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Nora Aunor’s third indie

PICACHE and Aunor COURTESY OF ADOLF ALIX JR.

After Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Padre de Familia” and Perci Intalan’s “Dementia,” Nora Aunor starts shooting her third indie film this year, Alix’s “Whistleblower (Silbato).”

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Indie Showcase: Turbo Goth

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Turbo Goth

It is high time the spotlight be focused also on our indie bands and acts. They form a deepwell of diverse and amazing talents in the local scene. I will be showcasing once in a while an indie band or act that to my mind deserves a look and more attention.

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‘Lumpia’ film duo launches Kickstarter drive to fund sequel

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Kickstarter poster for “Lumpia.”

Ten years after their successful cult indie film “Lumpia” hit theaters and film festivals, writer/director Patricio Ginelsa and editor/producer A.J. Calomay announced on August 10 that they will be shooting the sequel “Lumpia 2.”

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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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Look at all those stars in the fest!

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ANGEL Aquino in “Porno”

Organizers are the first to point out that 2013 is the most star-studded edition of the Cinemalaya, which opens tonight at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Cinemalaya’s ‘maindie’ spirit

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JEFFREY Jeturian’s “Ekstra”

Five filmmakers, all tried and tested pros, bravely (and, for us, bewilderingly) put their names on the line for the coveted trophy called Balanghai.

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Why ‘Boses’ should be heard

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JULIAN Duque and Ellen Marfil reunite five years later.

Digital technology propelled this indie film’s journey to the cineplex, but it was fueled by pure passion, as demonstrated by filmmaker Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and her friends.   It has been five years since Marfil’s “Boses” debuted at the Cinemalaya; it finally opens in SM Cinemas on July 31.   Marfil admits that “Boses,” about an [...]

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Brillante Ma. Mendoza

BRILLANTE Mendoza

On joining this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival: “I hope to inspire other indie filmmakers and productions na pwede ring tumawid sa mainstream—pwedeng makapasok ang pelikula kahit hindi all-out commercial, fantasy or comedy.” –Allan Policarpio

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Young star finds place in indie scene

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ELLA Guevara holds a Guyito doll. She visited PDI for a read-along with kids. photo:Bayani San Diego Jr.

She could’ve been trapped in those awkward years between precocity and young adulthood.   Former child star Ella Guevara, however, saw that the indie scene offered a variety of roles for “tweens” like herself.   Ella, 14, explained: “Since indie films are more realistic, actors of any age can be tapped for roles. There’s bound [...]

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Cheer Factor: Filipino indie films in NY museum

Raya Martin wins Best Director for “How To Disappear Completely”. INQUIRER file photo

Films by Filipino director Raya Martin will be featured at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York from October 19 to 27. Among Martin’s works that will be screened are “Independencia,” “The Island at the End of the World,” “A Short Film about the Indio Nacional,” “Autohystoria,” “The Great Cinema Party,” “Now Showing” and “Next Attraction.” The museum’s website called Martin a “daring, restless filmmaker.” Martin and Gym Lumbera will also set up a video installation, which will debut at the museum lobby on October 19.—Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Two Filipinos indie films win int’l grants

HUNKS of “Kalayaan” (from left) Zanjoe Marudo, Ananda Everingham and Luis Alandy.

Two Filipinos films have won grants abroad. Raya Martin’s “Nueva España” won the best film project at the Riviera Maya Co-Production Lab held in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, last March 25. The award comes with a cash prize of US$15,000, according to producer Arleen Cuevas. “Nueva España, which intertwines the themes of revolution and teleportation, [...]

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Things go swimmingly for the traveling ‘Isda’

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ACTORS Cherry Pie Picache and Bembol Roco and director Adolfo Alix at the Inquirer. They suspect that the balla sharks used in the film knew how to act. RICHARD REYES

Indie director Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Isda,” also known as “Fable of the Fish,” has been “swimming” to various festivals all over the world, making it one of the best-traveled films of last year.

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