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Monday, April 16, 2007

This Week @ Cinekatipunan (April 16-21)

April 16 to 21, 2007

This April, CINEKATIPUNAN presents the second phase of
Mag:net’s collaboration with independent and
contemporary dancers and choreographers in line with
the celebration with the International Dance Day on
April 29. Foreign and local dance films courtesy of
the International Festival of Cinema and Technology
and Uncensored Bodies will be showcased for three
consecutive Wednesdays (April 11, 18th and 25th)
prior to evening performances by dance and
choreographer communities. This Wednesday’s
Cinekatipunan program features works by Carlitos
Siguion-Reyna, Paul Morales, Romeo Candido, and Keith
Sicat, to be followed by performances by Makiling
Ensemble, Myra Beltran and Airdance starting 9 PM.

In the same line, Monday’s AsiaLunes program (April
16) will feature dance films from Korea and Malaysia.
Tuesday (April 17) sets the tone for the upcoming
Cordillera Day 2007 with a work by activist filmmaker
Ron Papag, featuring people’s theater in the context
of fetad (the Cordillera indigenous people’s
mobilization for war). Thursday (April 19) features
the Films by Visual Artists program with a work by
Cocoy Lumbao, while Nika Bohinc, visiting editor of
the 45-year old film magazine Ekran, will present
award-winning Slovenian film Gravehopping for Friday.
Cinekatipunan caps the week on Saturday (April 21)
with FIRST FILMS by young Filipina filmmakers Felinda
Bagas, Pam Miras and emerging filmmakers from the UP
Film Institute led by Armi Cacanindin.

Held Mondays to Saturdays at Mag:net Café Katipunan,
Cinekatipunan screenings start at 5:30 PM.While the
film screenings are free, viewers are encouraged to
make voluntary contributions for the honoraria of the
featured filmmakers. For questions or comments about
Cinekatipunan write to
Cinekatipunan programs precede Mag:net Café's nightly
holding of Live Performances by well-known and
emerging bands and musicians. Mag:net Café is located
along Katipunan Avenue (fronting Miriam and Ateneo) in
Quezon City. For more inquiries please call 9293191 or
visit #


April 16 (Monday)
Asian Dance Films: Wall (Malaysia) and Hitchiking

James Lee: WALL ( 2006 MiniDV Color 13 min)
Language: Mandarin

Synopsis: Between the Man and his love one lies a
wall. Between the Man and his country lies another
wall. It's just a matter of dialogue and monologue.

"Wall" dance choreography by: Amy Len

Director’s Biography:
Born in 1973, Ipoh, Malaysia. Trained as a graphic
designer. A self-taught filmmaker, he began acting &
directing theatre plays before venturing into video

"The Beautiful Washing Machine", his fourth
DV-feature, won the Best Asean Feature Award and
FIPRESCI Prize in the 2005 Bangkok International Film
Festival. He also produced Amir Muhammad's award
winning documentary "The Big Durian" and Ho Yuhang's
He also works as a director of photography for
independent shorts and features. Which includes two
award winning works, Tan Chui Mui's "Love Conquers
All" and Azharr Rudin's "Majidee".

Jin-sung Choi : HITCHHIKING (2004 35mm Color
30min 30sec)
Language: Korean

Synopsis: It's the first trip together for a couple
that has been dating for about six months. To get out
of boredom, a guy demands for new kind of excitement
from his girlfriend and 'not she' but 'she' ends up
'hitchhiking' himself.

Director's Statement: I wanted to unfold a story about
'dating is hell' in a dry, fantasy tale, in showing
difficulties in communication and weariness found
after six months in a relationship.

