GUIDE: CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival 2016

Now in its 5th year, CineKabalen: Kapampangan Film Festival will be held on Saturday, January 30 at Holy Angel University, Angeles City.

cinekabalen 2016 schedule

The screening of entries will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the PGN Auditorium, 9th Floor, Peter G. Nepomuceno Center for Professional Development, Holy Angel University, Angeles City. The screening of exhibition films will be followed by the showcase of the eight competing short films.

The awarding ceremony will immediately follow at the PGN Roof Garden. The winners in different categories will each receive a customized unique trophy depicting animals from Kapampangan mythology: Gintung Tugak, Gintung Tikbalang, Gintung Matsing, Gintung Salaksak, Gintung Dapu, and Gintung Damulag. These are original trophies created by Kapampangan artist Don Reich De Dios.

“CineKabalen has seen the participation of the likes of Petersen Vargas (Geography Lessons), Bor Ocampo (Dayang Asu) and Carlo Enciso Catu (Ari: My Life with a King) in its previous editions,” recalls CineKabalen founder and festival director Jason Paul Laxamana. “We hope to find budding filmmakers who will continue to contribute to the exponential development of Kapampangan cinema.”

Here is a rundown of the festival schedule:

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Kapampangan Cinema Movement meeting

Venue: Little Theater, Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University, Angeles City

Interested Kapampangan film workers are invited to attend an intimate conference where they would discuss the present state of Kapampangan Cinema and speculate on what the future has in store for Kapampangan Cinema.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | FILM SCREENING

Venue: PGN Theater, 9/F PGN Bldg., Holy Angel University, Angeles City

A free screening of exhibition short films – Kapampangan short films produced last year that are not part of the CKFF competition. This will be followed by the screening of the eight competing short films.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Awarding Ceremonies and Cocktails

Venue: PGN Roof Garden, 9/F PGN Bldg., Holy Angel University, Angeles City

An intimate cocktail gathering where the competition winners will be honored with trophies and plaques.

cinekabalen 2016 finalists

Short Film Finalists

The following are the finalists in the Aring Sinukwan Category or the main category:

  • LETRATU (Photograph) by Albert Tony Antonio – Macabebe, Pampanga
  • LUMPUT (Fishnet) by Arcel Juan Lacap – Masantol, Pampanga
  • PAMAGSADIA (Preparation) by Gabrielle Tayag – Angeles
  • PIPOY MALIBI (Child’s Play) by Brianne Carlo Amparado – Angeles
  • RATATAT NANG DANTE (Dante’s Shot) by Jasper Ramon Tulabot – Paniqui, Tarlac
  • REGALU (Gift) by Raymond Nonato Anunciacion – Bamban, Tarlac
  • SIWALA (Voice) by Josue Gopez – Angeles
  • TRIO by Ian Christopher Cruz – Santa Ignacia, Tarlac

Exhibition Films

  • LISYUN QNG GEOGRAFIA (Geography Lessons) by Petersen Vargas
  • MIS DA KA (I Miss You) by Carlo Enciso Catu
  • BYE BYE BITUIN by Tin Velasco
  • MULALA NING MABALACAT (The Fool of Mabalacat) sung by Saivitri, music by Justin Artates, lyrics by Jason Paul Laxamana
  • DING MANGASYAS (Tough Guys) by Justine Dizon


‘The Revenant’ opens Feb 3 with one-week IMAX run

Leonardo DiCaprio has portrayed a kaleidoscopic array of characters – from Howard Hughes to Jay Gatsby to Wolf of Wall Street’s profligate Jordan Belfort – but the role of the Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” was an entirely new challenge, taking the actor into borderlands that few in our modern world have experienced. It is DiCaprio’s most intensely physical role and at the same time, an almost wordlessly raw performance.

Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu brings the legend of Hugh Glass to the screen with “The Revenant,” an epic adventure set in the unchartered 19th century American Frontier. Immersing audiences in the unparalleled beauty, mystery and dangers of life in 1823 America, the film explores one man’s transformation in a quest for survival. Part thriller, part wilderness journey, The Revenant explores primal drives not only for life itself but for dignity, justice, faith, family and home.

DiCaprio was also enthralled by Iñárritu’s aim to bring Glass’s story to life with a realism that would plunge audiences into life in primordial Western lands long before cowboys and outlaws. “I’ve never really seen this time period in American history put on film, so that interested me,” he says. “This was a unique time and place in the history of the American West because it was far more wild than what we think of as ‘the wild, wild West.’ It was like the Amazon, a completely unknown wilderness, a no man’s land where few laws applied. These trappers who came from Europe and the East Coast had to learn to live a life in the middle of the elements — surviving like any other animal in the wilderness.”

The director emphasizes that DiCaprio faced tests no actor could fully prepare for in his performance. “Leo was working in the toughest of conditions, under a challenging wardrobe, in extreme make-up, going to the most emotionally uncomfortable and dark places. But no matter what he is going through, something immediate comes to life when Leo is in front of the camera. There’s an incredible power,” Iñárritu observes.

