Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Student and her Cinemas

So our Cinema Knights Week has just ended, and I got to watch 3 amazing independent films created by our talented Communication Arts students. First off, Cinema Knights Week is a week where at least 8 indie movie entries are shown in the different viewing halls around our campus. The Communication Arts students sell the movie tickets (PhP 25 each) in the lobby area where they've set up different themed booths based on their movie entry. Attached to the tickets are the scheduled viewing times of the films and which Hall it's scheduled to be shown.

Zinema Ticketssss.... O.O

This isn't exactly the first year I've gone to watch Letran's indie films, in fact the first time was last school year (when I was in my 2nd year in college...), where our Marketing professor all but offered incentives to her students who were willing to buy and watch her Communication Arts students' indie films. Not that I needed any additional incentives with my grade and all, but I guess curiosity won me over with what my fellow Letranites had to offer when it came to movie-making. So I guess you could say I was caught off guard. "VindicarĂ©" turned out to be like a murder mystery short with a who-done-it plotline, adding a sibling-rivalry gone wrong twist. Also "Rainbow X" came as a surprise with its psychological horror genre which even had me (... and ONLY me...) yelping at one scene, albeit embarrassingly. It basically focuses on the life of an award-winning indie actor who leads another life as a serial killer, killing off gays (... and it's not the happy kind...). The horror part? Well, he gets haunted by a bloody one (like literally!) throughout the film!

So backstory aside, that experience was the first time, and would surely not be the last. That's why this year I decided to watch 3 films; namely:

The teaser that started it all...

"The Cramming" is a comedic short which, as the title states, focuses on Ely and Kurt trying to meet their deadline. How they manage to do so is beyond me. Another one would be a romantic short with a surprising twist at the end entitled "Message Sent". It starts with an aspiring musician later finding a cellphone number in a public bus, who later becomes his textmate. Sparks fly while cellular loads are diminished (... unless you know, Unlitxt20 to 8888...).

Because not everything has to be said... <3

Lastly would be "Sabado", which is surprisingly about suicide (... or in a more euphemistic sense, life and death). 

... the washed-out poster should have been a warning...

It starts off with both our protagonists waking up and setting a timer, while they proceed to enjoy the little things in life together for the day. By the end of the day, they're at Jones Bridge with the guy saying something along the lines that, "It takes courage to Die, but it takes more than courage to Live." With the girl replying that she's "not afraid anymore" as they throw their respective timers off the bridge. The End. Yeah it was meant to be open-ended I suppose, as I later found out from the director during the Q & A part at the end of the film.

Cliffhangers aside, all in all it was an enjoyable experience which I wouldn't mind doing again next school year. Kudos to our upcoming movie directors and screen writers! ;) Arriba Letran! :D

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