a.k.a. SIGFREID BARROS-SANCHEZ’S FILMS
“ANG ANAK NI BROCKA”
Cast: Nonie Buencamino, Roence Santos, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Soliman Cruz, Raul Morit, Rapunzel Hernandez, Bombi Plata, Ickay Eusebio, Adrian Ramirez, Ronald Tupas, Miguel Pancho, Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, Bembol Roco, Jaclyn Jose, Jeffrey Quizon, Angie Ferro, Joonee Gamboa, Nanding Josef, Soxie Topacio, Menggie Cobarrubias, Archie Adamos, Aurora Yumul, Geoff Eigenmann, Kris Lanot-Lacaba, Sarah Medina, Paolo O’Hara.
Crew: Mara Benitez, director of photography; Sig Sanchez, Rica Eusebio, Caloy Santos, Jr., production designers; Manie Magbanua, Jr., Emerson Torres, Wenz Clavaeria, editors; Allan Hilado, Nestor Fuentes, sound designers; Racquel Zaballero Sanchez, line producer; Rica Eusebio, production manager; Caloy Santos, Jr., assistant director; Bong Rosario, Juliet Perez, Caloy Santos, Jr., music.
Was it possible that while filming one of his obras, “Bayan Ko, Kapit Sa Patalim,” twenty years ago that the late, great, internationally-renowned Filipino auteur Lino Brocka sired a son? What if that boy suddenly surfaces and starts going around looking for his identity? Would you believe he is the son of Lino Brocka? Is there really a son of Lino Brocka?
This is what a group of TV journalists from an investigative show of a sub-par TV station will actually prove after accidentally stumbling upon the scoop about a twenty-year old kid who says he is the son of Brocka. Armed with their video cameras that become part of the story by following the group, the journalists go around to search for clues. They go to San Jose, Nueva Ecija where Direk Lino grew up, to UP where he went to school, to Rajah Sulayman Theater where he honed his directing skills, to film sets where he spent his life, to gay bars which he frequent, to the streets where he marched, and the squatters area where he shot most of his films. However, each time they arrive at these spots, the son of Brocka, “Onil,” is always three steps ahead of them leaving them with people telling their close encounters with the boy.
“Ang Anak Ni Brocka” is a mockumentary that delves deeper into the life of the National Artist for Film. It features not only Lino Brocka as a respected person but also exposes his flaws that he is not a superhero or a saint as what others would like to paint him. The film also opens a can of worms regarding his mysterious death by car accident in 1991.
The film also features interviews with Direk Lino’s family members, friends, associates, actors and actresses he groomed, including surprise cameos of his so-called “sons and daughters” like Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, Bembol Roco, Jackyn Jose, Menggie Cobarrubias, Soxie Topacio, Chanda Romero, Allan Paule, Timothy Diwa, Francis Magalona, Joonee Gamboa, and others.
“Ang Anak Ni Brocka” was shown last July 30-31 at the SM Megamall as part of the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival.
Cast: Jeffrey Quizon, Dwight Gaston, Danny Javier, Boboy Garovillo, Jim Paredes, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Roence Santos, Soliman Cruz, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Raul Morit, Pete Lacaba, Marra PL. Lanot, Bombi Plata, Sasi Casas, Rapunzel Hernandez, Monet dela Cruz, Ickay Eusebio, Hector Macaso, Jon Red, Topel Lee, Rox Lee, Khavn dela Cruz, Randy Punsal, Kris Lanot Lacaba, Anne Magadia, EJ Salcedo, Ogi Sugatan.
Crew: Odyssey Flores, director of photography; Donald Russ Camon, production designer; Richard Barnett, Hector Macaso, editors; Allan Hilado, Nestor Fuentes, sound designers; Seymour Barros Sanchez, line producer; Anne Christine Ponce, production manager; Rica Eusebio, Hector Macaso, assistant directors; Waldee Oasan, Khavn dela Cruz, Babes Alejo, Jess Santiago, music.
Lasponggols. Last take. Last shot. Last angle of an entire filmmaking process.
In Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez’s first film “Lasponggols,” two crewmen from a film production company (Jeffrey Quizon as the utility boy “Dido” and Dwight Gaston as the clapper “Raffy”) accidentally end up in a far-flung barrio with the production’s film equipments after a bunch of hoodlums attacked them. To obtain the assistance and hospitality of the villagers and barrio officials, the hapless duo pretend to be known yet unrecognizable Filipino filmmakers Erik Matti and Jon Red out to make a film in their barrio. As a result, the entire village becomes a microcosm of the film industry with almost everyone wanting to be a star and will do anything to become one at all cost or at least earn a few pesos from the duo’s fake movie.
The film is a black comedy of the Philippine movie industry and features the photography of one of Asia’s top young cinematographers Odyssey Flores who gave the picture a “gasera” (local lamp)-lighting night effect reminiscent of Danny Boyle’s “The Beach”. Further, “Lasponggols” also features the return to acting of Boboy Garovillo, Danny Javier, and Jim Paredes (collectively known as the Apo Hiking Society) who strut their comedic wares with independent film veterans Soliman Cruz, Raul Morit, Roence Santos, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Bombi Plata, Sasi Casas, and newcomers Rapunzel Hernandez and Monet dela Cruz. The movie also features special guest appearances from Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre, Jon Red, Rox Lee, Khavn dela Cruz, Topel Lee, and literary figures Pete Lacaba, Kris Lanot-Lacaba, and Ms. Marra PL. Lanot.
“Lasponggols” was part of the 1st Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival which was shown last July 12-17, 2005 at the Cultural Centerof the Philippines.