Sine Caboloan Co. Ltd
Sine Caboloan Co.Ltd. is a film production company founded in 2007 by Christopher Gozum, an award-winning Filipino filmmaker from the town of Bayambang, province of Pangasinan, in the northern Philippines.
The word Caboloan refers to the old name of the ancient Pangasinan region which used to cover the present-day Pangasinan province and several towns of Tarlac, Zambales, and La Union provinces. The root word of Caboloan which is bolo refers to a native species of bamboo called Gigantochloa levis which used to grow abundantly in the interior plains of the ancient Pangasinan region.
Sine Caboloan is deeply committed to producing cutting edge experimental films, documentaries, and feature films about the Pangasinan province and its people in the homeland and in the diaspora. Sine Caboloan also advocates for the revitalization of Pangasinan’s language and culture through cinema.
Sine Caboloan has already produced three acclaimed Pangasinan films during the past eight years. First is the short experimental film Surreal Random MMS Texts Para Ed Ina, Agui Tan Kaamong Ya Makakailiw Ed Sika: Gurgurlis Ed Banua (Surreal Random MMS Texts For A Mother, A Sister, And A Wife Who Longs For You: Landscape With Figures) and second is the feature-length experimental film Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun). The two films have won awards and have received citations from film bloggers and film critics both in the Philippines and abroad. The two films were also screened at international film festivals and new media art platforms in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Bandung, Jakarta, Busan, Jeonju, Chennai, Mumbai, Sydney, Honolulu, San Francisco, Toronto, Patras, Paris, Osnabrueck, Prague, Madrid, and Kyoto.
Sine Caboloan has also completed a feature-length experimental documentary film called Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) between 2011 to 2012. The film premiered to critical acclaim in the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival and was screened at the 4th Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival (Bacolod City), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland).
Presently, Gozum is preparing for two Pangasinan feature film projects namely Dapol Tan Payawar na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931) and Ilikdem Mo So Matam (Close Your Eyes) which is a recipient of the Seoul Film Commission’s 2016 Seoul Screenplay Development Support.