Cinema One Originals digital film Tambolista's one week special screening is ongoing at the Indiesine of the Robinson's Galleria until September 2, 2008 Tuesday.
Prior to its Indiesine screening, it was one of the exhibited movies at the 2008 Cinemalaya Film Festival. Tambolista had its recent screening participation at the 4rth Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF) in Seoul, Korea last August 14 to 19.
Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., (who also directed "Batanes") Tambolista cast Jiro Manio; Coco Martin; Sid Lucero (who won Best Actor at the 2007 Cinema One Originals Awards Night); Fons Deza; Ricky Davao; Susan Africa; and Ms. Anita Linda. What screenwriter Ave Regina Tayag has woven is an intimate portrait of two brothers struggling with life's trials and tribulations and seeking their particular redemption.
Jason's (Manio) great dream is to have a drumset of his own and indulge his passion for music. Then he discovers his brother Billy's girlfriend is pregnant and wants to raise money for an abortion. Their close friend Paolo suddenly becomes homeless.
When Jason tries to help these few people he's very close with, he gets entangled instead in a web of betrayal and violence. Now only Jason, in his young 14-year old existence, will decide whether or not to absolve himself from their dilemmas or not.
However relatively new to filmmaking, Alix, Jr. has already made a name for himself completing and writing stories and eventually screenplays and even working closely with famous directors for a handful of movies like "Donsol" (Angel Aquino and Sid Lucero); "Siquijor" (Iza Calzado and Ian Veneracion); "Kahapon May Dalawang Bata"in 1999 which was released internationally entitled 'Yesterday Children.'
He also wrote the script for "Beautiful Life" (Dina Bonnevie and Gloria Romero)' "Matthew Mark Luke and John" (Richard Quan, Paolo Serrano, Justin de Leon and Neil Ryan Sese) by director Gil Portes; and the 2005 Star Cinema comedy-horror blockbuster "D' Anothers" (Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga) of director Joyce Bernal.
Adolf Alix is now considered the most prolific filmmaker in Philippine independent cinema having directed nine (9) feature movies in the last two years.
"Tambolista" is a movie where complex characters are set in the crossroads of tradition and modernity--no wonder it has been well-received by international audiences. Prior to its upcoming screening at the Jecheon Music and Filmfest, "Tambolista" has already had successful screenings abroad.
It became the premiere movie at the Rotterdam Film Festival last January 2008. It also participated in the Munich International Film Festival in Germany last January 2008. It screened at the Barcelona Asiatica Film Festival in Spain last April 2008. Recently it was a participating film at the Cinema Asiatica Nuovo de Madrid, Spain.
"Tambolista" is a 2007 production of Cinema One Originals annual movie project. The project and the channel are owned by Creative Programs, Inc.