AMIGO Opening Night Premiere – Benefit for FilAm ARTS / FPAC 20


Location
Laemmle Monica 4 – Santa Monica

1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA


More Info
TICKETS/INFO: http://amigofilamartsbenef​itpremiere.eventbrite.com/
(Space is limited, advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.)

Benefit Tickets for Exclusive Screening, Q&A, and VIP Reception:
$30 by August 15, $35 after (until theater is sold out)

FilAm ARTS invites you to the Opening Night Benefit Premiere of
“AMIGO”
A Film by JOHN SAYLES
Starring Filipino acting legend Joel Torre and Academy Award ® Winner Chris Cooper
7:00pm – Film Screening with Q&A
9:30pm – VIP Reception with JOEL TORRE
(Refreshments will be served. VIP Reception not available to regular Laemmle ticket holders.)

Proceeds benefit FilAm ARTS, a Los Angeles nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization, and its programs such as the 20th Anniversary Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC 20) on September 10-11, 2011

Please join FilAm ARTS for an exclusive screening of a Philippine-American co-production – the acclaimed new film, AMIGO, produced by Maggie Renzi, and written and directed by pioneering independent filmmaker John Sayles, the Oscar-nominated writer/director of such films as “Lone Star,” “Matewan,” “Passion Fish,” and “Eight Men Out.” It features a stellar cast that includes such Filipino acting greats as Joel Torre, Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin and Ronnie Lazaro– along with veteran American actors like Chris Cooper (Oscar-winner for “Adaptation”), Garret Dillahunt, DJ Qualls, and Yul Vasquez (a current Tony nominee performing on Broadway).

AMIGO is that rare important film, as it addresses the Philippine-American War in 1900, a long forgotten chapter in our history. Writer-director Sayles—who researched and read over a hundred books on this subject in various languages—acknowledged the reality that the Philippine-American War is a little-known event and not properly chronicled, even in the Philippines itself. As such, AMIGO is a film that’s more than just entertainment—it can serve as a viable educational tool, one that can enlighten and edify Filipinos and Americans of all ages, from students to seniors, and in the process, bridge the understanding between two cultures and across generations, past and future. Shot in Bohol and already endorsed by the Department of Education in the Philippines, AMIGO opens on Friday, August 19th across major U.S cities.

The screening / Q&A will be followed by an exclusive VIP Reception featuring renowned Filipino acting legend JOEL TORRE (plays the lead role of “Rafael”) and other special guests, to be held at Thai Dishes, Santa Monica (walking distance from the theater). Refreshments will be served. (VIP Reception available only to FilAm ARTS Benefit ticket holders.)

website / trailer: www.amigomovie.com
Joel Torre: http://www3.amigomovie.com​/about-the-film/cast/joel-​torre/

FilAm ARTS: www.filamarts.org

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Busy Weekend~

November 8th, 2010

Last Friday night was Bambu X DJ Muggs Live-In Store at Backside Records in Burbank.  The mixtape titled “The Los Angeles, Philippines Mixtape” was released that day.  Pnoy Apparel was also there for a special offering of the limited edition snapback, t-shirt, and sweatshirt for the mixtape.  Great show, crowd came through to see Bambu and DJ Muggs go off with the new material.  Cop the mixtape!  As always, Bambu is giving you something to think about with his lyrics and subject matter…this time laced with beats by DJ Muggs (of Soul Assassins/Cypress Hill fame).

This past Saturday marked the premiere of “Amigo”, by director John Sayles at the Mann’s Grauman Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  John Sayles once again gives us a beautiful character-driven film, this time against the backdrop of the turn-of-the-century Philippine-American War. The able cast is led by Oscar winner Chris Cooper as the American colonel, Garret Dillahunt as the earnest lieutenant and Joel Torre as village leader Rafael. Imbued with the subtle dignity that makes Sayles’ films so engaging, Rafael is the moral compass around whom the film revolves. In a war that is in many ways similar to the one we are fighting now, Rafael faces the unwelcome challenge of how to keep his people together under occupation. Ultimately he decides that cooperation with the Americans is the best way to protect the village welfare, but his compliance is considered betrayal by his brother who is a leader of the rebel fighters. Refusing to judge any of its characters, the film explores how in war all sides make compromises and no one’s innocence remains intact.

If you have comments about either event, please leave it with us here on BUY PINOY.

Get ready for Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito next week, November 13.  Another busy weekend!

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