UPDATE: Johnson Hall Room 111 (AgitProp Film Festival Relocation)

We apologize for the short notice.  The AgitProp Film Festival is now taking place on UW Campus, Johnson Hall (Room 111).  Click HERE for more info.


UPDATE: Venue Change

“The Resistance of Philippine Cinema” will be held in Condon Hall at UW.

Condon Hall 7th Floor
1100 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, Washington 98195

PARKING: W12 Lot ($5 after 5pm)


September 21st 2012 – Save The Date

Workshop Description:
The Resistance of Philippine Cinema (75-90 minutes)
 
An overview of Philippine Cinema, connecting past and present, local and abroad. With special emphasis to films and filmmakers who have used the artistic medium as a tool to address the socio-political conditions of the country. Participants will view many examples of Philippine cinema as a site of resistance and led through a series of topical discussions regarding the history and present state of Filipinos in the film industry.OBJECTIVES: To contextualize the rich history of Philippine cinema as it relates to the socio-political conditions of the country, then and now, here and back home.To debunk negative stereotypes of our film culture and foster an appreciation for Filipino art and art works, as well asspur critical dialogue.
 
Film clips screened include the works of Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Kidlat Tahimik, Lamberto Avellana, Mike De Leon, Auraeus Solito, Brillante Mendoza, Laurice Guillen and Marilou Diaz-Abaya
 
Presenter bio:
 
Whether through his music or through his writing Prometheus Brown (Geo Quibuyen) breaks the media down like only a radical second-generation Filipino in America who survived the Reagan-Bush dynasty and raps for a living can. He first began performing with isangmahal arts kollective (1999-2005) and became a founding member of the SeattleAnakbayan chapter, currently with the Arts Kollective (2007-present). 
 
An accomplished hip-hop vocalist, Geo has released two full-length albums as the emcee half of  Blue Scholars, gaining critical acclaim as a songwriter and a live performer. In 2004, Blue Scholars’ debut album was voted Seattle Weekly’s Album of the Year and has since won the Best Hip-hop Artist (2005, 2006) and Best Local Single (2005) awards, in addition to Geo winning best vocalist (2006), the only time a Hip-hop artist has ever won the award. Having built a solid regional fanbase, the duo’s notoriety is growing nationwide, especially since the 2007 release of their album, Bayani, on Rawkus Records and opening for such artists as Kanye West, Mos Def, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul.
 
As a cultural worker for Bayan-USA, he embarked on the Stop The Killings tour in 2007 and co-founded the People Power Tour with fellow musician and organizer Kiwi to raise awareness about human rights violations in the Philippines in 2008. He is currently working with DJ/Producer Sabzi on the next Blue Scholars EP as well as a collaborative project with emcee Bambu (as The Bar) and as a solo musician with Beatrock Music Collective. In addition to his musical endeavors, Geo also writes op-ed and media commentary for various publications.
 
Workshop Presentation History:
 
Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance Conference, April 2009
Seattle University, May 2009
South Seattle Community College, May 2009
Pagdiriwang Festival, Seattle Center, June 2009
Pacifica High School, January 2010
Oregon State University, February 2010
 
Has been published in:
 
publications:
URB Magazine
Resonance Magazine
University of Washington Daily 
International Examiner (Seattle)
Al-Jazeera
Seattle Times

AgitProp Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27th, 2012
Contact: Fernando Argosino
Chair, Alay ng Kultura
fargosino@gmail.com

Alay Ng Kultura Celebrates People’s Arts and Culture Through AgitProp Film Festival

Seattle, WA – On September 29-30, 2012, Alay ng Kultura (AK) is launching Filipino American History Month by bringing AgitProp Film Festival to Seattle at the Ethnic Cultural Theater at the University University Of Washington.

Alay ng Kultura (“offering of culture” in Tagalog) is a collective of artists and cultural workers of Philippine descent. This project is based on AgitProp International Film Festival on People’s Struggles, led by Southern Tagalog Exposure (ST Ex)and presented as part of the festivities during the International Conference on Progressive Culture (ICPC) and the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Assembly in Manila, Philippines in July 2011.

