The 18th French Film Festival Cebu 2013

18th French Film Festival 2013

It’s time once again for film festivals galore and we kick off with films from the birthplace of cinema and the home of the mother of film festivals the Cannes Film Fesitival, France. Presented by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance française de Manille and Institut Français, under the French cultural program, FrancoPhil, the annual French Film Festival opened to the public last June 6 to 9, 2013  for the Luzon Leg and today, July 5 to 6, 2013 for the Visayas Leg.

This year’s Visayas Leg of the 18th French Film Festival begins today Friday July 5  and ends on Saturday July 6. Once again we thank our friends at Alliance Francaise, Ayala Center Cebu , and the French Embassy of Manila for having this film festival free of charge. Now on its 18th run, this year’s festival officially started its first leg last June 7 to 9 at the at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City, its second leg here at the Ayala Center Cebu. The current selection is quite interesting which has a little bit of something for everyone.

One of the highlights of the selection is De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) a Cannes Film Festival Entry. The film competed for the Palme d’Or , the highest prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and received positive early reviews and a ten-minute standing ovation at the end of its screening. It also got and won several awards and nominations in different international film festivals. Another film  Le Prénom (What’s in a Name?), the opening film for Luzon Leg which got a limited screening since it was invitational only is very much open to the viewing public here in Cebu. So let’s consider ourselves lucky for the opportunity.  Below are the Screening Schedules and Film Synopses. The films are screened consecutively throughout the two day run but there are no repeats due to a shorter schedule and venue availability. Seating is first come first served.

So,let’s  enjoy the festival and immerse ourselves in the magic of cinema avec la culture extraordinaires de France.

SCREENING SCHEDULE

Date Film Title & Rating Time Synopsis
July 5, 2013 Cycling with Moliere (2013) PG13
“Alceste à bicyclette”
1:00 – 2:45 PM More info
Camille Rewinds (2012) PG13
“Camille redouble”
3:05 – 5:00 PM More info
The Dandelions (2012) PG13
“Du vent dans mes mollets”
5:20 – 7:00 PM More info
Rust and Bone (2012) PG13
“De rouille et d’os”
7:00 – 9:15 PM More info
July 6, 2013 What’s in a Name? (2012) G
“Le prénom”
1:00 – 2:50 PM More info
Screening Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

 

SYNOPSIS

Cycling with Moliere (2013) – “Alceste à bicyclette”  

Cycling with Moliere - "Alceste à bicyclette"

A once great actor, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini), has retired from the limelight. Too much pressure meant that one day, he simply decided he would act no more. For the past three years, he has lived in solitude on the Île de Ré, spending his time cycling through the windswept landscape. Fellow actor Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière’s play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the title role. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world. It would be wonderful to see him return in that part. But Serge plays hard to get. Instead of committing, he suggests they rehearse together for the week. Things look to be going well, especially when a mysterious Italian divorcee (Maya Sansa) brings a romantic spark into his life. With the play’s producer, Gauthier’s agent and his lover all arriving on the island at the weekend, the pressure is on Serge to make up his mind. Is he merely toying with Gauthier, or does he really intend to take to the stage once more?

  More on IMDB

Camille Rewinds (2012) – “Camille redouble”

Camille Rewinds - Camille redouble"

Camille was only sixteen and still in high school when she fell in love with Eric, another student. They later married and a child and were happy for a while. But now twenty-five years have passed and Eric leaves her for a younger woman. Bitter and desperate Camille drinks so much liquor at a New Year Eve’s party that she falls into an ethylic coma and she finds herself… propelled into her own past! Camille is sixteen again when she wakes up this morning, her parents are not dead anymore and she must go to school, where she will meet her schoolmates and, of course, Eric. Is she going to fall for him again and… be miserable twenty-five years later? Or will she avoid him with the result never having her beloved daughter? Who ever said that time traveling was fun?  More on IMDB

The Dandelions (2012) – “Du vent dans mes mollets”

The Dandelions - "Du vent dans mes mollets" 2012

The heroine of this charming comedy sparkling with Jewish humour is 9 years old. Her name is Rachel Gladstein and she suffers from the excessive quantities of love and meatballs lavished on her by her over-caring parents. She can hardly wait for school to restart and, when it does, her life is turned on its head. She gets to know Valérie and the two become friends. Rachel enjoys the fact that life at Valérie’s place is so much more relaxed than at home and makes the most of it. Alongside the two excellent young actors playing the girls, Denis Podalydès and Agnès Jaoui are brilliant as Rachel’s parents.  More on IMDB

Rust and Bone (2012) – “De rouille et d’os”

Rust and Bone (2012) - "De rouille et d'os"

A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair. Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister’s house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie’s position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with Ali — a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life.  More on IMDB

What’s in a Name? (2012) – “Le prénom”

What's in a Name (2012) - "Le prénom"

Vincent will be a father for the first time at the age of 40. Invited for a dinner at Peter and Elizabeth’s place, his sister and brother, he finds there his childhood friend, Claude. Before the arrival of Anna, his young wife, people start to question him about his future fatherhood… But when asked if Vincent has already chosen a name for his unborn child, the scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.  More on IMDB

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Happy Halloween, All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, & Dia de los Muertos 2012!!!

A re-post of an earlier article I made which I try to update occasionally, this has become a traditional annual post. If you have anything you could add or suggest feel free to do so. This post comes a little late this year but not that much. :)

As the festivity/holiday approaches (which ever part of the cultural plethora you are) as my original intention was to present a different view and cultural significance on the very much commercialized holiday Halloween known by many other names in different cultures but more or less hold a similar celebration in honor of those who have long gone past the borders of the living through facts, fiction, various cultural interpretations, literature, and film. Enjoy the holidays and celebrate the true essence of Halloween whichever part of the world you are in.

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Official Creative Pitstop Halloween Mascot

Official Creative Pitstop Halloween Mascot

 

Happy Halloween, All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, & Dia de los Muertos to everyone!!! Its the time of year again in the western part of the world where children and adults alike celebrate a tradition called Halloween. On evening of October 31 children of all ages celebrate Halloween donning costumes, having parties and going house to house within the neighborhood trick or treating for candy and other goodies. Normally we Filipinos do not celebrate Halloween since it is not our culture but through the years, the commercialization of Halloween in terms of movies, novelty items, and sweets eventually reached our shores. As early as July you will find many Halloween Items in malls, department stores, and bookstores. Though due to social and cultural differences, trick or treating is not practiced but guising or wearing a costume is very much a requirement during Halloween Parties and Balls be it for the children or for the grown-ups.

Halloween Monsters

Halloween Monsters

The celebration of Halloween not traditionally our own, but it may have been brought into our culture when the Americans came during the occupation in World War II. However,  having been under Spanish rule for 300 years the Filipino Culture is very much ingrained with the Spanish. Instead, we celebrate the Spanish and Catholic Tradition of  All Saint’ s Day and All Soul’ s Day locally referred to as Araw ng mg Patay(Tagalog/Filipino) and Adlaw sa Minatay(Cebuano/Visayan), Day of the Dead(English) with some of its customs and traditions are also intertwined with its Mexican counterpart Dia De Los Muertos(Day of the Dead).

