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MATUD NILA
 
MATUD NILA
(ACCORDING TO THEM)
US Premiere

Director: John Day

United States, 2014, 18min
Format: Digital (screening) - Film (shooting)
Festival Year: 2017
Category: Animation
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Crew:  Producers: John Day - Production funding provided by Queens Council on the Arts.
Email:  johndayartsyahoo.com

synopsis
MATUD NILA is a series of 24 animated stories about a small town in the Philippines. The stories tell about daily life, friendship, World War II, hopes and dreams, individual victory over adverse circumstances, and collective celebration. Taken as a whole, these stories provide an impression of a Philippine community seen through a filter of memory and imagination.

director
John Day is a visual artist who lives in Bellerose, NY.
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filmmaker's note
The idea for this work came from a journal kept when I lived in the Philippines in the 1970s. The stories, observations and experiences had such resonance that I felt it was important to convert this material into a narrative work. The eventual format of the work, a multimedia narrative, incorporates a rich variety of imagery in a very personal vision. A variety of visual 'styles' is used to present the narrative, which enhances the overall impact of the work. Instead of using a linear story line, the work permits the viewer to play the 23 episodes in any order, from an imagemap menu. The entire work can also be played in sequence. As in a mosaic, the viewer puts together a portrait of this community after all the sequences have been revealed. Continuity is maintained by including several major characters whose narratives contain two or more episodes.A variety of visual 'styles' is used to present the narrative, which enhances the overall impact of the work. Instead of using a linear story line, the work permits the viewer to play the 24 episodes in any order, from an imagemap menu. The entire work can also be played in sequence. As in a mosaic, the viewer puts together a portrait of this community after all the sequences have been revealed. Continuity is maintained by including several major characters whose narratives contain two or more episodes.Each episode consists of a sequence of animated images with an audio track of spoken dialog, sound effects, and music. All imagery includes animated collage, mixed media drawing, altered photographs, text and miniature sets. The format varies between wide screen and single frame - at times, a split screen displays related imagery placed side by side. At other times, action takes place within a single 'window'. The length of each sequence ranges from 1 to 7 minutes, with a total running time of about 67 minutes. The audio track consists of voice-over dialog from Filipino actors. Dialog is mostly English, with some Filipino dialect included. Sound effects include many that are specific to the environment. Music includes segments from traditional instrumentals, songs, fiesta processions, and popular dance music.

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