Earlier this year, Cinematografo Originals put a call out for the most promising projects and filmmakers. With last year’s Originals making waves around the festival circuit, we look to the future and offer a glimpse at a new batch of original projects currently in different stages of production.
Get to know this year’s Cinematografo Originals in this industry-only pitch panel along with other filmmakers looking to refine their stories and take their projects to the next level.
JESS DELA MERCED
Jess dela Merced is a Filipino-American writer/director from San Francisco. She is a director in the Disney ABC directing program and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She holds an MFA from the NYU Grad Film Program where she received the Spike Lee Fellowship as well as the Lorraine Hansberry Arts, Performance, and Media Award. Her award-winning thesis film Hypebeasts written under the mentorship of Spike Lee aired on PBS. Jess was a San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse screenwriting resident and one of IFP’s Emerging Storytellers. Her short film, Wait ’til the Wolves Make Nice premiered at SXSW and won the Grand Jury Prize in Detroit’s Cinetopia International Film Festival.
DRAMA DEL ROSARIO
Drama del Rosario is a BAFTA-nominated Filipino documentary filmmaker in Los Angeles, California. With over a decade of experience in video production and recognized by film festivals around the world, Drama explores the personal lives of human beings in the middle of today’s social issues. His debut directorial work is Popemania, a documentary that probes the commercialization of religion in the Philippines. As a young filmmaker, Drama received awards in the Philippines, USA, India, and Australia, and was subsequently featured on CNN. Also known for his LGBTQ documentary films In This Family and Act Like A Woman, Drama believes in giving a voice to people who need to be heard.
will be announced at the beginning of this program.
FRIDAY | NOVEMBER 9 | 3.00PM
The screening of CALL HER GANDA will be followed immediately by a topical, dynamic PANEL DISCUSSION with its filmmakers (PJ Raval, Marty Syjuco), and joined in a conversation by the makers of other films that have recently ignited political and social storms: GIVE UP TOMORROW (Syjuco, Michael Collins) the Emmy-nominated 2011 film about the explosive trial of accused murderer Paco Larrañaga in the Philippines that has recently surged on several million social media circuits, creating renewed political interest in the case; DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (Miko Revereza), the cinematic, intimate visual essay about the filmmaker’s life as an ‘illegal alien’ observing his own personal disintegrating traditional family model. The filmmakers will shine some light on their recent Filipino and Filipino American films that have made considerable impact on the socio-economic and geopolitical landscapes of the world. Whose voices are shouted from rooftops – who listens, who takes action – and whose lives are impacted?
SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 10 | 11.15AM
Join us for a panel discussion on women in film and how the industry has changed in the past year. We move past the gender politics and listen to the personal stories of women on the ground whose struggles, until recently, have largely gone unnoticed.
SUNDAY | NOVEMBER 11 | 1.00PM
You’ve written your script. Now what? International co-productions promote artistic collaborations, not only through financial support but though creating partnerships and cultural exchange. Join us for a lively discussion with international producers from Europe and Asia as they talk about film markets, partnerships, and networking and find out what exactly it is you need get your film out there ready for the world.
SUNDAY | NOVEMBER 11 | 12:30 PM