Saturday, August 13, 2016

Short Film Set In A Mining Town In Benguet Currently Showing At The Cinemalaya Film Festival

If you happen to be within or near Manila this weekend, consider catching a screening of Butas, a short film that chronicles the struggles of a widow as she tries to raise her child in a sleepy mining town in Benguet. The film is part of the ongoing 12th edition of the Cinemalaya Film Festival which will wrap up this Sunday (August 14). Those who want to see Butas before the festival ends can catch a screening in the following dates and venues:

August 14, 2:00 pm at the Greenbelt 1, Cinema 1
August 14, 2:00 pm at the Up Town Centre, Cinema 3
August 14, 7:00 pm at the Ayala Center Cebu, Cinema 4

Here's the synopsis for the film: "Is a story of a woman miner from the Mountains of Benguet, who struggles to balance life as a miner and a single parent. Butas will take you to a journey in the life of a mother who is struggling to make ends meet but is hopeful of being able to provide a better life for her son. Due to poverty in her native land she was forced to work in a foreign country but comes back to the Philippines to take care of her son after the husband died from a mining accident."

And here's the trailer:

Film credits:
Main Cast: Jill Palencia Ibuyan, Jhaykien Nuyad, Skyzx Labastilla, Paul Temperante
Director: Richard H. Cawed
Producers: Richard H. Cawed / Andy Valenzuela / Erik Salvador
Colorist: Bernard Feliciano
Scoring: Chi Capulong
Production Coordinator:Em-em Parra
Drone Operators: Michael Andres Subido / Bobby CrisologoBarodi / Richard H. Cawed
Production Assistant: Yousef Abdul-Wahab
BTS Team: Martin Andres
Camera Operator/Gaffer: Edward Anastacio
Audioman/Gaffer: Rolly “Bigboy” Zuniga
Camera Lights and Audio Equipment provided by Bigtop Productions.
Poster Design: DodongDela Cruz
Editing: Anthony Hernandez
Written by: Richard H. Cawed