Many other cultures and religions have traditional celebrations of Life and Death. Here is Asia we have several festivals or celebrations similar yet quite different to our own  to our own which lasts from several days to a month. In Japan we have the Bon Festival, in Korea we have Chuseok, and in China we have Qingming/Ghost Festival.

Surprisingly, all of the three celebrations quite similar in terms of customs and traditions although somewhat different all at the same time. There is information available regrading the origins of Halloween and the other similar festivals.  The subject of Halloween has always been a debate in Religious Organizations. For the curios and for those who want to know, the articles “The Real Origins of Halloween” and “Halloween Errors and Lies” provide information with both religious, cultural, and historical  significance making for an interesting read separating fact from fiction.

A break form the usual Horror Fest available to cable or on TV, I recommend the following videos for you to watch. Not only are they entertaining, they also provide education information regarding the subject exploring culture, myth, and adventure. Two of which are Halloween Specials and one is a multi-awarded movie. The first video is a well loved animated feature entitled “The Halloween Tree” under Hannah-Barbera Productions based on the book with the same title “The Halloween Tree” by Ray Bradbury. The story is about a four friends who set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that their fourth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures, Celtic Druidism, Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate, and the role that the fear of death has played in shaping civilization.

The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree – Animated Feature film

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury – Book

The second video is an episode from The Wild Thornberrys on Nicklelodeon. In this particular episode(Episode Number: 67 Season Number: 3 ) entitled “Spirited Away”  we find Eliza and her family in the border of Oaxala and Zaachula, Mexico with a mysterious adventure during the celebration of the Dia De Los Muertos.

The Wild Thornberry's Season 3 Halloween Episode on Nicklelodeon

The Wild Thornberry’s Season 3 Halloween Episode on Nicklelodeon

The third video is a multi-awarded full length animated film entitled “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” which literally translates in English as “Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away” its actual working title is “Spirited Away“.  At the film’s beginning, a ten-year-old girl Chihiro and her family is on their to a new home in Tochinoki, Japan, despite the her objections. When her father gets lost taking a short cut, they discover a mysterious entryway through a tunnel; on the other side is a strange, beautiful, grassy landscape, which they assume to be an abandoned theme park. The parents investigate and find a deserted stall piled with food. They start eating and soon lose control of their hunger and turn into pigs. Thus begins Chichiro’s wild and amazing adventure in the realm of the spirits.

Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki Animated Feature Film

Spirited Away – Hayao Miyazaki Animated Feature Film

The fourth video is a classic multi-awarded motion picture entitled “A Chinese Ghost Story” which showcases the ghost folklore and fantasy aspects of the Chinese culture. Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly, no-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night in the haunted Lan Ro temple. There, he meets Taoist Swordsman Yen Che-Hsia, who warns him to stay out of trouble, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing, with whom he falls in love. Unfortunately, Hsiao-Tsing is a ghost, bound for all eternity by a hideous tree spirit with an incredibly long tongue that wraps itself round its victims and sucks out their life essence.

A Chinese Ghost Story I

A Chinese Ghost Story I

The 5th and 6th recommendation is a continuation of the of the Chinese Ghost Story which happens to be a trilogy.

A Chinese Ghost Story II

A Chinese Ghost Story II

 

A Chinese Ghost Story 3

A Chinese Ghost Story 3

Albeit the titles are the same each part of the trilogy has a somewhat the same yet different story. Tsui Hark the creator the trilogy has  madea a mark in Honkong Cinema that revolutionized the creation of films in this particular style and genre. Mr. Hark did not stop there, he also created a fourth one but instead of making a feature film he created a full length feature animation instead and this becomes the 7th recommendation.

A Chinese Ghost Story - The Tsui Hark Animation

A Chinese Ghost Story – The Tsui Hark Animation

The 8th recommendation is a classic anime based on a Chinese legend. Hakujaden (Panda and the Magic Serpent) is about a forbidden love between the mortal Xu-Xian and a Snake Goddess. As a young boy, Xu-Xian is forced to free his pet, a small white snake. Unbeknowest to him, the snake is actually a young snake goddess named Bai-Niang and she is in love with him. Many years later when they are both adults the princess is magically transformed into a human and sets out to find her love. But the local wizard believes her to be a vampire, and banishes Xu-Xian from the village in order to save him. Xu-Xian’s pet panda’s Panda and Mimi set out to save him and bring him, in the process becoming leaders of an animal gang.

Hakujaden (Panda and the Magic Serpent) - Animated Film Feature

Hakujaden (Panda and the Magic Serpent) – Animated Film Feature

First Japanese animated feature film in color. Only two voice actors were used, providing the voices for all the different parts. In 1961 Hakujaden was the first Japanese animation shown to American audiences when Globe Pictures released it as Panda and the Magic Serpent.

The Ninth recommendation is another animated full feature film entitled Little Ghostly Adventures Of The Tofu Boy( Romaji: Tofu Kozo Japanese: 豆富小僧 ). In Edo period Japan, yokai monster Tofu Kozo always balances a tofu on a tray or he will vanish into the air. He is so timid and non-threatening, that he cannot frighten other people. His father Nyudo Mikyoshi, the lord of the yokai, is embarrassed of him and always solds him. He is also teased by the other yokai monsters. Only his guardian Daruma comforts him Tofo Kozo misses his mother who he has never seen and then sets out to find her. Along the way, Tofu Kozo and Daruma gets transported into the present day and embarks on a journey of self discovery and the importance of family and friendship.

Little Ghostly Adventures Of The Tofu Boy

I certainly hope these films I have recommended bring the spirit of art, culture and understanding into your Halloween Celebrations where ever you are.

All in all, the three celebrations and the other similar celebrations all have one message: Death is a natural part of living, a continuation of life which should be accepted not be feared but instead celebrated.

Acknowledgments:
Some descriptions, pictures, and links courtesy of Wikipedia.
Some links courtesy of Neopagan.net
Episode summaries and related information courtesy of TV.com.
VHS front cover courtesy of Amazon.com
Some descriptions, pictures, and links courtesy of Anime News Network (ANN).

Note:
The Chinese Ghost Story Trilogy, the animation version, the Halloween Tree, and Spirited Away etc. are available in the Archive for educational review, culture and art appreciation.

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Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of the Two Left Feet)

Cinemalaya 2011’s Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa would have gone under our Visayas and Mindanao radar if not for ABS-CBN’s consistent on-air plugging of their very own Star Magic Actor Paulo Avelino for Winning Best Actor in the 2012 Gawad Urian Awards for this particular movie.  I didn’t really bother looking this movie up with best friend Google since Locally Made Art Films like these almost always never reach our shores. When an invitation from theater friends spread on Facebook for a film screening event featuring this movie , it got me curious.

