january 23-30, 2002
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.MOV: The First
Philippine Digital Film Festival
January 23-30, 2002 /
By Todd Verow
As festival and industry
types continue to proclaim, “DV has arrived!”, what they really mean is
the digital filmmaking revolution has finally been co-opted by Hollywood.
Write a crappy script, throw a “star” in it, shoot it in DV, and voila!
You have the latest “edgy” indiewood yawn fest. Let the bidding war
begin! <READ MORE>
The festival wasn’t
without controversy as Rob Nilsson’s “Stroke” could not be shown
because it received an X-rating from the government censors because of pubic
hair exposure. Remarkably, my feature “Once & Future Queen” managed
to sneak by the censors. Other “pubic hair free” features that screened
included: “Crashing the Party” by the Independent Media Center in Los
Angeles; Rob Nilsson’s “Chalk” and “Winter Oranges”; two
award-winning films from Digital Talkies (the first digital film festival in
India) --- “Urf Professor” and “Divya Drishti”, as well as the
Dogme95 films “The Celebration” and “Mifune”.
According to festival
director Dela Cruz, the festival will be back again next year, and they have
already received invitations from arts organizations all over the
Philippines to tour .MOV in their cities.
Erik Geronia’s “The
Dino Ignacio’s “Mongo
Chuck Escasa, Nonoy
Dadivas, & Ed Lejano’s “Motel”
Khavn Dela Cruz’s
Mo Zee’s “Sulyap”
Gatla Gunawin’s “Datgilab”.
About the Author:
TODD VEROW’s first
feature film was the controversial adaptation of the novel “Frisk”.
Since then, he formed his own production company www.bangorfilms.com
with his producing and writing partner Jim Dwyer. He has made 10 digital
features including the award-winning “Little Shots of Happiness”,
“Once & Future Queen”, and “Shucking The Curve”, and in the
process has become a spokesperson for the digital filmmaking revolution.
Todd currently resides in Boston, MA.
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