Costanilla: New film group’s challenge

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, March 30, 2014

REACTION. Our article last week on our challenge for campus acting clubs to produce stage productions and come up with an inter-university stage play competition elicited a reaction from a Spotlighter who requested anonymity. A retired university professor, she said that campus stage plays do not necessarily promote camaraderie and talent of the campus stars. She based this on her own experience when she was still teaching a few years back. According to her, they used to produce stage plays but two of their female stars were impregnated by one of the actors, so they decided to stop producing campus plays.

Drastic. We told the retired professor that their move was so drastic simply because of that unfortunate incident. They could have simply ousted or blacklisted those involved in the incident without stopping the production of campus plays. But she stressed that their decision was meant to completely prevent the repetition of that ugly incident. In fact, she added, the parents of those two female stars would have sued all of them (from the director to the last assistant) but eventually changed their mind.

Isolated. To our mind, that unfortunate incident was an isolated case and should not have been used as the reason for the university to ban campus plays forever. We are personally aware that the institution has plenty of students whose talent can be utilized for campus stage plays. For us, campus stage productions are an effective vehicle for talented students to shine onstage and even harness their potential to become professional artists should they decide to focus as entertainers in the future.


Challenge. We have another challenge to throw, this time to the newly organized Cebu Film Connection (CFC) led by local indie actress Bambi Beltran and Marlon Hofer of the Cebu City mayor’s office. CFC should start tapping possible movie producers here to make their presence felt by coming up with short films as their first step. We believe that producing and screening of short films can be done in other months of the year, not necessarily during the annual Sinulog short film festival period. We also suggest that once short films are ready for screening, a special arrangement with local cinemas can be done to allow the showing of these flicks either as the first film during the day or shortly before the last screening of a full-length Tagalog or Hollywood movie. We are sure local cinemas are more than willing and ready to cooperate in this regard. CFC should start moving now.

Showing. This reminds us of what happened to a full-length Visayan movie, Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot, that California-based director Dandin Ranillo produced two years ago. Sadly, until now, the movie has not yet been shown in local cinemas. We were told that proper scheduling or getting of the appropriate play date is the problem. We were also informed that Ranillo tried to negotiate with a major television network in Manila that has its own movie outfit to act as distributor of his Visayan movie but nothing positive has been reached.

Impressive. Ranillo’s movie should be screened as soon as possible so that the general public would have a chance to view a truly impressive Visayan film. We have seen the entire film during a media conference that he did here and we found Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot a very nice production. It would be a waste of Ranillo’s time, effort and money if his maiden directorial job is not shown. Actually, this film is a remake of the 1969 movie of the same title.

Commend. We commend the national leadership of the Publishers’ Association of the Philippines Inc. (Papi) for coming up with several activities that are designed to encourage active participation of its officers even those coming from its provincial chapters. Papi national president Louie Arriola and the rest of the club’s national officers are doing an awarding ceremony and a musicale on April 2 at Cafe Astana in Makati City. In the program, Papi Cebu will be represented by chapter president Engr. Greg Senining, this writer as vice president and Loy Jurado, treasurer. Andy Manatad, Papi vice president for Visayas, will also join the Cebu delegation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2014.


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