Indie Filipino Films

Filipino Barbecue Vendor to Remake Rashomon, a Japanese Movie

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

filipino rashomon remake

I could not help but feel dismayed when I saw this article on yahoo. While this amateur filmmaker has this noble intention but I couldn’t understand why he choose to remake a Japanese classic movie. I’m sorry but this whole limited resources is not an excuse if he has limited access to filipino classics. There’s many of it available online and posted on youtube.

Can I say typical colonial mentally? I see this as a grandiose attempt to ride coattails on this Oscar winning foreign fiilm. So how are they going to remake it? Will they convert the samurai into fisherman, carpenter or whatever? Or will they just dress up the local actor as samurai?

The country has so many struggling original filmmakers yet Martha Atienza, Lav Diaz and etc choose to support this guy. Unbelieveable how they tolerate in encouraging aspiring filmmakers to be unoriginal. It’s gonna inspire new waves of struggling filmmakers to remake foreign classics. We’ll probably be seeing remakes of Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and etc.

Rashomon Japanese Movie


Cloyd Ribo, a middle-aged struggling local filmmaker from a remote island in southern Philippines, dreams of remaking Akira Kurosawa’s award-winning film “Rashomon” in his native dialect (Lawisanon).
With the help of trusted artist-friends, Ribo is in the process of making this film project a reality on Bantayan Island in Cebu.

Asked why he chose to remake “Rashomon,” Ribo explained: “It’s a narrative that revealed so much about humanity.” “Rashomon” is a Japanese crime drama film that won the Golden Lion Award for its director (Akira Kurosawa) in the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and Best Foreign Language Film in the 24th Academy Wards in the US in 1952.
Ribo is a self-taught filmmaker, who has been studying the craft from online sources, mostly from Youtube, since 2010.

His barbecue-cum-internet shop has been the venue of his online learning. From there, he has learned the ropes of film making, including how to use the camera, editing, and graphic ad via the internet.

Under Project Cloyd initiated by the Office of Culture and Design (OCD), a group of Filipino directors from the Philippine independent cinema community and Spanish directors has been helping Ribo’s group realize this project. The lineup of directors and creative professionals include Lav Diaz, Yason Banal, Martha Atienza, Franco Guerrero, Joey Suaco, Raya Martin, Spanish director Carlos Casas and graphic artist Rafa Cortez.

Source: Yahoo

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The Animals – Pinoy Indie Movie

Monday, June 4th, 2012

the animals filipino indie

Gino Santos’ The Animals is the film the replaced Emerson Reyes’ MNL 143 in Cinemalaya film grant when it was disqualified. While the cinematography looks definitely good, I have yet to see the story. No doubt the movie would be good despite having the much despised actor Albie Casino in it. The film is basically just about spoiled rich kids who have nothing better to do with their life. I highly doubt if the masses would appreciate such self indulging movie.

The Animals – Cinemalaya Entry Trailer

The Animals Synopsis

Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with.


Albie Casiño
Patrick Sugui
Dawn Balagot
Issa Litton
Micah Cabral
Vangie Martelle
John Wayne Sace

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El Brujo – Pinoy Indie Movie

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Gerald Anderson expands his acting prowess by accepting an Indie film. I doubt if he’ll strip and do some macho dancing. But wait, he’s already doing that in a Star Cinema movie. Anyway, He will star in “El Brujo”, an independent action film by Tikoy Aguiluz. There’s not much known about the film but we’ll see when the trailer comes out.

EL Brujo Behind the scenes shoot

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Pedro Calungsod – Indie Filipino Film Starring JM de Guzman

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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JM de Guzman is set to star in another indie film based on the life of a second filipino saint Pedro Calungsod. He was a sacristan and not a priest as reported by pep. I’m looking forward how this movie will turn out. I’m sick and tired of seeing same formulaic movies by big studios that rips us off our hard earned money.

Masasabing nagsimula si JM sa mga indie films bago siya nabigyan ng pagkakataon sa mainstream. Kaya naman ang indie raw ang isa sa hindi niya talaga maiiwan.

In fact, may bago siyang indie movie na sisimulan. Ito ay ang pagsasa-pelikula ng buhay ni Padre Pedro Calungsod, ang nakatakdang i-canonize sa Rome na ikalawang Pilipinong santo.

“Gagawin pa lang po namin at naka-plan siya na maipalabas bago mag-October.” “Yun ang mga gusto ko po. Kapag mga role na ganito tapos malayo ang next.

“Ito, ibang henerasyon siya—tatlong dialect, bagong character, bagong surrounding, bagong setting. So, excited po.

PREPARING FOR THE ROLE. May mga ginagawa na ba siyang preparasyon para sa papel na Padre Pedro Calungsod? “Well, unang-una po, kailangan ko pong makuha kaagad ang materyal from Sir Francis [Villacorta].

“Actually, excited na ako. Pinakita na niya sa akin. “Pinaghirapan daw talaga niya ang script. Yung back story ng character.”

Source: Pep

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Filipino Movie Babae sa Septic Tank Failed to make it to Oscars

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I wasn’t surprised at all that the much hyped indie movie “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” failed to make it to the Oscars. I’ve seen the film and I wasn’t impressed and it hardly made an impact for me. Sure, the film had it’s moment and while it wants to convey a message, typical audience can’t relate. Only those who are into filmmaking can understand the humor. It’s more like a lampoon of indie filmmaking industry.

