscapes that are placed against a running poem, often premised by the film’s title ? how can I court you without ever holding you? — but this rhetorical question is addressed as much to a lover unseen as it is to inanimate objects and to the world around the poet/narrator.
In ?Gabi Noong Sinabi ng Ama Kong May Anak Siya sa Labas (Night When Father Told Me He Had a Child Outside)?, Father writes his confession. Son goes away and buries his hero. He plays the flute for a funeral/dance of beating drums, meets Chance and achieves a rebirth of meaning and purpose. Son: “I cannot put into words how much contempt and love I feel for you right now.”
Bored of Trustees
Things in Between U>
February 17, 2007 at the UP Sunken Garden
“Long Live Philippine Cinema!” by multi-award winning independent film director Raya Martin made its debut at the recently concluded 2007 International Film Festival of Rotterdam , together with his feature-length film Autohystoria and shorts Life Projections, and Rambling From the Sea. He also received the seventh Prince Claus Fund Film Grant for the CineMart 2007 Project Independencia (Cinematografica Independiente en Filipinas, Philippines ) .
The 2004 Cinemanila International Film Festival’s Ishmael Bernal Awardee for Young Cinema and recipient of the best documentary prize at the 2005 .MOV Film Festival, Martin’s “Long Live Philippine Cinema!” is a burlesque, harsh satire about the mistress of Philippine film production, the Chinese-Filipino producer Mother Lily. She is hated and feared, but nobody can get round her. Fortunately this young filmmaker has thought up an adequate solution to keep Philippine cinema alive. Mother Lily is not a metaphorical invention. She really exists – for now.
Seeking alternative venues by which indie films and music can be appreciated by a wide audience, indie production company Banned Movies Pilipinas and the University Student Council- UP Diliman (USC-UPD) have joined forces to bring indie cinema to the annual UP Fair, a weeklong event which draws thousands of students, professionals and alumni to the UP Sunken Garden. “UP NOT FAIR SALE” highlights the continuing campaign against the commercialization of education and condemns the recent approval of tuition and other fee increases.
“Saturday Night FEEver: UP Gets Banned” also showcases the short films of award-winning independent filmmakers John Torres (“Salat”), Khavn dela Cruz (“Institusyon ng Makata”), Jobin Ballesteros (“The Ballad of Mimiong’s Minion”), Janus Victoria (“Hopia Express”), and Seymour Barros Sanchez and Ginalyn Dulla (“Lababo”). The event also features performances by major acts Sugar Free, Brownman Revival , Slapshock, Moonstar88 , and Itchyworms together with rising indie bands Taggu nDios, Severo, Bored of Trustees and Rinka Collective, and many others.
Janus Victoria’s “Hopia Express” won Best Short Film at the 8 th Cinemanila International Film Festival.
John Torres’ film “Salat” won him Best Short Film and the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema at the 7 th Cinemanila International Film Festival.
Jobin Ballesteros is the latest recipient of the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema at the Cinemanila International Film Festival.
Raya Martin’s “Long Live Philippine Cinema” made its Philippine premiere at the UP Fair. It was only previously screened at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam last January 2007.
Bored of Trustees
Stonefree and other OPM rock bands!!!
Khavn dela Cruz gets Banned!
Banned Movies Pilipinas has once again proven itself as the home of
indie artists when it served as the venue for the premiere of John
Torres’ Gabi Noong Sinabi ng Ama Kong May Anak Siya sa Labas last
January 20 and Raya Martin’s Long Live Philippine Cinema! last
February 17. Come March 24, 2007, Banned Movies Pilipinas will chalk
up another milestone when it premieres Khavn dela Cruz’ newest digital
film, Literature based on Joel Toledo’s 2004 2nd prize winning Palanca
for Poetry. A recent recipient of the Grand Jury Prize in the recently
concluded Digital Lokal competition of Cinemanila, Khavn dela Cruz is
an award winning filmmaker who has made 16 features and more than 60
short films. He is also one of the movers behind the Independent
Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC) and Filmless Films. Khavn is jack of all
trades: a teacher, a Palanca winning writer, and a musician.
Considered as indie cinema’s enfant terrible (Giovanni Spagnoletti,
Festival Director, Pesaro Film Festival), he will also screen his
other groundbreaking digital films namely, Institusyon ng Makata
(which stars Marvin Agustin ), Amen, and I’m Not Batman (with the
Radioactive Sago Project).
Complementing the night’s out there theme are bands with an avant
garde edge: Taggu nDios, Linch 12, Khavn’s own band, The Brockas and
the most avant garde of them all, the Andy Warhol ‘s of rock n roll,
Kiko Machine and many more.
So free up your schedule on March 24 and come down to Center for Arts
in Timog, Quezon City at 7PM and experience what living on the edge
Tony de Guzman, current resident at the Institute of Poets, is one
pissed-off, walking timebomb. Short of fuse, this shrewd citizen of
the Philippine ghetto sets his sights on foreign classmate Steve
Banners, a pompous self-righteous dude with delusions of America’s
grandeur at the expense of Third World inequity. It stars Marvin Agustin .
"Amen" is a brown comedy, the Filipino version of the black comedy.
It’s a cultural satire on blind obedience, specifically on the
Filipino tradition of "mano": placing the hand of an elder on one’s
forehead as a sign of superficial respect.
I’m not Batman
A Batman is in the house, but he’s no crusading knight from Gotham.
Rather than haunting rooftops, he prowls the Quezon City streets for
his prey. With special appearance by the Radioactive Sago Project.
Based on Joel Toledo’s poem of the same title. This poem is part of
the collection that won Second Prize for Poetry in the 2004 Palanca Awards
Pinoy indie icon ROXLEE is the fourth filmmaker to be featured by Banned Movies Pilipinas (BMP) this coming June 15, 8 pm onwards at Freedom Bar in Anonas, Quezon City, fresh from Vote For Meyor: Sanchez Gets Banned! last May 19 which showcased the works of advocacy filmmaker Seymour Barros Sanchez. Internationally acclaimed filmmakers John Torres (in January), Jobin Ballesteros, Janus Victoria (in February) and Khavn dela Cruz (in March) were also previously featured by BMP.
ROXLEE, the ultimate Renaissance man and the face of Pinoy indie, is an award-winning and renowned Filipino animator and filmmaker, cartoonist, artist and rock star, and more. The man who created ?Cesar Asar? and ?Santingwa? together with his brother Mon Lee, is also a founding member of Animagination, a group of Filipino animators. He picked up his first Gawad Urian award for Best Short film for ?Juan Gapang?, a collaborative effort and went on to make ?Juan Toga,’ `Juan Gapang,’ ?Juan Gulay,’ and`Juan Tunog.’ He has also exhibited his oil paintings in Singapore, and was invited to stage the world premiere of ?RoxLee’s Planet? as part of the Singapore International Film Festival. His alter ego Akira Brocka is also a member of The Brockas, a rock band composed of fellow filmmakers, writers and artists.