Why and for whom do you film today?
Feature by: Alexis A. Tioseco
Sherad Anthony Sanchez
As a student, I make a film as a study on various aspects of cinema--the language, the subject (communicating culture and opening discourses), the account (aesthetics of logic versus aesthetics of sensations) and so on and so forth. At this point, I am curious to how see cinema communicates, connects and affects different kinds of audiences. I even study or compare of the reaction of kids and adults to various devices (and if you are curious, some kids are more open-minded than adults, open to the beauty of the ambiguous and to investigations. I hope someone would offer their expertise and spend time on this study of exploring the effects of logic on aesthetics).
Cinema is seen by some as a continuing discussion—academic or not—that reflects important and relevant issues at a certain historical point. This discourse tends to explore various subjects of human life. THe films I make are my response and participation to this world of discourse.
Cinema on the other hand is a means of communication. And for me one of the important aspects of cinema is to offer new and alternative sensations to those senses of ours that have been desensitized by other media. We want to laugh, cry, fall in love, but the human construct is more than these emotions and sometimes we crave for more than this—a unique human experience that caters to senses forgotten. Some films (that means, not all, thus not inclusive of all. Redundant enough? ) should provide an alternative to sensations that are over masturbated.
Out of discourse and sensations, I fall in love with communities, grow obsessed with issues and perhaps advocacy, allow myself to experience new sensations and things, and am made to admire human nature and relationships and more.
Then, you might ask why? Why the fascination for sensations and discourses? Why the love of communities and human nature? Why the geekiness (forgive this non-word)?
Perhaps the reason for addressing these complexities, is simply because I want to live fully and be a better person.
Sherad Anthony Sanchez was born in Davao, Mindanao, Philippines. He is an advocate of stories from the Mindanao region, and is the director of the short film Apple, and the feature Huling Balyan ng Buhi: Or The Woven Stories of the Other. He has just completed his latest feature, Imburnal.
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