Prof. Kevin Piamonte’s two short films – “Dog Eaters” and “Waiting Shed” – will be part of the 30th FACINE Festival.
Organized by the San Francisco, California-based Filipino Arts & Cinema, International (FACINE), the festival is the longest-running American festival of Filipino independent films, according to GMA Regional TV in its feature.
The film Dog Eaters is an adaptation of the 1975 Palanca-winning short story “The Dog Eaters” by Leoncio Deriada, while “Waiting Shed,” written by Mr. Kenneth de la Cruz, was inspired by Louie Malle’s 1981 film “My Dinner with Andre.”
Dog Eaters is about social realism and set in a slum area, according to Piamonte, a faculty member of the Division of Humanities (HumDiv), College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV-CAS).
“Waiting Shed,” on the other hand, features two people sitting and talking for the entire film.
Both films were produced by ERK Film Production and UPV, through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension’s Creative Work Grant Window. They are available for viewing on October 18-22, 2023, on the FACINE YouTube channel.
Nineteen short films will vie for tiered citation in various categories in FACINE out of 50 entries from the Philippines, the United States, Australia, and Europe.
FACINE is a nonprofit media arts organization committed to develop and promote Filipino American media arts, and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. (Carlson B. Alelis, IPO, with sources from GMA Regional TV and FACINE)