Cinema One Originals 2008 - Alon

Thursday, November 20, 2008

For almost 15 years now, Cinema One, with its diverse programming, successfully introduced a new wave of writers, directors, cinematographers, actors and actresses via the independent film circuit. In the coming 4rth Annual Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival this month, one movie will create waves to enrapture everybody, Alon.

Starring promising newcomer and commercial model-cum-actress Charee Pineda with award-winning actors Mark Gil and Eula Valdez, this sinewy drama of director Byron Bryant who also completed the screenplay with Raymond Gerard Cruz is a tender tale of love between a girl and a man. With the beach, the shore and the seaside village being its principal setting, Alon has a hushed appeal that stresses the beauty and even unpredictability of its story. 17-year old Vanni (Pineda) is spending a vacation in a seaside village when one morning, searching for her lost puppy she meets Fiel (Gil), a lonesome man living alone in a beach house. Currently avoiding her ineffectual and immature boyfriend, Vanni decides to hang out in the man’s house, and a mutual fondness develops between them. When she discovers he has a wife (Valdez), she begins to suppress her feelings while the grown man likewise tries to think he is not falling for her…yet. But when time comes for them to separate, apprehension and fear both slither into Vanni and Fiel, for they may not see each other again. Thus leading us all to the catchphrase of Alon: “One sad man…One lonely girl…And a million waves of emotions.”

More popularly known as Ron Bryant, the young filmmaker is considered possessing an eye for independent film storylines that explore another yet real side of life. In his 2006 gem Rotonda where struggling photojournalist also played by Mark Gil, captures a great image surely to hoist him to prominence reflect how redemptions can re-shape anybody’s dwindling self-esteem. This Cinemalaya gem won the Best Direction (Bryant), Best Editing, Best Musical Score and the Best Actor for Gil in the 2007 Gawad Urian. Another indie he helmed is Baryoke which won Best Cinematography in the Cinemalaya 2005. He also co-wrote the script of Celso Ad Castillo’s horror hit Sanib in 2003 and Liwanag sa Dilim of director Lawrence Fajardo. He even completed select episodes in the hit teleserye Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay in 2002.

Alon is one of the seven (7) finalists in the 4rth Annual Cinema One Originals Film Festival. The Festival will kick off via Campus Tour around Metro Manila from November 19 to 27. The Awards Nights is on November 28 at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN. Their Theatrical Screening is from December 3 to 10 at the IndieSine of the Robinsons Galleria. Alon is produced and owned by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI) thru the Cinema One Originals annual movie project.

Charee Pineda - Vanni
Mark Gil - Fiel
Eula Valdez - Angela

Byron Bryant - Director
Executive Producer - Ronald Arguelles
Ron Bryant - Story & Screenplay
Raymond Gerard C. Cruz - Co-Writer
Mike Dagnalan & Bianca Balbuena - Assistant Directors
Regiben Romana - Director of Photography
Dempster Samarista - Editor & Soundman
Lodi Quintana & Denise Ang - Wardrobe & Make-Up
Ma-an Asuncion & Mike Dagnalan - Supervising Producers
Cesar Yambao & Nicolas Varela - Production Managers
Bughaw - Gaffer
Mervin Espina - Stillman & BTS
Percival Quinan - Production Coordinator (Agno)
Jerry Rosete - Talent Coordinator (Agno

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