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Monday, March 22, 2010

striking down gay stereotypes as media square pegs in parisukat

by: Cesario Minor, Jr.

It is not uncommon for tabloids and, lamentably, even major broadsheets, to carry news stories whose titles alone are either misogynist or homophobic by temperament. Headlines that read “Lesbian Rapes Grade 5 Pupil!” “Sabik sa Balot, Tisay Pinilahan ng Anim,” “Gay Pimp Caught Peddling Minors,” “Atsay Nag-amok, BF at Dyowang Bading Ginilitan” and their ilk cast serious doubts on media’s credibility as an institution and on journalism’s supposed ethical practice. The patriarchal slants of such titles and their accompanying news stories evoke knowledge, veracity and ethics at the expense of the historically, culturally and politically oppressed females and gays.

At its surface value, Jonison Fontanos’ Parisukat seems to reinforce the aforementioned notion of the gay as victim with its teaser “Baklang Negosyante…Pinatay!” However, there is an attempt to subvert such an anti-gay stance with the unfurling of the crime’s least explored version (there are four, hence the titular allusion).

German (Toffee Calma) is a gay entrepreneur whose murder, according to police reports acquired by his former lover Jaime (Jobben Bello), was perpetrated by a “boylet” (loosely, a younger lover). Flashbacks reveal that not long after the two cruised each other in a café, Jaime discovered that his “Honey” was in contact with the boylet Hubert (Christopher Cañizares). In what appears as a trick of destiny, German’s lovers meet in the decrepit boarding house that Jaime rents out to the transsexual Xander (Darwin Taylo), who still obsesses over high school crush Hubert, and the newly-arrived nursing student Marcus (Jeff Tatsuro), whom Hubert introduced to his flesh trade.

German’s slaughter being entirely unsolved, the callboys accuse each other of having killed their common client, invoking two more versions of the crime. Running off anew from a misdeed he did not commit, Marcus slips away just before his landlord butchers the boylet that drove him to kill his businessman lover in a fit of jealousy, and the witnessing transsexual.

Of course, when the media scrambles over mayhem like this, the crime of passion fueled by such human emotions as jealousy and betrayal gets reduced to gendered documentations that treat the sexual orientations of the people involved as if these provoked the violation. Hence, irresponsible media portrayals of females as willing rape victims, and homosexuals as abusers, as exploiters and, in the cases of Parisukat’s German and Xander, as easy targets of mutilation, get perpetuated. Despite the overwhelming majority of crimes against humanity being executed by heterosexuals, banner news like “Straight Priest Fondles Devotees’ Breasts,” “Heterosexuals Collared for Human Trafficking” and the like remain invisible as opposed to macho-driven headlines mentioned at the onset.

More interesting than the possible depiction of the gay as crime perpetrator (yet again), Jaime’s character may qualify as a challenge to the gay typecasting as weak and cowardly because inflamed by grave circumstances, the gay—like any desperado—can kill. The initial indeterminacy of the accurate version of the carnage blurs the faces of the numerous suspects that the slain might have let into his room, a condition that eliminates the seemingly incapable gay from the picture. Therefore, what Jaime has massacred in the process are the stubborn, claustrophobic squares of stereotypes in which homosexuals are pegged by the gay-bashing media in particular and the male-dominated world in general.

Parisukat, which also stars Rosemarie Ibarrita, Hugot’s Alvin Espinoza and up-and-coming model Charlon Suerte, is still showing in Isetann Recto in Downtown Manila and in Cinema Eden in Cebu.

Friday, March 12, 2010

“SUBOK” & “DISCREETLY” : TWO NEW QUEER FLICKS !



Two new flicks are coming up from the ever gay filmmaker Crisaldo Pablo.

First is “Discreetly” (opens March 24 on select theaters) about young gay guy who brings home his boyfriend to come out to his religious mom and ends up being exorcised by a religious community.

Second is “Subok” about three young gays who hate Crisaldo Pablo so much that they decide to make their own gay skin flick.


Source: lexuality.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Who’s afraid of a gay-movie glut?

By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:09:00 03/10/2010
MANILA, Philippines—Who’s scared of gay films?

