Falling in Love with Indie Films
At the peak of the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival, I found myself falling in love with the underrated facet of Filipino creativity in cinemas – the shoestring-budgeted Independent Films – all over again.
I’ve always been a fan of Indie Films. Even before Coco Martin could make his big break on mainstream shows, I’ve already caught glimpse of his hot smokin’ bod on Serbis and Kinatay, both of films directed by no less than the great Brilliante Mendoza himself.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not Coco’s appearance that drew me in to my long-term affair with Indie. There’s more to these films than the actors portraying their roles, or the directors planning the scene. There’s so much in Indie that you would rarely find on mainstream Filipino movies.
At the heart of every Indie is a great story. Sure some scenes depict graphic sex scenes, gagging violence and poverty stricken characters going on about their daily lives but what makes it so much worthy to watch for is its heartfelt sincerity. The characters in the story are real; in fact, they can be found in you and me and as well as to other Filipinos out there, They’re as real as they could be, and their flaws is what sealed them to heaven’s condemnation.
The actors, directors, writers, screenwriters, editors and any other staff that took part in the movie did not create it to sell – They created it to tell. To portray and show the real story behind a situation every Filipino can relate with. Indie Films are the perfect avenue for these artists to master their arts – to entertain and enlighten the public in the best of their abilities, for the pure love of the craft itself. In the end of the day, it’s what art is really all about.
And also after watching these movies, you wouldn’t spend it telling yourself “Oh, I totally expected that ending.” Instead, you’d find yourself mulling over the impact it did on your brain, the message it wants to send. It makes you think of the complexity of all things, how something like this can lead to that, and show you how lives of the characters are invariably linked with each other. It makes you brood on the trivialities of life, and how moral values can run alongside with hypocrisy and lies.
Though Indie films are receiving criticisms and controversies regarding its poverty porn aspects or extreme nude scenes, I still continue to applaud these talents that breed new movies with an altogether different story through the years. It’s great to know that international bodies are recognizing these movies and the talents and skills of Filipino filmmakers and still continuing to do so.
To all the winners of this Cinemalaya Awards, I bid you congratulations! Continue to show and tell all the stories that must be told, the lives that must be shared, through your movies 🙂
Indie Films are sometimes aired in Cinema One during late at night. Stay Tuned for it and you won’t be sorry.