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Premier indie fest marks eventful first decade

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GUILLEN AND COJUANGCO. Prime movers.

Congratulations to the Cinemalaya indie film festival for marking its full decade of existence this year. In a ningas cogon land characterized by well-meaning movements that don’t have the energy to go the distance and typically sputter out after only a couple of years, Cinemalaya’s longevity is a tribute to the validity and vitality of its reason for being, and to the stick-to-it-iveness of its founders, led by Tonyboy Cojuangco and Laurice Guillen.

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US films open, close CinemalayaX

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Jose Antonio Vargas. AP

Cinemalaya goes international this year. Opening film of this year’s festival is Pulitzer Prize-winnings journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary “Documented.”

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At the height of the storm, CCP welcomes Nora Aunor

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NORA Aunor (center) flanked by “Hustisya” team, costars Jeric Gonzales (left, front row) and Rocco Nacino (right, front row), and director Joel Lamangan (second from left, back row) and scriptwriter Ricky Lee (third from left, back row) at the Main Theater lobby of the CCP. RODEL ROTONI

After the heated debates surrounding the exclusion of actress Nora Aunor from the list of national artists, the big question remains: Will she or won’t she step on the red carpet of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to attend the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 1 to 10?

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When X means Cinemalaya

Coleen Garcia (right) in a scene from Gino Santos’ entry in the full-length category titled “#Y”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Cinemalaya Foundation

Eyebrows may raise but if there’s no Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal and Kidlat Tahimik, there could be no Adolf Alix, Raya Martin, Jon Red, Raymond Red and Lav Diaz. In the same breath, if there’s no Cinemalaya, there could be no Cinema One Originals, Sineng Pambansa and other independent film festivals in the country.

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‘Transit’ bags North American distributor

HANNAH Espia’s “Transit” INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

According to producer Paul Soriano, Seventh Art Releasing has acquired the North American rights to Hannah Espia’s debut film “Transit.”

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