Extras

Special sections will follow the boxed folio on Manila by Night. As in most other areas of this blog, items will generally be listed chronologically in reverse, according to date of activity. Each section will contain its own brief descriptor. In place of scrolling further down, kindly click on any of the following subsequent categories:

Remembrances;
Fil(m)ipiniana;
FWIW; and
Extraneous.

Special Folio on Manila by Night (1980)

Texts
• Order information for Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic (2017), the first Filipino movie to be featured in Arsenal Pulp Press’s well-received film monograph series.
• A video remastering of a new transfer of the film, with English subtitles, exclusively at the acclaimed Magsine Tayo! website. (See next item.)
• “Statement on the Availability of Filipino Films during the Internet Era,” written in defense of the uploading of the film copy in the wake of a so-far unresolved conflict between producer and remastering outfit.
• Folio within a folio: “A Closer Look at Manila by Night,” the first anthology devoted to a single Filipino film, in the August 2012 issue of Ateneo de Manila University’s Kritika Kultura.

Narrative
• Ishmael Bernal’s full script of the film, with an English translation by Alfred A. Yuson, published in the literary section of the aforelisted Kritika Kultura issue.
• The PDF of an earlier transcription of the film, published right after the film ban was lifted by the Board of Censors for Motion Pictures but with the text suffering an inordinate number of cuts, including the title changed to City after Dark.
• A detailed storyline, originally drafted for the monograph I wrote for Arsenal Pulp Press’s Queer Films Series.

Interviews
• The last interview with Ishmael Bernal, conducted by Aruna Vasudev and published in 1995 in Cinemaya, the magazine she edited. Unfortunately published without any apparent fact-checking; subject, interviewer, and journal are all gone.
• “Manay Revisits Manila by Night,” an interview with actor Bernardo Bernardo, originally published in Ámauteurish!
• Meta-interview: the source exchange with Bernardo Bernardo, conducted via Facebook Messenger.

Articles
• “Film Plastics in Manila by Night” (August 2012), my contribution to the special issue on the film in Kritika Kultura.
• “Primates in Paradise: Critical Possibilities of the Milieu Movie” (August 2011), a more theoretical consideration of the multicharacter format, in my first Kritika Kultura article.
• “Thinking Straight: Queer Imaging in Lino Brocka’s Maynila (1975)” (August 2011), a reconsideration of Philippine cinema’s other major city film, in my first Plaridel article.
• “Postcolonial Conundrum: Third-World Film in Perverse Perspective,” an attempt at commingling gender politics, film form, and history from below, in my last premillennial book Wages of Cinema (1990).
• “Renewal of Appreciation,” a belated review written on the occasion of a retrospective screening in 1988.

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VIDEOS
Sporadic exercises in production and performance, including the odd filmed interview.

• “Philippine Academics Discuss President Lee Myung-bak’s Policy Proposals on English-Language Training” (2007) – video interviews conducted by Jongsuk Ham (first Korean M.A. Film graduate at the University of the Philippines Film Institute); the complete posting, with two other interviewees, was voted best news blog entry by the Daum web community:

• “Manwal sa Paggawa ng Pelikula” [Manual for Filmmaking] (2007), celebrated graphic designer Karl Castro’s first film, where he cast me, his former teacher, as a teacher – and despite my hesitancy with lines in Filipino, the piece won the Ateneo Video Open prize for Best Ensemble Performance (please click on screen below to open in Vimeo):

• “Letter from Manila” (1993), B&W 16mm. film featuring Chris Millado (then my classmate at New York University’s Sight & Sound summer program, for which this project was completed):

• Movie-industry participation, first in Emmanuel H. Borlaza’s 1987 Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (to the right of Eddie Gutierrez’s shoulder), then in Gil Portes’s 1990 Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina? (as the title character’s human-rights lawyer):

• “Kababata” [Childhood Friend] (1984), hand-processed super-8mm. film co-directed with Milo Paz & Raul Regalado; 1st place in the Short Feature Category of the University of the Philippines’s Alternative Film and Video Festival:

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EVENTS
Awards occasions attended by an anti-awards advocate.

2017 Glory Awards – the first edition of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Alumni Association’s intended counterpart of the UP Alumni Association’s annual recognition for outstanding graduates
2016 FACINE Citation – text of the Gawad Lingap Sining [Art Nurturing Award] given by the 23rd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival of the Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE)
2016 FACINE Lecture, read during the opening ceremony of the 23rd FACINE festival on October 18, 2016, at the Diego Rivera Theater, City College of San Francisco
• The announcement of FACINE’s Art Nurturer Prize, on page 18 of the October 2016 issue of YES! magazine. Photo was attributed to me, but was actually taken by Ronald Arguelles, Festival Director of Cinema One Originals:

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INTERVIEWS OF J.D.
More occasions, this time in print, where I got some light to shine on me.

