Cinema One Originals 2008 - Yanggaw

Thursday, November 20, 2008

In this year’s 4rth Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, one movie will send shivers up and down moviegoers’ spines, Yanggaw!

What is Yanggaw? Should this be answered, the story may come off to be a giveaway. Yanggaw is a verb; an Ilonggo dialect for…infected. And this drama-mystery of writer-director Richard Somes is the story of an ordinary family with extraordinary family problems and dark secrets that will change their lives forever. Headed by a casting coup of Joel Torre, Tetchie Agbayani, Ronnie Lazaro, with Aleera Montalla, Monet Gaston, Gio Respall, Keith Bryan Cabañez, Leon Gaston, Lilit Reyes and Erik Matti this time getting in front of the camera instead of directing, Yanggaw

In a tiny village in a very far-flung province, superstitions and dark beliefs still run deep and imbedded in the lives of a particular family. However quite in touch with modernity, an ‘omen’ still lords over their lives. But these omens are not mere beliefs. They’re real events with consequences that can wreak this family. When Junior’s (Lazaro) daughter Amor (Montalla) gets stricken with an illness no doctor could not diagnose, townsfolk likewise were stricken by animal corpses and soon enough, murdered people. Junior’s family slowly discovers she is showing symptoms of Yanggaw: the deliberate transformation of humans to act, behave and become dangerously inhuman. This leaves Junior to choose between his family or Amor.

Brave story progression makes Yanggaw a digital film that is set to become big in theaters because should it be described, “it is visually stunning, the flavour is very Pinoy and it tackles specific aspects of Pinoy family values. Plus it’s very real,” observes winning actress, professor and great beauty Tetchie Agbayani. Director Richard Somes is also quick to point out “just when something wrong is already going on within this particular family, every viewer will find the movie different, but it’s still all about family and family values.”

Yanggaw will blaze the trail for new genres in independent filmmaking being one of the seven (7) finalists for the 4rth Annual Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. The Filmfest will kick of with a Campus Tour from November 19 to 27. The awards nights will be held on November 28 at the Dolphy Theater of the ABS-CBN. Theatrical Screening will be from December 3 to 10 at the IndieSine of the Robinsons Galleria. Yanggaw is produced and owned by Cinema One and Creative Programs, Inc (CPI) thru its Cinema One Originals movie project.

Ronnie Lazaro - Junior
Tetchie Agbayani - Inday
Joel Torre - Dulpo
Aleera Montalla - Amor
Monet Gaston - Erma
Gio Respall - Toto
Keith Bryan Cabañez - Abner
Leon Gaston - Leon
Erik Matti - Lazarus Ave
Lilit Reyes - Dr. Sandico

Richard Somes - Director
Executive Producer - Ronald Arguelles
James Montelibano & Armi Rae Canindin - Assistant Director
Borgy Torre - 2nd Assistant Director and Editor
Maimai Montelibano - Production Head
Riza Montelibano - Line Producer
Lyle Sacris & Herman Claravall - Directors of Photography
Joel de Guzman - Head Camera Operator
Rolly Gallo & Gerry Mongcal - Cameramen
Jon Vitangcol & Buboy Lumibao - Gaffers
Ritchie Besas - Script Continuity
Michael Español & Donald Camon - Production Designers
Rashem Gumacal - Art Director
Adrian Española - Assistant Art Department Coordinator
Chistine Banares - Costume Designer
Rynheart Trujillo & Donabel Macanan - Wardrobe
Menalyn Duque - Make-up Artist
Elmer Gamila - Art Department Coordinator
Bong Pavia - Production Manager
Jimmy Callanga - Production Assistant
Rolly Balignasay & Louie Malicdem - Utility
Christopher Ceremonia - Head Set Man
Emanuel Balignasay - Prop Master
Reynante Torre, Allan Mosquera &
Noel Baltazar - Art Department
Charles Albert Alabado & Xerxes Cebellos - Special Artists
Ed de Guzman & Jun Bustos - P2 Caretakers
Alex Quirante - Dumper
Eduardo Velasques - Sound Man
Romeo Lopez - Boom Man
Chistopher Batara - Cable Man
Marlon Jimera & Liyel Tulio - V.T.R.

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