The Story of Ang Nawawala

January 12, 2014

How does one make a successful Filipino independent movie? The creators of Ang Nawawala share their journey.

In 2012, a little independent film called Ang Nawawala enjoyed a short commercial run in theaters around Metro Manila. A couple of months before that, it had made waves at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival with sold-out screenings and two awards to boot: Best Original Score and Audience Choice Award for the New Breed category.

In January 2013, the film was shown at the Slamdance Film Festival for its world premiere and has since been shown in various cities around the world, including London, San Francisco and Honolulu.

“The life span of a film on the festival circuit is a year from its world premiere. Cinemalaya is not counted as the world premiere because it’s the commissioning festival, so they produced it,” clarifies Ramon De Veyra, co-writer of the film.

“Technically it’s a 2012 film, but officially it’s 2013,” explains Marie Jamora, the creator, director, and co-writer of Ang Nawawala, a movie well-loved by students, film buffs, and the independent music community, which it prominently features.

It’s rare for an independent film to capture as many hearts as this did in its first year of screening. Jamora and De Veyra share the stages of Ang Nawawala’s development and release, peeling back its colorful finish to reveal the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making a movie that is etched in Philippine pop culture forever.

‘What Isn’t There’ explores mute young man’s coming-of-age

June 4, 2013

Director Marie Jamora’s feature film debut “What Isn’t There” (Ang Nawawala) will screen at theYerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm as part of theNew Filipino Cinema Series 2013.

“What Isn’t There” gives audiences a glimpse into the life of Gibson Bonifacio, a young man who stopped speaking as a child after the death of his brother. argentina . ask the dust .

It’s all there! Metro Manila’s indie film “What Isn’t There” premieres in Los Angeles

May 9, 2013

Originally set to premiere this past Saturday, May 4th, the viewing was pushed after a slew of technical issues forced the sold out crowd who waited outside for over an hour at Koreatown’s CGV cinema to ultimately go home unfulfilled.  Fortunately, it was rescheduled to Tuesday May 7th, giving me and countless others another opportunity to catch this very special film.


April 29, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – With the success of Singapore’s Laneway Festival and local music gatherings like the Malasimbo Festival and last week’s Tagaytay Electronica Festival, today, the Exception Music Festival will show Manileños how it’s done. ask the dust .

“What Isn’t There” Screening at YBCA

April 18, 2013

Director Marie Jamora in person. Teenager Gibson Bonifacio does not talk. He stopped speaking years ago after witnessing a terrible tragedy. He returns home from abroad for the holiday, back into a home that can only offer an illusion of family. Rather than deal with his family, he explores the local music scene and runs away into his very first romance. argentina . Director Marie Jamora eschews the high-strung dramatics of the typical family drama to reveal different shades of the Filipino family. (2012, 116 min)

“Grave Bandits” competes in Barcelona

Three Filipino films will be screened at the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, to be held in Hollywood from May 2 to 12. Among the films to be shown are Benito Bautista’s documentary “Harana,” Marie Jamora’s youth drama “Ang Nawawala” and Ted Ramasola’s short film “Bells Ring, Mr King.” This cinema event is considered “the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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