Fresh this morning’s audition schedule, I went home mulling over the idea of watching this particular movie which was set to begin at 4:30 PM and giving up Zumba Class at 5:00 PM since it would definitely have a schedule conflict. So I took a nap and woke up at the 3:00 PM. The sky was very overcast which was giving seconds thoughts on leaving the house.  At 3:30 Mom  asked if we were going to push through watching the indie film. I was still uncertain and decided to log on to Facebook  to see if how many confirmed to see it reached about a hundred plus so at exactly 4:00 PM, I dragged my mom and rode a jeepney and headed towards the CAP Auditorium.

We arrived  with 5 minutes to spare before 4:30, bought tickets and stood in line outside whilst being lightly drizzled by rain. I expected the movie to be just a so-so love triangle story with a gay theme with classical dance thrown in between. But little did I know I was in for a very pleasant surprise. Read on as I share my experience in viewing and reviewing this Digital Movie Masterpiece.

The movie’s technical info as follows:

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Synopsis: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context, as it features the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta.  When Marlon, a college student, stalks Karen, his literature professor, he finds out that she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher in a dance studio.  Frustrated over his performance in her literature class, he plans to impress her instead by learning to poeticize his body movements and enroll in her dance class.  He hires his classmate to teach him the basics of dancing.  As Dennis, his tutor, teaches him how his body should move, Marlon begins to understand the intersections between the art of poetry and dance.

Directed by
Alvin Yapan

Assistant Director
Richard De Guzman    ….     second assistant director
Ariel Diccion    ….     second assistant director
Mariel Dionisio    ….     assistant director

Writing credits
Alvin Yapan    …    screenplay

Producer
Alemberg Ang  …  Executive/Line Producer

Cast (in credits order)
Jean Garcia    …     Karen
Paulo Avelino    …     Marlon
Rocco Nacino    …     Dennis

Original Music by
Christine Muyco
Jema Pamintuan

Cinematography by
Arvin Viola

Production Design by
Aped Santos

For complete movie credits visit IMDB Cast & Crew for more information.

I am not very familiar with Alvin Yapan and Alemberg Ang much alone their works but their profile on Cinemalaya is actually quite colorful.

Filmmaker’s Profile via Cinemalaya.org:

Dr. Alvin Yapan, Ph.D
Currently chairs the Filpino Department of the School of Humanities at the Ateneo de Manila University.  An award winning fictionist, he has under his name some of the Philippines’ top prizes in literature:  four Palanca Awards for Excellence in Literature, a National Commission for Culture and the Arts Writers Prize and the National Book Award to name a few.  After mastering the art of storytelling on paper, he delved into the medium of film with his first short film, Rolyo, which won the best short film in the 2007 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and the 2008 Gawad Urian Awards. The film eventually competed as the Philippine entry to the Paris Film Festival 2008.  His first full length feature film Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe) took home the Golden Prize Award for Best Digital Feature Film at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.  It has also been awarded the Ani ng Dangal award by the President of the Philippines and was nominated for five Gawad Urian Awards among other nominations and awards from various organizations.  Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa is his second Cinemalaya movie.

Alemberg Ang
After teaching for more than 10 years, decided to leave his vocation to work in the arts.  Without any professional background in filmmaking, he produced his friend’s first full length feature, Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe), which won for the producer-director tandem the grand prize at the digital category in the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 5th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.  The film was exhibited and competed at the Chicago International Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, Toronto’s ReelWorld Film Festival and the Osian’s Cinefan Festival for Arab and Asian Cinema.  It also bagged several citations and nominations from various local film groups including the prestigious Gawad Urian.  After working on Fe, Ang eventually worked in other Cinemalaya movies including Dennis Marasigan’s Vox Populi.

The Review:

Movie Rating:

I am quite impressed with the multi-layered and multi-styled storytelling this particular movie utilizes. It’s not your usual linear type of editing. Sometimes the events including past, present and future occurs in parallel and most of the story occurs non-verbally, the dialog is presented through dance intermingled with poetry and song. The song lyrics and poetry provide the hidden dialog between the characters  as the actors themselves portray their scenes non-verbally through intense choreography, facial expression, and body movements provides a fresh take on visual storytelling.

Jean Garcia as Karen, a literature teacher by day and a classical dancer/ dance instructor and choreographer of a dance studio by night provides an enigmatic and passionate portrait of a woman who defines herself as and independent single woman, a teacher and  as an artist through that art of literature, poetry, song and dance. She is quite frank and does not beat around the bush, aggressive yet reserved. A mentor first, she makes this evident on how she handles the whole situation with Marlon and Dennis.

Paulo Avelino as Marlon, a not so typical rich spoiled college student who comes off as a little dense and one track minded in his attraction Karen. He stalks Karen on a daily basis by observing her at a distance.  He eventually develops and elaborate scheme to impress and get close to Karen as he discovers that she works as a dance instructor and choreographer for a dance studio. He aims to learn how to dance to impress Karen when he enrolls in here class. He meets Dennis  as he observes Karen in her dance class. He employs Dennis’ help in making his plan a reality. He goes through a series of indirect changes as he handles the whole situation with Karen and Dennis.

Rocco Nacino as Dennis, Karen’s assistant protégé in the dance studio. He is also her student in Literature Class and Marlon’s seemingly invisible classmate.  He comes off as as the strong silent type jock who is somewhat happy-go-lucky. He goes through a revelation as his true intentions are discovered by Karen and she asks him if he knows what he has gotten himself into. He replies yes with hidden uncertainty. Driven by financial difficulty and having the chance to find love despite being unrequited, he goes through a roller coaster of emotions in handling the whole situation with Marlon and Karen.

The chemistry of the principal actors is quite good. The not so usual love triangle works on so many levels that is has something for everyone to relate to.The actors are a revelation, it is seldom the we see multi-talented people perform at their best. The choreography alone requires a lot of grace, strength, internalization and concentration. The non-verbal dialog, the expression, the mannerisms, and the looks say it all moments requires precision and control to give just the right amount of emphasis and hidden dialog. The acting is also top notch in terms of realism and depth. The characters are multi-layered and translates quite well into physical acting.

Symbolism is used quite well in using the environment to put emphasis or hidden dialog like the spiral stairs, mirrors, the whole setting and many more. The spoken dialog and the poems and the songs are important and must be listened to else emphasis and meaning will be lost in transition and translation. At times the film will drag since ambient music is absent especially in spoken dialog and poetry scenes. Though I think this is deliberately done to heighten the musical experience and differentiate the poetic experience.

Jean Garcia and Rocco Nacino are very talented dancers. From the minute and incremental movements to the wide

The only problem I have is the lack luster performance of the FEU Dance Troupe as ensemble especially during the Humadapnon Epic dance adaptation as other reviewers tend to agree. It’s either that or it was intentional to provide emphasis on Marlon & Dennis’ lead performance.

