Thursday, August 25, 2005

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

TWENTY-NINE year old, six-feet four, and two-hundred thirty pounds SIGFREID BARROS-SANCHEZ was born to a family of writers and artists in Vito Cruz,
Manila. At 16 years old, he wrote articles and interviewed alternative and underground musicians for 1990s Filipino rock music bible, Rock & Rhythm, while studying Political Science and trying out for a basketball varsity slot at the University of the East-Recto campus. He decided to leave school to learn more about filmmaking after watching short films done by Jon Red (“Trip”) and Roxlee (“Tito’s Wedding”), which a Humanities professor asked them to watch.
In 1999, he became part of the prestigious 11th Ricky Lee Scriptwriting Workshop and shortly after studied directing at the Filipino Feature Filmmaking class of Direk Marilou Diaz-Abaya in Ateneo. The year after, he further honed his craft at the 10th Cinema-As-Art Filmmaking Workshop at the Univeristy of the Philippines Film Center (UPFC) under Direks Tikoy Aguiluz and Raymond Red, among others.

His first job in the movie industry was as a script reader for Viva Films until he was given a chance to write his first script “Alas Dose” (2000). His next assignments include writing “Kilabot at Kembot” (2002), “Bertud ng Putik” (2003), and “Prosti” (2003) and acting for “Dos Ekis” (2001). He also wrote for TV shows like “Erik Matti’s Kagat ng Dilim” (2001) and “Darating Ang Umaga” (2003) and acted for kiddie shows like “Hirayamanawari” and “DetekKids”. In between, he was also taken as script reader for Seiko Films (2003).
His first foray into indie filmmaking was as an actor for Jon Red’s “ASTIGmatism” (2004) whom he met for an aborted project (“Balong Malalim”) back in 2001. He then acted for Khavn dela Cruz’s “Barong Brothers” (2004), Topel Lee’s “Nak Ng!” (2004), Ato Bautista’s “Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula Sa Kamulatan” (2004), and again for Jon Red in “Boso” (2004).

Before the year 2004 ended, he was finally given a chance to direct his first two films via film grants from Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals. The result are the black comedy “Lasponggols (Last Take, Last Shot)” and the mockumentary “Ang Anak Ni Brocka (Lino Brocka’s Son)”. Aside from these, he also wrote Topel Lee’s Cinema One entry “Dilim” and acted for other indie film festivals finalists like Mike Daganalan’s “Isnats,” Ron Bryant’s “Baryoke,” and Jon Red’s “Anak Ng Tinapa”.

Sanchez is also an accomplished music video director. He recently won Best Director plum for this year’s Awit Awards for Sugarfree’s “Hari Ng Sablay”. His next video, Hale’s “The Day You Said Goodnight” has been spending four months already in the number one spot of MTV and MYX countdowns. His third video Kyla’s “Till They Take My Heart Away” is also faring well in the charts. He was also assistant director to Bamboo’s “Hallelujah” video.

He considers his stint at the actual film shoots of his filmmaker friends and mentors Erik Matti and Jon Red his best film schools. His indie stint has freed him as an artist and has helped him in making films that will free others as well.

FILMOGRAPHY
Director, “Ang Anak Ni Brocka” (2005)
Director, “Lasponggols” (2005)
Scriptwriter, “Dilim” (2005)
Actor, “Isnats” (2005)
Actor, “Baryoke” (2005)
Actor, “Anak Ng Tinapa” (2005)
Actor, “Boso” (2005)
Actor, “ASTIGmatism” (2004)
Actor, “Nak Ng!” (2004)
Actor, “Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula Sa Kamulatan” (2004)
Actor. “Barong Brothers” (2004)
Scriptwriter, “Prosti” (2003)
Scriptwriter, “Bertud Ng Putik” (2003)
Script Reader, Seiko Films (2003)
Scriptwriter/ Actor, “Kilabot at Kembot” (2002)
Actor, “Dos Ekis” (2001)
Scriptwriter, “Alas-Dose” (2000)
Script Reader, Viva Films (1999)

MUSIC VIDEOS
Director, The Brockas’ “Action!” (2005)
Director, The Brockas’ “Olats” (2005)
Director, Kyla’s “Til They Take My Heart Away” (2005)
Assistant Director, Bamboo’s “Hallelujah”
Director, Hale’s “The Day You Said Goodnight” (2005)
Director, Sugarfree’s “Hari Ng Sablay” (2004, Awit Awards Best Music Video)
Actor, Gloc 9’s “Christmas Rapper” (2004)

TV WORKS
Actor, “DetekKids” (2003)
Actor, “Hirayamanawari” (2003)
Scriptwriter, “Darating Ang Umaga” (2003)
Scriptwriter, “Erik Matti’s Kagat Ng Dilm” (2001)

ADVERTISING
Director, "Iya Sa Akean/ Dito Sa Aklan" (2004)
Assistant Director, "DAR-Obet" (2003)
Copywriter, Reality Entertainment (2003)
Copywriter, “Tsismis” Epilepsy TV Ad (2002, Bronze Ad Congress)
Copywriter, “Kim” Epilepsy TV Ad (2002, Bronze Ad Congress)
Copywriter, “Nagagamot Ang Epilepsy” Epilepsy TV Ad (2002)
Copywriter, “Kisay” Epilepsy Radio Ad (2002)

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