Kapampangan knight to host rare Film Appreciation seminar

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Sunday, January 26, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Recently knighted Kapampangan independent film director Brillante Mendoza will be conducting a rare “Film Appreciation” event this February affording film enthusiasts and aspiring directors to learn from the multi-awarded director.

The event will be held at Center Stage Productions #947 Busilak St., Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City with Brillante sharing a wealth of experience and tips on independent film production and directing.

Brillante is currently hailed as the most sought after director of his time and has been able to reap many awards for his films and creative works.

Recently, Mendoza was inducted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, the first Kapampangan to receive such honor from the French government.

The City of San Fernando-born Mendoza has directed nine films since 2005.

He won the award for Best Director for his film "Kinatay" at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. His latest film "Lola" won the best film award at the 6th Dubai International Film Festival.

Mendoza is the first Filipino to win “The Golden Leopard” in the 58th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in 2005 for his film, “Masahista,” which was filmed in this city.

Mendoza is also the director of the film “Captive.” The film tells of the story of holiday makers and missionaries kidnapped in the Philippines by an Al Qaeda-linked rebel group. The news turned into film with that significant flair and signature Brillante Mendoza style.

The film stars French actress Isabelle Huppert and a host of talented and award-winning Filipino cast that include Sid Lucero, Angel Aquino, Maria Isabel Lopez, Joel Torre, Mercedez Cabral, Mon Confiado, Ronnie Lazaro, and Raymond Bagatsing.

Through his films, he tries to utilize his artistry in promoting Kapampangan culture internationally. He recently produced the full-length Kapampangan independent film “Dukit” that carted awards in the recent Metro Manila Film Festival.

Mendoza finished his primary education in San Isidro Elementary School and his secondary education at the University of the Assumption High School.

Interested parties may contact Zander Alih Mobile (0917-2794755) for details on this event.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 27, 2014.

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