Narration, Acting,  Character Dialogue & Choreography
Camera Use & Direction
Cinematography & Shot Usage
Sound Tracks & Music Clarity & Mix
Editing, Lighhting & Special Effects

Venue & Cinema Experience Rating:

The September 8, 2012 screening venue held at the CAP Cebu Art Center dampened the theatrical experience. The venue was cramped, the audience immature and rowdy, and the air-con insufficient for the full house. The last time when I was at this particular venue was at 2005 and from the looks of it maintenance really needs work. The condition of of the Comfort Rooms other amenities including the air-conditioning system are virtually the same or have become worse as compared to before.

Ushering & crowd control was virtually non-existent. The viewers are left to fend for themselves since nobody was giving instructions. The front desk was located inside the reception area with table and most of the staff behind it, There was a poster poster set up near the table but no sign on who to ask or get the tickets. Students were busily signing attendance sheet and competing with the non-academic public for space on the desk. The lobby being quite small was insufficient for the crowd lining up so the rest of the line went outside where we were standing for a few minutes under the drizzle of the afternoon rain. The play before the movie screening got a little overtime so we finally got to our seats 20 minutes later.

The screen set-up was a bit disappointing since it was quite grainy and small. Although sufficient, I think they used a very crumpled piece of white cloth place on a frame for the the actual screen. The sound was fine but some times not audible due the audience banter and cat calls. The lower part of the screen, the subtitle area was not visible since mostly tall people sat in front. The viewing area got noticeably warmer and the air becoming a little thinner due to the number of people in the area so everyone was constantly fanning themselves in our section possibly the whole place. The only thing going for this venue is its location and accessibility and ample parking which is just a few stones throw away from the Central Uptown Area.

Capacity & Physical Arrangement
Room Temperature & Environment Considerations
Ushering, Frontdesk/Ticketing & Crowd Control
Audio Set-up, Sound Quality, Clarity, & Mix
Visual Set-up, Screen Projection Quality & Clarity
Comfort Room, Dressing Room, & Other Amenities
Location, Accessibility, & Parking

The Conclusion:

This is one of the Best Arts Films I have seen that is original, fresh, and unique in its presentation. This a good reference material for acting, literature, and dance despite its misgivings. This film is not for everyone since thinking and intense listening is required. But for those with an open-minded and mature enough to understand the underlying social, feminist, and  gay themes. We need more films like these to provide cultural values and educate public in the appreciation of art films.

Update:

There is another Cebu screening this November. Keep you posted as it happens.

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The Creative Pitstop FAQs v1.4

What is the Creative Pitstop?

The Creative Pitstop is primarily a venue for creative individuals to expressing their talents and skills through arts and culture irregardless of their social background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and personal preference, a venue to share and exchange ideas, a community/club with mentors to inspire and impart principles to help members become responsible and better persons in general especially with regards with to their studies or work ethic and outlook in life in the spirit of helping others.

We primarily train, teach, and manage students/individuals who are willing to learn, cooperate and participate in improving themselves not only their God-given talents, but including their total person through personality development, values education, principles, and decision making and keep these individuals away from bad influence especially drugs etc. Our members are required to posses multiple talents in various disciplines with certain expectations that contribute to their well-roundedness both as an artist and as a person.

Although we are primarily non-profit, our funds gathered through the efforts of Francis Mumar the founder and owner of the Creative Pitstop Arts and Culture Club and Mumar’s Creative Pitstop & General Merchandise the commercial entity through which our artworks, creative products and services are sold for minimal profit to sustain our activities and do little business on the side.

If you like what we do and believe in our cause, you can help us by donating some much needed funds to add to our resources, availing our products and services found here, commissioning us to perform for your event/activity, or help us by having collaboration projects for mutual benefit. Click here for more info on how to help us.

What is the Creative Pitstop Vision?

Our vision is to become one of the primary movers is in micro-business, entertainment, and Information Technology by providing creative products, services, talents & skills, training and manpower to creative individuals of help them succeed and make them better persons in terms of skills, attitude and outlook in life. As these individuals succeed so will Creative Pitstop.

What is the Creative Pitstop Mission?

Our mission is to provide products, services, talents, skills, training, and a venue for creative individuals to expressing their talents and skills through arts and culture irregardless of their social background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and personal preference, a venue to share and exchange ideas, a community/club with mentors to inspire and impart principles to help members become responsible and better persons in general especially with regards with to their studies or work ethic and outlook in life in the spirit of helping others.

What is the Creative Pitstop’s History?

The Creative Pitstop is originally a student club idea conceptualized by Mr. Francis Mumar during his early teaching days at STI College in Lahug Cebu City in 2004 when student clubs didn’t basically exist on campus. Together with the resident English teacher whom he frequently had discourses in terms of theatre and film, they helped spread the awareness of Arts, Culture, Literature in theatre and film which paved the way for the creation of the club despite low interest from the student body. The main purpose of creating the club is basically to have an outlet for talents of creative students irregardless of their course, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and personal preference, a venue to share and exchange ideas, a community/club with mentors to inspire and impart principles to help members become responsible and better persons in general especially with regards with to their studies and outlook in life in the spirit of helping others. Most importantly, to provide students with an alternative to help prevent truancy, and help keep them away from numerous bad influences like drugs etc.

Due to the lack of interest by the school administration to support clubs and students in general, the club itself was put on the back burner. It eventually became a reality as a few interested students with motivation of Mr. Mumar despite his being from the Computer Science Department but was cut off when he left and found a job in another school, the University of Cebu Banilad. Not wanting to completely abandon the momentum gained in creating the club is the last school and seeing that there were no such clubs in the present school, he tried to recreate the club for the duration of his stay in the school. Armed again with a few interested students and despite a very busy schedule, they had their first ever Arts and Photography Club Exhibit. Technically it wasn’t an official club yet but to get the required approval and required members they needed publicity and a place for students to sign up. Before it could officially take off, it had to be stopped when Mr. Mumar’s contract ended for the semester.

Over a period of inactivity Mr. Mumar took time off to reevaluate his direction in life and pursued his interest in independent film and animé. This lead him to create the Creative Pitstop mainly as the club/community/artwork archive for educational purposes primarily to help English Teachers and the like have a one stop for finding materials used in teaching Art Appreciation. One semester, a friend and fellow teacher at STI asked him if he would like to do an on campus film festival of sorts/seminars fund-raising event for the Computer Club which his friend represents during their CS Days. He said yes and together with Carlo, another good friend and animé enthusiast they conducted the first ever Creative Pitstop Animé Festival and a series of lectures in Open Source Computing which was well received by students. Eventually Mr. Mumar’s contract was renewed back in STI College, with the renewal he was given the chance to pick up where the club left. The STI Arts and Culture Club was then officially created.

Despite no support from the school administration, he made efforts to create learning opportunities for the club members. This led to the participation of some of its members as Middle Eastern wedding dancers and as townsfolk in the play King David by Shimel Arts. In some strange turn of events during the course for the production, the actor playing the main antagonist King Saul became unavailable. He was assigned as King Saul understudy and pulled it off well despite having no formal training in theatre acting thanks to his friends’ and fellow actor’s patience and encouragement. The closing of the semester and some issues with the administration marked the end of his contract. It was time again to move on a new direction.

