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August 2011

Last month, we attended Cinemalaya’s first-ever Manila Film Financing Forum, organized by the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (IFC) to gain new insights on independent filmmaking.

Join in the fun at the second Indonesian Festival. The 2nd Auckland Indonesian Festival will be held at the Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) next month.

Harsh criticisms, including from moderate Muslims, of both the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and SCTV’s decision to cancel broadcasting the controversial film “?” were not in short supply on Monday. Members of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, which initially had issues with the film, were among those highly critical of the decision to cancel the broadcast scheduled for tonight.

Joseph Israel Laban’s Cuchera, a rightfully shocking exposé of the lives of low-rent drug mules, one of the drug mules, opens with the obligatory and totally unnecessary factoid on how there are so many Filipino drug mules who are still rotting in jail in various countries. From the seemingly lofty implications of his advocacy-heavy introduction, Laban jumps into the middle of one of Manila’s slums. His camera is attentive to the most damning of details, like a torn and discolored Philippine flag, the grime, the mud, the heaps and heaps of garbage and the shanties that dot the dump’s perimeter.

I don’t think anybody thought this weekend was going to be anything great in the first place, but with that bitch-and-a-half hurricane Irene rocking the East Coast and about 65 million of its inhabitants, the weekend’s box-office numbers sucked the bag as most hookers do most evenings. Seriously though, can you believe that THE HELP has been in the top 2 for the past three weekends now? Yeah, that’s right and it was the #1 movie in America over the past 2 weekends to boot. I have nothing against the film, but it’s strange to see films like FRIGHT NIGHT, …

ALMOST every child of the second half of the last century grew up in a world dominated by popular media such as the projected movie, television and radio drama. Before the time of John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, there was a comedian named Charlie Chaplin who starred in silent movies of the pre-war era. I recall watching the rerun of the epic “Gone with the Wind” starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh and that movie was produced in 1938.