CFAFF 2010 SCHEDULE

CFAFF 2010 SCHEDULE

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is proud to announce its 2010 schedule.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER  5,  7:00 PM
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER  5,  8:00 PM
Opening Night Presentation
MANILA SKIES (HIMPAPAWID)
Directed by Raymond Red.  (Philippines)

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival opens its 2010 program with MANILA SKIES, a new feature film from Raymond Red, winner of a Palme D’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and a true master of Philippine cinema. Shot using With visually stunning cinematography set against a gritty urban landscape, Manila Skies tells the story of Raul, a frustrated dockworker who is driven by a series of unfortunate events into a final act of desperation.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER  5,  10:30 PM
AFTERPARTY (LOCATION TBA)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 2:00 PM
THE UNDERACHIEVERS
Directed by D.B. Cheng (U.S.)

Twentysomethings Drew, Brandon and Jake, friends since high school and fellow comic book fans, must rally together as they face the challenges of adult life. Will their superhero fantasies be enough to save them when their real lives fall short of their dreams and a secret rival unhatches an elaborate scheme of revenge. An upbeat indie feature from D.B. Cheng with winning performances from James Lontayao, Tom Lazur, and James Chen.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 4:30 PM
GHOSTS DON’T EXIST
Directed by Eric Espejo (U.S.)

Philip Roebuck stars as a television  personality and ghost investigator who takes on one last assignment when his the paranormal hits disturbingly close to home. A tightly woven horror and suspense thriller written and directed by Filipino American filmmaker Eric Espejo. Winner of the D.C. Independent Film Festival

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 7:00 PM
FILMMAKER RECEPTION

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 8:00 PM
Centerpiece Presentation
THE MOUNTAIN THIEF
Directed by Gerry Balasta. (U.S./Philippines)

A father struggles to care for his son in Promised Land, an impoverished shanty town where the residents live day by day as scavengers among the garbage heaps of Payatas. First-time director, Gerry Balasta from New York City delivers a powerful debut feature that showcases the performances of actual residents of Payatas who participated in an acting workshop run by Balasta himself. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award at the DC-APA Film Festival.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 10:30 PM
AFTERPARTY (LOCATION TBA)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER  7, 12:00 PM
CFAFF SHORT FILM PROGRAM
With our 2010 Shorts Program, CFAFF continues a six year tradition of presenting outstanding short form narrative, short documentary, and music video.

“Anino”
By Raymond Red
This classic short directed by Raymond Red was honored with the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. A landmark in Philippine cinema. Red’s feature film Manila Skies opens our 2010 festival.

“Harang” (“Barriers”)
By Mikhail Red
A jeepney driver encounters carjackers on the open road, in a short film by Mikhail Red that examines the nature of cynicism and mistrust.

“Kamera”
By Mikhail Red
Lav Diaz, a legend of Filipino independent film, stars as a solitary filmmaker who passes on a legacy of cinema to an unlikely heir.

“66 Years, 2 Months, 21 Days… and Still Counting”
By Mona Lisa Yuchengco
Delfin Gonzales, Sr., 95 years of age, recounts life, marriage, and family with extraordinary clarity in a deeply moving and resonant account of one man’s life in the 20th century. Directed by Mona Lisa Yuchengco.

“Penny for Your Thoughts”
Ziggy Chicano
Do things work out the way they do in all those romantic comedies? Local filmmaker Ziggy Chicano answers.

“Halcyon Days”
Steve Mallorca
Steve Mallorca (SLOW JAM KING) offers a new music video from The Jack Lords, whose music was featured in the feature film THREE TO FIVE AND GLASSY.

“Mother”
By John Raposas
A young woman faces the challenges of adopting a child with special needs in a short film by John Raposas.

“Letters from Alaska”
Roberto Ang Reyes
A migrant worker in Alaska reflects on the alienation of working overseas.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER  7, 2:30 PM
THE MOUNTAIN THIEF (Repeat)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER  7, 5:00 PM
Closing Night Presentation
SABUNGERO
Directed by Miguel Kaimo and Rozie Delgado
(Philippines)
A man with a gift for breeding and raising champion gamecocks sacrifices career and family when his passion for the sport leads to obsession. With a moving lead performance by veteran Filipino actor Joel Torre and a talented supporting cast, SABUNGERO offers a candid glimpse into the world of Sabong. Winner of the Aloha Accolade Award at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival and the Golden Palm at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival.

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