The next semester brought a new environment and new people in the halls of the University of Cebu Banilad. In all of the hustle and bustle of academic life, Mr. Mumar still found the time to create a continuation of the Arts & Culture Club with the help of 10 under estimated, misunderstood students who were considered misfits by the rest of the faculty and their fellow students. With their help he conceptualized and created the very first Arts and Culture Club Exhibit showcasing the different talents of students in visual arts. There was overwhelming support by the students and some teachers who wanted to participate and sent in their submissions. The day before the exhibit date upon reviewing the selection the exhibit still needed material for the photography section in turn he had no choice but to use his own picture stock for the exhibition.

This is the first time that his pictures were actually shown to the public. The room they were assigned to use had some rather large broken window blinds scattered around so he turn made them into a large sculpture since they were in the way. The exhibit was a success despite everything and response to his photography and the exhibit ion general was favorable.The closing of the semester marked the end of his contract and Ii was time again to move on to another new direction.

A year saw a sabbatical in Mr. Mumar’s academic life due to him experiencing the ills and politics of the School Management and Philippine Education System as a college instructor. He spent the whole time doing some freelance work and thinking about his own direction life. Financial problems made him decide to take up teaching again in the hope that perhaps he could start making a difference. In 2009 luck found him at Asian College of Technology where created the third generation Arts and Culture Club whom he fought for acceptance and education for the masses in terms of arts and culture.

The school had a choir and a dance troop but had no inkling to support the other aspects not covered by the two major school organizations. It was an uphill battle from the club’s conception and actualization because the students themselves had no interest in arts and culture.Little by little he struggled to find the members, inspired them, made a a favorable reputation and even had to perform himself to bring out the best in his members. There he successfully created the second Arts and Culture Exhibit with the club members and fellow teachers. It was well received and made quite an impression. The club was officially recognized for once and became the third major club in school providing performance both within and outside the school performances bring the ACT banner.

The next semester, he met and connected with Ms. Farah Diva Alvarado a new faculty who had similar views and principles regarding arts and culture with his own. He made Ms. Alvardo his co-adviser in the club as preparation in the event that he is unable to continue his work in the school. Many things have happened since then and they became known more or less as the dynamic duo organizing many successful events despite meager support and in some cases none at all. They both had to fend off bureaucracy, politics, and the stigma of inadequate management in the course of their journey which became the source of a series of disappointments not only to them but the members as well. But despite everything their dedication and determination remains strong to make a difference by providing the students with an avenue to be themselves, to grow, to learn values, principles, and skills to which everyone will benefit and utilize later on in their lives and making them well rounded persons in society.

It was time again to move into a new direction, taking up his masters and his contract with ACT expired he decided to move The Creative Pitstop to a new level and into the main stream. He put up an official website http://www.creativepitstop.com and with the help of his co-Adviser and members they plan to establish a talent center managing and developing in house talents in various fields which will eventually have its own production and academy for the arts. It is a long road ahead but all are willing to travel the longest route to experience, learn and celebrate the diversity and familiarity of the different arts and world culture including our own local Visayan Culture.

At present, the Creative Pitstop is a fusion of its original beginnings and new interests in the field of Technology, Multimedia, Open Source computing, Business and Visayan Culture. The club in itself has broken the boundary as an on campus one to the internet that now caters to all individuals and/or clubs or organizations promoting independence from the main stream, both traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment with the Visayan Culture in mind since most of our traditional culture and values were lost in translation in the assimilation of American Pop Culture. A website and a blog is being setup despite meager resources. The club aims to participate in, promote and organize activities if possible, and collaborate with individuals/organizations that reflects its chosen goals. It also aims to have projects in this regard to help and provide inspiration to others despite having funding.

Today Creative Pitstop has diversified its products and  services to a wider spectrum. We now have a Food Micro-Franchising (Sioma na You! Food Micro-Business System), a Desktop Printing Station Micro-Franchising (Print na You! Desktop Printing Station Micro-Business System), Micro-business Support for all franchisees, and a talent Center (The Creative Pitstop Arts & Culture Club) for managing club members and accepting commercial projects.

How can I help Creative Pitstop and the Visayan Arts and Culture Movement in general?

You can help in the following ways:

1) As an Artist

  • Promote Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment through your chosen craft.
  • Believe in your own capabilities and talents to be the best that you can be.
  • Always try to be unique and original if possible.
  • Join the club’s on going documentation, profiling, and networking project of Visayan Artists who promote the Visayan Culture.
  • articipate in club projects.
  • Donate if you find the club helpful, help generate club funds through fund-raising activities, or avail of our in-house products and services found here.
  • Always humble yourself and never belittle others. Always remember the golden rule and that all things that you have right can be taken away from you at the blink of an eye.
  • Being an artist in whatever field you’re in is a profession. So treat it as one. Be on time, learn to work with others well, learn to respect others as you respect yourself, and learn to be tactful and considerate in anything you say, think and do.
  • Help inspire others to do the same.

2) As an Arts and Culture Enthusiast

  • Promote and appreciate Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment through your patronage and become a member of the Creative Pitstop.
  • Create local school or community clubs promoting and patronizing Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment and become an affiliate of the Creative Pitstop.
  • Donate if you find the club helpful, help generate club funds through fund-raising activities, or avail of our in-house products and services found here.
  • Participate in club projects.
  • Donate if you find the club helpful and buy/avail of our products and services.
  • Help inspire others to do the same.

3) As an Industry Partner

  • If you are a Producer, a Filmmaker, a Talent Center/Manager or have commercial/non-commercial projects please give chance to the club’s members and other local artists by tapping their talents in promoting the Visayan Arts & Culture and World Arts &. Culture in General.
  • Never exploit or take unfair advantage of artists. Always remember the golden rule. Abuse and exploitation is not part of the Visayan Culture but helping others is.
  • Participate/collaborate in and/or patronize club projects.
  • Donate if you find the club helpful, help generate club funds through fund-raising activities, or avail of our in-house products and services found here.
  • Help inspire others to do the same.

4) As a Client, Member, Donor, Customer or Micro-Business Franchisee.

The club itself has no funds and rely solely on Mr. Mumar’s meager resources and voluntarism as he is a struggling artist himself in trying to make ends meet. If you appreciate his efforts and cause please donate to the club to help maintain it.

The club will be offering services, advertising schemes and or sell art related items in collaboration of members etc. in the future in exchange for donations to help in its up keep and help its members as well. Please patronize the club’s products and services found here  in order to help the club and its members.

You can one of our Micro-Business Franchisees. By investing a one of our franchises part of the proceeds will be set aside to support our activities.

