Cinemalaya 2015 - INDIE NATION

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Philippine Independent Film Festival 2015 (Year 11) 



by Raymond Lauchengco

“We are like islands, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”  -William James

Nanna and Joey could not be more different. Nanna finds bliss in the peace and quiet of home, while Joey loves to work hard and party hard. But the gift of the bond they share goes beyond that of aunt and niece, and it soon becomes clear that there are some gifts that keep on giving.
CAST: Shiela, Francisco, Shiela Valderrama - Martinez CREW: Producer, Chandra Anamirtham; Director, Raymond Lauchengco; Screenplay, Mia Lauchengco; Director of Photography, Pong Ignacio; Production Design, Monica Sebial; Line Producer, Adi Lopez; Assistant Director, JP Habac; Original Music, Raymond Lauchengco; Musical Arranger, Willie Buena
by Ira Giorgetti
21mins/ 2015
Dominic, a handsome, charming high school student lies comatose on a hospital bed after he attempts suicide, as his mother Magdalena, a stern, beautiful woman in her late thirties talks the incident through with an ER doctor.
CAST: Alexander Diaz, Vladimir Galang, Issa Litton, Bianca Yuzon, Rener Concepcion, Pontri Bernardo; with Bianca Arambulo, Joanne Dagohoy, Emilio Arambulo, Evangelina Giorgetti, Sergio Giorgetti, Rocco Giorgetti, Alonzo, Corina Borromeo, Kate Arguelles, Bianca Ignacio, Yumi Catabijan, Emilio Arambulo, Lucas Buencamino, Enrique Yabut, Diego Garcia, Lauren Galicia, Mosh Reyes CREW: Director & Writer, Ira Giorgetti; Executive Producers, Ira Giorgetti, Scott Rosenfelt, Michael McDermott, Ernest Escaler;  Producer, Bench Eje; Assistant Director, Tiffanie Ang; Director of Photography, Marc Wu, Jake Jereza; Production Design, Yumi Catabijan; Production Manager, Kate Arguelles; Styling, Camille Juco, Bianca Ignacio; Hair & Make-Up, Raymond Isais; Sound Recordist, April Padilla; Technical Director, Dia Magsaysay; Documentation, Antonio del Rosario, Miko Jacildo; Production Assistants, Lauren Galicia, Diego Garcia, Corina Borromeo, Enrique Yabut; Associate Producers, Charie Villa, Debbie Reyes-Coloma, Sergio & Evangelina Giorgetti, Monchu & Tina Garcia, Mike & Charmaigne Lagman, Marissa Olidan, Yvette Lauron, Malou Maglutak-Chiongbian, Gloria Disini, Olly Campos, Gigi Buenaventura; Sound Design, Raffy Magsaysay; Color Grading, Marilen Magsaysay; Director of Marketing, Ryan Ross; Research Consultant, Jasmine Arcilla, Lauren Galicia; Thesis Adviser, Barbara Politsch; Grips, Florante Palomar, Anthony Lagamas; Drivers, Patrick Amaro, Johnny Poso
PAGPAG (The Refuse)
by John Paul Su
15mins/ 2015
Pagpagis a story of love and survival in one of the most dangerous landfill slums located in Manila, Philippines. Perla, a 70-year-old ‘pagpag’--garbage food--vendor, seeks a better life for her granddaughter, and financial relief for herself, by setting up an “audition” to win over adoptive parents from abroad. The resulting clash of cultures (and expectations on both sides) provides an utterly surprising meditation on the nature of family love, and the harrowing effects of desperate poverty.

CAST: Bibeth Orteza, Daisy Jadoc, Andrew Eisenman, Olivier Borten, ChrisGarrido CREW: Written and directed by John Paul Su; Producers, John Paul Su &Lorenzo Hassan / Print source:  John Paul Su (
by Adolfo Alix
17mins/ 2014
An older woman is moving on from a painful loss, when a link to the past shows up. The young man has questions that she has to help him find answers for.
CAST: Rosanna Roces, Alden Richards, and Ms. Nora Aunor CREW: Director, Adolfo Alix Jr.;  Producer, Lou Gopez, Adolfo Alix Jr.; Bicycle Pictures; Script writer, Jerry Gracio; Cinematographer, Albert Banzon; Art design, Adolfo Alix Jr., Bobet Lopez / Print source: Bicycle Pictures/Adolfo Alix Jr.,
by Pepe Diokno
After losing his parents in a flood, 15-year-old Andres is forced to live in the Mountain Province with his estranged grandfather. Feeling they’ve lost everything, the two embark on a journey up a mountain and start to come to terms with their grief.

