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The Pacman show

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SCENE from “Manny,” a docu that took over four years in the making 
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    It’s not a reality show; it’s a docu on boxer-turned-lawmaker Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, more popularly known as Pacman.   The biggest challenge in making the documentary “Manny” was sifting through 1,200 hours of raw  footage, said coproducer Don Puno. The production team had to follow Pacquiao for four and a half years in [...]

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PH documentary on Living Asia Channel

BUTCH Nolasco advises aspiring filmmakers to study the masters here and abroad. “It’s the easiest way to learn basic storytelling techniques.”

The first episode of “National Treasures: A Journey Through History” started airing on Sunday on the Living Asia Channel. The historical series is produced by the Eggie Apostol Foundation, with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is directed by award-winning documentarian Butch Nolasco.

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Quezon City cites veteran ‘docu’ director

DIRECTOR Jesus Ramos (center) receiving the scroll as outstanding resident of Quezon City along with members of his family and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.

Multi-awarded documentary film director Jesse O. Ramos has been recognized and honored by the Quezon City council for his achievements as pioneering international documentary filmmaker and as outstanding resident of the city.

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Docu to open Cinemalaya

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JAZZ and Theo gave their full trust to the filmmaker in shooting the docu “Jazz in Love.” INQSnap this page to view more stills.

For the first time in its nine-year history, a documentary, Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez’s “Jazz in Love,” will open the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on July 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Li’l Filipino Bond docu on target

WENG Weng

Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold’s documentary, “The Search for Weng Weng,” has raised US$30,423 for the film’s post-production on the website kickstarter.com.   The docu chronicles the life and times of 1980s actor Weng Weng, a pint-sized Pinoy James Bond. “It was an incredible group effort,” Leavold told the Inquirer. He hopes to tour the docu [...]

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‘Harana’ triumphs in San Francisco

Benito Bautista’s “Harana” won the Audience Award for Documentary at the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival (formerly known as San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) held in San Francisco, California, last week.   The news was relayed to Inquirer by editor Chuck Gutierrez of Voyage Studios, who worked on the film. Gutierrez [...]

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‘Harana’ wins in San Francisco

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Benito Bautista’s “Harana” won the Audience Award for Documentary at the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival held in San Francisco, California recently.

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Journey docu opens in US

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JOURNEY DOCU OPENS IN US THEATERS
RUBEN Nepales interviews independent filmmaker Ramona Diaz, who witnessed it all on the road with the band—racist slurs vs Arnel Pineda, female fans throwing underwear at the Pinoy frontman and massage sessions with a camera-shy therapist. “It was overwhelming and heartwarming,” Diaz says.

LOS ANGELES—Racist vitriol, women flinging their underwear at Arnel Pineda, private massage moments, his emotional homecoming show with Journey in Manila and more—Ramona Diaz saw and heard it all as she filmed the band on and off for three years for her documentary, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”   Set to open in the United [...]

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‘Harana’ in San Francisco

The documentary “Harana” has finally scored a screening in filmmaker Benito Bautista’s current home base, San Francisco, California.   “Harana” will premiere at the Pacific Film Archive Theater on March 16 during the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival (formerly San Francisco International Asian American Film Fest).   “Harana” chronicles a Filipino-American’s quest to [...]

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South African strife, recovery recalled in epic ‘Miracle’ docu

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ADAM MacDonald

Decades of racial discrimination in South Africa and the aftermath of apartheid are vividly recalled by key figures and observers in the History documentary “Miracle Rising: South Africa,” filmed and completed within the span of a year.   “It’s more ambitious than anything we’ve done before,” said Adam MacDonald, vice president of A+E UK, a [...]

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‘Harana’ in Santa Barbara

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SCENE from “Harana,” which features the dying tradition of serenaders

Filipino-American Benito Bautista’s documentary “Harana” will compete at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, which starts Jan. 24 and ends on Feb. 13. “Harana” is featured in the Cinesonic section, which highlights “iconic musicians who have changed the sonic landscape and pushed cinema in new directions.” Bautista is one of the honorees in last December’s Inquirer Indie Bravo! Tribute.

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Review: ‘Central Park Five’ sets record straight

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This film image released by Sundance Selects shows accused rapist Yusef Salaam being escorted by police in New York in 1990. Salaam is the subject of the documentary, "The Central Park Five," about the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. AP/Sundance Selects, NY Daily News

“The Central Park Five” takes an emotionally charged subject — the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and Hispanic teenage boys for the rape of a white female jogger — and makes its case in a straightforward, detached manner.

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