3 PH films go to Dallas
Three Filipino films will be shown in Texas at the 17th Asian Film Festival of Dallas, ongoing until July 26.
The three Filipino films relate timely stories of crime and moral conflict—Erik Matti’s “BuyBust,” Treb Monteras II’s “Respeto” and Sonny Calvento’s “Nabubulok.”
Matti told the Inquirer: “Of course, any festival that shows our film, especially in North America, will be a big help in promoting our release in the United States and Canada on Aug. 19.”
Matti remarked that his film’s distributor, Well Go, is based in Texas.
Monteras, who recently won a Silver Tiger Uncaged award at the New York Asian Film Festival, asserted: “We are excited about the coming screenings in Dallas.”
Calvento explained: “Almost a year after Cinemalaya, our movie is still being screened in some festivals abroad. I am happy that we’re having our American premiere in Dallas. Hopefully, our Filipino friends can watch our film.”
According to its website, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas aims to “champion emerging and established Asian and Asian-American filmmakers … sharing the rich diversity of Asian culture through the medium of cinema.” The fest is considered “the south’s largest showcase of Asian and Asian-American cinema.” —BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.
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