During the first Indie Film Summit sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines last year, the participants raised a common concern: There is a danger that, with the glut of independent producers, their films would cancel each other out, should they open in local theaters simultaneously.

Four alternative local movies open this week: Ralston Jover’s “Bakal Boys,” Raul Jorolan’s “The Red Shoes: A Love Story,” Jonison Fontanos’ “Parisukat” and Mark Shandii Bacolod’s “Ben & Sam.”

Fontanos had moved back the premiere of his film to give way to the Queer Love Film Fest which ran the week of Feb. 17. Unfortunately, “Parisukat” is now being pitted against another gay drama “Ben & Sam.”

Bacolod, whose film debuted at the Queer Love Fest last month, pointed out, “It’s important for us, gay filmmakers, to voice out our passions, beliefs, sentiments, even our desires.”

He noted that his film tackled discrimination. “It’s getting worse ... in schools and in society in general. My film is about the hardships and consequences of coming out.”

About love

But mainly, Bacolod said, his film is about “love.” He is presenting non-stereotypical gay characters. “I wanted to avoid clichés. There’s no male prostitution. No noisy, flamboyant parlorista types.”

He noted that his film tries to break free from the indie stereotype of grit and gloom as well. “It’s actually glossy, colorful and clean.”

Fontanos is presenting an important issue, violence against gays, in a very sexy package. His main protagonist is not the usual gay character, he said. “He’s a pansexual. He likes men, women, gays, callboys, chubby and lean people.” Biggest challenge was the “shoestring budget.”
“We could only afford a Panasonic 24P camera. We also couldn’t rent lights, cranes and other equipment. We had to make do with a tripod,” he admitted.

“Parisukat” is the last film to be shown at the IndieSine, which will close temporarily.

Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, chair of the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multipurpose Cooperative which mounted the Queer Love Fest and managed IndieSine, acknowledged that “there are many criticisms against gay films, [particularly] about craft and content.”
At the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender film fest in 2006, she learned that any community or festival should be open to all types of films—from serious, advocacy films to “politically incorrect” movies.

“We need to give everyone space,” she said, “for their voices to be heard and affirmed.”



Monday, March 8, 2010

Indie Production Workshop Scholarship for Students/Teachers

Sinehan Digitales' annual indie movie production workshop has ten slots for students or teachers who are currently enrolled or employed in a legitimate university/college except for University of the Philippines/La Salle Taft/St Benilde/Ateneo University/Miriam/Assumption may send their letter of intention to be part of the workshop, a recommendation from their department chairperson, their signed resume and 2x2 face picture to unit 404 wil-vic building, 96 v. luna road extension, barangay malaya, sikatuna village, diliman, quezon city...

the indie movie production workshop will tackle the practical applied arts of indie movie-making and will also touch on the art and craft as well as the business of making indie movies that sell. we believe that the theories on how to make your movies film-like or artistic is already taught in schools and books but it is this other very important aspect of independent movie production which is management, completing a movie within budget, marketing and promotions, and how to self-sustain as an independent producer.

for teachers who have never tried independent movie production before and if they intend to teach this course in their campus, this workshop will be very useful.

for students who will be taking production classes this coming semester in their school, this can be your preparatory course. imagine being prepared and making less mistakes when you do your actual class production next semester?

Indie Movie Production Workshop schedule is on April 20, every Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8pm with a request that you keep your saturdays free for production exercises. The student during the workshop will be immersed in actual indie movie productions by Sinehan this summer.

Those who qualify for the scholarship will be contacted and they may attend the sessions for free.

The regular workshop fee is only P3,000.00 for others who are interested to learn about indie movie production.

Sinehan is also offering an acting workshop which starts April 17, every Saturday for five consecutive saturdays. you will perform in front of a camera every session. we will produce a full length movie for you at the end of the workshop. workshop fee is only p8,000.00
contact 09208619880.

our first adobe premiere editing workshop for digital movies will start april 21, every wednesday 5-8pm. you will be editing actual movie projects and we might hire you should you consider a career in movie editing. contact 09279278844.
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