Filipino Cinema: New Directions/New Auteurs

The Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will be featuring a month-long series of films from the Philippines throughout September. 

From the Gene Siskel Film Center:

Filipino Cinema:
New Directions/New Auteurs

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/filipino_cinema

NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (NORTE, HANGGANAN NG KASAYSAYAN)

Norte

2013, Lav Diaz, Philippines, 250 min.
With Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayana

“An extraordinary achievement,

a truly staggering, even overwhelming
film-going experience…
its thematic breadth is universal.”
–Calum Marsh, Village Voice
“Exhilarating…a perfect gateway into the director’s work.”
–Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club.com

This powerfully slow-burning riff on Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” was a critical triumph at Cannes, putting an international spotlight on director Diaz’s epic work. An indolent blowhard of a law-school dropout (Lucero) murders a shrewish neighborhood moneylender, and the blame falls on a poor but honest family man. Over a luxuriously paced and utterly essential span of cinematic time, Diaz follows the fate of both men, one of them in a hell of his own making, the other staying the course in the hope of redemption. History, politics, philosophy, and ethics blend with ever-expanding moral dimensions in a setting of seascapes and haunting cityscapes. In Tagalog and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

IF ONLY
(SANA DATI)

If Only

2013, Jerrold Tarog, Philippines, 100 min.
With Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino
“Well-written discreetly played…
both moving and finally very mature in
its emotional make-up.”
–Derek Elley, Film Business Asia
IF ONLY takes place amid the chaotic last-minute preparations for an upscale family wedding, but director Tarog has a demystification of love rather than romance on his mind. To the astonishment of her female kin, bride-to-be Andrea appears glum and underwhelmed by her imminent vows with the ultimate catch, a wealthy rising-star politician. The arrival of a strangely inept wedding photographer becomes the catalyst for revelations about her mysterious year spent in Bangkok and the love of her life, who may not be the groom. In Tagalog with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

THE BIT PLAYER
(EKSTRA)

The Bit Player

2013, Jeffrey Jeturian, Philippines, 111 min.
With Vilma Santos, Vincent De Jesus
“Wise and witty…constant chuckles
and a fair supply of big belly laughs.”
–Richard Kuipers, Variety
Behind the scenes on the soap opera “You Were Mine First,” long-suffering middle-aged extra Loida (veteran mega-star Santos)
keeps a smile on her face while eternally striving to rise to the status of a bit player with lines. This alternately comic and poignant spoof on the indignities of the film business for those on the bottom rung is rife with funny pratfalls and cleverly couched social commentary. Santos turns on the heart-melting charm as her character’s sunny nature masks the true grit of a single mom trying to make a living. In Tagalog with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
 
THY WOMB
(SINAPUPANAN)

Thy Womb

2012, Brillante Mendoza, Philippines, 100 min.
With Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco
“Postcard-worthy landscapes and
all-consuming spirituality…compelling
and revelatory.”
–Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire.com
In this tale set in the sea-and-sky milieu of an island Muslim culture, an emphasis on the intricate and colorful rituals of courtship and marriage by critically acclaimed director Mendoza (KINATAY) has a profoundly bittersweet edge. The happiness of a long-married couple is marred by the ironic inability of Shaleha (Philippine superstar Aunor in a masterful performance), the local midwife, to give her devoted husband a child. She devises a selfless plan to remedy the situation, unaware of the heartbreak in store. Winner of three Venice Film Festival awards, including Best Actress for Aunor. In Tagalog with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
RIGODON

Rigodon

2012, Erik Matti, Philippines, 85 min.
With Yam Concepcion, John James Uy
“Goes deep into its characters…
the film earns its adult designation.”
—Philbert Ortiz Dy, ClickTheCity.com
The title comes from a quadrille-like dance, which aptly fits this tense, steamy drama of a cheating husband who artfully juggles life with a needy wife and elaborate courtship of an eager lover. Riki, a hunky former reality-show star reduced to modeling for a shopping network, also courts danger, living one step ahead of a loan shark as he leads on new girl Sarah with seeming promises of marriage and calms his wife with lies. Director Matti lets the film’s initial romantic conventions slide into darkness and erotic obsession, with graphic scenes of seduction and coupling made all the more realistic by the palpable chemistry among the three lead actors. In Tagalog and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Devices used that made the film easier to do: top portable AC

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DOCUMENTED at Siskel Center with Jose Antonio Vargas in person

Jose Antonio Vargas, Documented

Jose Antonio Vargas, Documented

If you missed your opportunity to catch Documented at the Asian American Showcase last month, the acclaimed documentary about immigration reform will return to Chicago for a theatrical run at the Gene Siskel Center.

In addition, Jose Antonio Vargas will be in attendance for the screenings on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.

