Let’s talk about movies.
Many people love watching movies, some make films… and a few crazy ones, like Laurence here, help organize festivals of regional films, or stories of people outside the centers of politico-economic zones, captured in moving pictures.
1. What’s the last movie you saw in cinema and with whom?
Last film I saw in the cinema is The Healing with a friend who’s also a horror film buff.
2. What’s the next movie you’re going to watch on big screen?
Either Les Miserables, The Hobbit, Lincoln, or Cloud Atlas. So many interesting films are coming soon.
3. Who’s that actor/actress you wanna sleep with hahaha
Hahahaha. Tough one. Probably Anne Hathaway or Anne Curtis.
4. Is there a film that made a huge impact in your childhood in one way or another?
I think that would be Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe, starring Tom Taus. It was the first film I saw on the big screen. I still remember vividly the shock I felt when I saw gigantic human faces flashing before me. Nakakaduling. Haha!
5. What film genre are you most comfy watching?
I am particularly interested in horror films. They have that potency to keep me awake even when I am terribly itching to hit the sack.
6. What movies have made you cry like stupid?
Cinema Paradiso, which has some of the best melodramatic moments ever committed to celluloid, made me bawl like crazy. So did Dekada ’70.
7. What’s your all-time favorite film (international and local)?
The Godfather is my all-time favorite film. Fellini’s 8 ½ is a close-second. From local cinema, it would be a toss-up between Dekada ’70 and Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag. And perhaps even Aguila.
8. If you are to pitch a movie, what story are you going to tell?
Perhaps a love story between two national democratic fighters. Or a tale of political intrigue set in an academic unit in UPLB. haha
9. Do you follow the works of a certain director?
10. Why should the Philippines watch regional films?
The Manila-centric character of our film industry has relegated the narratives of our regional communities to the margins. Now, regional cinema articulates these silenced stories and we are enjoined to listen to these regional voices as they collectively weave the narrative of the nation. Regional cinema is the new national cinema
Laurence is the Logistics head of Cinemarehiyon 5, faculty member of the UPLB Department of Humanities, and graduate student of Philippine Studies in UP Diliman.
Cinema Rehiyon 5 is co-presented by UPLB Foundation Inc. and Pelikulab. The much-awaited film festival will be in UPLB on February 5-8, 2013.
Cinema Rehiyon is the flagship project of Cinema Committee of National Commission for Culture and the Arts.