CAST:  Pepe Smith, Ruru Madrid PRODUCTION: A Filipino-French co-production by Epicmedia Unlimited; Supported by Aide aux cinémas du monde, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée,
Ministère des Affaires étrangères – Institut français, Alsace Région, Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg,Asian Cinema Fund, Visions Sud Est, Globe Telecom CREW: Written, produced, and directed by Pepe Diokno; Produced by Bianca Balbuena, Philippe Avril; Cinematography, Carlo Mendoza; Production design, Benjamin Padero, Carlo Tabije; Sound on set, Mark Locsin, Jedd Dumaguina, Bryan Dumaguina; Picture editing, Gisèle Rapp-Meichler, Lawrence S. Ang; Sound editing, Claire-Anne Largeron, Rosalie Revoyre; Color grading, Yov Moor; Sound design and mix, Roman Dymny; Original score, Johann Mendoza; Executive producers, Harlene Bautista,Jose Mari Abacan; Associate producer, Boy Abunda; Line producer, Tonee Acejo
by Christopher Ad Castillo
After a bank robbery gone wrong, the gang hides out in an old dilapidated house occupied by a mysterious young woman and her grandmother who tells them that it is the night of “Ang Kumakatok” (Those Who Knock), a mythical being who takes away a soul from the occupants of the house they (knock in). As the dead of night unfolds, we realize who they all really are and when the knock comes, none of them can run away from an evil that stays in their soul.

CAST: Mon Confiado, Alex Medina, Jerald Napoles, Imelda Schweighart, Katy Fernandez and Ms. Gloria Sevilla CREW: Director, Christopher Ad Castillo; Executive producer, Suzette Ranillo; Associate producer, Malaya Roxanne Santos; Story and screenplay, Christopher Ad Castillo; Cinematographer, Christopher Ad Castillo; Editor, Christopher Ad Castillo; Music, Nikko Arcega, Kim Nimrod Cruz, Denise Santos
by Joan Fernandez, Jewels Sison, David Molina, Jav Velasco, James Mayo, ER Alviz, Thop Nazareno, Sari Estrada, Martika Escobar, Joris Fernandez, James Vapor,  Martin Valconcha, David Corpuz
A 12-act anthology film about the lives of several people whose love stories take tragic turns as they try to fill in the void in their respective lives. The film, adapted from the Palanca-winning stage play by Allan Lopez, is a combination of various genres such as melodrama, experimental, comedy and fashion. Bliss and sorrow are portrayed in 12 different styles by 13 young filmmakers that roll into a unifying theme of love and its wages.

Starring various artists for the films—“Julia” by Joan Fernandez; “Ding” byJewels Sison; “Ferdie” by David Molina; “Rudi at Divino” by Jav Velasco; “September at Simon” by James Mayo; “Maria” by ER Alviz; “Lope” by Thop Nazareno; “Tisoy” by Sari Estrada & Martika Escobar; “Delia at Weng” by Joris Fernandez; “Paula” by James Vapor; “Eva” by Martin Valconcha; “Dencio at Meng” by David Corpuz
by Elwood Perez
In didactic Pilipino komiks tradition, Ronnie Liang embodies the schizoid character of Mario/Galogo, an up-and-coming graphic novelist. In a voyage of self-discovery, this protagonist---alternately ingenious and ingenuous---plunges into the territory of the exalted, the charmed and the bizarre, swimming through the uncharted waters of the unique Filipino experience, emerging from it all as an authentic Manileño imbued with the thought that tolerance is sophistication. The multilingual cast is a convergence of Manila enizens of cross-cultural persuasions.

CAST: Ronnie Liang, Boots Anson Roa, Vince Tañada, Snooky Serna, Lance Raymundo, Carlos Celdran CREW: Director, Elwood Perez; Screenplay, Elwood Perez, Jessica Zafra; Cinematography, Japo Parcero, Justin Santos ; Editing, George Jarlego; Music, Nolan Diosana; Sound Design, Nolan Diosana, Fortunato Ramos Jr.; Sound Supervision, Jethro Joaquin; Associate Producer,  Nestor Cuartero;  Executive Producer, Rex A. Tiri (T.rex Production); in association with Film Development Council of the Philippines
DA DOG SHOW (The Dog Show)
by Ralston Jover
We follow the journey of dog trainer Sergio (70) with his two dogs. He tries to keep his family intact with his earnings from his street dog shows. He lives with his two children, Celia (24) and Alvin (16), in a mausoleum inside a public cemetery, right in the heart of Manila. His goal is to earn enough money, in order to fetch his youngest son from his rebellious wife who left him so suddenly without any notice.
CAST: Mercedes Cabral, Lou Veloso, MickoLaurente, Aljon Ibanez CREW: Written & Directed by Ralston Jover; Producer, Bessie Badilla, Alexander Laub, Sven Schnell; Associate Producers, Jim Baltazar, Jean Pierre Gimenez; DOP, Carlo Mendoza; Editor, Kats Serraon; Line producer, Darlene CatlyMalimas;  Production Design, Deans Habal; Sound Designer, Albert Michael Idioma; Production Manager, Cyrus Khan; Production company, Queen B Production, Phils., san cinema, Germany/ Print source: san cinema & Co.
by Paul Sta. Ana
“Balut Country” tells the story of Jun, an heir to the duck farm left to him by his late father, who must decide between selling the property to secure a future with his partner, or sparing the family of the land’s loyal caretakers of inevitable displacement.

