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Filmmakers shoot oil spill for public awareness

September 9, 2006

By Marinel Cruz

A GROUP of 15 independent filmmakers flew to Guimaras last weekend to shoot a 10-minute short film each about the oil spill in Western Visayas that is “possibly the worst ever” in the country’s history.

“Project Guimaras,” aims to create awareness among the general public on the effects of the recent disaster, according to Chits Jimenez, vice chair of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of the Philippines (IFCP).

Project participants are directors Kidlat Tahimik, Rox Lee, Milo Paz, Khavn Dela Cruz, Emmanuel Dela Cruz, Paolo Villaluna, Kidlat De Guia, JP Carpio, Raya Martin, Seymour Sanchez, Wilfred Allen Galila, Drei Boquiren, Jeck Cogama, Victor Louie Villanueva and Ann Shy.

To raise funds for the islanders, IFCP will screen all the films at Robinson’s Galleria Cinemas next month, and then compile them in DVD format for sale and distribution.

Prior to that, Jimenez said, four-minute versions of each movie will be aired on ABC 5’s current affairs program, “Shorts,” this month.

(Click Shorts, Sept. 9, 2006.)

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