CINEMA – Filipino International Cine Festival Set at Roxie Theater in SanFo, Top PHL Filmmaker Elwood Perez, Others Attending


SAN FRANCISCO – All is in readiness for the FACINE/22: the 22nd annual Filipino International Cine Festival on October 21-24 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

This was announced by Mauro F. Tumbocon Jr., director of the FACINE (Filipino Arts & Cinema International) who said somors will be coming including Mr. Elwood Perez, this year’s Gawad Gintong Ani awardee.
The FACINE event also celebrates the 22nd  anniversary with tribune to Filipino master filmmaker Elwood Perez and Cinema One originals trailblazing films at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

The longest-running festival of films from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora, FACINE highlights works from the Filipino diaspora –US, Italy, HongKong – and special focus on Philippine martial law and LGBT-themed films;

 FACINE/22, the 22nd  annual filipino international cine festival opens with bestowing honors on Filipino master filmmaker, Elwood Perez as this year’s Gawad Gintong Ani awardee [gold harvest]/Life Achievement award, with the US premiere screening of his latest film, ESOTERIKA: MAYNILA on October 21, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The festival will close with the awarding of the Gawad Lingap Sining [art-nurturing] to Cinema One Originals, a grants-giving body recognized for its immense contribution to Philippine independent cinema followed also by the US premiere screening of the martial-law themed film, Jet Leyco’s BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA [leave it for tomorrow, for night has fallen] on October 24, Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
The festival, co-presented with the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA, Inc.), runs from October 21 through October 24 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 – 16th Street, San Francisco.
            The annual festival, the longest-running event in the US, has been the premier showcase of new works and Filipino film classics in the United States for the past 22 years. It is organized by FACINE or filipino arts & cinema, international, a not-for-profit media arts organization based in San Francisco that aims to advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.
This year’s festival highlights the special screenings of important films by independent filmmakers from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora including Adolfo Alix, Jr., Sari and Kiri Dalena, Richard Soriano Legaspi, Christopher Ad Castillo, Joni Gutierrez, Janice Villarosa, Nestor Abrogena, Nanette Matilac, Jet Leyco, Cecilio Asuncion, Joe Bacus, Angelo Santos, Seymour Barros-Sanchez, Emerson Reyes, Epoy Deyto, Breech Quincy Quilantang, Arnel Ramos Felix and Christian Paolo Lat. They represent a wide array of new works on varying subjects and genre will be presented in different programs.
Major media sponsors of this year’s festival are The Filipino Channel (TFC) and, with support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and @ The FATE Factory.
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             The FACINE 22/the 22nd annual Filipino international cine festival program follows:

            — Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 -9:00 p.m., Gawad Gintong Ani awarding to ELWOOD PEREZ ESOTERIKA: MAYNILA (Elwood Perez, dir; Perez, Jessica Zafra, wr; Film Development Council of the Philippines, T. Rex Productions, prods; 99 min, Philippines, 2014, In Filipino with English subtitles) US PREMIERE Quasi-fantastical, quasi-realistic, the male protagonist narrates his transition from restaurant peon to literary artist, a journey to self-discovery, a map to the secrets of the city; 9:00 – 11:30 p.m., THE GUERRILLA IS A POET (Sari Dalena, Kiri Dalena, dir; Ericson Acosta, Kiri Dalena, Keith Sicat, Kerima Tariman, wr; Cine Filipino, Kino Arts, prods; 135 min, Philippines, In Filipino with English subtitles) BAY AREA PREMIERE
           A docu-drama which tells of an activist’s journey, Jose Maria Sison – founder of the Kabataang Makabayan [patriotic youth] – during the turbulent years of Philippines martial law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark nine years of incarceration in the Marcos prisons leading to his birth as a poet.
            To be preceded by: QUIRA (Breech Quincy Quilantang, dir, wr; The Q, prod; 14 min, Philippines, 2015. In “Quira” language with English subtitles), A young woman warrior takes revenge on a rival tribe which killed her famly;

         — Thursday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.-SAYAW [dance] (Cecilio Asuncion, dir, wr; Thigh High Productions, prod; 80 min, US, 2015). Filipino American choreographer, Jay Loyola, prepares his group, eyeing for a slot at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

           ANG PAGBABALIK SA TAWI-TAWI [return to Tawi-Tawi] (Nanette Matilac, dir, wr; Lotus Blaze Projects, DocuCinema Media Collective Inc. with Alun Alun Dance Circle, prods; 71 min, Philippines, 2014, In Filipino with English subtitles) Recently-honored as Ramon Magsaysay awardee for arts and culture – the Asia’s Nobel Prize, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa, the major proponent of pangalay, an indigenous dance form, returns to Tawi-Tawi, the source of her inspiration to documenting for posterity the culture and the arts of the Sulu Archipelago.
          10:00 – 11:30 p.m. — ANG KWENTO NATING DALAWA [the story of us that never was] (Nestor Abrogena, Jr, dir, wr;; Dogtown Manila, Monoxide Works, Cinetools, Ramon Bautista Films, prods; 80 min, Philippines, 2015, In Filipino with English subtitles. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE, A young filmmaker and an aspiring writer struggle to make something out of a teacher-student relationship. To be preceded by:    te amo ADIOS [I love you, farewell] (Arnel Ramos Felix, dir, wr; 7 min, Philippines, 2015. In Filipino with English subtitles)

