THE “P” TALK!
BY: Pilar Mateo
FROM REGAL ENTERTAINMENT that is!
Starting today, Labor Day, the announcement is such. That due to the lockdown brought about by the CoVid-19 pandemic, Regal Films will show its movies to generate funds in Facebook.
And the bonus will be the live chat with the artists featured in the movies before it shows.
Said Roselle Monteverde of Regal Entertainment, “We will have for the first time premiere on Facebook of the Regal movies (schedule below) for free. The exciting thing is, for the first time, we will have live chats of lead actors before each movie.
“This is in partnership with Facebook and Globe Broadband. All monetary will be donated to COVID relief program and for our frontliners.
“Movies are: So Happy Together, You To Me, I Will Always Love You (log on to Regal Entertainment facebook page on May 1, 2020).
“11 am to 11:30 am Live chat & Q&A with Eric Quizon and Director Joel Lamangan.
“11:30 start free movie streaming So Happy Together.
“3 pm to 3:30 pm Live Chat & Q&A with Dingdong Dantes & Marian Rivera Dantes.
“3:30 pm start free movie streaming of You To Me.
“5:30 pm to 6 pm Live Chat & Q&A with Richard Gutierrez & Angel Locsin.
“6 pm start free movie streaming of I Will Always Love You.” #SafeAtHome #RegalMovieAtHome
You still have time! Tune in!
AND Direk Erik Matti has this to say.
“We just received news today that film and tv productions may resume work after May 15. It sounds like good news but is it really?
“There’s a lot of uncertainty when this is all over. Yes, it’s easy to think that we can just resume what we have been doing before this lockdown happened. I have yet to finish my shoot for On The Job 2. And we still have pending projects that we can start on. Just thinking about working to earn a living I think there’s a lot to be excited for once we are all allowed to go back to the outside world. But would it still be the same? Several times during this lockdown we had thoughts about all these as a welcome break. But also the other side of it, that keeps you awake at night, is whether things will be better for all of us after this.
“I am talking here as a filmmaker. As someone who tells stories. What stories can we tell after this? Do we all just go back to how we used to be telling random film stories for everyone’s entertainment? Certainly after the scare we all went through, we all just need mindless fun to get us through being imprisoned for more than a month. But isn’t that what we’ve been doing all this time? Watching anything and everything that can take our mind off the worst that’s happening out there?
“The other side to all these is that the lockdown has given us time to think of things that matter. And when we are allowed to go back, we will start telling stories that matter. Entertaining still, but matters.
“We don’t have a monopoly of what the audience wants. Either we go back to how we were, which was already slowly moving towards doom, or we start making films that matter to try to leave a mark in this world like the end is just around the corner? Well, only the audience can tell.
“This whole time – when all of us were devouring content – showed us that content is cheap. It’s everywhere. We can start an episode for a few minutes then let it run while we finish a level of Homescapes, rewind it when the story gets interesting so we can catch up. We move from one series or movie to the next, confusing and mixing the plotpoints altogether, mixing cast faces and seeing de ja vus of the same conflicts and imagery, dialogues mixed up but does it matter? We can replay it, right? And we get into content fatigue. Crime, love, heist, Jordan, comedy, Spanish, German, Indian, British, Australian. Accents mixing up. I sometimes get confused if I’m watching a full movie or a series. We just click and click to get through the boredom of this long break.
“And then what? Where do we go from here?
“Is it enough that as storytellers we just resume our lives and do a version of the top popular hits we saw during this lockdown? Let’s do something like Money Heist but with a bit of Crash Landing on you. Patok yan!!!
“Or do we do something so original and out there of a story but deep down inside know that no one will bank roll it because no one can see its promise?
“Where do we go from here? Certainly, we will rush back to work after this long haul because why not? We need the money. But the question is, is it still what we want to do? Deep down inside when we ask ourselves, with no regard to earning a livng or finishing contracts, what do we really want to do? Do we still just go where the tide brings us even knowing the uncertainty of things all around? Or do we now deliberately drive our filmmaking lives to something that will matter before the next pandemic stops our world once more?
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. And I’m scared to go back to work because I don’t want to know how this pandemic has changed my views of the world. I hope it is for the better.
“Let’s see. That’s all we’ve been doing these last few monts anyway. Let’s see.”