Jul 30
OVERLOOKED FILMS, UNDERRATED FILMMAKERS by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Jul 30, 2010

The Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA), in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will screen at the CCP’s Tanghalang Manuel Conde six ‘overlooked’ Filipino films helmed by seven ‘underrated’ filmmakers. The series will show one film a month starting in August. All screenings wll ne held from 2 to 5 p.m.


The schedule of the film showings is as follows:

August 14—Krimen: Kayo Ang Humatol Directed by Jun Raquiza (1974)

September 11—Masquerade Directed by Danny Zialcita (1967)

October 9—Kasal o Sakal Directed by Efren Reyes & Johnny Reyes (1964)

November 13—Ito ang Pilipino Directed by Cesar Gallardo (1966)

December 11—Gaano Kita Kamahal Directed by Butch Perez (1993)

January 15—Waray-Waray Directed by F.H. Constantino (1954)

For more information, send an email to sofiaphils@gmail.com or contact 0920-2836393.

The festival message stresses the rationale for the first series of screenings:

“This film series aims to re-assess certain films and filmmakers, by taking a second look at their unjustly neglected bodies of work, and even restore a few reputations in the process. This will help to expand the repertoire of Philippine cinema, by going beyond the programming of the usual auteurs and masterpiece titles. There will be much to discover, and rediscover, by rounding up not the usual suspects.

“For now, the initial batch of films/filmmakers will be limited to six. As more “lost” and neglected films come to the surface from here and other parts of the world, this film series will continue to run, without an expiry date.”

SOFIA was organized in 1993 by a group of professionals engaged in some form of archiving. It was initially known as the Society of Film Archivists. Without funds, office and archiving facilities, the group members were fueled simply by their passion for film and their resolve to preserve the film heritage of the country.

SOFIA identified specific needs for the retrieval and restoration of endangered films. It also organized short-term training workshops in preservation and collection management, and offered to advice various institutions in their archiving programs.

With the assistance coming from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, SOFIA was able to restore some landmark films, including the first film produced by LVN in 1938-1939 and some key films by major filmmakers like Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

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