[Cinemalaya 2016] KUSINA starring Ms. Judy Ann Santos
Kusina (The Kitchen) is the silent witness to the life and love of Juanita. It is her sanctuary, the place where she creates dishes for her family, her friends, even enemies and strangers. Through cooking, she gets to know the people around her, and in return, reveal herself to them.
GENRE/RATING: DRAMA / PG-13
David Corpuz & Cenon Palomares
Judy Ann Santos, Gloria Sevilla, Joem Bascon, Luis Alandy, Elora Españo, Mike Liwag, Bong Cabrera, Karen Gaerlan, Jane Biton, Isha Salic, Trina Legaspi, Lala Padilla, Czarina Yecla, Princess Ortiz
Directors: Cenon Obispo Palomares and David R. Corpuz
Writer: Cenon Obispo Palomares
Producers: Armi Rae Cacanindin and Noel Ferrer
Line Producer: Rolly Palmes
Associate Producer/Assistant Director: She Andes
Production Manager: Robin Palmes
Director of Photography: Lee Briones-Meily
Production Designer: Ericson Navarro
Sound: Raffy Magsaysay
Editor: Thop Nazareno
Music: Toni Muñoz
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
CENON O. PALOMARES is a graduate of BA Film & Audio-Visual Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Cenón has held various positions in TV [creative group head, writer, headwriter, reporter / producer], film [writer, assistant director, actor], and radio [host, producer]. He is also a freelance media supplier [director, producer, copywriter]. He was a faculty at the UP Film Institute from 2007 to 2014.
His screenplay Kusina won the grand prize at the 56th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature in 2006.
DAVID R. CORPUZ has a masters degree in Film from the University of the Philippines. He currently teaches film and communication courses at Mapua Institute of Technology and Far Eastern University. Before his filmmaking and teaching stints, David worked as a writer for magazines and served as a liaison officer for a government office. He also has a BS in Information Technology from Don Bosco Technical College.
Also a media scholar, he has presented papers in different national and international conferences, including the ASEAN Inter-University Conference on Social Development (2008). His research paper Subverting Zsazsa Zaturnnah: The Bakla, the "Real" Man and the Myth of Acceptance was published in the Review of Womens Studies by the UP Center for Womens Studies in 2010.
His thesis film The Ordinary Things We Do won the Special Jury Prize at the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and has participated in film festivals locally and abroad. He also directed a section in the 12-part omnibus feature film Anatomy of Love. He also served as jury for the Experimental Film section of the 27th Gawad CCP (Cultural Centre of the Philippines) for Alternative Film and Video (2015).
Kusina, which he will co-direct with Cenon Palomares, is his first full-length film as a director.
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