It was just these days that the Filipino populace went swooning over the fast-growing Philippine Indie Film industry.Although it was in the year 1988 that the great Filipino director Lino Brocka first introduced Gay-Themed Independent movies with his Macho Dancer, early last year I noticed consecutive productions of such films. And saw that these films are being screened internationally before it gets to the local theaters. Sadly most if not some of it doesn’t even get screened to local theaters nationwide. It does however get special screenings on several malls and theaters on provinces.
The Filipino Indie Films in the Philippines are of course of low budget production but what makes it worth the watch is because of the uniqueness and the artistic integrity that cloaks every story. Most of the indie films I’ve watched are refreshing to eyes and the story paces like in real life. Something most mainstream movies doesn’t have and cannot offer. These are the kind of movies which are worth celebrating and something we should be proud of.It’s even more moving than the some of the mainstream films.
The only thing I have something against is that today, Pinoy Indie films are mostly gay-themed. Well it all started with that genre and all that but I’m afraid that it might just define the Independent films in the Philippines -GAY!! That could happen because they are screened and are being competed on International film festivals, they might bring home some awards but still it’ll sound quite not right. Don’t you think? No offense to those who belongs to the third sex or whatever, but to generalize our cinema as gay someday because of the nonstop release and venture on the gay genre is something I’m really afraid of.
But anyway, I still think Filipino indie films should be supported! That’s why on this blog, I will not only feature mainstream tagalog movies but also the latest screening schedules, press releases, events, posters, trailers, clips of Pinoy Indie Films online!
Mark Glenn Cabrera is the founder of Pinoymovieblog.com. A student blogger currently taking up BS in Information Technology and Traditional Animation in Davao City. He also works as a freelance graphic designer and is obviously an avid fan of movies.
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