The people of CreaM (Creative Media and Film Society of the Philippines) have created a comic book that could virtually spell the future of Philippine “komiks.”
The breakthrough was not exactly met with fanfare, though. A 56-second video clip showing frames from the graphic novel, titled “The Lam-Ang Experiment,” was posted on YouTube in January 2012 and has, so far, gotten only 1,796 views. CreaM then launched the three-volume book set on May 26 at the Summer Komikon comic convention in Pasig City, with comic book fans and collectors in attendance.
DJ, an artist (John Wayne Sace) from the province, finds himself in a bleak place surrounded by filth, ruled by violence, and populated by seedy characters. He uses the place and the people as canvas for his art as he struggles to protect the place from forces threatening to destroy it. He finds beauty despite the desolation as he meets Josie (Erich Gonzales) and gets introduced to the world of hip-hop and break dancing.
Marcos, who started work on the film as producer over three years ago, feels that this dream project becoming a reality is significant: “Our country is famous for exporting and outsourcing animating talents. They have been working for top studios abroad but, until now, we cannot call any cartoon character or franchise our own.”
With “Pintakasi,” she aims to showcase Filipino talent in both live action and animation. “We even got the award-winning hip-hop dance group Philippine All-Stars to perform in the film,” says Marcos.
An entry in the indie section of the Metro Manila Film Festival, “Pintakasi” has cinematographer Lee Meily as live-action director and teacher-artist Nelson Caguila as animation director. Caguila, according to Meily, tapped students from St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s and Asia Pacific College to help, along with out-of-school youths as trainees.
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The two meanings of the Tagalog word pintakasi seem paradoxical—a cockfight and a patron saint. But the two meanings are connected, even integrally—pintakasi is something done in honor of a patron saint, usually during his/her feast day and usually in the form of a cockfight—revealing the paradoxical and conflicting nature of the Philippine reality. For the new film that uses the word as its title, it is broken in two, pinta and kasi, giving birth to a new meaning—“painting (or I paint) because…” or “because of painting.”
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Pinangungunahan ang Pintakasi nina Erich Gonzales, John Wayne Sace, at JM de Guzman.
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Following “intense viewing and deliberation of 33 entries,” the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has finally chosen 15 works included in its New Wave-Independent section, which is further divided into two competition divisions—Full Length and Student Short.
In the Full Length section, the following made the top five: Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Haruo,” Yeng Grande’s “Ritwal,” Neal Tan’s “HIV,” Ogie Diaz and Sid Pascua’s “Dyagwar” and Imee Marcos and Nelson Caguila’s “Pintakasi.”
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Barely two years in the business CreaM is now ready to showcase original pinoy content made by Filipinos for global release. On 22 March, CreaM President Ms. Imee Marcos will be in Hong Kong to attend the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Ms. Marcos will be looking for partners in distributing and marketing CreaM’s products, namely, Fly Aswang, Likas Ligtas: Gubat at Dagat, Barefoot Beauties, and PINTA*KASI.
The 24 minute Fly Aswang tells the story of a three Filipino-American daughters who find themselves trapped in a deadly aswang (vampire) ritual on their way to Manila. All hope now lies in their mother Bessie and her family’s mysterious supernatural history. Fly Aswang is directed by Mark Galvez and produced by Ms. Imee Marcos in cooperation with Mina Caliguia of Artfarm Asia. The script was written by Mina Caliguia and Karl de Mesa from a story renowned international Filipino model Bessie Badilla del Castillo, Ms. Imee Marcos, and Mina Caliguia.