ALTERNATIVE MOVIE THEATERS
UP FILM CENTER
At the UP Film Center you can watch all sorts of film on the big
screen (sometimes for free and sometimes you have to pay). You can also,
I think, watch whatever they have on video in their film library. Plus you
can also get e-mails about what is showing on their big screen on a monthly
basis. It is located at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Manila.
Film Center of the University of the Philippines
Magsaysay Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City, 1101, Philippines
Telephone: (632) 9263640 Fax: (632) 9262722
Subscribe to: email@example.com
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE (www.alliance.ph)
Its new, its nice, and I've been there and it rocks! It is VERY supportive of Filipino independent film and
I wish I had the money to build my own Alliance! hehehe
It's on Reposo Street (now known yata as Nicanor
Reyes) somewhere behind San Miguel Village. When on its website click on Video Club to find out its schedule of
French movies which it screens every Wednesday at 8 PM.
Its address is 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel Air II, 1200 Makati City
tel. 8957585 / 8957441 fax 8993654
tel. 8101981 to 87
CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP)
At the CCP they have film screenings every so often in their theaters. Plus
you can watch whatever they have in their video library (I would think lotsa
Filipino movies) for a minimal library fee as long as you reserve in advance.
It is located on the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue in
Tel 8321125 up to 39 (ask for the Film Department)
At PCIBANK tower they have a movie theater that shows international films once
GLORIETTA 4 CINEMA 4 ART FILM,
MEGAMALL PREVIEW STUDIO and
SHANGRI-LA PLAZA CINEMAS
These are your best bets at finding art films in regular movie theaters.
ALTERNATIVE MOVIE VENUES
ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY
Yay! My alma mater is finally showing movies! At the Ateneo Comm Department, every Thursday at
5 PM, Marc Escaler and Andrew Ty show movies for free!
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get the scheds.
BEHIND THE MANILA FILM CENTER
Every full moon, the CCP will show films behind the haunted Manila Film Center. So
for those of you who don't keep track of the regular lunar calendar. Please call CCP
instead to make sure.
In Malate, on Julio Nakpil Street, is the famous Insomnia, which now shows indies on
Tuesday's at 9PM.
BIG SKY MIND
They show movies. You can e-mail them for a sched. They are located
at 66B Dona Juana Rodriguez St.(formerly Broadway), New Manila, Quezon City.
It is located in front of the closed McDonalds on E. Rodriguez.
Tel. 414.74.51 or e-mail at email@example.com.
BRASH YOUNG CINEMA
Now open at the basement of the Unisys Building, dela Rosa corner Esteban street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City. Its not a business, more of a commune, bring food, drinks, videos,
or some money for the pot and just have a good time =).
Somewhere near St. Scho, Leon Guinto corner Estrada, I think. Their address is 2515 Leon Guinto
Cor. Estrada Sts., 1004 Malate, Manila, tel. 5261482/3/4/5, fax. 5261449
Go here for Spanish movies, I think they screen every Tuesday.
FR. NICK'S MOVIE LIBRARY
A very nice library of old movies with viewing rooms in Ateneo de Manila
University Comm Department.
Where every true cinema buff can borrow hard-to-find lasers in Manila. So
far this is the best collection of movies I have seen here in Metro Manila
and people say this is the best I will ever find. There is one located at
Makati Cinema Square and another one in Ortigas Center.
SINEMAHAN FILM SHOWING
Arthur Manalo's (40-B Scout Mardrinal) behind Virgin Cafe, Tomas Morato,
Quezon City. He shows films every so often.
RICKY LEE'S HOUSE
One of the most famous screenplay writers in the Philippine with over 100 of
his scripts produced, Ricky Lee always holds workshops for scriptwriters. And
if you really become his friend, you can watch movies in his house where he
has a great library of movies and books. His house is somewhere in Xavierville
near Ateneo. Sorry but I don't know the address or the phone. =)
Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila
This place sometimes shows movies. This place is gorgeous, with old
wooden furniture, whimsical art on the wall, bright red, yellow and blue sofas,
etc. It is very artsy but also proves that artsy doesn't mean having to look
rundown. It reminds me of what Insomnia used to before it became TOO popular. A
great place to go if you want some quality time with your significant other.
Come to think of it, I shouldn't even tell you where it is, hehehe =)
TITUS BRANDMA CENTER
24 Acacia Street, New Manila, Quezon City (its somewhere near Mowelfund).
Story has it a Dutch priest loved movies and thus collected a lot of them and when he left, he
left his whole collection to this convent (which is also the only place left in the Philippines
that has all Latin masses). And so once in awhile they hold screenings here. I haven't been
able to go yet but I have heard its a nice place.