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Bisperas – Filipino Indie Film won Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film at 24th Tokyo International Film Festival

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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Congratulations to Director Jeffrey Jeturian for his film “Bisperas” which garnered “Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film” at 24th Tokyo International Film Festival. I really wish this movie gets more support since I have yet to see this film on the big screen. The film is about a family who got robbed on Christmas eve. Tensions starts to develop in the family brought by robbery.

Bisperas Indie Film Trailer

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine entry “Bisperas (Trespassers)” won the Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.

The complete set of winners was announced Sunday at the TIFF website.
Bisperas earlier won as the Best Film at the Cinemalaya Film Festival in Manila this year.

Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, the film is about a family whose house is burglarized on Christmas Eve and amid the tension brought about by the burglary, the members of the family realize how treasured sentiments have been lost and relationships have evolved.

The Winds of Asia-Middle competition within the TIFF was established to assist the development of Asian cinema. The winner in this section is awarded a cash prize of US$10,000

Source: Inquirer


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Bahid – Indie Filipino Movie

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

bahid indie filipino movieI first saw this on pinoyexchange thread post that it’s touted to be as controversial gay movie. I have no idea what’s so controversial about this. Judging on the trailer, this can be dismiss as one of those gayxploitation movies. They’ll just keep throwing in random sex scenes every now and then. I’m underwhelmed at the quality of the film itself like it was shot in some home video camera. Come on, if they’re gonna charge people money for this, the least they can do is some nifty camera work, cinematography and engaging plot.

Bahid Cast and Crew

Direk G.A. Villafuerte
Cathy Castro as “Rosario
Merryl Quibingco as “Clara”
Rjames Villaran as “Edwin”
Lawrence Manalo as “Glen”
Kahlel Urdaneta as “Jobert”
Jay-ar Alcaraz as “Jorel”
Miguel Alcantara as “Lando”
Enji Dobluis as “Madam Konsehala”
Osan Reodica as “Magda”
Raymond Rinoza as “Mang Dante”
Tart Carlos as “Inay Lydia”
Honey Lopez as “Vivian”
Elle Imperial as “Ryanna”

Bahid Indie Movie Trailer

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Thelma – Filipino Indie Movie

Monday, September 5th, 2011

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Thelma is a filipino indie film that has great potential to shine but unfortunately it’s marred with malicious rumors between Director Paul Soriano and Maja Salvador. To be honest, the two of them actually look great together. Never mind that awful girlfriend of his Toni Gonzaga. The film aspires to be inspirational and overcoming all obstactles in life.

The movie is about a barrio lass who resorts to “running” as a means of providing for her sister’s medical fees. Despite the story having very simple plot, it encourages the viewers to immerse themselves in the movie. No need for complicated or explosive plots for entertainment.

Thelma Casts

Maja Salvador – Thelma
John Arcilla- Aldo
Techie Agbayani – Floring
Eliza Pineda – Hanna
Sue Prado – Marie
Jason Abalos – Sammy
Elma Muros – Coach Rose

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Thelma Filipino Movie Official Trailer

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Tin-tin – A filipino short film

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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A short film based on a true story about child trafficking in a remote province far, far away in the galaxy.

A short film by Lem Garcellano and featuring the acting debut of Gerry Alanguilan (baddest of the bad), Johnny Danganan (gay guy portraying a lecherous straight man), Jonas Diego (who has a topless bed scene), and Neil Amiel Cervantes (who also has a topless scene).

Produced by:

Plan Philippines

Written and directed by Lem Garcellano

VIdeography by Rolly Perez,

Light design by Hector Lopez

Production design by Medel Templonuevo.

Performances by:

CJ Domasig as Tin-Tin

Angeli Bayani as Pam

Lumeng Medrano as Mamang

Gerry Alanguilan as Bosing

Natasha Cabrera as Joyce.

Summer 2010.

Tin-tin – A filipino short film Trailer


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Emir – Musical Filipino Indie Movie

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

emir filipino movie

“Emir” is touted as the first feature length musical in Philippines. However, they seem to forget about “Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah” movie which also featured a lot of musical numbers. Neverthless, I applaud Chito Rono in coming up with a stunning musical film that truly depicts the OFW’s in Middleast. It’s good that they shun overexposed mainstream actresses.

EMIR Synopsis

Emir is a full-feature Filipino movie musical set in a fictional emirate in the Middle East with 70% of principal photography shot in Morocco. It tells the story of a Filipina yaya (nanny), Amelia, who decides to work abroad to help her family. She takes care of the Sheik’s wife who is about to give birth, and later acts as the yaya to the newly born – Ahmed, the Sheik’s eldest son.

Amelia sees Ahmed growing up, rearing him, and in the process, introducing the young boy to the culture, values, and language of the Philippines. A war ensues and an evacuation of the royal family is ordered, but it is too late. In the ensuing turmoil, Amelia saves Ahmed and escapes to the desert. They become separated and Amelia is forced to go back to the Philippines, unappreciated for the heroism she had done.

Will she ever achieve her simple dream of a better and more comfortable life? Will she finally triumph and lend truth to the saying– “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?”

Emir Cast:

Frencheska Farr, Dulce, Sid Lucero, Jhong Hilario, Kalila Aguilos, Beverly Salviejo, Julia Clarete, Leisl Batucan, Melanie Dujunco, Gigi Escalante, Bayang Barrios, Bodjie Pascua, Emil Sandoval



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