Director’s Biography:
Born in 1975, Ulsan. Graduated from Sugang University,
Department of Mass Communications Independent Film
Production 'Freakshow'

Awards and citations for "Hitchhiking" :
Best Short Film, 3rd Korean Film Award (2004,
Jury's Special Mention, Busan Asian Short Film
Festival (2004, Korea)
Best Video Film & Special Mention, 21st Turin
Int'l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (2006, Italy)
3rd Prize in Press Award for Best Film, 11th
Lyon Asian Film Festival (2005, France)

April 17 (Tuesday)
Ron Magbuhos Papag: FETAD! People’s Theatre Cordillera

FETAD! People’s Theatre Cordillera (65 mins, 2007) - A
cinema verite’documentary- performance. Theatre artists
from Metro Manila and Baguio City engaged in “Peoples
Theatre”, return to the origin of their performance
piece, the Basao Tribe, located in located in Kalinga
Province in Northern Philippines.

Produced by Point of View (POV) Productions for

[Direction: Ron Magbuhos Papag; Producer: Aya Santos;
Script: Ron Magbuhos Papag and Edwin Quinsayas]

April 18 (Wednesday)
6 PM: UNCENSORED BODIES - A Dance On Screen Series
Featuring films from the International Festival of
Cinema and Technology, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Paul
Morales, Romeo Candido, Keith Sicat

Video works on dance, dance archives. UNCENSORED
BODIES are screenings of Filipino contemporary dance
works that capture the magic of this ephemeral art
form (from in
collaboration with the International Festival of
Cinema and Technology (IFCT).

IFCT Dance Film Showcase (from

Wings of Legacy (Directed by Neeta Mittal, USA)
"Wings of Legacy" is the story of two women from a
world full of movement and a heart of dance that has
no boundaries. "Hip-hop and ballet were chosen as
motifs to represent the contradictory entities of
youth and wisdom, ability and disability, life and

The Plight of Clownana (Directed by Chris Dowling,
It is about a man who has a job as a store's dancing
mascot that is half-clown, half-banana. A dancing
fight begins between the Clown Banana mascot and the
dancing mascot of the competing store across the

Desperate Horsewife (Directed by Paul Lazarus, USA)
Parody of a musical theatre film involving an
unconventional love triangle.

Tiny Dancer (Directed by Stefan Georgiou, UK)
Very rarely do dreams actually come true but that
doesn't make it wrong to have them. How do you deal
with not doing what you love? You Do It.

Contrapunto (Directed by Jean-Pierre Jacquet,
Hand-drawn animation of a dancing couple in Buenos
Aires, exploring the details of the tango.

The Double Woman (Directed by Carla B Guttmann,
The Double Woman is a film about a modern dancer who
confronts her childhood in a haunting, carnal dance.
As she contorts and moves her body, childhood ghosts
and memories are released. It is a film about the
secrets the body hides and how one woman frees herself
through movement.

Hand Sum (Directed by Eva Colmers, Canada)
Miro moves through life without much conviction until
a magical incident helps her escape her daily routine.

Rules of the Road (Directed by Deborah VanSlet,
Rules of the Road is a dance video on hitchhiking ; a
metaphor for the calculated risk. The video
expresses both the exhilaration and the anxiety
associated with taking a chance and breaking out for
parts unknown.

Salomon (Directed by Deborah Kuleff, Australia)
Narrative Dance piece that is a record of a woman's
journey to rediscover her past.

A Two Women One Act (Directed by Vanessa Libertad
Garcia, USA)
A dramatic period piece featuring Latin dance

Magnetized (Directed by Lynn Shelton, USA)
Music video for Laura Veirs

Sea Mammal (Directed by Fiona Cameron, Australia)
An atmospheric dance piece featuring a pregnant woman

Beyond Time (Directed by Passia Pandora, Canada)
"Weaving metaphor into dance, filmmaker Passia Pandora
explores the nuanced world of personal grief."