         — Friday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.- Tribute to Cinema One Originals ANG ALAMAT NI CHINA DOLL [the legend of China Doll] (Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr., dir; Lav Diaz, wr; Cinema One Originals, Phoenix Features, prods; 83 min, Philippines, 2013. In Filipino with English subtitles) US PREMIERE Through its disjointed narrative, marked by a powerful performance by Angelica Panganiban, a young Chinese-Filipina who fell into the clutches of a mafia-like gang of extortionists, relives an uneasy history of kidnapping and abduction of Chinese Filipinos for ransom. to be preceded by:  

RED LIGHTS (Christian Paolo Lat, dir, wr; Wolfpac Films with International Academy of Film and Television, prod; 12 min, Philippines, 2015. In Bisaya with English subtitles) A retired American tourist, lured to a redlight district by a not-so cunning taxi driver, is entrapped and fights back.
— 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. IN DARKNESS WE LIVE (Christopher Ad Castillo, dir, wr; 76 min, Philippines/US, 2014. In Filipino with English subtitles) US PREMIERE. Bank robbers hide out in a house where evil resides. To be preceded by:  IKA-3 PUTAHI [recipe #3] (Joe Bacus, dir, wr; 20 min, Philippines, 2013. In Bisaya with English subtitles) A jealous boyfriend, a philandering girlfriend, does make for a gory recipe. INT. KOTSE – GABI [interior. car – night] (Epoy Deyto, dir, wr; 7 min, Philippines, 2015. In Filipino with English subtitles) Afraid inside a car on a des

     Saturday, October 24,  2:30 – 5:00 p.m.– TWELVE HUNDRED MILES/Qian Li Zhi Wai (Joni Gutierrez, dir, wr; 44 min, HongKong/China/Philippines, 2015) US PREMIERE, A Filipino student in HongKong, by way of photographs and video shots, reflects, comments on the HongKong/China binary that has so far, intrigued foreigners; ANG WALANG KAPAGURANG PAGLALAKBAY NG PULANG MALETA/L’instancabile viaggio della valigia rossa [the untiring journey of the red suitcase] (Richard Soriano Legaspi, dir, wr; Cine Totoo, Red Room Media Productions, UNESCO Aschberg Grant, Illy Grant, Cyclone Loop Creative House with UNIDEE, prods; 70 min,, Italy/Philippines, 2014. In Filipino and Italian with English subtitles) US PREMIERE an experimental documentary, tells of remarkable stories of a closely-knit Filipino community in Biella, Italy.
— 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., SHUNNED (Janice Villarosa, dir, wr; Silent Voices Productions; 70 min, Philippines/US, 2014, In Bisaya and Filipino with English subtitles) BAY AREA PREMIERE A stunning eye-opener of a documentary, the filmmaker handles with grace the telling of various stories, sad and happy, of transgender Filipinas, the challenges they face in their daily lives. To be preceded by:     PAMANHIKAN [asking for hand in marriage] (Angelo Santos, dir, wr; August Angel Filmworks with Slow Jam King Productions, 29 min, US, 2015. In English and in Filipino with English subs Same-sex marriage explored in the context of an interracial relationship
— 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.– Tribute to Elwood Perez, OTSO [eight] (Elwood Perez, dir; Perez and Vince Tanada, wr; Film Development Council of the Philippines, prod; 90 min, Philippines, 2013. In Filipino with English subtitles), Hoping to reconnect with his roots returning to Manila, the male protagonist writes to tell of secret lives of his neighbors, with facts and his own artistic infusion collide. To be preceded by:     CARETAKER (Seymour B. Sanchez, dir; Sanchez & Kristine Camille Sulit, wr; Eloisa Espino-Sanchez, prod; 13 min, Philippines, 2015. In Filipino with English subtitles) A lone caretaker, in charge of a vacation house, finds the shocking conclusion of a fraternity initiation rites, too much to bear.
— 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.– Awarding of Gawad Lingap Sining to CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS, BUKAS NA LANG SAPAGKAT GABI NA [leave it for tomorrow, for night has fallen] (Jet Leyco, dir; Leyco & Norman Wilwayco, wr; Cinema One Originals, Barong Tagalog, Hubert Bals Fund, Kerberus Kinorama Klassiks, Wasak Since Birth, prods; 100 min, Philippines, 2013. In Filipino with English subtitles) US PREMIERE, Four interconnected tales set at the height of the Philippine martial law’s crackdown on insurgents reflect the palpable aura of fear that has Filipinos in a state of paralysis, unable and unwilling to move until the dark cloud of history passes on., To be preceded by: THE END OF WAR (Joe Bacus, dir; Bacus & Orpheus Nery, wr;  Imoortals Production, Fakos Production, prods; 18 min, Philippines, 2014. In Filipino with English subtitles), A Maguindanaoan family caught in the war between government and the insurgent forces


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