Re Ámauteurish! – the top foreign film academic to ever teach film in Pinas (at University of San Carlos), Professor Paul Douglas Grant, asked me about film criticism and blogging for a Special Focus on New Works on Philippine Cinema in Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society
Re The National Pastime – journalist Vanessa Ira wrote an article on the occasion of my first book publication, and interviewed me as part of her preparation

INTERVIEWS OF OTHERS
Exchanges with people whose expertise in their respective fields mattered.

Bien Lumbera – my first Q&A interview, and the only one until my recent exchange with Bernardo Bernardo
Doy del Mundo – a casual and limited set of questions answered via email by the renowned critic and scholar, on his screenplay adaptation of Lino Brocka’s Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag(1975)
Rey de la Cruz – the notoriously successful (and successfully notorious) star-builder, no-holds-barred as always
Pio de Castro III – a film critic and professor whose debut film was produced by the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (where I happened to be working, hence this assignment)
Ramon Reyes – first of a planned series of features on outstanding film professionals; the series never materialized, but I did get to cover the best practitioner in the medium’s most overlooked area

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SOURCE EXCHANGES
Recorded raw material that served as bases for my articles and reviews.

Bien Lumbera (interviewee)
Paul Grant (interviewer)
Treb Monteras III & Monster Jimenez (re Respeto)
Matthew Abaya & Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr. (re Vampariah)
Jerrold Tarog (re Heneral Luna)

REMEMBRANCES
People whose time with us made remembering them a matter of consequence.

Bernardo Bernardo (1945-2018)
Manuel “Bangy” Dioquino Jr. (1960-2015; written in 2013)
Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1955-2012)
Dolphy (1928-2012)
Johven Velasco (1948-2007)
Lino Brocka (1939-91)

FIL(M)IPINIANA
Public-domain materials, as far as I could confirm, that may also be as useful to others.

Roundtable on Criticism (2014)
Sight & Sound section (2002)
SineManila (1983)
Focus on Filipino Films (1983)
Transcription Chapter (1983)

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F.W.I.W.
Basic or raw materials I had gathered, written, or created.

Annual Filipino Film Chart (2016), an expanded and extended illustration from my dissertation (2002).
• Film 297 (Special Topics) course titled Skinema, offered in 2009 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute’s graduate program.
• The sequence breakdown of Gregorio Fernandez’s 1958 Malvarosa, an appendix from my dissertation (2002).
• “The Reviewer Reviewed”: a reprint of a review of my second book, Fields of Vision, followed by my hasty and rather prickly response.
• “My Big Fat Critic Status” – draft of a letter I submitted to the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Circle) in 1985, requesting for a less-active status, meaning non-participation in the annual awards exercise.
• A bit of high-school juvenilia, written about the woman who became the wife of assassinated civic leader Lean Alejandro. The write-up (appearing in the “Camera On” feature on page 3 of the Christmas 1974 issue of Ang Aninag) had to be short enough to allow for a pic and another interview article (please click on the picture to enlarge it):

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EXTRANEOUS STUFF
Materials from other sources.

• One more work not my own: a 2009 undergraduate research thesis (click here for PDF) by an advisee, whose background is even more fascinating than his choice of topic; uploaded with his permission.
• To apply for my current teaching post in 2007, I had to solicit a recommendation from my dissertation adviser at New York University, so I requested Robert Sklar to provide one, available here. Four years later he died in a vehicular accident, before I could acquire tenure and thank him properly. During the winter break of 2013 when the university was deliberating my fitness for tenure, Ellen, my one true film-studies mentor, succumbed to colon cancer.

Robert Sklar (1936-2011;
photo courtesy of the
Village Voice)

• “Velasco’s Legacy,” a review of Johven Velasco’s Huwaran/Hulmahan Atbp., written in 2009 by filmmaker Jerrold Tarog.
• On exchange at a Korean university, I taught feature writing to students for whom English was a (distant) second language. The goal was to make sure each member of the class could come up with an article. Necessarily this proceeded like a connect-the-dots exercise, with everyone going through the motions one step at a time. The university couldn’t believe the first batch had come up with a class folio, and showcased the results in a slim magazine format (PDF here). The next year’s batch included a couple of foreign students but only a posted, rather than printed, folio (PDF).
• The (originally restricted) 1981 UNESCO Technical Report, prepared by Christopher Roads for the Marcos government, on “The Manila National Film Centre,” which provides insights on the origins of the building that would become the Manila Film Center, as well as the agency that would eventually be called the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines.

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