With Makiling Ensemble, Myra Beltran and Airdance

April 19 (THURSDAY)
Films by Visual Artists (Curated by Poklong Anading)
Cocoy Lumbao: VANGUARD

Cocoy Lumbao has been involved in video-based art
exhibitions in Manila and is a graduate of the Film
and Audiovisual Program at the University of the
Philippines Diliman. He was one of the students of Big
Sky Mind founder and director Ringo Bunoan and was
also included in the latter’s groundbreaking Satellite
exhibition for the 13 Artists Award held at the
Cultural Center of the Philippines. Lumbao is also a
founding member of the Future Prospects Artists’
Association, along with Mizuki Endo, Louie Cordero,
Cocoy Lumbao and Gary-Ross Pastrana.

April 20 (FRIDAY)
Curated and to be presented by Nika Bohinc, visiting
editor of the 45-year old film magazine Ekran.

Jan CvitkoviÄ? : GRAVEHOPPING (Original title: Od
groba do groba, 2005)
(shown with permission from the director)
Running Time: 103 minutes

Synopsis: Pero is a professional funeral speaker in a
small Slovenian town. His unique gift is to make every
funeral that extra bit special. Pero just can't help
turning his eulogies into witty personal confessions
that bring the grieving crowd to tears for all the
wrong reasons.
At home Pero is busy trying to intercept his father's
frequent but hopelessly inept suicide attempts.
Meanwhile he also seeks to win the heart of local girl
Renata, who bears secrets beneath her innocent blonde
curls. In all his daily fortunes and misfortunes Pero
is assisted by his devote friend and fan Shooki.
Although quite capable of enjoying life, Shooki often
ponders about death and makes his own funeral plans.
The otherworldly Ida has a weak spot for him and makes
sure to cross his path ever more often. It remains to
be seen whether Pero and his companions will succeed
in their search for intimacy and love in the absurd
chaos that is life.

In such a seemingly innocent setting Gravehopping
accumulates force and a dark abyss looms behind every
moment of happiness - and the other way round.
Director Jan Cvitkovic plays with the themes of heaven
and earth, life and death. His characters live on the
edge between the two worlds and they do not always end
up on the side on which they would prefer to be.

Gravehopping link:
Interview with director:
*interview conducted by our host for evening, Ekran
editor Nika Bohinc

AWARDS: IFF San Sebastian 2005 award Alatadis for best
first and second film of festival IFF Warshaw award
SEECN for best film by accredited industry
professionals IFF Cottbus Award for Best film, Award
for Best Film by Ecumenical Jury IFF Torino Award
for Best film by Festival Jury, Award for best Script
IFF Ljubljana, Special Jury Mention Award Slovene
Film Festival Portorož 2005 Award for the best
Slovene film 2005, Awards for best side actor and
actress IFF Spirit of fire 2006 Khanty Mansisk
Silver Tayga second best film Award, Award for most
impressive film scene IFF Sofia, No Man's Land Best
Balkan Film Award IFF Festroia Setubal, Silver
Dolphin Award second best film, Award CICAE IFF Pali
“ Golden Tower“ best film of the festival IFF Pecs :
award for Best Cinematographer, Award for Best Actor,
Audience Award IFF Torun Special Jury award, Award
Zygmund Kaluzynski - for most extraordinary scene in
film IFF Nordeliijk: Student Jury Award Slovenian
candidate for Oscar Award for foreign language film

April 21 (SATURDAY)
with UP Film Institute Thesis Productions, selected by
Armi Cacanindin

Sneak Preview: Para sa Kabataan (For the Youth)
Felina Bagas is a Filipina filmmaker, scriptwriter,
video editor and musician whose short films have been
screened locally and abroad. She dedicates the work to
“all the poor children of the Philippines who struggle
everyday so they could get an education” and to “those
who continue to fight for real freedom”.

Reyna ng Kadiliman (Queen of Darkness)
Pam Miras is a writer and a segment producer for
television. She graduated with a film degree at the
University of the Philippines College of Mass
Communications in 1999, the same year she completed
her first short feature “Reyna ng Kadiliman”.This film
won several awards in 2000, including the First Prize
for the Short Feature Category of the 13th Gawad CCP
Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula and the 23rd Gawad
Urian Award for Best Short Film.

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