Fri, Jun 13,  8:00pm
Sat, Jun 14. 5:30pm
Sun, Jun 15, 5:00pm
Mon, Jun 16, 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 17, 7:45pm
Wed, Jun 18, 6:00pm
Thu, Jun 19, 8:00pm

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street (between Lake and Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60601
http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/visitorinfo

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Fil-Am Films at the Asian American Showcase

Those of us who brought you the  Chicago Filipino American Film Festival have redirected our efforts to collaborating with the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and the Chicago Asian American Showcase.

The Showcase, held annually at the Gene Siskel Film Center is now in its 19th year of operation.

This year, we’ve helped to bring two great works from Filipino American filmmakers to the Showcase.

Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Dante Basco in Awesome Asian Bad Guys

Dante Basco in Awesome Asian Bad Guys

AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS
Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco— known on YouTube as the National Film Society aim their offbeat brand of comedy at 80s and 90s popular action movies, alongside a rogue’s gallery of iconic screen villains including Al Leong (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and Yuji Okumoto (Karate Kid II). Also starring Tamlyn Tomita and Dante Basco (Hook, The Debut). Director Patrick Epino and Dante Basco will be in attendance.

Sun, Apr 6th at 5:00pm

Jose Antonio Vargas, Documented

Jose Antonio Vargas, Documented

Documented
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, took a stand on immigrant rights when he revealed in an article in the Washington Post that he was an undocumented immigrant– smuggled into the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 years old. The film Documented chronicles his transformation from journalist to activist, and his ongoing struggle to gain the right to live in the nation that he calls home, while helping others in the Dream movement to do the same.

Sun, Apr 13th at 5:15pm

 

Other festival highlights include:
– CAMBODIAN SON, a documentary about spoken word performer Kosal Khiev by local filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. Sat, Apr 5th at 8:15pm

– THE HAUMANA, a narrative film directed by Keo Woolford, star of the classic 1993 short “Mahal Means Love and Expensive.” Mon, Apr 7th at 7:45pm

– AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, a biography of Chinese American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. Sat, Apr 12th at 8:00pm

– TO BE TAKEI, a documentary about activist, social media icon, and Star Trek star, George Takei. Mon, Apr 14th at 8:00pm

– A PICTURE OF YOU, a narrative feature directed by J.P. Chan and produced by past CFAFF filmmaker Yasmine Gomez. Thu, Apr 17th at 8:15pm

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/asian_american_showcase_2014

 

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Asian American Showcase Call for Entries

As you may have heard, the Filipino American Network will be helping to bring Filipino American works to the Chicago Asian American Showcase, held each Spring at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Call For Entries!

The 19th Annual Asian American Showcase is now accepting entries for feature films, documentary films and short films.  Deadline for submittal is December 15th, 2013.

Please send your entry to the following address:  (DVD’s only)

 Tim Hugh
5221 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Questions?

Tim Hugh – Festival Director
312-758-4983
tim@faaim.org

Interested filmmakers may also contact me at jonathan@faaim.org or 630-247-9644.

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INTRODUCING: FAN ARTS AND MEDIA

 

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival will be joining forces with  the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) to bring the work of Filipino American filmmakers and performers to the Chicago Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting in Spring 2014.

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival and the Filipino American Network would like to thank our past audiences and filmmakers for supporting our efforts since 2004.

Please check back with us as this site transitions over to FAN Arts and Media (www.fanam.org), a source of information about Filipinos in all forms of arts and media in Chicago and around the world.

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Journey Movie Opens March 8 in Chicago

 

 UPDATE 3/3/13: Showtimes are now up for the Friday screening at AMC River East 21. Be sure to find the theater and the opening date (Friday, March 8).  Online ticket sales now available. Showtimes are 10:20 AM, 1:05 PM, 4:05 PM, 6:50 PM, and 9:45 PM. FAN and CFAFF will try to target the 6:50 and 9:45 PM shows. Look for us in the Lucky Strike bar in the same building before or after the shows.

Ramona S. Diaz’s (IMELDA, THE LEARNING) newest film, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, opens nationwide Friday, March 8. In Chicago, the film is playing at AMC River East 21.

The film follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
 

Arnel Pineda

“One of the most remarkable rock stories of recent years.”
New York Magazine

“Winning enough to woo even the staunchest Journey foe.”
-New York Daily News

“Even in the age of YouTube discoveries and ‘American Idol’-fueled fame, Pineda’s tale stands out.”
-The Los Angeles Times

OPENS MARCH 8th – SEE WWW.EVERYMANSJOURNEY.COMFOR DETAILS  

 
Find us on Facebook and Twitter:
facebook.com/JourneyMOVIE   

@JourneyMOVIE

We’d like to get everyone out to see this film opening weekend. Look for updates at the official CFAFF site and our FAN Meetup group for news about the opening night screening, and keep checking back at AMC River East 21 for tickets and showtimes.

