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Indie Filmmakers Win Big at New York Festival!

<p>All the more reason to love New York</p>
by Mikey Agulto | Apr 14, 2011
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Showing another awesome display of excellence in documentary and filmmaking are the team of ANC Channel’s Storyline.

They recently bagged two New York Festival medals for Biography and Profiles category and Community Portraits category. Congrats!

Extra praise must be given to filmmakers Paolo Villaluna and Raymund Amonoy, two folks behind the independent production team Kinse, who writes, produces, shoots, and edits the show’s weekly episodes since its inception in 2008.

These are the same folks who made the award-winning music video for the ABS CBN “Ako ang Simula” campaign in 2010.

The episodes that caught Award-giving body's attention this year however are all slanted towards human rights, namely “Orphan,” “Alexis and Nika,” and “Stolen”.

“Orphan” features the story of Efren Figuracion, a nurse and policeman from Mindanao who decides to adopt a one month old baby girl who happens to be a survivor of a family massacre.

“Alexis and Nika” on the other hand tells the tragic love story of film critic Alexis Tioseco and film journalist Nika Bohinc. A modern day staple of cinema culture, the episode follows their cross-cultural relationship and the events that followed after their murder in 2009.

 “Stolen” tells the story of how the national government was held accountable for the torture and murder of Raymond Manalo, Jonas Burgos, and King Catoy, all of whom disappeared in the midst of all the extra judicial killings during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration.

A show without a host, the team found themselves a winning formula by relying on splendid cinematography and heartfelt narration from the subjects themselves. A new style of filmmaking has found its mark in mainstream television.

Storyline is also a finalist in the documentary Social Issues category, alongside other ABS-CBN and GMA 7 shows. And with that, we give Kinse a big kudos for elevating Pinoy journalism!

Storyline airs every Thursday at 9.30pm over ANC, with replays on Friday at 2.30pm and Sundays at 3.30pm. The series also airs on Wednesdays over ABS-CBN.

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