“LASPONGGOLS”


Two lowly crew members of a film production, a clapper and a utility boy, accidentally run off with  film equipments in a far-flung barrio after witnessing the illegal transaction of a Mayor in the town they were  shooting a  film. They end up in a far-flung barrio where the population has little knowledge of a film shoot. They pretend to be Filipino filmmakers Erik Matti and Jon Red and decide to hold an audition for their “new project” which will be shot in the same barrio. Suddenly, the whole barrio transforms into a microcosm of the local film industry, with politicians applying to be the next action stars, wannabe talent managers and production designers, and mothers pimping their own daughters just so they can be included in the film shoot. This black comedy of  the film industry is the first film of independent filmmaker SIGFREID BARROS-SANCHEZ and was part of the 1st Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2005. Starring Jeffrey Quizon, Dwight Gaston, The Apo Hiking Society (Jim Paredes, Danny Javier, and Boboy Garovillo), Soliman Cruz, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Roence Santos, Raul Morit, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Hector Macaso, Ickay Eusebio, Sasi Casas, Bombi Plata, Khavn dela Cruz, Rox Lee, Topel Lee, EJ Salcedo, Ogi Sugatan, and introducing Rapunzel Hernandez and Ramona Dela Cruz. A mini documentary was shown before the film that featured Erik Matti, Richard Somes, Nonie Buencamino, Angie Ferro, and Bembol Rocco. The film was said to be too ahead of its time as the indie film industry of the Philippines was then just starting to bloom during its release.

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