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Sunday: Rise and Dream and Closing Night Film: Bladed Hand

Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2012 Schedule

At the PORTAGE THEATER 4050 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO, IL 60641 

SUNDAY

RISE AND DREAM

Rise and Dream

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 PM $10

UPDATE: Filmmakers Paul Pearce and Barclay Martin in attendance!

Directed by Judy-Anne Goldman. This inspirational documentary follows the story of thirteen students in a volatile region of the southern Philippines who endeavor to learn the indigenous music of the Philippines in an effort to put on an unprecedented concert for their community. The students and their families, along with a number of notable Filipino folk musicians rally to see the concert through, and the result is uplifting and magical. Presented with the short documentary “Manila Road” by Fernando Dalayoan.

 

CFAFF Shorts Program

Sunday, November 4, 3:30 PM $10

 “Terra Cotta”:  Directed by Yasmine Gomez and written by Samantha Chanse. A young woman moves into a new apartment; but can she live up to her roommates’ high standards?

“Cain”: A stylishly filmed tale of revenge directed by Filipino American director Enzo Williams.

“Beauty & Deceased”: From Chicago-based Fil-Am director Andrew Hempfling, comes the story of a lonely zombie who enlists the aid of a dating expert. 

“The Launch”: Fil-Am performer Arlo Sarinas portrays a man who must journey across parallel universes in order to save the woman he loves.

“Mother and Child”: Jocelyn Lenhardt directs a film about a young mother’s anxiety when her estranged husband announces that he’ll be visiting from overseas.

“Jolly B. Fierce”: A drag performer returns home to visit his ailing mother, and must come to terms with the disapproval of his older brother. Directed by Allison Arachea.

“Drifters”: Adrian Alarilla directs a drama about a young woman who struggles to balance her mother’s needs against her own desire to have a life of her own.

“Ang Balut Ni Mang Roger (Mang Roger’s Balut)”: A balut vendor locks horns with a willful young student. Directed by Thop Nazareno.

 

Closing Night Presentation:

THE BLADED HAND

Sunday, November 4, 6:00 PM $10

Jay Ignacio directs an eye-opening exploration of one of the greatest cultural traditions of the Philippines: the Filipino martial arts systems known as Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis. An unprecedented look at the martial arts of the Philippines, THE BLADED HAND includes a wealth of archival photography and footage, along with interviews with the most authoritative figures in martial arts, including Dan Inosanto (THE GAME OF DEATH, RED BELT); Mumbakki Foronda, an instructor whose students include Russia’s elite Spetsnaz special forces, and Jeff Imada, one of Hollywood’s most respected stunt coordinators. Filmmaker Jay Ignacio will be in attendance at this screening.

 

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Saturday: Forgotten Soldiers, Death of a Cemetery, Sunset Stories, Graceland

Chicago Filipino American Film Festival 2012 Schedule

At the PORTAGE THEATER 4050 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO, IL 60641

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS
Saturday, November 3, 1:30 PM $10

Directed by Donald Plata and narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips. FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS looks back at the Philippine Scouts of World War II, a regiment of U.S. and Filipino soldiers based in the Philippines during the start of the war in the Pacific. With extensive archival footage, re-enactments, and interviews with the few remaining survivors, FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS recounts the conflict at Bataan and the captivity that followed.

Presented with the short documentary, “Barracuda Lake,” describing one of the many unique underwater landscapes of the Philippines, directed by Silke De Vos, the documentary was taken with one of the cameras from
Tim’s list of 360 cameras, the result was amazing.

DEATH OF A CEMETERY
Saturday, November 3, 4:00 PM $10

A fascinating and vivid documentary by Jeanie Duque Di-zon at the North Manila Cemetery, and the caretakers, merchants, and artisans who work and live there each day. Narrated by acclaimed novelist Miguel Syjuco. Presented with the short documentary “The Sugar Bowl,” directed by Shashia Nakhai.

SUNSET STORIES
Saturday, November 3, 7:00 PM $10

Sung Kang and Monique Gabriela Curnen, SUNSET STORIES

Directed by Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda. Assigned to retrieve a precious medical shipment, a nurse finds herself on a modern-day adventure with the boyfriend she left behind. Starring Monique Gabriela Curnen (THE DARK KNIGHT, CONTAGION) and Sung Kang (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, FAST AND THE FURIOUS), and a long list of surprising celebrity cameos. SUNSET STORIES marks the feature directing debut of Foronda, who co-wrote Justin Lin’s groundbreaking film BETTER LUCK TOMORROW.

