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Paul Soriano has turned his dream into reality

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Director-Producer Paul Soriano gave a talk on “Producing an Independent Film” to the 2014 Cinemalaya finalists last Feb. 22 at the CCP. We were present the first time filmmaker Hannah Espia met Soriano, who ended up producing “Transit.”

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V is for Valentine–and Vilma Santos

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SANTOS. Exciting prospects and limitless possibilities.

Vilma Santos chooses her battles—and she chooses them well. Last year, her surprising decision to portray an enthusiastic but less-than-brilliant bit player in Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra,” her first indie starrer, has so far earned her three Best Actress awards, the most recent from last month’s Dhaka International Film Festival. —Talk about risk-taking that has paid off bigtime!

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6 Filipinos in Berlin Talents

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This year, six Filipinos will take part in the Berlin Talents: director-screenwriter Antoinette Jadaone, producer/art director Armi Rae Cacanindin, editor Benjamin Tolentino, director Universe Baldoza, director-screenwriter Shireen Seno and director Sheron Dayoc.

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Indies rev up annual film output

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Now that numerous “indie” features are beefing up the output of the Filipino movie industry and discovering new filmmakers, some optimists are cheering the “fact” that local movies are now back on easy street.

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MMDA chair: Indies stepped up to the plate

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PERLA Bautista, right, with Basty Alcanses and Jenine Desiderio in “Ang Maestra”

Indies stepped up to the plate when mainstream producers backed out of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), said Francis Tolentino, chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which spearheads the annual movie event.

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‘Bamboo Flowers’ preem prelude to FDCP festival

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Filipino-American actress Max Collins in Maryo J. de los Reyes’ “Bamboo Flowers”

Filipino-American actress Max Collins learned what it was really like to be a provinciana in her new indie movie, Maryo J. de los Reyes’ “Bamboo Flowers.”

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Long takes on oft-unheralded section of Cinemalaya

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JANN Eric Tiglao’s “Onang”

Short films are not as celebrated or as popular among the crowds that gather at Cinemalaya every year. But these filmic exercises in brevity deserve a second look.   The 10 shorts (running time anywhere from eight to 20 minutes) in this year’s indie festival take viewers to places near (Parañaque) and far (Iligan), common [...]

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Philippine indie film fest a platform for raw talent

GUILLEN. Espouses movies that make a difference.

The Philippines’ independent film festival opens Friday with a growing reputation for showcasing world-class movies focused on gritty social issues, with a seedy underworld and migrant labor among this year’s themes.

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Cornucopia of theatrical and cinematic riches

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SANTOS. Topbill “Ekstra”

The second half of July is turning out to be an unusually “happening” time, so we hope that you’re clearing your schedule for this very proudly Filipino fortnight: On July 26, the ninth edition of the Cinemalaya alternative film festival and competition, funded by Tonyboy Cojuangco and run by Laurice Guillen, is unveiling its latest cornucopia of cinematic riches at the CCP.

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Mikhail Red gears up for feature film debut

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RED. Started writing, directing and producing shorts at age 15.

Mikhail Red started writing, directing and producing short films at age 15. Now 21, he embarks on his first full-length feature, “Rekorder,” in the New Breed category of the Cinemalaya film fest later this month. He cowrote the script with Ian Victoriano.

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Espia examines displacement of OFWs in Israel

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ESPIA. Double-edged sword.

This July, another female director will debut at the Cinemalaya fest via “Transit,” which stars Ping Medina and Jasmine Curtis Smith, and was shot mostly in Israel. Espia’s thesis film, “Ruweda,” previously competed in the annual indie showcase. Her family owns a travel agency specializing in Holy Land tours. She shares, “I came up with the idea for ‘Transit’ the first time I visited Israel.

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Tribute to Mike de Leon classic

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ALCAZAREN. Makes feature film debut.

The first time we read Miguel Alcazaren’s screenplay for the CineFilipino film fest entry, “Puti,” we knew that the 48-year-old TV commercial director has finally found the right project for his feature-film debut, Mike is an award-winning animator, and is the go-to guy for baby commercials.

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