Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2011 Schedule

CFAFF 2011

Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2011 Schedule

FRIDAY

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION sponsored by ALLSTATE
Friday, November 4, 7:00 PM FREE
  Celebrate the Eighth Annual Chicago Filipino American Film Festival with refreshments and meet special guests Bessie Badilla and Lyca Benitez-Brown (DANCE OF MY LIFE) and other filmmakers whose works will be featured at CFAFF 2011. Presented by Allstate.

OPENING NIGHT FILM: DANCE OF MY LIFE
Friday, November 4, 8:00 PM $10
Directed by Lyca Benitez-Brown, featuring Bessie Badilla. DANCE OF MY LIFE chronicles Bessie’s rise from poverty, her success as an internationally renowned Filipina supermodel, and the personal battles that led Bessie, now a mother of two living in Connecticut, to her triumph as the Queen of Brazilian Carnivale. DANCE OF MY LIFE star BESSIE BADILLA and filmmaker Lyca Benitez-Brown will be in attendance at the Chicago Premiere, followed by a Q&A session with Bessie Badilla and Lyca Benitez-Brown.

SATURDAY

THE LEARNING
Saturday, November 5, 12:00 PM $10
Ramona Diaz, director of the acclaimed documentary, IMELDA, returns with an engaging and thought provoking documentary that follows four Filipino schoolteachers who are recruited to teach in the Baltimore school system. Diaz captures the classroom experience as well as the personal lives of her subjects, the sacrifices they make, the loved ones left back home, and their daily endeavor to make a difference in the lives of their students.

DANCE OF MY LIFE (repeat)
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 PM $10
Q&A session will follow.

BAKAL BOYS
Saturday, November 5, 4:30 PM $10
Directed by Ralston Jover, BAKAL BOYS (Children Metal Divers) is the story of a group of boys who dive for scrap metal in Manila Bay in order to provide for their families, and what results when one boy does not return. Co-produced by Bessie Badilla, who will be in attendance for a Q&A session.

RAKENROL
Saturday, November 5, 7:00 PM $10
LA-based indie filmmaker Quark Henares brings the story of two friends Odie and Irene and their attempt to turn their love of music into a bid for rock and roll stardom. RAKENROL is both a satire and a tribute to the Pinoy indie rock scene. Director Quark Henares will be in attendance.

A WEEK IN METRO MANILA: UP DHARMA DOWN
Saturday, November 5, 9:00 PM $10
A Chicago-based filmmaker travels to the Philippines to document the Filipino indie musical group Up Dharma Down, offering an inside look at this up and coming band, and a rare glimpse of Metro Manila and the Pinoy music scene. World Premiere. Filmmaker Tony Rago in attendance.

SUNDAY
CFAFF DOC PRESENTATION
Sunday, November 6, 12:00 PM $10
Three films featuring diverse topics examining the Filipino and Filipino American experience:  THE HIDDEN DREAM— Directed by Sheila Duenas Imme and Jon Imme, THE HIDDEN DREAM is a historical documentary recounting the Filipino and Filipino American experience, touching upon key events including the Bataan Death March and the Rescission Act of 1946. PROVINCIAL POLITICS— This brief documentary provides and outsider’s attempt to decipher the inner workings of local politics in the Philippines. Directed by George Clipp.  AGOS (WAVES) —An engaging portrait of a veteran surfer, her day to day life and her efforts to pass on her traditions to a young protege. Directed by Samantha Lee.

LEFT BY THE SHIP
Sunday, November 6, 2:00 PM $10
A documentary by Emma Rossi-Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati, the film chronicles the story of a Filipino journalist who comes to terms with his own roots by reaching out to Filipino Amerasian children of American military personnel, and giving voice to their struggles with identity and alienation.

CFAFF SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Sunday, November 6, 4:00 PM $10
Join us to watch the finalists of the CFAFF SHORT FILM PROGRAM. Be there as we announce the winner of the COMCAST SHORT FILM AWARD.

2011 Finalists:
 EDEN, Director: Ziggy Chicano

CLANDESTINED, Director: Claro

YOUNG LIGAW, Director: Fernando Dalayoan

BLEACHED, Director: Jessica dela Merced

TIME AFTER TIME, Director: Ramon Gil

ASIAN AMERICAN JESUS, Director: Yasmine Gomez

PAMILYA, Director: Jerry Monckton

BROKEN WINGS, Director: Rio Puerollano

TRUTH, Director: John Raposas

YO SO UN HOMBRE LOCO, Director: Vladislav Rimburg

ANG MANGINGISDA, Director: Tim Saguinsin

BE MY BABY, Director: Kevin Wong

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