FACINE: 21ST ANNUAL FILIPINO INTERNATIONAL CINE FESTIVAL
FACINE WITH GLOBAL FILIPINO NETWORK, WEST BAY, CELEBRATES 21ST ANNIVERSARY WITH AWARD-WINNING FILIPINO FILMS INCLUDING NORA AUNOR-STARRER, ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI/Mabuti’s story, RAYMOND RED’S FILMS, AT THE ROXIE THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO, DECEMBER 11-13
The longest-running festival of films from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora, FACINE bestows the Gintong Ani Award on Cannes Filmfest awardee, Raymond Red; highlights works by Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold, Filipino directors Mes de Guzman, Mikhail Red, Christian Linaban; PAWA is this year’s major sponsor
San Francisco, November 11, 2014, 2014 – FACINE/21, the 21st annual filipino international cine festival opens with Australian filmmaker, Andrew Leavold’s THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, a loving tribute to Philippines’ littlest action hero, the two feet nine Weng Weng, on December 11, Thursday, 7 pm and will close with the critically-acclaimed Mikhail Red’s debut film REKORDER, an urban thriller about a video recorder who gets unwittingly involved in a murder, on December 13, Saturday at 9:00 p.m.
The festival, co-presented with Global Filipino Network and West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, and sponsored by PAWA, Inc., runs from December 11 through December 13 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 21 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.
Festival co-presentors are West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, the oldest Filipino nonprofit social service agency in Northern California that provides services to Filipino and other low-income families of color, including college preparation assistance for the youth; and the Global Filipino Network, a California-registered nonprofit that aims to connect and empower Filipinos across the globe through education and outreach using media and technology.
This year’s festival highlights the special screenings of important films by esteemed independent filmmaker, Raymond Red, the first Filipino who earned major film honors in a top-tier foreign film festival – Cannes’ 2000 Camera D’Or for his short film, ANINO/Shadows – and also, this year’s FACINE Gintong Ani Award; and the gala screening of the much-awaited Mes de Guzman’s ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI/Mabuti’s story starring the Philippines’ Superstar Nora Aunor on Friday, December 12 at 7 pm.
A wide array of new works by filmmakers from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora on varying subjects and genre will be presented in different programs.
Major sponsor of this year’s festival is PAWA or the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., a nonprofit organization of Filipino American writers and artists whose main goal is to create and encourage literature and arts for the preservation and enrichment of Filipino and Filipino American historical, cultural and spiritual values.
For more information and full program schedule, please see website: www.facinesf.com. For further information, email: email@example.com or call: 415-756-7331 or for advanced tickets purchase, check website: www.roxie.com
FACINE/21: 21ST ANNUAL FILIPINO INTERNATIONAL CINE FESTIVAL
SEARCH FOR WENG WENG OPENS, REKORDER CLOSES FESTIVAL
ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI HIGHLIGHTS GALA
TRIBUTE TO RAYMOND RED, FACINE/21 GINTONG ANI (Golden Harvest)AWARDEE
December 11, 2014, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (Documentary, In English and in Tagalog with English subtitles, 92 min, Australia, 2013)
A loving tribute to Philippines’ littlest action hero, two feet nine Weng Weng (real name: Ernesto de la Cruz), a poignant look at stardom, ephemeral and tragic
Directed and written by Andrew Leavold
Filmmaker in attendance
December 11, 2014, Thursday, 9:00 p.m.
BAMBOO FLOWERS (Film Development Council of the Philippines/Productions 56, Narrative feature, In Tagalog with English subtitles, 130 min, Philippines, 2013)
The chandelier-shaped bamboo flowers blossom presages death; through the lives of small people in Bohol, dreams shattered, lives fulfilled. In a way.
Directed by Maryo de los Reyes and written by Aloy Adlawan
Stars Ruru Madrid, Mylene Dizon, Orlando Sol
December 12, 2014, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI/Mabuti’s story
(tv5/Cinelarga Productions, Narrative feature, In Ilokano with English subtitles, Philippines, 2013), 2013 Cine Filipino Festival Best Film, Screenplay, Director
A lowly medicine woman in the hinterlands of Nueva Vizcaya finds a bag containing P 5 million and faces a most conflicting decision to keep the money or return it to its owner.
