Yabang Pinoy launches second Philippine Cinema Sessions Sept 9-10

Being open entails a lot of meanings. It can be a doorway, a passage, or it may mean transparent. Cinema, as we know, stems from ordinary stories of daily lives in different faces. These representations may be formulaic or experimental, streamlined or self-expressed. And we must look at films with eyes open.

PHILIPPINE CINEMA SESSIONS is a two-day session which lets the participants have the opportunity to grasp the ideas, techniques and processes of filmmaking from the so-called experts in today’s generation of Philippine Cinema. Furthermore, the two-day session digs deeper on the relevance and importance of film in relation to Nationalism and Filipino-Pride by showing concrete manifestations through some of the masterpieces of the speakers.

Last year, Yabang Pinoy brought forth issues that raised awareness on the current situation of Philippine Cinema, as discussed by distinguished speakers such as Kanakan Balintagos (Director, “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros”, “Esprit De Corps”), Alvin Yapan (Writer and Director, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”, “Oro”), Adolf Alix, Jr. (Director, “Padre de Familia”, “4 Days”), Petersen Vargas (Director, “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten”), Oggs Cruz (Film Critic), Gino M. Santos (Director, “#Y”, “Ex With Benefits”), Sandino Martin (Actor, “Esprit De Corps”, “Ringgo The Dog Shooter”), Paul Soriano (Director and Producer, “Thelma”, “Dukot”), and Perci Intalan (Director and Producer, “Dementia”).

With the theme “The Art of Openness”, Yabang Pinoy will deepdive on different topics that causes ruckus and tremor among filmmakers and audiences which will be explained by this year’s line-up of speakers. As part of Yabang Pinoy’s homegrown project called Rated YP, Philippine Cinema Sessions is positioned to make the participants more aware of the present situation of the industry so that they choose filmmaking as their life mission, to become active audiences in nation-building, and to see quality films in the future. As this project will dwell more on motivating artists and fanatics alike, participants are expected to become more resolute on filmmaking not just as a form of self-expression, but more so, a parcel of their life and an extension of their identity as individuals and as a Filipino.

This event will be on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday), 12:00nn to 8:00pm, at The Globe Tower in Taguig City. Registration fee is Php 1,995.00 which includes Workshop Fee, Participation Kit, Food and Beverage, Certiificate and Other Freebies.

To register online, you may sign-up through this link: http://bit.ly/2sNdZjT

For bank deposit and fund transfer, you may refer to these details:
Children’s Environmental Awareness and Action Foundation
Bank of the Philippine Islands
8293-0598-46

For more information, visit our website at http://www.yabangpinoy.com or you may call or text 09164233214 or e-mail yabangpinoy@gmail.com with the subject “2nd PH Cinema Session”.

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Jun Lana highlights cinematic elements at Yabang Pinoy’s screening of ‘Anino sa Likod ng Buwan’

Funded primarily by the profits earned from working for mainstream cinema, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan (Shadow Behind the Moon) is a “passion project” which strives to engage in non-traditional ways of storytelling, accomplished filmmaker Jun Robles Lana said June 25 in a masterclass held at U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Citing influences from the 1920s German Expressionism movement, Lana described the creative choices he made in creating the one-shot-one-sequence film such as its “boxed” aspect ratio and its “VHS look” which, according to him, gave the film its “spirit.” In the tradition of the Expressionist movement, this he said, reflects the mind and the suffering of the characters portrayed in the film.

Set in Marag Valley, Apayao in the 90s, the film tackles controversial themes such as brutalities and human rights violations that allegedly happened in the region when the struggle between the Philippine military and the communist movement reached a climax.

Interested ako sa cinema of the oppressed (I am interested in the cinema of the oppressed),” the director said regarding his motivation in directing a film concerned with those caught in the crossfire in the valley.

Lana also described a “motif of displacement” which characterizes the “archaic” writing of the screenplay’s dialogue. Through this, the filmmaker said he attempts to portray the narrative as something “absurd, unreal” and yet true.

The masterclass was preceded by a screening of his 120-minute, one-shot cinematic masterpiece starring LJ Reyes, Luis Alandy, and Anthony Falcon, an event organized by Filipino pride movement Yabang Pinoy.

As of the present, the film has received international recognition, being nominated for categories such as Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay at the Gawad Urian Awards, and winning the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival, for Best Feature Film.

A theatrical release of Anino sa Likod ng Buwan (Shadow Behind the Moon) is slated on July 20 at select cinemas to be announced soon.