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Kevin Smith's Movies Askew in LA Wednesday

movies askew.JPGFor the past 12 months, the creative mind (genius?) behind Clerks, Dogma and Jersey Girl has been welcoming amatuer film entries for his Movies Askew Film Festival.

The "panel of celebrity judges" has narrowed the entries down to a dozen finalist, all of which will be screened on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Grand Prize winner chosen from the twelve will not only have the distinction of winning Kevin Smith's film festival, but also walk away with a pretty sweet prize package. The fest's sponsor is Panasonic, so first place gets a DV Camera, a complete entertainment center and some fancy-looking surround sound speakers.

I'm a Kevin Smith fan, if for no other reason than the guy wanted to make movies, so he's making movies. You have to respect that.

If you're in LA and happen to hear more about this, or better yet attend Movies Askew, let us know how it goes. Buy your tickets here(bottom of page); they're available at the door, but as the site points out, they might not be available then.

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Panoramanila Pictures will have a road tour in Singapore, Dubai, London and New York. will be one of their Indie Film titled - PLONING (

LA has been considered to be a destination for PLONING. So if you happen to be around, please do pay the movie a sneak peak.

If you happen to be in this places, please do drop by and see the movie.

The synopsis is:
Ploning is the story of one woman's promise, her hope and love from the point of view of a young boy.

Present time. Having lived aboard an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel for as long as he can remember, 30-plus year old Filipino Muo Sei (meaning "Moses", son taken out of the water), grew
up to be a man of brokenness, unpredictable temper and solitary
loneliness. Until one morning his boat docks into the shores of Cuyo, Palawan. His adoptive Taiwanese father risks being caught and summons him to find "Ploning" before the sun sets, in the hopes of dealing with his past and changing his ways. No one knows who or what "Ploning" is to Muo Sei and no one has ever dared to ask...And so his search begins...

Muo Sei tours the island, observes the people and place as an outsider, and finally revisits his memories, baring how much he has been part of Cuyo and the life of a woman named Ploning.

1980's. The past comes to life and 30-year old Ploning is revealed as the island's enigmatic belle who cared for 7-year old Digo - short for Rodrigo, Muo Sei's real name - as her own. She is a woman who the town knows as keeping true to the promise of
waiting for her beau, the young town hero who left for Manila more than a decade ago. This set her as both exemplary and rumor magnet. But one thing is common, everyone wants to
marry her off. And Digo discovers Ploning's plan to leave for Manila. Thus threatened by the sudden prospect of losing Ploning, Digo devices ways to keep her from leaving and gets her to make a promise.

Did Ploning choose closure with the man she has been waiting for half her life or the future of young boy whose life is not her own?

Old pains of rejection and unanswered questions are relived, as backdropped by an ironically beautiful milieu and a community of townspeople who are enamored and affected by the life and
love of Ploning.

In Digo's eyes, Ploning is likewise revealed as a dutiful daughter to patriarch Susing, a committed supporter to grieving Intang, an honorary sister to extended family Nieves and Toting a wise ally to simpleton Alma, a co-mother to half-paralyzed Juaning,
a dear friend to ailing nurse Celeste, an object of desire to young lad Siloy and a foe to Digo's older brother Veling.

In the end, a secret is revealed to Rodrigo that awakens him into a love he has forsaken and misunderstood. Thus the healing that comes from forgiveness springs forth into his hardened

Will Rodrigo finally choose to accept love or continue to walk in hate?

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