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(Response Paper) Finding Legitimacy on Film Criticism and the Value of Film Literacy

In response to: “On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos” by Patrick Campos, published at the Plaridel Journal A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class After watching over 3 hours, 40 minutes of productive discussion of the University of the Philippines Office of Research and Publication project entitled "On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos," it was interesting and eye-opening

(Response Paper) In Making Sense of This Particular Order: Film Reviewing – Film Criticism – Film Scholarship

In response to: The Manila Review article “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic” by Joel David A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Film scholar Joel David presented key issues hounding the arrested development of Pinoy film criticism in this 2015 article entitled “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic,” published by The Manila Review. Early on in the reading, he addressed the separation between film scholarship and production – raising the issue where “specialists suffered from serious lack in

An Epiphany: Philippine cinema’s powerful Pinays + more female presence in film studies, books, and academic endeavors

I remember a press screening I attended, then film critic friend Philbert Ortiz-Dy made me realize one very interesting, one very important thing. It was a 360-degree turn on my impression of how women are in Philippine cinema and other media professions. Phil agreed on how gender equality should seriously be addressed in the U.S. Woman filmmakers and film workers, even the most famous actresses included, don't get equal treatment in Hollywood from opportunities to talent fees. Then, he told me that

Learning from the Success of the Korean Film Industry

A Filipino Filmmaker's Insight of the Korean Film Industry Having been initially immersed in the Korean film industry for six months through a film training program in Seoul in 2008 (which was eventually extended through another film training program), I should say that the Koreans' love for cinema is quite inspiring. Having attended the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN), and Jecheon International Music Film Festival (JIFF) during my stay in Korea, I was able to

A young filmmaker’s tale about National Artist for Cinema Kidlat Tahimik

It was the screening of the Korean film “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring” by Kim Ki-duk, I think it was Cinemanila, I couldn’t remember what year. After the screening, I saw Kidlat Tahimik and had the courage to approach him. I told him we met before during a screening of some women shorts in Katipunan where my film was programmed and I said I just would like to say hi to him. He said, maybe if I and my friends

Film Forum Invitation: ‘CinePHlix’ with screenings of ‘Anino’ and ‘Birdshot’

My BenildeFilm FLMART2 (Philippine Cinema) classes are inviting everyone to this term’s Filmmaker Focus in Forum (FFF), a free, public event featuring the Cannes Palme D’Or-winning short film “Anino” by Raymond Red and the first Filipino feature film in Netflix“Birdshot” by Mikhail Red at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA) Cinema on Apr. 3, 2018. Screenings at 1 p.m., forum follows at 3:30 p.m. This event entitled “CinePHlix,” features a Q&A with the filmmakers and

Film Event Invitation: ‘Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference’ celebrates the industry’s 100 years

In celebration of the 100 years of Philippine Cinema, Filipino film workers organized the "Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference" at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (BenildeFilm) this September 2017. I am moderating one of the talks for the BenildeFilm leg of the conference on Sept. 15, 2017 (Friday), 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Theater in Manila: Panel 5: "Regional and Diasporic Cinema" with Tito Valiente,

‘Cinema Rehiyon: Alter Nativo’ opens at CCP

"Cinema Rehiyon: Alter Nativo," the first national film festival solely focusing on films created outside of Metro Manila, opens at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Feb. 18 and will run until Feb. 21, 2009. In celebration of the Philippine International Arts Month, this four-day event will feature short and full-length films created by regional filmmakers and is open to all audiences for free. A project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in cooperation with the

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