It’s the end of the beginning of a new year, and I can sense fest season. It’s the last day of the Bigshot Film Festival. I anticipate ________NESS’s buzzing video launch this Friday. And I can already smell the sea as Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival draws near. Before all that, I’ll be reporting from St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival on February 12.
That’s right. I’ll be taking a little flight to catch the Singapore leg of the famed Laneway Festival. If you’ve been reading STATUS’s Maestro section, you’ll see some familiar names: The Drums, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Toro y Moi. Who will I get to hang out with? Who will be on the pages of STATUS soon? Tag along with me, and I’ll report live from Fort Canning.
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Both these acts have been featured on our pages, and they have more than their band names’ suffixes in common: sound public advice (see above), raving groupies, and music videos by Bob Lyren. Produced by Joee Meijas, these visualizations of Wilderness‘s “El Toro El Matador” and The Strangeness’s “Cain was furious and he was downcast”, blessings/offenses to mankind (depends how you see it), will be screened first at SaGuijo this Friday. I think MTRCB and CBCP should come. They will be relieved there’s Ang Bandang Shirley, Gaijin, and The Butchercons to check out instead.
Today is your last chance to catch SM Cinema’s 1st Big Shot Film Festival. You’ve heard about Suntok sa Buwan in STATUS first; now is the time to see it. It’s the story of two boxers–an strong up-and coming and an aging veteran–Bianca Catbagan and Jono de Rivera’s cleanly executed jab at relevance as boxing has emerged as our top sport of interest. De Rivera et al’s Balang Araw, meanwhile, wanders around Manila at night Crash-style, just as beautifully rendered on screen as his other collaboration. No convoluted think pieces that fall apart in execution, just simple narratives enhanced by proper technique. See you at the fests! -NANSAN