Part of what makes this year’s 4th .MOV Film Music and Literature Festival unique is the way it’s thrown music and literature into the mix. Not that it hasn’t done this before but in the last .MOV, the music and literature components had very strong filmic connections, namely Roxlee, whose graphic novel Planet of the Noses was launched, and Lav Diaz, who released his debut CD of original songs, Impyerno.
Under The Storm, the book the 4th .MOV launches , may have a handful of filmmaker contributors, including the aforementioned Lav Diaz, as well as musicians and visual artists, but is essentially an anthology of new Philippine poetry that curates 150 new poems from 150 poets young and old, rookie and veteran, in English and Tagalog and other dialects.
The launch, held last September 2 at the Ayala Museum was ostensibly an amped-up poetry reading in a venue that may be hosting something of its ilk for the first time, and featuring, in a delightful twist, celebrity readers including Roselle Monteverde-Teo and Glaiza De Castro , as well as some of the country’s esteemed poets, who read selected poems from the anthology.
Just like the Happy Mondays series that the night modeled itself after, albeit biggged and poshed up, and which Under the Storm co-editor Joel Toledo is the mastermind of, music bore heavily on the night, with performances from Corporate Lo-Fi and Vigo, among others, fulfilling at the same time, the festival’s mandate of blurring the lines between film and music and literature. Zero degrees of separation is right.
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