Tuesday, May 26, 2009

saints preserve us

May 22 is the feast day of Saint Rita, who is kind of my favorite because she's the advocate for impossible causes. When things are tough, good old Santa Rita keeps me going.

So I dragged Mateo to San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila where they celebrate high mass on her feast day. Although he's Jewish, I thought his half-Catholic side would enjoy it. There were roses, candles, a brass band, and a nice breeze outside the church.

Again, children everywhere. This time with candles for the parade. Photo by Mateo Guez.

Here she comes. They parade her around town once a year.

Mateo getting into the spirit of things.

A nice evening in Intramuros.

And even if the movie itself is almost, almost, almost done, this war is far from over.

our day with irma

I am happy to report that the behind-the-scenes documentary is moving along. Mateo and I drove to the Roadrunner facility in Quezon City to do the voice over recording with our favorite actress.

Ms. Irma Adlawan, who plays Lucky's mother, in the studio with us to narrate the behind-the-scenes documentary.

Ironically, Irma has no speaking lines in the movie. But she needs no words to bring us to tears.

Done in 2 hours flat. She's amazing!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

keep on truckin' (part 1)

A week ago from today, Mateo and I hopped on a plane (delayed of course) to Palawan. Landing in Busuanga, we took a two hour boat ride out to The Calamianes. Our destination: Mangenguey Island (www.mangenguey.com). Here's Mateo documenting his trip:

Our hostess on Mangenguey, the inimitable Helena Carratala Mander.

We had nineteen hours of behind-the-scenes footage from principal photography last December. It's been fun to watch it and it's challenging to put together.

Mateo also needed a mini break from the madness of making this movie, so we make it a point to chill. We sat on the dock and sunned, ate Helena's fabulous food, swam in the salty Palawan waters and brainstormed. Suddenly the next chapter in this adventure became a lot clearer.

And so the plot thickens.

On our last day, our hostess took us out on the boat for a sunset spin. Everytime I go this part of the country, I'm awed by how lovely it can be. Mateo enjoyed himself, I think maybe fancied himself The Boatman.

Mateo flies back to Toronto this evening. While he was here we talked to a lot of people: those who worked tirelessly with us, those who helped us, those we want to help.

I think we're both aware of how awesome the ride has been so far, and how amazing it's going to be.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trailer's Up

I just figured out how to post the trailer. Yay.

Anyway, here you go:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

back in town

Here he is, Mateo Guez.