Cinema One Originals stepped-up to a triple threat this year as it celebrates its TENth anniversary, lining-up ten of the best-chosen film entries to compete for this year's film festival dubbed as inTENse!
One of the ten awaited highlights of this year's entries is the film "RED," which stars Gawad URIAN Best Actor Jericho Rosales!
"Red" held its press conference in Quezon City on November 6, and here are ten things we learned that will give you enough excitement to watch the film Red.
1) THE FILM AIMS TO ENTERTAIN.
Contrary to the public's belief that an Indie film is something complex because it's an art film, Director Jay Abello made the film for the audience to enjoy.
2) THE IDEA OF THE FILM COMES FROM REAL PEOPLE AND ACTUAL EVENTS.
The film is part truth and part fiction. It is set in Bacolod, the hometown of Director Abello. He says "It's about the power of storytelling. This happens in Negros where eveyone knows everyone else and a single story can be magnified into different versions of the truth."
3) THE FILM WAS BORN OUT FROM BEING A VICTIM OF A GOSSIP.
Director Jay Abello shared that he wrote the film six years ago. The story was a product of Abello's frustration from being a victim of a gossip, where he locked himself up in a room and lashed out all his feelings in writing the story. He kept it, improved it, and the rest was history.
4) "RED" WAS WRITTEN ORIGINALLY IN ENGLISH.
Director Abello wrote the film for a week in English. He sought the assistance of Dwight Gaston, writer of Pinoy films such as "Pa-Siyam" and "Gagamboy," to name a few, to translate it in Tagalog.
5) "RED" WAS SUBMITTED SEVERAL TIMES.
Before it became an entry, "Red" was submitted several times. Cinema One Channel Head Ronald Arguelles admitted at the press conference to encountering it twice, and shared that there were 135 submissions this year. However, Abello later on confessed that the film made it in the entry three years ago, but he had to drop the project because of location and time conflicts.
6) "RED" IS DIRECTOR JAY ABELLO'S FIRST FILM FOR CINEMA ONE.
Director Jay Abello strived to improve the story and he feels that this is the hardest film he worked for. Other films he is known for are "Ligaw Liham" (2007), "Namets" (2008), and "Pureza: The Story of Negros Sugar" (2012).
7) JERICHO ROSALES DESCRIBES "RED" AS AN ACTOR'S PIECE.
Doing an action film was one of his dream projects, and Echo feels that "Red" provided the perfect mix of everything; there's action, a love story, and a great problem to solve.
8) "RED" IS JERICHO ROSALES' SECOND INDIE FILM.
The first one was "Alagwa" in 2012, which had its world premiere at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, and where Echo won the Gawad URIAN Best Actor Award.
9) JERICHO FINDS THE LOVE SCENE AND THE HILIGAYNON ACCENT VERY CHALLENGING.
Echo shared at the press conference that the love scene with co-star Mercedes Cabral felt awkward, where they just laughed the entire time filming it. He added that learning the accent from Bacolod also proved that it was a far cry from the roles he usually did.
10) "RED" BOASTS OF A POWERHOUSE CAST.
The cast includes Mylene Dizon, Bibeth Orteza, Nico Antonio, Mercedes Cabral, Shandii Bacolod, John Arceo, Rhea Lim, Miloy Seva and Milton Dizon.
Watch Jericho Rosales' MYXclusive interview as he talks about the film "Red" below:
Catch the inTENsity of the film and other Cinema One Originals 2014 entries showing from November 9 to 18 in selected Metro Manila cinemas.