I have this weird habit of chuckling whenever I hear the line “suportahan po natin ang pelikulang Pilipino” (let us support Filipino films) which has become sort of the cliche-ic tagline during film festivals. It began a long time ago when an actress said it on tv while promoting an R-rated film. I was 15 then and, already bastardly, I told my mom “I think we need to listen to her.“
Ten years after and the film industry doesn’t seem to have improved – the stories are still generally stupid, the punchlines are still recycled, sometime during the film there will still be a musical number (usually at the beach), and best of all the police still arrives late. Now, the rational thinker that I am, I’d say the Filipino film rests mainly on intrigues to survive – because you definitely cant rely the on art. That is unless you watch Filipino indie films.
It’s sad that pinoy indie films rose after I had left the Philippines; and sadder that it doesn’t have an audience wide enough. I also wish there was an indie film blog in the net so I wouldn’t have to check out the indie section of Pep.ph all the time and puke myself in the process upon seeing articles involving Uma Khouny, Kim Chiu or what some careless actress had done this time.
For me, the audience should be more discerning with what they watch and be more conscious about indie Filipino films. I mean, if the actress of an R-rated film could call on everyone to be more charitable as to support her film, I think the more it applies to indie. Sure it may be artsy-fartsy, but it’s not like you’re watching opera.
Support indie Filipino films!
Now if anybody out there knows where I can get good copies of indie films, can you please advise me. Photo ripped from here.