Film critic and academic Joel David is this year’s Gawad Lingap Sining awardee at the 23rd annual Filipino International Cine Festival in San Francisco, California.
The filmfest, which is scheduled to screen the year’s best new Filipino films at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco from October 19 to 22, is organized by Filipino Arts & Cinema, International (FACINE), a media arts organization whose goal, as stated on its website, facine.org, is to “develop and promote FilipinoAmerican media arts and advance the interests of cinemas from the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.”
The Gawad Lingap Sining award, according to FACINE founder and current director Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr., is “given to an individual, group, organization or company who/which has built outstanding work in the growth and development of Filipino cinema.” This year’s awardee, Prof. Joel David, will open the FACINE filmfest with a lecture entitled “Cold Word Wars: Philippine Film as a Critical Activity” at the City College of San Francisco on October 18.
The Korea-based film critic has had a decadeslong career in many aspects of the film industry. On his blog, (a play on the words amateurish and he describes himself as “teacher, scholar, & gadfly of film, media, & culture” who has “freelanced as writer of articles and scripts, production assistant and occasional ‘atmosphere person’ for film and TV projects, book publisher, radio host, and now first-time blogger.”
Prof. Joel is also the co-author, with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, of the upcoming SINE: The YES! List of 100 Films that Celebrate Philippine Cinema, to be published by Summit Media, out in early 2017.
From the YES! team: Bravo, Sir Joel!