5) As members of the Tri-Media

  • Please help promote awareness and interest in various projects, activities, events done by affiliates/members of Creative Pitstop an other organizations with similar interests as well to help uplift the Visayan Arts and Culture Scene here in Cebu away from the stigma of showcasing just another copy of Western/American Pop Culture. Focus instead on showcasing Classical Western/European/Asian and or Unique Original Visayan Content if possible in terms of Arts, Music, Film, and Entertainment with Traditional and or Neo-Traditional Cultural significance.
  • Help inspire others to do the same.

How to pay for products & services or donate to Creative Pitstop?

You may send your payments or  donations through the following methods :

  1. Over-the-Counter
    Pay or donate directly over-the-counter on location at the shop/office.
  2. PayPal
    If you already have a Paypal account you can send your donations to donations@creativepitstop.com. Refer to www.paypal.com for more info.
  3. Money Order ML Kwarta Padala or Werstern Union
    Set the recipient of the money order to:
    Francis Vincent L. Mumar
    2nd Flr. PBL Commercial Building,
    Mabini-Colon Sts., Cebu City
    Tel.No. (032)4121010
    Refer to www.mlhuillierinc.com for ML Kwarta Padala and www.westernunion.com.ph for Western Union Money Order.

  4. Bank Deposit
    Deposit your payments and donations at nerest Union Bank branch in your vicinity.

    Union Bank
    Account Number : 109451035082
    Account Name    : Francis L. Mumar
  5. Mobile  E-Money
    To be available soon.

How to contact Creative Pitstop for inquiries, comments & Suggestions?

Our address is the following:
MUMAR’S CREATIVE PITSTOP & GEN. MERCHANDISE
2nd Flr. PBL Commerical Bldg.,
Mabini-Colon Sts.

Our contact numbers are the following:
Primary Landline : (032)4120947
Secondary Landline: (032)4121010
Cell Number: (0923)4595485

Our social media and email contacts are the following:
Facebook: Creative Pitstop
Email: services@creativepitstop.com

What is the Creative Pitstop?

The Creative Pitstop is primarily a venue for creative individuals to expressing their talents and skills through arts and culture irregardless of their social background, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and personal preference, a venue to share and exchange ideas, a community/club with mentors to inspire and impart principles to help members become responsible and better persons in general especially with regards with to their studies or work ethic and outlook in life in the spirit of helping others.

We primarily train, teach, and manage students/individuals who are willing to learn, cooperate and participate in improving themselves not only their God-given talents, but including their total person through personality development, values education, principles, and decision making and keep these individuals away from bad influence especially drugs etc. Our members are required to posses multiple talents in various disciplines with certain expectations that contribute to their well-roundedness both as an artist and as a person.

Although we are primarily non-profit, our funds gathered through the efforts of Francis Mumar the founder and owner of the Creative Pitstop Arts and Culture Club and Mumar’s Creative Pitstop & General Merchandise the commercial entity through which our artworks, creative products and services are sold for minimal profit to sustain our activities and do little business on the side.

If you like what we do and believe in our cause, you can help us by donating some much needed funds to add to our resources, availing our products and services found here, commissioning us to perform for your event/activity, or help us by having collaboration projects for mutual benefit. Click here for more info on how to help us.

What is the Creative Pitstop’s History?

The Creative Pitstop is originally a student club idea conceptualized by Mr. Francis Mumar during his early teaching days at STI College in Lahug Cebu City in 2004 when student clubs didn’t basically exist on campus. Together with the resident English teacher whom he frequently had discourses in terms of theatre and film, they helped spread the awareness of Arts, Culture, Literature in theatre and film which paved the way for the creation of the club despite low interest from the student body. The main purpose of creating the club is basically to have an outlet for talents of creative students irregardless of their course, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and personal preference, a venue to share and exchange ideas, a community/club with mentors to inspire and impart principles to help members become responsible and better persons in general especially with regards with to their studies and outlook in life in the spirit of helping others. Most importantly, to provide students with an alternative to help prevent truancy, and help keep them away from numerous bad influences like drugs etc.

Due to the lack of interest by the school administration to support clubs and students in general, the club itself was put on the back burner. It eventually became a reality as a few interested students with motivation of Mr. Mumar despite his being from the Computer Science Department but was cut off when he left and found a job in another school, the University of Cebu Banilad. Not wanting to completely abandon the momentum gained in creating the club is the last school and seeing that there were no such clubs in the present school, he tried to recreate the club for the duration of his stay in the school. Armed again with a few interested students and despite a very busy schedule, they had their first ever Arts and Photography Club Exhibit. Technically it wasn’t an official club yet but to get the required approval and required members they needed publicity and a place for students to sign up. Before it could officially take off, it had to be stopped when Mr. Mumar’s contract ended for the semester.

Over a period of inactivity Mr. Mumar took time off to reevaluate his direction in life and pursued his interest in independent film and animé. This lead him to create the Creative Pitstop mainly as the club/community/artwork archive for educational purposes primarily to help English Teachers and the like have a one stop for finding materials used in teaching Art Appreciation. One semester, a friend and fellow teacher at STI asked him if he would like to do an on campus film festival of sorts/seminars fund-raising event for the Computer Club which his friend represents during their CS Days. He said yes and together with Carlo, another good friend and animé enthusiast they conducted the first ever Creative Pitstop Animé Festival and a series of lectures in Open Source Computing which was well received by students. Eventually Mr. Mumar’s contract was renewed back in STI College, with the renewal he was given the chance to pick up where the club left. The STI Arts and Culture Club was then officially created.

Despite no support from the school administration, he made efforts to create learning opportunities for the club members. This led to the participation of some of its members as Middle Eastern wedding dancers and as townsfolk in the play King David by Shimel Arts. In some strange turn of events during the course for the production, the actor playing the main antagonist King Saul became unavailable. He was assigned as King Saul understudy and pulled it off well despite having no formal training in theatre acting thanks to his friends’ and fellow actor’s patience and encouragement. The closing of the semester and some issues with the administration marked the end of his contract. It was time again to move on a new direction.

The next semester brought a new environment and new people in the halls of the University of Cebu Banilad. In all of the hustle and bustle of academic life, Mr. Mumar still found the time to create a continuation of the Arts & Culture Club with the help of 10 under estimated, misunderstood students who were considered misfits by the rest of the faculty and their fellow students. With their help he conceptualized and created the very first Arts and Culture Club Exhibit showcasing the different talents of students in visual arts. There was overwhelming support by the students and some teachers who wanted to participate and sent in their submissions. The day before the exhibit date upon reviewing the selection the exhibit still needed material for the photography section in turn he had no choice but to use his own picture stock for the exhibition.

This is the first time that his pictures were actually shown to the public. The room they were assigned to use had some rather large broken window blinds scattered around so he turn made them into a large sculpture since they were in the way. The exhibit was a success despite everything and response to his photography and the exhibit ion general was favorable.The closing of the semester marked the end of his contract and Ii was time again to move on to another new direction.

A year saw a sabbatical in Mr. Mumar’s academic life due to him experiencing the ills and politics of the School Management and Philippine Education System as a college instructor. He spent the whole time doing some freelance work and thinking about his own direction life. Financial problems made him decide to take up teaching again in the hope that perhaps he could start making a difference. In 2009 luck found him at Asian College of Technology where created the third generation Arts and Culture Club whom he fought for acceptance and education for the masses in terms of arts and culture.