The bear attack that threatens to end Glass’s life immediately took DiCaprio into a mano-a-mano struggle with one of nature’s most skilled predators. “The bear attack was incredibly difficult and arduous,” DiCaprio recalls, “but it’s profoundly moving. In the film, Alejandro puts you there almost like a fly buzzing around this attack, so that you feel the breath of Glass and the breath of the bear. What he achieved is beyond anything I’ve seen. Glass has to find a way to deal with this full-grown animal on top of him. He’s at the brink of death – and you are fully immersed in this moment with him.”

DiCaprio did many of his own stunts: he was buried in snow, went naked in minus five-degree weather and jumped into a frigid river, each moment bringing him more in touch with Glass’s will. But as he makes his way, Glass does not just abide – he also changes profoundly, something DiCaprio reveals in a multi-hued range of subtle details that add up to the film’s stirring climax.

“Throughout, there’s that question of whether some kind of revenge is ultimately the thing that will quench Glass’s thirst at the end of the day. But the need to continue on becomes something more to him…it becomes a kind of spiritual endeavor,” he concludes.

An immersive experience to be fully experienced only in theatres, get ready when “The Revenant” opens in cinemas on February 3, 2016 as released by 20th Century Fox and to be distributed by Warner Bros.

John Krasinski trains hard in ’13 hours’ for first action role

Far from his image in the popular series “The Office,” a buff, bearded John Krasinski leads the cast of Paramount Pictures’ new action-thriller “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” directed by Michael Bay.

Krasinski plays Jack Silva, one of six members of a security team made up of elite ex-military operators who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi from an attack of Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012 — the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The movie features Krasinski in his first leading action role, in what is the biggest departure yet from the affable cube dweller he portrayed on the long-running NBC series.

Krasinski never really had to work out hard for a role before, so preparing to play this tough former Navy Seal was a challenge. During the run of “The Office,” he was actually encouraged not to be in superb shape. For “13 Hours,”, he put in an enormous amount of time to get in shape and was really excited to do it. Being in an action movie is something he’s always wanted to do and the actor says he’d love to do more of.

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Krasinski told Men’s Health he had just four months to train in preparation for the role of a former Navy SEAL. After all, he had to look the part.

“I gotta be honest: It was brutal at times,” Krasinski said. “We did tons of metabolic work, dragging sleds and all this stuff I’ve seen NFL players do.” Krasinski doesn’t go out of his way to show off his new body in the movie, aside from one shirtless shot toward the end.

As for the actual training regimen, Krasinski and costars James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini went through rigorous gun training with Navy SEALS. They learned how to fire a whole variety of different weapons and learned how to maneuver through rooms with lights, without lights. They learned how to maneuver through buildings on fire. Physically, it was an extremely intense workout. The men did two-a-day workouts with their trainer, Jason Walsh, who trained Bradley Cooper for “American Sniper.”

John Krasinski plays Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 15, 2016.
John Krasinski plays Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment / Bay Films in theatres January 27, 2016.

From director Michael Bay, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right.

The film is written by Chuck Hogan, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team. Produced by Erwin Stoff and Michael Bay. Starring James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Denman and Dominic Fumusa.

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens across the Philippines on January 27, 2016 as distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Nailing it in romantic comedy ‘Accidental Love’

“Accidental Love” is a wacky comedy with an underlying theme of health care, starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhall, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Kirstie Alley, Tracy Morgan and Malinda Williams.

Alice Eckle (Biel), a somewhat naïve roller-skating waitress in a small Indiana town, is about to get engaged to her trooper boyfriend, Scott (Marsden). At the fancy Gondola restaurant when Alice has an engagement ring on her finger, a clumsy workman accidentally shoots her in the head with a nail from his nail gun.

At the hospital, the doctors cannot operate to remove the nail because Alice does not have health insurance and the nail is not life threatening so its removal does not qualify as an emergency. If the nail shifts to a different position, however, it might influence Alice’s behavior in unpredictable ways such as increasing her sex drive or causing her to speak Portuguese.

james marsden in ACCIDENTAL LOVE

They hold a fundraiser to gather money for Alice’s operation but fail in raising the $100,000 necessary for surgery. Alice does however befriend two people with their own medical issues: Reverend Norm who suffers from priapism and Keyshawn who suffers from a rectal prolapse. Then Alice’s Aunt Rita proposes a solution to the problem. Rita is a vet and has operated on cows before. Confident in her surgical abilities, she tries operating on Alice but fails to remove the nail – causing Alice even more distress.

Watching TV, Alice sees her congressman, Howard Birdwell, a charming but rather clueless fellow, visiting a bunch of kids and promising them colored glue. In congress Howard has vowed “to help all the people,” and might just be Alice’s last chance to get the nail out.

And so it goes… Alice and Birdwell fall in love as Trooper Scott shows up to rescue his beloved. Birdwell however escapes to a man’s retreat to center himself (yet, he spends most of his time obsessing about mens wedding ring guide and which to choose). Though the congressman has seemingly double- crossed Alice a second time, he secretly attaches a small health care rider to a different bill thereby finally allowing her to resolve her medical issues. Then with everybody healthy, they all celebrate at Keyshawn’s wedding.

“Accidental Love” opens February 3, 2016 in cinemas as released by CrystalSky Multimedia.

accidental love poster