BREAKING NEWS: FACINE* announces film line-up for FACINE/19, the 19th annual FilipinoAmerican CineFestival. The festival opens with the world premiere of Archie del Mundo‘s political thriller, The Corruption of Melba [Misis ni Meyor], on Friday, October 12, 6 pm at the Manilatown Community Center, 868 Kearney Street, San Francisco.
A special gala of Filipino American director, Ron Santiano’s sci-fi adventure, Chronicles of the Order, will be shown on Friday, October 26, 6 pm at the War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City. This will be preceded by Aaron Woolfolk‘s Nico’s Sampaguita, a short narrative co-written, produced and acted in by Marissa Catubig.
The festival will close with the world premiere of B. Garcia Chicote’s martial law drama, Malan, also at the War Memorial Community Center on Saturday, October 27 at 4 pm.
The complete festival program is as follows. Description and details will be posted later.

October 12-13, Manilatown Center, 868 Kearney Street, SF
Friday, October 12, 6 pm – Opening Film – Archie del Mundo’s The Corruption of Melba, preceded by Seymour Barros Sanchez’s Patron ng Laging Saklolo/Patronage politics
Saturday, October 13, 2-4 pm – Shorts Program: Brown Buddies, Engaged (Evan Burris Trout’s Sista; Paolo Bitanga’s Comrades; Robert Reyes Ang’s Brothers of Kappa Pi; and Jay Ignacio’s The Bladed Hand)
Saturday, October 13, 4-6 pm – Vincent Sandoval’s Senorita
Saturday, October 13, 6-8 pm – Special Program: Home and Away, Mother’s Lament (Clarissa de los Reyes’s Nanay; Jocelyn Saddi-Lenhardt’s Mother and Child; Craig Addison’s Wan Chai Baby)

October 20-21, Bayanihan Center, 1010 Mission Street, SF
Saturday, October 20, 12-2 pm – Documentary Special: Tales from the South (Fruto Corre’s Kalluman Ma Tahik/At home at Sea); and Patrick Alcedo’s Ati-Atihan Lives)
Saturday, October 20, 2-4 pm – Special Program: The Unknowing, Thoughts on death and the dying (Richard Soriano Legaspi’s Pamatid Gutom/Hunger pangs and Manenaya/Waiting; Jeanie Duque Dizon’s Death of a Cemetery)
Saturday, October 20, 4-6 pm – Noel Tan & Russ Williams’ Darkest Night, preceded by Evan Burris Trout’s Lugar Lang
Saturday, October 20, 6-8 pm – Ronaldo Carballo’s Pikit Mata/Blind ambition
Sunday, October 21, 12-2 pm – Shorts Program: Love, if possible (Rembrandt Bocalan’s Ang Obrang Hindi Tapos/The unfinished masterpiece; Cara Mia’s The Date; Joshell Montanano’s Kasunduan/Arrangement; and Clarissa de los Reyes’s Johnny Loves Dolores)
Sunday, October 21, 2-4 pm – Sigfried Barros Sanchez’s In Bangka Ha Ut Sin Duwa Sapah/The boat between two rivers, preceded by Julianito Villasanta’s Quezon Kong Mahal/Quezon, my beloved.

October 26-27, War Memorial Center, 6655 Mission Street, Daly City
Friday, October 26, 6pm – Gala Screening: Ron Santiano’s Chronicles of the Order, preceded by Aaron Woolfolk’s Nico’s Sampaguita
Saturday, October 27, 12-2 pm – Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos and Sarah Roxas’s Ganap na Babae/Garden of Eve, preceded by Victoria Donato’s Dognapper
Saturday, October 27, 2-4 pm – Alvin Yapan’s Ang Sayaw ng Daliwang Kaliwang Paa/The dance of two left feet, preceded by Adrian Alarilla’s Triptych
Saturday, October 27, 4-6 pm – Closing Film: B Garcia Chicote’s Malan, preceded by Lawrence Sibug’s Convoy

*FACINE, a nonprofit media arts organization, is committed to develop and promote Filipino American media arts and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. It organizes the annual filipino american cinefestival in San Francisco and film-related events in the SF Bay Area.

The FACINE festival, owes its roots from the 1st Filipino American Film & Video Festival called Sine! Sine! that I organized in August 1993 as part of the first-ever Filipino American Arts Exposition in San Francisco. It was a one-month exhibition of independent works, a total of about 60 short and feature-length films and videos – from the Philippines, the United States and elsewhere – held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room. Another set of nine Filipino feature films which included now-considered classics like Ishmael Bernal’s Himala and Eddie Romero’s Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon were screened at the Asian Art Museum, then located at the Golden Gate Park.
The first festival is still considered as the largest of its kind ever held in North America.
After three years of being held at different venues like the Pacific Film Archive and City College of San Francisco, the festival severed its relationship with FAAE and stood its own in 1996 as separate organization now known as FACINE when it started its own event at the San Francisco Main Library for the next 15 years.
Now, on its 19th year, FACINE will spread its wings wider when it hosts its festival in three venues in October – the Bayanihan Center and the Manilatown Center in San Francisco and tentatively, at the War Memorial Center in Daly City. Mauro Feria Tumbocon, Jr.,
Founder and Director, FACINE (filipino arts & cine, international)
537 Jones Street, PMB 2643
San Francisco, CA 94102

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