GRACELAND
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 PM $10

Ron Morales, who made his directorial debut with SANTA MESA (CFAFF 2008), returns with GRACELAND, a bold new thriller that tells the story of Marlon Villar (Arnold Reyes), the chauffeur of a wealthy politician who struggles to care for his ailing wife and pre-teen daughter. Marlon looks the other way in the face of his employer’s corruption, but is forced to take matters into his own hands when a botched kidnapping attempt on the politician’s daughter goes horribly wrong, and Marlon’s own daughter is taken instead. Morales based this look at the gritty underworld of kidnapping and sex-trafficking in the Philippines on extensive research, and the result is a harrowing example of the moral compromises a man must make to survive. GRACELAND premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY
SATURDAY, November 3, 10:00 PM at THIRTEEN

Join us at THIRTEEN ASIAN TAPAS BAR at 4202 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641.

 

 

SUNDAY

RISE AND DREAM

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 PM $10

Directed by Judy-Anne Goldman. This inspirational documentary follows the story of thirteen students in a volatile region of the southern Philippines who endeavor to learn the indigenous music of the Philippines in an effort to put on an unprecedented concert for their community. The students and their families, along with a number of notable Filipino folk musicians rally to see the concert through, and the result is uplifting and magical. Presented with the short documentary “Manila Road” by Fernando Dalayoan.

 

CFAFF Shorts Program

Sunday, November 4, 3:30 PM $10

“Terra Cotta”: Directed by Yasmine Gomez and written by Samantha Chanse. A young woman moves into a new apartment; but can she live up to her roommates’ high standards?

“Cain”: A stylishly filmed tale of revenge directed by Filipino American director Enzo Williams.

“Beauty & Deceased”: From Chicago-based Fil-Am director Andrew Hempfling, comes the story of a lonely zombie who enlists the aid of a dating expert.

“The Launch”: Fil-Am performer Arlo Sarinas portrays a man who must journey across parallel universes in order to save the woman he loves.

“Mother and Child”: Jocelyn Lenhardt directs a film about a young mother’s anxiety when her estranged husband announces that he’ll be visiting from overseas.

“Jolly B. Fierce”: A drag performer returns home to visit his ailing mother, and must come to terms with the disapproval of his older brother. Directed by Allison Arachea.

“Drifters”: Adrian Alarilla directs a drama about a young woman who struggles to balance her mother’s needs against her own desire to have a life of her own.

“Ang Balut Ni Mang Roger (Mang Roger’s Balut)”: A balut vendor locks horns with a willful young student. Directed by Thop Nazareno.

 

Closing Night Presentation:

THE BLADED HAND

Sunday, November 4, 6:00 PM $10

Jay Ignacio directs an eye-opening exploration of one of the greatest cultural traditions of the Philippines: the Filipino martial arts systems known as Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis. An unprecedented look at the martial arts of the Philippines from the perspective of WoodPursuits.com, THE BLADED HAND includes a wealth of archival photography and footage, along with interviews with the most authoritative figures in martial arts, including Dan Inosanto (THE GAME OF DEATH, RED BELT); Mumbakki Foronda, an instructor whose students include Russia’s elite Spetsnaz special forces, and Jeff Imada, one of Hollywood’s most respected stunt coordinators. Filmmaker Jay Ignacio will be in attendance at this screening.

 

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Graceland at CFAFF

GRACELAND
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 PM $10

At the PORTAGE THEATER 4050 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO, IL 60641

Graceland

Ron Morales,the man we refer as the smile-a-lot, who made his directorial debut with SANTA MESA (CFAFF 2008), returns with GRACELAND, a bold new thriller that tells the story of Marlon Villar (Arnold Reyes), the chauffeur of a wealthy politician who struggles to care for his ailing wife and pre-teen daughter. Marlon looks the other way in the face of his employer’s corruption, but is forced to take matters into his own hands when a botched kidnapping attempt on the politician’s daughter goes horribly wrong, and Marlon’s own daughter is taken instead. Morales based this look at the gritty underworld of kidnapping and sex-trafficking in the Philippines on extensive research, and the result is a harrowing example of the moral compromises a man must make to survive. GRACELAND premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

For more information about GRACELAND:

Official Site

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For more information about the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival visit: www.cfaff.org

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Sunset Stories at CFAFF

SUNSET STORIES
Saturday, November 3, 7:00 PM $10

The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Sunset Stories

Sung Kang and Monique Gabriela Curnen, SUNSET STORIES

Directed by Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda. Assigned to retrieve a precious medical shipment, a nurse finds herself on a modern-day adventure with the boyfriend she left behind. Starring Monique Gabriela Curnen (THE DARK KNIGHT, CONTAGION) and Sung Kang (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, FAST AND THE FURIOUS), and a long list of surprising celebrity cameos. SUNSET STORIES marks the feature directing debut of Foronda, who co-wrote Justin Lin’s groundbreaking film BETTER LUCK TOMORROW where he shows his camping hammock review.

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For more information about the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival visit: www.cfaff.org

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