CAST: Rocco Nacino, Ronnie Quizon, Archi Adamos, Vincent Magbanua, Angela Cortez, Leo Sarmiento, Denise Alfonso and Ms. Nanette Inventor CREW: Director, Paul Sta. Ana; Executive Producers, Wilson Tieng, Brilliante Ma. Mendoza; Producer, KrismaFajardo; Associate Producer, Endi Balbuena; Music, EmerzonTexon; Cinematographer, Mycko David; Editor, Diego Marx robles; Production Designer, Mikey Red
BAMBANTI (Scarecrow)
by Zig Dulay
The search for a missing watch instigates the painful quest for the truth in Belyn’s and her son’s life.

CAST: Alessandra de Rossi, Shamaine Buencamino, Micko Laurente, Julio Diaz, Delphine Buencamino, Lui Manansala, Erlinda Villalobos, Celio Aquino, Abegail Edillo, Kiki Baento CREW:  Written & Directed by Zig Dulay; Screenplay, Zig Dulay; Executive Producers, Wilson Tieng, Brilliante Ma. Mendoza; Line Producer, Jed Medrano; Music, Gian Gianan; Cinematography, Joseph delos Reyes, Ma. Solita Garcia; Editing, Mark Cyril Bautista, Zig Dulay; Production Design Aped Santos; Production Manager, Lucky Jay de Guzman, Sound, AddissTabong
(The Unforgettting)
by Carl Joseph Papa
A young woman grasps at the memories her mother left-- leading to a vicious cycle of remembering, of forgetting, of mourning. This is a story of a daughter’s grief and her struggle to preserve happy memories and un-remember painful ones.

CAST:  Pia Franco  CREW: Directed by Carl Joseph E. Papa; Assistant Director, Carmina Sheilah E. Papa;Producer, Carl Joseph E. Papa, Rosalinda Santos, Jaime Echague, Nancy Manzo; Music, Kevin McLeod; Creative Consultant, Skilty Labastilla
by Baby Ruth Villarama
The Philippine Football Team Azkal’s miraculous winnings in Asia started a wave for the country that we too can eye for the most coveted World Cup. For the first time in history, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has launched a search for the next Philippine Azkals who will undergo training for the 2019 World Cup qualifier.More than 1,000 boys from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao tried their lucks.Only 22 are selected. This documentary film is a story of dreams.

CAST: The Little Azkals – The U-11 Philippine Football National Team / Azkals – Rob Gier, Phil Young husband, Chieffy Caligdong CREW: Director, Baby Ruth Villarama; Executive Producer, Albert Almendralejo, Chuck Gutierrez; Cinematography, Dindo Fortuno, Dexter dela Peña, Baby Ruth Villarama; Editing, Chuck Gutierrez
by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Lorna is a sixty year old woman who is constantly searching for the right man, having failed at so many relationships. Having lived close to a lifetime alone, she decides to take another stab at moving on and more importantly, love.

CAST: Shamaine Buencamino, Lav Diaz, Felix Roco, Maria Isabel Lopez, Racquel Villavicencio, Jim Paredes, Alex Medino, Juan Rodrigo, Angel Aquino CREW: Written & Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo; Executive Producer, Ronald Arguelles; Director of Photography, Alma dela Pena; Production Designer, Popo Diaz; Assistant Director, Lorna Sanchez; Line Producer, Sarah Pagcaliwagan
by Kanakan Balintagos
Many are aspiring for the position of Major Mac Favila. He is every cadets ideal officer- sharp, snappy, witty and most of all the most macho among the school’s officers. Privates Abel Sarmiento and Cain Fujioka are the top contenders for his position. Will they do anything to get his position?

CAST: Sandino Martin, JC Santos, Lharby Policarpio, Garry Lim, Abner Delina Jr, VJ Mendoza  PRODUCTION: Cinema One Originals CREW: Written & Directed by Kanakan Balintagos; Cinematography, Louie Quirino; Production Design,  Hai Balbuena; Assistant Director, Karla Pambid; Editing, Lawrence Fajardo; Musical Score and Sound Design,  Diwa de Leon; Sound recording, Marc Laccay’s group

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