The independent cinema of the Pangasinan province, Philippines

Gurgurlis Ed Banua

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)


A Filipino migrant worker in the Middle East sends surreal, random, and found digital images of displacement and isolation to his family in the Pangasinan province of the northern Philippines.

The short experimental video combines images of a foreign country recorded using a mobile phone camera with found footage, experimental sound, and voice narration of Carlos Bulosan’s poem Landscape with Figures (1942) translated in the Pangasinan language.

Production Notes:

Year of Production: 2009
Country of Production: Philippines
Producer: Sine Caboloan Co. Ltd.
Screening Format: DVD NTSC & Digital Betacam NTSC
Running Time: 15 minutes
Genre : short film experimental / video art
Original Language: Pangasinan
Subtitles: English

Cast and Credits:

* Original concept, Producer, Camera, and Post-Production by Christopher Gozum
* Narration based from Carlos Bulosan’s poem Landscape with Figures (1942)
* Pangasinan-language translation of Carlos Bulosan’s poem by Santiago Villafania
* Sound Design by Earl Drilon, John Sobrepena, and Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Quintet

Screening History and Awards:

*Ishmael Bernal Award for Most Outstanding Young Filmmaker, 10thCinemanila International Film Festival 2008 (Philippines)
*4th Mindanao Film Festival 2008 (Philippines)
*Indiemand, University of the Philippines (2008)
*Big Sky Mind 2009 (Philippines)
*Fully Booked, curated by Alexis Tioseco 2009 (Philippines)
*1st Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival 2009 (Philippines)
*111th Philippine Independence Day screening at the SM Mall in Rosales, Pangasinan (2009)
*5th Independent Film Festival 2009 presented by the Titus Brandsma Media Center (Philippines)
*University of the Philippines Film Institute (2010)
*2nd Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival 2010 (Philippines)
*S-Express Philippines 2009, a touring short experimental film program in Southeast Asia curated by Alexis Tioseco for The Substation in Singapore. Presented at the 5thSingapore Short Film Festival, 13th Thai Short Film & Video Festival in Bangkok, 11thJakarta International Film Festival, & 12thCinemanila International Film Festival
*Landscape with Figures, an experimental theater production conceived & presented at the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia at Bandung. The film was screened as a video installation during the performance (2011)
*Film Expo 2011: Seeing Asia Eye to Eye. Presented by the Asian Educational Media Service during the 7th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS7) at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu
*Human Frames 2011, a touring short experimental film program presented by Lowave at The Substation (Singapore)
*10th Jeonju International Film Festival 2009 (South Korea)
*4th Busan Universiade for Digital Contents 2009 (South Korea)
*6th Annual Southeast Asia Cinemas Conference 2010 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
* Filipino Short Films screening at Himiko Gallery 2010 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
*17th Filipino American Cine Festival in San Francisco, USA (2010)
*12th International Panorama of Independent Film & Video Makers 2010 (Patras City, Greece)
*24th European Media Art Festival 2011 in Osnabrueck, Germany
*12th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2011 in Toronto
* 10th International Festival Signes de Nuit 2012 (Paris)
*22nd Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid 2012



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