Cinemalaya16 Short Films in Competition: LIVINGS THINGS

Directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar

FILMMAKER’S STATEMENT: The epiphany is that everyone and everything is constantly changing, including ourselves.

LOGLINE: A woman discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee.

SYNOPSIS: Kints and Charles have been together for almost a decade. One day, Kints wakes up and discovers that her lover has changed, literally. Although troubled at first, she eventually understands that what happened is a natural phenomenon. Through this, she is reminded that people change all the time, and love can change people.

FILMMAKER PROFILE: Born in Manila in 1992, MARTIKA RAMIREZ ESCOBAR’s love for the bizarre is best reflected through her films and photography. After graduating with honors from the UP, her thesis film “Pusong Bato” competed at the 19th Busan International Film Festival and had screenings across Asia and Europe. It won Best Short Film at the 11th Cinemalaya in 2015. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Asian Film Academy, Southeast Asian Film Lab, Luang Prabang Talent Lab, Fantastic Film School, Mowelfund Film Institute, and is a recipient of the Purin Pictures Film Fund and Next Masters Support grant. Most of her works, including her first feature in post-production, “Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago,” and first documentary feature “Tell Me About Darkness” which participated in the Asiadoc Residency, are self-reflexive films about her relationship with cinema. She is currently working as a freelance director/cinematographer for various productions.


MAJOR CREDITS: CAST: Kints Kintana, Charles Aaron Salazar PRODUCTION STAFF DIRECTOR/WRITER – Martika Ramirez Escobar; CINEMATOGRAPHER – Carlos Mauricio; PRODUCTION DESIGNER – Juan Pablo Pineda III; ART DIRECTOR – Thirdy Rivera; LIVE SOUND – Deovan Fidelson; EDITOR – Lawrence S. Ang; SOUND DESIGN – Mikko Quizon, Nicole Amorez, RJ Cantos, Aeriel Mallari; ORIGINAL MUSIC – Alyana Cabral; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Mikee Dela Cruz; ASSISTANT CAMERA – Jestoni Lloveras Negradas, Benedict Marasigan; COLORIST – Timmy Torres; PRODUCER – Tin Velasco; LOCATION MANAGER – Louise Loraine Barretto; UTILITY – Bernardo Carpio, Jhemar Caugiran

11:30 MINUTES Comedy Drama