Directed and written by Mes de Guzman
Philippine Superstar Nora Aunor in the lead role with Ama Quiambao, Arnold Reyes, Mara Lopez, Sue Prado
December 12, 2014, Friday , 9:00 p.m.
Special Tribute to Raymond Red, FACINE/21 Ginto Ani Awardee
HIMPAPAWID/Manila Skies (International title)
(Pelikula Red, Filmex, Ignite Media, Pacific Film Partners, Pelipula Productons; Narrative feature, in Tagalog with English subtitles, 96 in, Philippines, 2009-2010), Gawad Urian 2010 Best Supporting Actor (Soliman Cruz), Best Supporting Actress (Sue Prado); Young Critics Circle 2011 Best Film, Editing, Cinematography & Visual Design, Performer (Raul Arellano), Screenplay
Directed and written by Raymond Red
Stars Raul Arellano, Sue Prado
To be preceded by ANINO/Shadows (12 min, 2000), Cannes Film Festival 2000 Best Short Film
Filmmaker in attendance
December 13, 2014, Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
Shorts Program: LOST SOULS, STRANGE TIMES (TRT: 89 min)
A collection of short works about the Filipino in the here and now – in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, overseas foreign workers in London, Japan, New York, Los Angeles – struggling for survival, dreaming of better life, finding true love
WHEN ABSENCE BECOMES PRESENCE (Angel Velasco Shaw, producer;
15 min, Philippines, 2014)
Directed by Angel Velasco Shaw
JOSEPHINE (12 min, In Bisaya, Tagalog, Japanese with English subtitles, Philippines, 2014)
Directed and written by Akie Yano
CHARLES CLOWN (19 min, Philippines, 2014)
Directed by Malaya Ronald Pasion, written by Tomi Uisinco, Ronald Pasion
HOME (5 min, Philippines, 2013)
Directed and written by Therese Cayaba
TNT (Global X, Triple MP Productions, 23 min, USA, 2014)
Directed and written by Roberto Reyes Ang
ALL THE DIFFERENCE (Suspect Device Productions, 19 min, USA, 2014)
Directed and written by Jeremy Munsayac
December 13, 2014, Saturday , 5:00 p.m.
ABERYA (CinemaOne Originals, Dream Arts Productions, Epicmedia, Panumduman Pictures; Narrative feature, In English and in Bisaya, Tagalog with English subtitles, 110 min, Philippines, 2012), Cinema One Originals Festival 2012 Best Supporting Actor (Nicholas Varela)
Directed by Christian Linaban and written by Ara Chawdhury, Christian Linaban
Sex, drugs and Catholic guilt
Stars Mercedes Cabral, Will Devaughn, Iwa Moto
December 13, 2014, Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Tribute to Raymond Red, FACINE/21 Gintong Ani Awardee
KAMERA OBSKURA (Cinemalaya, Pelipula Productions, Filmex; 76 min, Philippines, 2012), Cinemalaya Festival 2012 Best Director, Original Music Score (Diwa de Leon)
Directed by Raymond Red, written by Raymond Red, Pen Medina
Stars Pen Medina, Joel Torre, Abe Pagtama
To be preceded by ANG MAGPAKAILANMAN/The eternity (25 min, 1982)
Filmmaker in attendance
December 13, 2014, Saturday , 9:00 p.m.
REKORDER (Cinemalaya, PelikulaRed, Filmex; Narrative feature, 90 min, Philippines, 2013), Cinemalaya 2013 Best Production Design (Ronald Red); Barcelona International Film Festival 2014 Excellence in Acting (Ronnie Quizon); Vancouver International Film Festival Best New Director
Directed by Mikhail Red, written by Mikhail Red, Ian Victoriano
A video recorder unwittingly gets entangled in a murder investigation when he shot the tragedy on his camera
Stars Ronnie Quizon, Mike Lloren, Belle Mariano
To be preceded by Pamela Reyes’s HARVEST
IN MEMORIAM: Pio Candelaria
Special screening of Pio Candelaria’s BALITA/News