Concentrated Nonsense (cinema edition)


Criticine 5
November 30, 2008, 5:33 pm
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New issue.

Survey question:
Why and for whom do you film today?
Why and for whom do you write/work today?

Interviews:
Edwin (by Alexis Tioseco)
Faozan Rizal (by Eric Sasono)
Sasithorn Ariyavicha (by Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn)

Features:
Tan Chui Mui’s notes made in the dark
Ben Slater on the writing of Saint Jack
Vinita Ramani on coming out of the film school closet

Reviews:
Kong Rithdee on Apichatpong Weerasetheakul’s Syndromes and a Century
Vinita Ramani on Amir Muhammad’s Village People Radio Show



ASEACC Final Screening Schedule
November 17, 2008, 7:45 pm
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Venues:
(1)
Ateneo De Manila University
Faura AVR, between Dela Costa and PIPAC
Seating Capacity: 80-100

(2)
MOGWAI FILM BAR
Cubao Expo (formerly Marikina Shoe Exchange)
Romulo Avenue, Araneta Center
Seating Capacity (40)

November 18

Ateneo

10:30am:

Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) 85 minutes
Related paper:
Nathalie Boehler, Universität Zürich, Switzerland:
Exploring the Impact of Regional Storytelling in Contemporary Thai Film
*(Panel 10: Aesthetics of Indie Cinema)

1:00pm:

Serbis (Brillante Mendoza) 90 minutes
Related papers:
Gary C. Devilles, Ateneo de Manila University:
The Pornography of Poverty in Serbis and Tribu
*(Panel 1: Contemporary Philippine Independent Cinema)

Alvin B. Yapan, Ateneo:
The Aesthetic of the Meandering Camera: An Analysis of three Filipino Independent Films
*(Panel 1: Contemporary Philippine Independent Cinema)

Related panel:
*Panel 13: Dialogues with Filmmakers II: The Aesthetics of Poverty

3:00pm:

Tribu (Jim Libiran) 95 minutes
Related paper:
Gary C. Devilles, Ateneo de Manila University:
The Pornography of Poverty in Serbis and Tribu
*(Panel 1: Contemporary Philippine Independent Cinema)

Related panel:
*Panel 13: Dialogues with Film makers II: The Aesthetics of Poverty

5:00pm:

Ayat-Ayat Cinta aka Verses of Love (Hanung Bramantyo) 130 minutes
Related paper:
Tito Imanda, New York University:
Islamic Cinema in Indonesia: God Words Using Market or the Other Way Around
*(Panel 6: Cinema in Indonesia)

Mogwai

4:30pm:

They Call Her…Cleopatra Wong (Bobby Suarez) 110 minutes
Related panel:
*Panel 5: The other Independents: B-Movies and Grindhouse Films from the Philippines

7:00pm:

Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) 122 minutes
Related paper:
May A. Ingawanij, Westminster University:
Sounds from life and the redemption of experience in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films
*(Panel 10: Aesthetics of Indie Cinema)

9:30pm:

*Heremias Book Two: The Legend of Tagabulag Island (Lav Diaz)
* 2-hour rough-cut

Related panel:
Panel 8: Dialogues with film makers I: Lav Diaz


November 19

Ateneo
10:30am:

Post-Modern Kundiman (short film/Dir: Elvin Valerio)
Mansyon (short film/Dir: Joel Ruiz)
Putot (short film/Dir: Jeck Cogama)
Related paper:
Elvin Amerigo Valerio, De La Salle University Dasmariñas:
The Cinema of the Other ‘Other’: National and Cultural Identity in Filipino Alternative Cinema
*(Panel 1: Contemporary Philippine Independent Cinema)

12:30pm:

Ranchero (Michael Cardoz)
Related papers:
Patrick Campos, University of the Philippines:
Independent as discussed, defined, refined in the Cinemalaya Film Congress
*(Panel 9 – Indie Cinema and Audiences)

Alvin B. Yapan, Ateneo:
The Aesthetic of the Meandering Camera: An Analysis of three Filipino Independent Films
*(Panel 10: Aesthetics of Indie Cinema)

2:30pm:

Love for Share (Nia Dinata) 120 minutes
Related paper:
Kimberly Twarog, ULCA:
What Makes a Film “Feminist?” Reviewing Feminist Tactics in Nia Dinata’s Chants of Lotus and Love for share
*(Panel 12: Gender Issues in Independent Cinema)

5:00pm:

Works by Political Film Collectives
Related panel:
*Panel 12: Political Film Collectives

7:00pm:

The Gravel Road (Deepak Kumaron Menon)
Related paper:
Wan Zawawi Ibrahim, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya:
The “Indian Story” in Malaysia: Positioning the films of Malaysian Indie film maker Deepak Menon in the “National Cinema” discourse
*(Panel 3: Independent Film in Indonesia and Malaysia)

Mogwai

4:30pm:

Ploning (Dante Nico Garcia) 106 minutes
Related paper:
Katrina Stuart Santiago, University of the Philippines:
Acts of Defiance: Or When Superstars Lend Themselves to the Notion of Independence
*(Panel 1: Contemporary Philippine Independent Cinema)

Veronica Isla, University of Asia and the Pacific:
On the reception of Microcinemas in the Philippines
*(Panel 9 – Indie Cinema and Audiences)

6:30pm:

Isan Special (Mingmongkol Sonakul) 112 minutes
Related paper:
Nathalie Boehler,Universität Zürich, Switzerland:
Exploring the Impact of Regional Storytelling in Contemporary Thai Film
*(Panel 10: Aesthetics of Indie Cinema)

8:30pm:

Love Conquers All (Tan Chui Mui) 90 minutes
Related paper:
Ma Ran, University of Hong Kong:
Circulating a Minor Asian Cinema: Brandnaming Dahuang Pics at the International Film Fest Circuit
*(Panel 11: The Global and the Local)



5th ASEACC (November 18-22)
November 17, 2008, 5:10 am
Filed under: philippine cinema

The 5th Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas conference takes place from Tuesday to Saturday this week in Manila, with the theme “States of Independence”. ‘State’ here is meant in the sense of condition. That’s Kidlat Tahimik’s bamboo camera in the jazzy poster above, by the way.

I’ve always looked back fondly at the first Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (held in NUS in Singapore in 2004). On a shallow level because it was the first event outside of the Philippines in which I was invited to speak, more significantly because it was the occasion where I first made the acquaintance of several people I now have the pleasure of calling friends.

Included among those present were filmmakers Ho Yuhang (who had just finished the TV feature Min), Tan Chui Mui (before she made A Tree in Tanjung Malim) and Lulu Ratna (of the Indonesian Boemboe distribution), scholars Antonio Sison (who has written extensively on the work of Kidlat Tahimik), Rolando Tolentino (former director of the UP Film Institute with an interest Filipino cinema, pop culture and politics), Katinka Van Hereen (scholar on Indonesian Independent film), Hassan Muthalib (walking memory bank of Malaysian cinema) and Khoo Gaik Cheng (conference intiator, professor, writer on Malaysian culture), Marie Le Sourd (working at the time for the cultural arm of the Asia-Europe Foundation), Yuni Hadi (new co-director of Singapore International Film Festival, then Programmer Manager of the Substation) and, briefly, Tan Bee Thiam (for whom the Asian Film Archive was still a modest idea at the time, if one at all).

It was at that first conference as well, where the idea to start Criticine took shape (it went online a year and a half later).

The Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference has become an annual affair since then, traveling each year to another major city in Southeast Asia. From Bangkok in 2005 to Kuala Lumpur in 2006, from Jakarta in 2007 to, now, Manila in 2008.

It’s been with great pleasure (and a modest degree of stress!) that the local organizing committee comprised of Rolando Tolentino, Kiri Dalena, Bono Olgado, Tilman Baumgärtel, Mervin Espina and myself have put together this years conference. And we’re a little proud of what is in store.

A new element to the annual event is the screenings of films that will be discussed in the papers and panels of the conference itself (note: films will be screened from digital sources). The screenings will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday (November 18 & 19) at Ateneo de Manila’s Faura AVR and at Mogwai Film Bar in the Cubao Expo. Screenings schedule, complete with citation of the panel in which the film will be discussed, can be found here.

The conference proper will take place in Leong Hall in Ateneo de Manila University and begins Wednesday (November 20) morning with an opening presentation by Kidlat Tahimik, continues Thursday and Friday with paper presentations as well as panel discussions (with guests speakers Philip Cheah, Ben Slater, Armando “Bing” Lao, Lav Diaz, Jim Libiran and Khavn de la Cruz, among others), before ending Friday evening with closing remarks by Benedict Anderson, author of such books as Under Three Flags, Spectres of Comparison and of course, Imagined Communities. The conference programme in it’s entirety can be found here.

For those interested to attend you can register live at the venue. Please visit the conference website for more information or e-mail (aseacc08manila at gmail.com). And of course, you may visit the event’s requisite facebook page.




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