27 August 2008

only at UPFI: film premiere of "The Thank You Girls" by Bebs Gohetia

let's support charliebebs "bebs" gohetia's first full-length directorial debut. student namin si bebs sa upfi. originally, semi-finalist itong film na ito sa last cinemalaya pero it didn't make the final cut. so heto at tinapos pa rin niya. watch tayong lahat.

mahalin ang sariling atin. tangkilikin ang pelikulang pilipino, lalo na't tungkol ito sa mga taong tulad natin na naisasantabi ng lipunan dahil sa nagmamahal tayo ng taliwas sa kinaugalian ng nakararami.


i so heart the poster design :)

see you thursday!


A Fabulous Journey with “The ‘Thank You’ Girls”

In gay lingo, beauty pageant candidates who do not make it as semi-finalists are called "backstage
beauties", "clappers" or "thank you girls".

The writer of the box-office hit "Daybreak" and Asian Film Awards nominee Charliebebs “Bebs” Gohetia ventures into his first full-length directorial debut with a fun and funny gay film about beauty pageant losers in 'The ‘Thank You’ Girls” (TYG).

TYG is an interesting, intelligent comedy about six dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans who embark on a journey from their hometown Davao City to Cagayan de Oro City to join a big contest riding in a loudly colored orange jeep.

This indie film provides a breath of fresh air from the usual gay films released this year about tragedy and sex. Shot for ten days in the breathtaking landscapes of Davao , Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro, Bebs used nonprofessional Visayan actors for the film, most of them real beauty pageant contestants in Davao .

"In TYG, crossdressing gays are not the subject of ridicule but are portrayed as intelligent, strong individuals who have dreams, aspirations and personal issues like anybody else. This wonderful, colorful side of gayness is rarely explored in films and I hope that after watching TYG, the audience will be more understanding and more accepting of how diverse the world is", Bebs says.

Aside from being Bebs' first full length film, TYG offers other firsts. This is the first production venture of New York based film outfit Brooklyn Park Pictures, the first line producing job of renowned indie director Adolfo Alix, Jr., and the first movie to use Visayan gay lingo as its language.

"What's unique about the film is that it transcends gender preferences and sexuality. Gays will love TYG for its fabulous costumes and its empowering message. Women will love it for its wit. Straight men will learn from it," comments James R. Hohl, the film’s executive producer.

TYG has already been invited to compete at an international film festival in September. But before that, Filipinos will have a chance to watch its world premiere with tagalog subtitles on August 28, 2008, at the UP Cine Adarna (formerly UP Film Center ) at 6:30pm. Tickets are 100php each.

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