MAINSTREAM MOVIE WEBSITES
Movies showing in Manila and the rest of Southeast Asia
GLORIETTA 4 CINEMAS
If you wanna go straight to the source
Another website for movies showing in Metro Manila
Another website for movies showing in Metro Manila
Yet another website
Not exactly a movie website, Pinoy.TV is one of the first independent
webcasters of the Philippines. A great place to send your video work on the
CINEMANILA FILM FESTIVAL
Held sometime around July a great time to watch foreign films and
meet independent filmmakers.
METRO MANILA FILM FEST
For the more mainstream Filipino movies, held in December after
PELIKULA AT LIPUNAN
Held in January by Mowelfund where hopefully the film I edited should come
Held in October, get to see great European films at the price of, well actually,
HONG KONG FILM FESTIVAL
The nearest kick-ass film festival to the Philippines, The Hong Kong Film
Festival ranks with the Toronto, Cannes and Sundance. And since Chinese
movies are taking the world by storm this year, the festival should
be a doozy.
Sponsored by Louie's THX, a noble effort to improve filmmaking
in the Philippines.
SUNDAY INQUIRER MAGAZINE
At the backpage of the Sunday Magazine of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, you
will find some of the films showing Metro Manila that week.
Sometimes you will find film listings of the week in this free newspaper
found at convenient locations or delivered directly to you if you're lucky.
Sometimes you will find film listings in this weekly free newspaper found
at convenient locations frequented by foreigners.
ALTERNATIVE MOVIE THEATERS AND VENUES ABROAD
When abroad it is always good to get weekly city guide magazines like
TIME OUT to find out what movies are
showing. It is also important to find out if the movie is subtitled in
English if you are in a non-English speaking land.
NEW YORK CITY
In New York there are literally tons of alternative movie theaters.
First check out the
NYTODAY website which for me was the best website in New York City for
Then check out the following for even more info,
TIME OUT New York City for more movie scheds.
Time Out can also be bought at newsstands and the Village Voice can be found for
free at some street corners and stores in New York.
Also in New York they have these two websites called
KOZMO.COM that will deliver any video to your place in under an hour.
Surprisingly (or maybe not) they have a very deep and diverse selection of
even non-mainstream films. So if you use these websites you can almost get
to watch any movie you want in the comfort of your own home!
And also check out the MOMA
(Museum of Modern Art), where
you can watch any movie you want as long as you reserve in advance.
So it is a good idea that when you arrive in New York,
to call the MOMA right away and reserve so that you can watch movies. The
MOMA considers film to be an art form so I guess they should have a very
diverse library of movies.
Plus you must check out the
NYU-Tisch Film School, the bluest of the blue,
film school of america. They also have screenings of student works and
So I guess this should apply to every city. Check out the movie theaters,
museums, universities, websites and magazines to find out how and where you
can find alternative movies.
The best filmmaking school in the Philippines, Mowelfund teaches
around thirty people a year the basics of filmmaking for around ten thousand
bucks. But with that you get one month of lectures, five months of
filmmaking experience plus the expertise of top film practicioners of the
Philippines. Mowelfund provides the film, equipment and cameras at no extra
charge. But what Mowelfund provides even more is the opportunity to hobnob
with the country's best directors. Mowelfund launched the career of Raymond
Red (Cannes Film Festival Winner) and up and coming directors Robert Quebral
(Picha Pie MTV of Parokya ni Edgar, Kitakits sa McDo commercial) and Aureaus
Solito (Huling El Bimbo MTV for the Eraserheads, Impeng Negro). For people
wanting to break into filmmaking, Mowelfund is a great place to start!
Tel. 7271915 / 7271961
The ultimate movie website! If there were a movie god, this would be his website, hehehe
The coolest commercials website!
The birthplace of Michael Bay (Bad Boys, The Rock), Spike Jonze (Being John
Malkovich), David Fincher (Fight Club, Alien 3), Simon West (Con Air),
Dominic Sena (Gone in Sixty Seconds) and the up and coming John Moore,
director of the totally awesome Sega Dreamcast Thief commercial! Gedamit!
What an elite bunch-a directors! Just wait awhile while you dowload this
site because it takes long but it is worth it.
The place to find the buzz on up and coming movies.
Legendary website about movie rumors and news.
Jerry Bruckheimer's website!
My friend JJ has just put up a site and its called News from The Underground and it is found
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