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MANILA, Philippines - Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival is ongoing in Park City, Utah. It kicked off on January 17 and will end on January 27.
This year's Sundance has almost 200 films in its roster, answering the bigger clamor for meaningful and relevant art and independent films.
Among this year's film are the Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS" and the Jeremy Lin narrative "Linsanity."
On January 21, Macapagal sent this Facebook message to Rappler's Kai Magsanoc:
It's half past six in the morning and I am awake, maybe the best time to write.
There are a lot of things happening in terms of schedules to fill for filmmakers and actors. The whole city becomes a festival.
I was invited by the well-attended "SAG Indie Actors only Brunch"...
The Premiere night was special. I need more time to digest the whole experience. Most people who approached me personally were in tears and I know sincerely were touched by Oscar's plight. One American lady and her husband gave me Sky Flakes as her only connection to the Philippines since they have left the country after having lived there for years. If I could remember all the beautiful angels who wanted to give me a hug...
Sundance programmer writes:
Director Sean Ellis’s return ("The Broken" premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival) vividly captures the desperation of life amongst the squalid Manila slums, then ratchets up the tension, creating an intense thriller with a poignant humanity and palpable dramatic stakes. In the role of Oscar, Jake Macapagal brings emotional depth to the wrenching choices he must make to sustain his family.
More reviews later."
12 Sundance entries are available on YouTube only. According to Slash Film, an online debut costs a film the opportunity to compete for an Oscar:
"The Academy’s rules exclude any short film that appears online, on TV, or on home video before it plays in a paid screening in a Los Angeles theater or wins a prize at one of 75 qualifying festivals (of which Sundance is one)."
Watch the films here:
'Seraph' by Dash Shaw:
'The Apocalypse' by Andrew Zuchero:
'Black Metal' by Kat Candler:
'Broken Night' by Guillermo Arriaga:
'Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?' by Jason Willis:
'The Event' by Julia Pott:
'Irish Folk Furniture' by Tony Donoghue:
'Marcel, King of Tervuren' by Tom Schroeder:
'Movies Made From Home #6' by Robert Machoian:
'What Do We Have In Our Pockets?' by Goran Dukic:
'When the Zombies Come' by Jon Hurst:
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