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Outsiders once, indies now rule the film scene

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Joel Torre, Anita Linda and Barbara Miguel. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

“We used to be outsiders, now the indies rule the scene,” remarked actor Joel Torre, one of the honorees in this year’s Inquirer Indie Bravo! Awards, an annual tribute to internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmakers and actors.

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Night of independents

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ANITA Linda (center) with PDI chair Marixi R. Prieto and Sen. Grace Poe (right) JILSON SECKLER TIU

Four honorees brought their moms; two others, their girlfriends; another two, their boyfriends; one, her high-school principal. Another got to meet her high-school crush at last.

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Filipinos headline 3 films nominated for Oscars

Briton Sean Ellis, second from left, writer-director of ‘Metro Manila’ - Britain’s nominee to the Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film, poses with his actors, from left, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, prior to the premier screening at a cinema in Taguig City on October 3. AP

Filipinos get top billing in three foreign language film nominees in no less than the prestigious Academy Awards.Britain’s nominee as best foreign language film for the Oscars features an all-Filipino cast and a story that traces the sacrifices and hopes of an impoverished family from the countryside that tries its luck in the dark and squalid ghettos of Manila.

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Mendoza joins Eurasian fest jury

Brillante Mendoza. AFP FILE PHOTO

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza was chosen to be part of the jury of the 9th Eurasia International Film Festival, to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 16-21.

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Christopher Doyle returns to Manila, collaborates with Filipino filmmaker

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Filipino filmmaker Khavn dela Cruz (second from left) and a couple of friends welcome Australian cinematographer-director-actor Christopher Doyle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

International film icon, Christopher Doyle, is welcomed back in Manila by avant-garde filmmaker-musician-poet-short story writer Khavn de la Cruz for a local indie film project.

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Actor is producer of 2 indies

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VARGAS portrays Andres Bonidacio in the latest film that he also produced in collaboration with director Richard V. Somes.

Actor Alfred Vargas was once a “closet” indie producer. Not a lot of people know that he was among the producers of Auraeus Solito’s latest Cinemalaya winner, “Busong,” which premiered at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes last year and continues to win awards in film festivals abroad.

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CineFilipino: We can never have too many indie fests

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TONY Gloria    file photo

With the recent launch of the CineFilipino Film Festival, the question begs to be answered: Is there room for yet another local digital fest—that is, aside from Cinemalaya, Cinema One, Sineng Pambansa and Cinemanila?     Tony Gloria, CineFilipino consultant, remains optimistic. In an e-mail interview, he told the Inquirer:  “There should be more festivals.” [...]

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Indie star is busiest actress in town

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Tony-Gilroy

Stage, TV and movie thespian Madeleine Nicolas will be the first to shrug off the title, “busiest actress in Cinemalaya.”

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Indie docu immortalizes Pinoy love songs

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FLORANTE Aguilar (left) and the Harana Kings

When filmmaker Benito Bautista asked a fellow Fil-Am if the latter knew what harana was, the answer stumped him. “The kid thought it was a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco,” Bautista recalled. This “disconnect” between the present generation and traditional Filipino art forms becomes wider with each passing day, he added. Bautista, who won the [...]

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QC, ‘City of Stars,’ goes indie

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Known as the “City of Stars,” Quezon City now hopes to become an indie haven, too. The Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) recently launched QCinema: 2012 Quezon City Film Festival.

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Stars set to shine in Cinemalaya 2012

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DIRECTOR Joey Reyes with Judy Ann Santos in “Mga Mumunting Lihim”

When the latest edition of the Cinemalaya alternative film festival and competition opens later this month, movie buffs may be surprised to see so many stars topbilling or playing important roles in a number of its official entries.

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From indie to mainstream

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DEREK Ramsay, Richard Somes and Erich Gonzales

Independent filmmaker Richard Somes said that to cross over to mainstream cinema he simply changed his mind-set. “When you go mainstream, you accept the compromises that you will make with your bosses. My advise is to learn to deal with it. If you can’t, don’t do it,” Somes told the Inquirer.

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