In commemoration on Martial Law in the Philippines, the opening festivities features Geo Quibuyen, also known as Geologic of Blue Scholars, presenting “The Resistance of Philippine Cinema.” This will take place on the anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 2012 at 6 pm, and will conclude with performances by Alay ng Kultura and other local artists. “Forty years ago, in the midst of uprisings against government corruption and U.S. imperialist war, military rule was signed into law by dictator Ferdinand Marcos,” explained Fernando Argosino, Chair of Alay ng Kultura. “Although this was a time of intense political repression, we must also remember the unity amongst our people, who were fighting for genuine democracy in the Philippines.”

In celebration of people’s art and culture, Alay ng Kultura is honoring the rich legacy of Philippine resistance through films. “Have you seen a Filipino filmmaker in the big screen in the United States? This is a rare opportunity for Filipinos, and anyone who loves films that highlight social issues. Not only that, we are creating a space for dialogue, ” said Fernando Argosino. “Agitation Propaganda or AgitProp illustrate our common struggles, and how arts and cultural work can be used to address it .”

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Washington chapter of the Filipino American Student Alliance (UW-FASA), as well as Bayan-PNW, Pin@y Sa Seattle, Philippine-US Solidarity Organization (PUSO), Anakbayan- Seattle and Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW).

The full schedule will be available on alayngkultura.wordpress.com.
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Save The Date: September 29-30th Seattle AgitProp Film Festival 2012


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Friday, June 1st, 6:30pm at the Peter Claver House

7101 38th Ave South Seattle, WA 98118.


Bayanihan Relief

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Community Organizations Coming Together for Benefit Concert & Vigil for Typhoon Victims in Southern Philippines

When: Thursday, December 29th

Where: Filipino Community Center 

(5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle 98118)

Time: 6pm-9pm

Refreshments will be provided

Local grassroots network Bayan-NW, the Filipino Community of Seattle, and Ihaw Ihaw Band are organizing a vigil & benefit concert to raise funds to help those hit hardest by Typhoon Washi. We extend this invitation to Filipinos & Filipino Americans as well as our greater Seattle community who wish to support and join us in this community effort to provide relief to our kababayans (fellow countrymen) in the Philippines.

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On December 17, tropical storm Sendong (aka Typhoon Washi) struck the Philippines deeply impacting the Southern Islands of Mindanao. The cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were amongst the worst hit by flash floods and landslides leaving 1,080 people confirmed dead. More fatalities are expected, and more than 100,000 survivors are left homeless.

 “It has been a difficult Christmas for the local Filipino community,” according to BAYAN-USA Regional Coordinator Rachel Cendana. “First, the brutal murder of our beloved Danny Vega. Now, Typhoon Sendong displacing so many of our overseas friends and loved ones.”  Despite the recent calamities, Cendana and other benefit organizers remain inspired. “The Seattle community always comes together to help one another in such adverse times.” People interested to find out more information, can email: bayanusa.pnw@gmail.com or contact the Filipino Community Center at (206) 722-9372

All proceeds raised at the event will help the destroyed areas within the Cagayan de Oro region. Individuals can contribute tax deductible monetary donations at the event.

If you are not able to make the event and still want to contribute, you have options:

(1) You can make checks payable to the “Filipino Community of Seattle” with Pinay sa Seattle – Sendong and your email address if you would like updates on the status of the relief process. Checks can be mailed to:

Filipino Community of Seattle | 5740 MLK Jr Way, Seattle, WA 98118

(2) Donate to the relief efforts ONLINE HERE.


(3)  You can also wire money directly to the “BALSA Mindanao” or Bulig Alang Sa Mindanao/Help Mindanao:  Panday Bulig, Inc., RCBC Velez Branch, Cagayan de Oro City. You will need to tell them the account number is 1095029776 and the swift code is RCBCPHMM. Please make these payments out to “BALSA Mindanao.”