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June 2011

FEED YOUR MIND, YOUR SPIRIT. This year, Cinemalaya offers films celebrating a distinctive Filipino milieu , one fraught with local context and culture, worthy of an industry that is experiencing rebirth after years of dispiriting, commercial mediocrity. Video by’s Cathy Miranda, teaser videos taken from YouTube MANILA, Philippines–Cinemalaya, the country’s biggest, independent all-digital film competition, has gained interest from many local movie goers and international film aficionados worldwide. This year, organizers are opening two simultaneous venues to host the competition.

Barney’s Version: Blu-ray Although few things are certain in life, it’s safe to say any movie in which Paul Giamatti appears is going to save some aspiring actor, somewhere, the cost of attending a master class in acting. If there’s nothing else to like in the picture – an unlikely proposition, considering his many fine credits – Giamatti’s performance is going to raise a smile.

Days after a Federal Court judge ruled on the proposed banning of LG passive 3D TV marketing following a bitter fight with Samsung over passive 3D TV technology Vs Samsung’s active shutter technology, LG has released a research study that claims consumers prefer passive 3D glasses over active shutter glasses. The Korean Company who won their Federal Court case, claims that a recent LG consumer study revealed that 80 percent of consumers prefer their 3DTV experience wearing passive glasses over more established, and more expensive, active-shutter 3DTV glasses.

The winners of this year’s Singapore Youth Award 2011 (SYA) have been announced – we’ve got a film-maker (Mr Boo Junfeng), an entrepreneur (Mr Darius Cheung), a research scientist (Dr Teo Yik Ying), a community youth leader (Mr Terence Chia) and a team of cyber wellness trailblazers (Touch Cyber Wellness), in the mix. The SYA is the highest national honour conferred on youths in Singapore, and recognizes contributions made by youths in Singapore to the progress of society and honours young people whose achievements will serve as an inspiration to others. We sat down for a quick interview with film-maker …

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the New York Asian Film Festival has become something its gonzo founders never could have imagined: a cultural institution. But don’t be fooled. Still crazy after all these years, the fest is, as ever, a delirious vortex of face-melting genre excess—an exhaustive, exhilarating rush of recent popular cinema from the East, giving its audience outlaw thrills even as it grants a hero’s welcome to the industry legends who were minting masterpieces when Quentin Tarantino was in knee pants.

Award-winning film director and actor Jose Mari Avellana died at the age of 70 last June 26 due to aneurysm. He passed away Sunday at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center, as reported by Yahoo! Philippines.