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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Duda / Doubt to Screen In Cebu

Finally, after a month of preparation Grupong Sinehan's Duda / Doubt will finally be shown in Cebu through SineBuano's event called "SALIDA: A Touch of Pink" on August 13, 2005 at 7pm.

The film earned director Chris Pablo two Best Director nomintations for both the 2004 New York Asian American Film Festival and at the Barcelona International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Chris Pablo and Grupong Sinehan has made "Bathhouse" and is currently shooting "Bilog".

For those who don't know who Chris Pablo is here's something from Grupong Sinehan's website:

"Chris Pablo is an in-house director for GMA 7 for ceaseless nine years. His forte in documentary directing has conferred honors to high-rating and multi-awarded “Emergency” and “I-Witness” programs. The episode “SELDA INOSENTE” won for GMA 7 the Best Documentary for Television Award during the 2003 UNICEF Asian Television Awards.

A graduate of BA Film from the University of the Philippines, Pablo has exemplified his passion for movie making. To his credits, he has written and directed several short films that are socially relevant drama and documentary advocacy. Among his short films are “LATE BLOOM” and “SLOW MOTION” produced by JICA in 1998, “NGAYONG GABI” in 1999 and “TATLONG ULIT” in 2000. These short films composed the Adolescent Educational Video Series toured around the country to caution teenagers and young adults about the transitional period as vulnerable to destructive, risk-taking behavioral patterns. The project was spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Among his other critically acclaimed works are:

  • SA IYONG PAGGISING – a family’s struggle to deal with a schizophrenic member. It was a finalist in the 2001 Star awards for Television Philippines.

  • LIGAYA’S CHOICE - a documentary on AIDS and the sex worker. The documentary was commissioned by the Sky Cable Information Channel.

  • SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE – a TV magazine program on AIDS. It was commissioned by the Department of Health, STD-AIDS Unit, and JICA AIDS. It was aired over Cable Channel 63.

Currently, Pablo is rolling the camera for his independent digital movie projects that would surely encourage local filmmakers to shift medium. “BATH HOUSE” is expected to wraps camera rolling by mid-November; “KUNG DI MAN IKAW”, to be produced be Center for Restorative Justice in Asia, aims for an out of competition special screening during the Metro Manila Film Festival 2004 in December; and “SERIAL KILLER” to be shot early 2005.

The success of Pablo’s attempt to commercialize independent digital video movie-making is a clear indication that movies need not be expensive… requiring a big crew to move, set up and operate equipment as well as casting multi-million peso star.

Salida: A Touch Of Pink will be held at Handuraw Events Cafe on August 13, 2005 at 7pm. Tickets are available at the gate at 100 pesos with free slice of pizza or beer.


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