How many times have you and your friends gathered at the nearest cafe to discuss the latest movies you’ve seen in painstaking detail? At the very least, you might have liked each other’s Letterboxd reviews while sipping a freshly stirred mug of three-in-one coffee. There’s just something about film and caffeine that makes sense — all those late nights sneaking in a mini-marathon before bed, ignoring heavy eyelids for the experience of being enthralled by the dialogue and the acting and the cinematography.
The members of UP’s Cinema Arts Society (CAST) are well aware of this, which is why for the third year in a row, they’re hosting Kape’t Pelikula, a day-long seminar that brings together some of the country’s best known filmmakers and practitioners to inspire and influence enthusiasts and professionals alike.
This year, speakers include Giancarlo Abrahan, writer-director of Dagitab and writer of I’m Drunk, I Love You; Raymond Red, director of Anino, Kamera Obskura, and Manila Skies; John Torres, writer-director of People Power Bombshell and Lucas Nino; Baby Ruth Villarama, writer-director of Sunday Beauty Queen and Little Azkals; Moira Lang, writer of Anak, Milan, In My Life, and Patay Na si Hesus; and Samantha Lee, writer-director of Baka Bukas. They’re bound to give listeners insights into their creative processes and views on today’s filmmaking landscape, leading eye-opening conversations over cups or bottles of brew, the way discussions about movies were always meant to be.
Admission to Kape’t Pelikula is completely free, and it will be held on April 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the GT Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. Interested attendees may sign up here. Visit the Facebook page for more details.