Now Mr. Siap is spreading his wings by bringing his talent to Harper's College, specifically to its upcoming production of Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." The school's website has an article about him here. Go, Lakhi!
2. Paolo Dy is a writer-director-cinematographer from Cebu who has an entry up on the On The Lot competition website, a project by Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks Television that, in its own words, "affords aspiring filmmakers the opportunity of a lifetime: a $1-million DreamWorks development deal. Over the season, the 16 filmmakers will produce short films in every genre every week and the viewers will vote on who gets eliminated. The show will premiere with a one-hour auditions episode on Wednesday, May 16."
Mr. Dy's 5-minute short film is called "QWERTY," a suspense-thriller starring Michael Williams, Miguel Faustmann, Cathy Azanza, Arvin Trinidad of Tanghalang Ateneo, Altair Alonso of BlueRep, Boyd Tinio and Irra Cenina. All theater actors, but, no, it's not a filmed version of a play. Watch the movie here, and discover why it has attracted enthusiastic reviews and consistent 5-star ratings from viewers around the world. Great film with first-rate cinematography and a socko ending (and no special effects at that)!
PLUS: My omnibus review of PETA's "Belong Puti," Dulaang UP's "Basilia," Entablado's "Sandaang Panaginip" and Gantimpala Theater's "Forever/Call Me Flory" out on Monday, March 12, in the Inquirer.