The school had a choir and a dance troop but had no inkling to support the other aspects not covered by the two major school organizations. It was an uphill battle from the club’s conception and actualization because the students themselves had no interest in arts and culture.Little by little he struggled to find the members, inspired them, made a a favorable reputation and even had to perform himself to bring out the best in his members. There he successfully created the second Arts and Culture Exhibit with the club members and fellow teachers. It was well received and made quite an impression. The club was officially recognized for once and became the third major club in school providing performance both within and outside the school performances bring the ACT banner.

The next semester, he met and connected with Ms. Farah Diva Alvarado a new faculty who had similar views and principles regarding arts and culture with his own. He made Ms. Alvardo his co-adviser in the club as preparation in the event that he is unable to continue his work in the school. Many things have happened since then and they became known more or less as the dynamic duo organizing many successful events despite meager support and in some cases none at all. They both had to fend off bureaucracy, politics, and the stigma of inadequate management in the course of their journey which became the source of a series of disappointments not only to them but the members as well. But despite everything their dedication and determination remains strong to make a difference by providing the students with an avenue to be themselves, to grow, to learn values, principles, and skills to which everyone will benefit and utilize later on in their lives and making them well rounded persons in society.

It was time again to move into a new direction, taking up his masters and his contract with ACT expired he decided to move The Creative Pitstop to a new level and into the main stream. He put up an official website http://www.creativepitstop.com and with the help of his co-Adviser and members they plan to establish a talent center managing and developing in house talents in various fields which will eventually have its own production and academy for the arts. It is a long road ahead but all are willing to travel the longest route to experience, learn and celebrate the diversity and familiarity of the different arts and world culture including our own local Visayan Culture.

At present, the Creative Pitstop is a fusion of its original beginnings and new interests in the field of Technology, Multimedia, Open Source computing, and Visayan Culture. The club in itself has broken the boundary as an on campus one to the internet that now caters to all individuals and/or clubs or organizations promoting independence from the main stream, both traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment with the Visayan Culture in mind since most of our traditional culture and values were lost in translation in the assimilation of American Pop Culture. A website and a blog is being setup despite meager resources. The club aims to participate in, promote and organize activities if possible, and collaborate with individuals/organizations that reflects its chosen goals. It also aims to have projects in this regard to help and provide inspiration to others despite having funding.

How can I help Creative Pitstop and the Visayan Arts and Culture Movement in general?

You can help in the following ways:

1) As an Artist

Promote Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment through your chosen craft.

Believe in your own capabilities and talents to be the best that you can be.

Always try to be unique and original if possible.

Join the club’s on going documentation, profiling, and networking project of Visayan Artists who promote the Visayan Culture.

Participate in club projects.

Donate if you find the club helpful or help generate club funds through fund-raising activities.

Always humble yourself and never belittle others. Always remember the golden rule and that all things that you have right can be taken away from you at the blink of an eye.

Being an artist in whatever field you’re in is a profession. So treat it as one. Be on time, learn to work with others well, learn to respect others as you respect yourself, and learn to be tactful and considerate in anything you say, think and do.

Help inspire others to do the same.

2) As an Arts and Culture Enthusiast

Promote and appreciate Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment through your patronage and become a member of the Creative Pitstop.

Create local school or community clubs promoting and patronizing Visayan traditional and neo-traditional Arts, Culture, Literature, Music and Entertainment and become an affiliate of the Creative Pitstop.

Participate in club projects.

Donate if you find the club helpful and buy/avail of our products and services.

Help inspire others to do the same.

3) As an Industry Partner

If you are a Producer, a Filmmaker, a Talent Center/Manager or have commercial/non-commercial projects please give chance to the club’s members and other local artists by tapping their talents in promoting the Visayan Culture.

Never exploit or take unfair advantage of artists. Always remember the golden rule. Abuse and exploitation is not part of the Visayan Culture but helping others is.

Participate/collaborate in and/or patronize club projects.

Donate if you find the club helpful or help generate club funds through fund-raising activities.

Help inspire others to do the same.

4) As a Client, Member, Donor or Customer

The club itself has no funds and rely solely on Mr. Mumar’s meager resources and voluntarism as he is a struggling artist himself in trying to make ends meet. If you appreciate his efforts and cause please donate to the club to help maintain it.

The club will be offering services, advertising schemes and or sell art related items in collaboration of members etc. in the future in exchange for donations to help in its up keep and help its members as well. Please patronize the club’s products and services in order to help the club and its members.

Please contact Mr. Francis Mumar for more info using the following:

Cell # +639234595485

Email: services@creativepitstop.com, francismumar@creativepitstop.com

Blog: http://blog.creativepitstop.com

URL: http://www.creativepitstop.com

5) As members of the Tri-Media

Please help promote awareness and interest in various projects, activities, events done by affiliates/members of Creative Pitstop an other organizations with similar interests as well to help uplift the Visayan Arts and Culture Scene here in Cebu away from the stigma of showcasing just another copy of Western/American Pop Culture. Focus instead on showcasing Classical Western/European/Asian and or Unique Original Visayan Content if possible in terms of Arts, Music, Film, and Entertainment with Traditional and or Neo-Traditional Cultural significance.

Help inspire others to do the same.

For questions, comments and suggestions send them to feedback@Creativepitstop.com.

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Libreoffice 3.6 New Release

Our favorite Free and Open Source Software office suite Libreoffice has just rolled out a new release  for Linux, Windows, Mac and others.  Check out its interesting new features and fixes here.  It’s free for everyone to use distribute and share. So download and install!

LibreOffice 3.6 New Splash Screen

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EGASAI 2012: The 15th Japanese Film Festival

Japan Foundation of Manila

in cooperation with

Ayala Center Cebu

Present

2012 EIGA SAI Poster This year is a little bit different I suppose since some of the screening schedules got changed. The festival starts a little early making its debut last July 5-15 with the Manila Leg and the Davao Leg last July 20-22. The Cebu Leg Starts today August 7 Tuesday and ends August 12 Sunday at the Ayala Center Cinema 4. The festival will continue on at the UP Film Institute for its last leg from August 15 until the 21st.

In a time where mostly everyone (especially the younger generation) here in the Philippines think only of Anime, Cosplay, Karaoke, and Electronic Appliances. Most have misunderstood the significance of Japan’s role in today’s modern pop culture. Japan is quite unique in evolution as a society. Rising from the shadows of World War II and the Hiroshima nuclear incident, they have proven themselves as bastion of invention, innovation, and lessons learned as a people, as a nation, and as a culture.

In Japan’s day to day existence brings a multitude of conflicts in terms of  modern culture and tradition  where both extremes exits yet seemingly interact and co-exit with each other offers a very unique perspective on life. Let us explore the uniqueness that Japan and their take on life through Cinema and the Arts.

