[Blueboard] Film Screening at the Ateneo Art Gallery on 20 October : Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion

Yael A. Buencamino ybuencamino at ateneo.edu
Thu Oct 8 14:37:33 PHT 2015

In the 1960s, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) under its first curator Emmanuel
Torres, organized regular screenings of foreign art films.  These
complimented art appreciation classes and other art related activities in
campus.  More than five decades later, the AAG revives its film screening
program but this time taking its material from the abundance of young and
independent film makers in the country today, many of whom are leading
Ateneo alumni.

*Francis Xavier Pasion* (b. 1978) is a multi-awarded filmmaker who first
gained critical acclaim for *Jay, *his first film entry to Cinemalaya in
2008.  Pasion is a cum laude graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, where
he majored in Communication and directed award-winning short films. He is
the founder of the Loyola Film Circle, the university’s first film
organization which promotes education in film arts and the production of
films in the Philippines.

*Jay* has won local and international awards for its filmmaker and
actors.  These
include Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Film in the Cinemalaya 2008;
Special Mention in the Bangkok International Film Festival; Audience Award
in the Black Movie Film Festival; Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay
and Best Editing in the Gawad Urian; the Golden Screen Award; and a Special
Distinction at the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival

Screening at the AAG is scheduled on 20 October, Tuesday at 3 to 5 pm at
the Permanent Collection Gallery.

Admission is FREE but limited seats are available.

To confirm reservations, contact Ferdz Serrano at 4266488 or 4266001 local

*Jay* is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the
other dead. Jay Mercado, a gay teacher from Pampanga, has been found dead
in his home, the victim of a violent murder. Television producer Jay
Santiago, himself a homosexual, decides to create a documentary on the
murder. He takes advantage of Mercado’s impoverished family to create a
documentary, which is shown in the first 15 minutes of the film. As it
turns out, through the documentary the criminal is found and brought to

Yael A. Buencamino
Managing Curator
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
1108 Philippines
Tel +6324266001 ext. 4160
DL/Fax +6324266488
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