Todd Brown, Oggs Cruz, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Kurt Halfyard, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Peter Martin, Ard Vijn, Jason Gorber, Christopher Bourne, Andrew Mack and Patrick Holzapfel contributed to this story.
Above The Clouds by Pepe Diokno
Anticipated by Oggs Cruz
In 2009, Pepe Diokno, only in his early twenties, won two awards from the Venice International Film Festival for Engkwentro (Clash), a film that tackles the proliferation of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines from the perspective of siblings on the verge of redemption. From then on, Diokno became the figurehead for independent filmmaking in the country. Above the Clouds, which Diokno has been working on for years, has finally finished production in 2013 and will hopefully be released within 2014. Starring Pepe Smith, a Filipino rock and roll icon, as a grandfather living in the mountains who attempts to befriend his grandson from the city who was orphaned by a recent typhoon, the film promises to showcase Diokno's capability to tell very human stories within localized circumstances.