Saturday, September 1, 2012

Active Vista Film Festival in Dumaguete set on September 5-8

The Active Vista Film Festival is a platform to shape the consciousness of a new generation of Filipino audience into the importance of knowing and understanding human rights as an integral foundation of responsible citizenship and nation building. 

one of the films to be shown Marlon Rivera's Babae sa Septic Tank on September 7, 2012
The festival is sponsored by the Dakila –Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee, the Silliman Student Government, the College of Mass Communication, the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center, the Societe des Cinephiles, and MetroPost. It is also supported by AustraliaAID, Movies that Matter Netherlands, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Tickets to all screenings are available at P100. Tickets are available at the SUSG Office in Oriental Hall and the CAC office in COPVA Hall 2. Tickets will also be available at the venue before the screening. You may also contact Kenneth Bana-ay at 09173215892.


Wednesday at 7 P.M., Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

Marlon Rivera's Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.

Starring Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, and special participation of Mercedes Cabral and Cherry Pie Picache.


The award-winning film written by Chris Martinez chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.

Thursday at 7 P.M., Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

John Sayles' Amigo
Starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, DJ Qualls, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco, Ronnie Lazaro, and Irma Adlawan. ACTOR JOEL TORRE WILL PRESENT THE FILM.

The film takes place in the Philippines in 1900 during the Philippine–American War. It is one of only a small handful of films directed by an American to address the war. Amigo centers on Rafael Dacanay, kapitan of the barrio of San Isidro in a rice-growing area of Luzon. His brother Simón, head of the local guerrilla band, has forced the surrender of the Spanish guardia civil outpost and charged Rafael with the task of imprisoning the guardia Captain and the barrio’s Spanish friar, Padre Hidalgo, in the name of the revolutionary government. But when the American troops chasing General Emilio Aguinaldo arrive, the Spanish officer and Padre Hidalgo are freed, and a garrison under the command of Lieutenant Ike Compton is left to ‘protect’ the barrio. The American occupation policy now changes from ‘hearts and minds’ to ‘concentration’ (what was called ‘hamletting’ during the Vietnam war) and Rafael has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots, with deadly consequences.

Friday at 7 P.M., The Spanish Heritage

Lav Diaz' Century of Birthing (Siglo)
Starring Angel Aquino, Angeli Bayani, and Soliman Cruz. DIRECTOR LAV DIAZ WILL PRESENT THE FILM.

An artist struggles to finish his work. A storyline about a cult plays in his head. Fundamentalism will destroy the world. The artist destroys his muse in the process. He redeems her in the end. Stories about a Christian religious cult and a self-involved filmmaker, are brilliantly intertwined in Diaz's newest film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, 2011. Century of Birthing also weaves different types of filmmaking together (documentary, fiction, film-within-a-film) to create a profound 21st-century exploration of the value of art, belief and commitment. 

Saturday at 7 P.M., Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium

Alvin Yapan's Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.
Starring Paulo Avelino, Rocco Nacino and Ms. Jean Garcia Featuring the FEU Dance Company with the special participation of Company of Dance Artists.

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context, as it features the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta. When Marlon, a college student, stalks Karen, his literature professor, he finds out that she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher in a dance studio. Frustrated over his performance in her literature class, he plans to impress her instead by learning to poeticize his body movements and enroll in her dance class. He hires his classmate to teach him the basics of dancing. As Dennis, his tutor, teaches him how his body should move, Marlon begins to understand the intersections between the art of poetry and dance. This opens up his world to new insights about the life of Karen as s single woman who chose to live the life of an artist in a third world setting. Marlon begins to understand how the poems being discussed by Karen in class are testaments to her choice to stand by her art. 


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