Active Vista honors Cesar Hernando with its very first Active Vista Forefront.
A famous Filipino director once said that Cesar Hernando is the Unsung Hero of Philippine Cinema.
He was a true artist and champion of Filipino cinema, culture, and the arts.
As a Production Designer, he lent his vision to some of the most important films in Philippine Cinema through collaborations with Mike De Leon for Citizen Jake, Sister Stella L., Kisapmata, Batch 81, Aliwan Paradise, Lav Diaz for Batang West Side, and Raymond Red for Bayani among many others.
As a photographer, he captured the iconic images of the midget Weng Weng in a director’s chair in Cannes in 1982, a young Vilma Santos holding the slate for Sister Stella L in 1983, and a bundled up Lav Diaz in snowy New Jersey in 2000.
He was an archivist who generously provided photos for film books. He was a designer who made film posters, book covers, and even the logo for the UP Cine Adarna.
For more than 30 years, he was a teacher in the UP College of Fine Arts. He organized the film organization Cinema As Art Movement, which produced a lot of alternative filmmakers. When he was in his 60s, he made Gayuma, his first feature film.
He has inspired and mentored countless students and film practitioners. He was very generous with his knowledge and talents, and Philippine Cinema became more beautiful because of him.
Active Vista honors him by screening his short films Bituka Botika, Kalawang, Maalinsangan ang Gabi, and Kagat ng Dilim. With special thanks to Erwin Romulo, Jun Sabayton, and Rebecca Hernando.
An experimental short shot on Super 8. It visualizes the correlation between Botika (pharmaceuticals) and the Bituka (intestines) within the social, economic, and political context during the Marcos regime.
In this noirish short, the uprising and UFOs are merged in a strange commentary on government control.
Set in rural 1950, a guerilla leader whose troop patrols the mountains of Central Luzon, witness his men fall one by one to an invisible enemy. Slain victim bodies are found to have two wounds on their necks, leading to talk they were bitten by Aswang (vampire).
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