In “Bakas Bukas”, Jasmine Curtis Smith won the Cinema One best actress award as Alex, a 23-year old lesbian doing multiple jobs who comes out of the closet and falls in love with her best friend, Louise de los Reyes as Jess. It is the debut movie of writer-director Samantha Lee who admits that the film is a very personal one for her as she’s a little bit of everyone in the story and that Alex is largely based on her own real life experiences.
Direk Samantha says it took her sometime to cast the role of Alex, until she found Jasmine who’s just perfect for the role. What advice would she give to gays who are scared and can’t come out? “I was 23 years old when I finally got the courage to come out. Now, I always say that when you feel you’re ready to do it, just don’t be afraid as you kind of miss out on that part of your life if you’d keep on holding back.”
“2 Cool 2 B 4Gotten” is a coming-of-age story set in Pampanga in the 1990s after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Khalil Ramos is Felix, a bright high school student who’s aloof in school and friendless. Two Fil-American boys change his life, Ethan Salvador as Magnus and Jameson Blake who won as Cinema One best supporting actor as the daring Maxim. Under the direction of first-timer Petersen Vargas, this turns into a very dark story about hidden desires and questionable motives. More about this later since its playdate is on March 15 yet.