The main featured film is “Villain” which gives a different take on the Stockholm Syndrome. And finally this year’s animated entry “Colorful” from the creator Crayon Sin- Chan and Summer Days with Koo (from last year’s festival) gets to be shown. There are also Manga to Movie Adaptations in this year’s selection.  Refer to schedule and synopsis provided below for more information.

As always its first come first served basis and admission is free. See you there!

SCREENING SCHEDULES

Cebu Screening2012 EIGA SAI Cebu Screening  Schedule

All Screenings2012 EIGA SAI All Screening  Schedules

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

2012 EIGA SAI Synopsis Part 1
2012 EIGA SAI Synopsis Part 2

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LibreOffice 3.5.5 New Update

Our favorite Free and Open Source Software office suite has just been updated for Linux, Windows, Mac and others. Go download and install! More details here and you can download it here. 3.6 the next major version release from Libreoffice is also just around the corner so watch out for the release in a few weeks.

LibreOffice Logo by creativepitstop
LibreOffice Logo, a photo by creativepitstop on Flickr.
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Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is here!

Ubuntu logoLatest update to everybody’s favorite Linux Distribution: Ubuntu and Family is finally here. Install, update or upgrade  today.

For more information about Ubuntu and its derivatives  click here.

Get Ubuntu & Family from:

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5th Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival 2011 Cebu City Screening

Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2011 Movie Poster

After a long time coming, 2 months to be exact, the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival 2011 finally arrives  on our shores for its Cebu City Leg and will be screening at Cinema 3 in SM City Cebu on February 11-16, 2012. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time the festival will be screened here in Cebu. This is paid screening and is priced at P100/movie.  The official selection carries 20 movies each winning various awards.

Unfortunately 3 films originally scheduled to show namely IMBURNAL, MGA ANINO SA TANGHALING TAPAT and KA ORYANG will not be screenedhere in Cebu due to the strict SM theater management policy not to show R-18 movies. Refer to the Screening Schedule below for the changes.

Kicking off and  Opening the Festival is the movie “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” by Remton Zausola 2010’s most awarded independent film and director. garnering both local and international awards made right here in Cebu by talented Cebuanos. I have been waiting for this movie since it came out in 2010 and this movie is the Grand Jury Winner of Best Picture and Director for the 4thCinema One Originals Digital Film Festival 2010.

I invite everyone to watch the film festival and support most especially the Cebuano Entries irregardless of how horrible or how good the reviews are. Refer to the Synopsis Section below for review links and decide for yourself if you agree with them. The official selection has something for everybody.

SCREENING SCHEDULE

February 11, Saturday:
6:30 pm Opening Cocktails at cinema lobby
8:15 pm Opening film: ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA

February 12, Sunday:
12:00 nn CONFESSIONAL – new sked
3:00 pm SA ILALIM NG TULAY
5:00 pm MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE – new sked
7:00 pm ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
9:00 pm DI INGON ‘NATO

February 13, Monday:
12 nn LAYANG BILANGGO
2:25 pm ISHMAEL
4:50 pm ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
7:10 pm ANATOMIYA NG KORUPSIYON
9:30 pm SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY

February 14, Tuesday:
12:00 nn SA KANTO NG ULAP AT LUPA
2:15 pm CARTAS DE LA SOLEDAD
4:50 pm ANATOMIYA NG KORUPSIYON
7:10 pm DI INGON ‘NATO
9:30 pm MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE

February 15, Wednesday:
12 nn DI INGON ‘NATO
2:25 pm SA ILALIM NG TULAY – new sked
4:50 pm SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY
7:10 pm MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
9:30 pm ANATOMIYA NG KORUPSIYON – new sked

February 16, Thursday
12 nn BIG BOY
2:25 pm ANG DAMGO NI ELEUTERIA
4:50 pm MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
7:10 pm SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY
9:30 pm DI INGON ‘ NATO

 

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CINE EUROPA 14: THE 14TH EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL CEBU

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Arts Council of Cebu

Ayala Center CebuPRESENT

Cine Europa 14 Event Poster

Cine Europa 14 Event Poster

It’s time once again to appreciate all things European with the opening of CINE EUROPA 14, the 14th European Film Festival. Running on its 14th year with your not so usual film selections that titillate the senses, boggles the mind, and opens the doorway of the imagination to glimpses of the very diverse mix of cultures and traditions that is European Union. This post is a bit late since today is already day 2 of the film festival. I have been very busy lately with work and our recently staged Visayan Zarswela: Buhi sa Kanunay last Spetember 24 & 25 taking centerstage has been quite successfull. Congratulation to everyone at TSquared  Productions, Director Tatz and the rest of the production crew including  my fellow actors from the musical. :)

The screening will be shown at the Onstage Theater, Ayala Center Cebu from September 30- October 2, 2011. This year’s selection is composed of an interesting mix of 19 entries from member countries of the European Union. Admission is free provided graciously by our friends at the Arts Council of Cebu and their sponsors so there is no excuse for everyone not to miss it. Everyone is invited bring their family and friends to watch and experience a little European culture in their lives which starts right now if you haven’t already.  So, teachers, club advisers, and fellow culture enthusiasts, let us do our part in spreading understanding that strengthen cross-cultural ties through the films of our European neighbors.

As always the archive will try to acquire the selection for the benefit of those who missed it including myself in the spirit of cross-cultural education and cinematic art appreciation. For archive related questions contact  us through our official facebook page and group or send email to services@creativepitstop.com and don’t forget to like us too. 😉

For more information see the screening schedule and film synopsis. All films come with subtitles where necessary.

SCREENING  SCHEDULE & SYNOPSIS

Cine Europa 14 Sceening Schedule Cebu City

Cine Europa 14 Sceening Schedule Cebu City

 

Little Robbers (Austria)

Little Robbers (Austria)

Long Weekend (Belgium)

Long Weekend (Belgium)

Letter to America (Bulgaria)

Letter to America (Bulgaria)

The Escape (Denmark)

The Escape (Denmark)

Exchange (Romania)

Exchange (Romania)

Princess (Finland)

Princess (Finland)

An Ordinary Execution (France)

An Ordinary Execution (France)

The Crocodiles (Germany)

The Crocodiles (Germany)

Little Greek Godfather (Greece)

Little Greek Godfather (Greece)

The Lark Farm (Italy)

The Lark Farm (Italy)

The Silent Army (The Netherlands)

The Silent Army (The Netherlands)

Intact (Spain)

Intact (Spain)

Mataharis (Spain)

Mataharis (Spain)

Mosquitoes' Tango (Slovakia)

Mosquitoes' Tango (Slovakia)

Mammoth (Sweeden)

Mammoth (Sweeden)

Never let me Go (United Kingdom)

Never let me Go (United Kingdom)

How About Love (Switzerland)

How About Love (Switzerland)

Invites & event coordination courtesy from our friends at the Arts Council of Cebu.
Pictures, screening schedules, & synopsis courtesy of the EU delegation to the Philippines.
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