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After refusing a ritual circumcision intended to usher him into manhood, Rene must find an alternative method to prove he's a man.
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"Phil, why do you need $6,000 for your film?"

It costs A LOT of money shooting overseas

1) Flying (6) key crew members from Singapore to the Philippines.

2) Transporting NYU crew + equipment (Arri Alexa, Zess Ultra Primes, full sound kit, etc) from Singapore to the Manila, Philippinesthen from Manila to Cavite and all the way back to Singapore. We also have additional costs for local crew and grip/lighting equipment rented in Manila.

**Basically film sets need a lot of equipment, and even though we're getting an incredible camera, lenses, and sound gear for free (which is cheaper than renting + transporting locally for 10 days) it's expensive.

3) Food, transportation and lodging for 30-35 cast and crew for 10 days.

We have a lot of people to transport (renting vehicles), feed (hiring a cook to cook for everyone 3x meals a day for 10 days...cheaper than ordering), and lodge (give everyone a bed/space to sleep in).

Even though the cost of living is incredibly low here, things add up, and doing an out of town shoot, in a foreign country, really really adds up. 

IS IT WORTH IT????

My last film was in an apartment. YES. Yes it is worth it. And I will prove it to you. Because we're not doing a radio story. We're doing this:

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WHO IS PHIL GIORDANO?

Hey everyone, I'm Phil, the writer director of Supot. I came across this story about 1 1/2 years ago when my wife (who's from the Philippines) told me about this world and it absolutely blew me away.

I come from Staten Island, New York. I lived there for 25 years.

Then one day I decided to move to the other side of the world to attend the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia MFA film program in Singapore. I left my family, my friends and I took the leap, head first.

It was the greatest decision of my life. And it led me to where I am right now.

WHAT IS SUPOT?

Supot is my New York University Tisch Asia Graduate Thesis film. It will be a 15 minute film shot in the rural Cavite, Philippines. It's a coming of age story about a young boy who overcomes his fear of pain and feeling inferior.

The word Supot means 'uncut' and refers to a boy that has not been circumcised, and in the eyes of many, is not a man.

MEET THE TEAM

Malay Prakash  |  Cinematographer

Malay was born in 1989 in a small town in North India. After he received a Bachelor's of Business Management in Commerce, Malay moved to Singapore to study film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Asia where he found his voice as a Cinematographer and Director. There he shot and crewed on over 30 Short Films, TVCs, and Music Videos spanning India, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

His latest film, Little Master (2014) is the winner of the Kodak Student Cinematography award. His work on Honey Singh's HEER (2014) won him accolades at the 2014 NYU Tisch Asia Craft Awards for Cinematography and Special Jury Prize in Cinematography at the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival in Delhi, India.

Currently, Malay works for Black Sheep Live, the in house production company for BBH, one of the top Ad Agencies in Singapore where he shoots ads for Nike and IKEA.

Phil Giordano  |  Writer/Director

Phil is a writer director from Staten Island, New York. He has been making short films for the last 6 years as well as working in commercials. The first commercial he ever directed, won 1st Prize in the Zooppa Commercial Competition.

Immediately after completing his MFA coursework at NYU Tisch Asia he signed a contract to work as a writer director at Abundant Productions, one of the top production houses in Singapore.

Several commercials he's written have played on television and in cinemas. Phil has had the pleasure of writing for such excellent clients as Audi, Nestle`, Linkedin, and Tiger Beer.

He has also been fortunate enough to direct projects for Samsung, Guinness and other top brands.

Phil is represented by Peter Greene of film marketing services.

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CAST

ANDRE FAJARITO

Andre is an 11 year old boy we found during street castings in Batangas with the help of Lipa Actor's Company. He's a perfect casting for our Rene-boy and we're thrilled to have him.

JOHN ARCILLA

Photo credit: Amanda Edwards
Photo credit: Amanda Edwards

Arcilla gained recognition for his performance in Mulanay (Best Actor, 1996 Manila Film Festival), Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 1998 Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino/Urian) and Halaw (Best Actor, 2010 Cinemalaya).

He had (12) twelve nominations from different award-giving bodies like the Star Awards, the Golden Screen Awards, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the MTRCB Film Awards; the Asian Awards for Television and from the most recent 16th British Independent Film Awards, BIFA 2013 for Best Supporting Actor.

When he was cast in the action thriller The Bourne Legacy (2012), playing the role of the head security guard in a laboratory, he won praises and positive feedback from Hollywood director Tony Gilroy. He was flattered by one of the movie's lead stars, Rachel Weisz, who called him "wonderful".

He received commendation for his performance in the independent film Metro Manila which won in the 2013 Audience Award for Best World Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA.

MERCEDES CABRAL

Mercedes Cabral was twice invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, she played the love interest of Coco Martin in Brillante Mendoza’s film Serbis, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or, Cannes top prize.

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival was a double triumph for Mercedes, since she was in the cast of 2 award-winning films: Kinatay, which earned Brillante Mendoza the Best Director award, and the vampire movie Thirst, which earned the Jury Prize for Korean Director Park Chan-wook.

She has earned positive reviews in her two recent international films: for Isaac Julien's PLAYTIME (shot entirely in Dubai) co-starring Maggie Cheung and Hollywood star James Franco; and for Frederrike Aspöck's ROSITA (Denmark) playing the title role.

RESOURCES: WHAT WE HAVE

Arri Alexa Camera (Provided in NYU thesis rig)

 Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses Full Kit  (Provided in NYU thesis rig)

FIND US ONLINE:

www.facebook.com/SUPOTbyPhilGiordano

www.twitter.com/SUPOTbyPhilG

www.supotfilm.com

*Kickstarter song by Morgan Matthews.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in this project is filming in a foreign country (especially since a lot of our resources are in Singapore). This means, some things we would be getting for free from NYU, we are unable to utilize and have to rent in the Philippines.

Also, we're shooting in a province in Magallanes, Cavite, so it's an out of town shoot which means we have to provide lodging for 30 cast and crew for 10 days!

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