The Last Pinoy Action King, a documentary on the late action star Rudy Fernandez, opened the 2015 Quezon City Film Festival at Gateway Cinema 1 in Araneta Center on Thursday, October 22.
In attendance for the premier were Mayor Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista, Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte, the widow of Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, and their sons Raprap and Renz, the docu directors Andrew Leavold and Daniel Palisa from Australia, Film Academy of the Philippines Director- General Leo G. Martinez, Directors Jose N. Carreon and Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao, Scriptwriter Jose ‘Pete’ Lacaba and MTRCB member Marra Lanot-Lacaba, Quezon City officials and guests from the Academe and the film industry.
Rudy Fernandez, more popularly called Daboy, was regarded as the next action superstar after Fernando Poe Jr. He succumbed to cancer in 2008.
Directors Leavold and Palisa reconstructed the life and career of Daboy using family film clips, rare photos, TV interviews, actual footages from his films and interviews with relatives, co-stars and friends who were close to Daboy. The docu has a running time of one hour and 36 minutes.
The filmfest will run from October 22 to 31 and will also feature competitions for feature length films directed by new local filmmakers as well as documentary films. These will be under the sections Circle Competition for New Filmmakers and DoQC International Documentary.
The filmfest will be held in the Quezon City Museum, Trinoma Cinema, Gateway Cinema and Robinson’s Galleria Cinemas.
The finalists for the Circle Competition include Water Lemon by Lemuel Lorca; Kapatiran by Pepe Diokno; Iisa by Chuck Gutierrez; Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Mang Patalo by Mihk Vergara; Gayuma by Cesar Hernando; Sleepless by Prime Cruz; Matangtubig by Jet Leyco; and Apocalypse Child by Mario Cornejo & Monster Jimenez.
Meanwhile, the DoQC International Documentary Competition finalists are Of Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, and Sashimi by Perry Dizon; The Crescent Rising by Sheron Dayoc; Audio Perpetua by Universe Baldoza; Translacion: Ang Paglalakad sa Altar ng Alanganin by Will Fredo; and Bingat by Choy Pangilinan, Qubry Quesada, Joolia Demigillo & Abet Umil.
The festival will also feature other film sections such as Screen International; Rainbow QC; Music Genius; Asian Cinema; Special Screening; Special Halloween Screening; Tribute to Screenwriter Lualhati Bautista; Indie Nacional; Reloaded; and Throwback Ticket.
QCIFF 2015 will also feature seminars and lectures through the Qcinema Forum Series. The schedule is as follows:
October 26—Competition directors will talk about production of their films in Reality Bites: DoQC Documentary Filmmakers and Indie Circle: Circle Competition Filmmakers. Playwright and film critic Ed Cabagnot will preside over the open forum.
October 27—Panel discussion entitled The Heneral Luna Revolution: Game Changer in Film which will be moderated by Interaksyon editor-in-chief Roby Alampay.
Experts from the First Academy of Computer Arts (FACA) will talk about animation and the processes involved in this 21st century art form.
Australian docu director Andrew Leavold, who co-directed the Rudy Fernandez docu, will talk on the history of local films in a discourse entitled Classic Films, Cult Movies and Sleeper Hits. Joining him are Leo Katigbak, head of the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project; and multi-award winning editor Manet Dayrit.
Panel discussion on From Concept Development to Final Draft with screenwriters Monster Jimenez, Lilit Reyes, Jen Chuaunsu, Bryan Gonzales, Arnel Marduquio and actress Jinky Laurel.
October 29—Film critic and writer Philbert Dy will moderate Global Film Platforms with guest speakers Roger Garcia who will talk about the state of the international festival circuit, and Lorna Tee who will talk on the business of international film financing.
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