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NY Tribeca filmfest admits three Filipino films

MANILA, April 25 —Three Philippine films were admitted in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (TFF): “Graceland”, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”, and “Prima,” marking the first time that a large number of Filipino films were selected for the TFF.

The Philippine consulate in New York co-sponsors this year's TFF.

Graceland, directed and written by Ron Morales, is about Marlon Villar, a family man and the long-time chauffeur of prominent politician Manuel Chango. While he and his daughter accompany his boss’ pre-teen daughter at home, Marlon is ambushed and the wrong girl is kidnapped.

Suddenly the unassuming driver is propelled into a horrifying downward spiral and as events in his life unravel, Marlon, Manuel, and their families become entangled in a game of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent. The film is shown in Tagalog with subtitles.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, directed by Ramona Diaz, is a documentary about a charismatic Filipino singer from the slums of Manila. The singer posts videos of his cover band on Youtube and soon fronts an iconic rock band. It’s the real-life rock-and-roll fairy tale that Arnel Pineda is living as the new lead singer of Journey.

The pressure’s on Pineda as this rockin’ doc follows Journey’s dizzying world tour. Can man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame? The film is shown in English with Tagalog subtitles.

Prima, directed by Miguel Calayan, is about a ballerina, who recalls her old choreography, leaping and spinning in front of an invisible audience, alone in a brightly lit studio.

As official co-sponsor, the consulate’s logo and the consulate’s link to the website are prominently posted on the Tribeca Film Festival webpages for the three films. The webpages may be viewed on the following link: http://www.tribecafilm.com. (PNA)

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