On December 5th, 2013 a benefit screening of RAKENROL went down in Los Angeles. The event was organized by Quark, the cool folks of Appleseed LA and the proprietors of this blog to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.
The night consisted of a screening of Rakenrol, a QA session with Director Quark Henares & Writer Diego Castillo, performances by local LA area artist, Spazzkid and Sandwich from Manila.
Opening up the night was Spazzkid. I’ve always been a big fan of Spazzkid’s music and it was a joy to see him work with visuals this time around. Peep his new music video here, beautiful stuff!
QA Session with Quark Henares & Diego Castillo
In this clip, Quark & Diego reveal the real-life inspiration for one of the songs in the film that goes “Salot! Salot! Salot sa Lipunan!” (Cancer, Cancer, Cancer to Society)
Sandwich Live – “Sunburn”
Sandwich closed out the night with “Sunburn.” Joining Sandwich on stage was Director Marie Jamora (Ang Nawawala) on snare and Rakenrol Director Quark Henares coupled with the Jack Lord Orchestra’s Christine on back up vocals. Even Raims’ nephew got on stage and folks who Sandwich borrowed gear from got to play.
Overall, felt lots of love in the room and I know a good chuck of change was raised by the 200 folks in attendance. Hopefully, the funds and resources will go to the right place but that’s another story.
“Seasons change/ People change,” as the fabulous freestyle trio Expose warned us back in 1988. SUPER ASTIG caught up with RAKENROL director Quark Henares for a “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” special. After dark, it was Suntory Time…and here’s what he had to say….
RAKENROL screens in New York on Saturday, August 13th (6:45pm). For tickets and more information, click here
I must confess I slept all day Sunday. Totally, exhausted from the RAKENROL screenings in LA and SF. With those screenings came after-parties, live performances, mini-reunions, late-night hangs and all around gud tymes!
RAKENROL screening at LAAPFF
Take a listen to the DJ Un-G & DJ Joelquiz mixes from the RAKENROL LA Screening Afterparty
Please – Sing A Simple Song
Mike Hanopol – Laki Sa Layaw
Pepe Smith – Sa’ Yo
Urban Bandits – Hoy
Sampaguita – Easy Pare
Haji – Stevie Wonder Medley
Anthony Castelo – Kailangan Ba
Celeste Legaspi – Pag-Ibig Na Lubus-Lubos
Tribe – Siggy Siggy
Barabas – Wild Safari
Black Opinion – Bahay Yugyugan
Soul Jugglers – Hanggang Magdamag
Ella Del Rosario – Shake It Baby
Skyflakes – Meathead
Diego, Christine & Quark at the Far Bar. Photo: Alvin Santa Cruz
DJ Un-G set
Call My Name – Joe Bataan
Dancing Machine – Jackson 5
Fashion – David Bowie
Another One Bites The Dust
Golden Age – TV On The Radio
Da Funk – Daft Punk
I Can’t Go For That (Album Version)
Let’s Take A Walk
Betamax – Sandwich
Talamak – Toro Y Moi
This Mighty Heart Attack – Us-2 Evil-0
Under Pressure – Queen
December 2 Chapter VII – Taken By Cars
Sold out theater! Photo: RJ Lozada
Q&A with Quark and Diego Photo: Jesse Gonzales
Quark about to address the SF after party Photo: Jesus Gonzales
The Skyflakes bring the rak! Photo: Jesse Gonazles
The classic yearbook picture. Photo: Jesse Gonzales
Yes, this is at Lucky Chances. Photo: Gary Gabisan
Off to SFO bright and early. Photo: Gary Gabisan
Ah, that was a good time. Hopefully, folks are feeling inspired by RAKENROL, I know I certainly am. Please help spread the word, tell your friends about the film.
Friday, May 13, 7PM sharp (doors open 6:30pm)
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
GET READY TO RAK!
One Night Only! An exclusive Bay Area screening of critically acclaimed director Quark Henares’ latest film.
RAKENROL is an indie rock love story and comedic coming-of-age tale about the binding power of music. This Philippine feature-length film follows the adventures of Odie and his best friend Irene as they form a band and bring together a motley crew of characters—teenage deadbeat, ex-punk guitarist, and former child star. Proceeds from this event benefit two San Francisco-based arts organizations— BINDLESTIFF STUDIO and KULARTS.
RAKENROL chronicles the band’s journey as they try to make a place in the city’s indie scene and face off with samurai swindlers, narcissistic rock stars, pretentious artists, and bizarre music video auteurs, all in the name of rock and roll.
IN ATTENDANCE: DIRECTOR QUARK HENARES & CO-WRITER DIEGO CASTILLO
Directed by Quark Henares and co-written by Diego Castillo (guitarist for one of the Philippines’ biggest rock outfits, Sandwich), RAKENROL is a heartfelt ode to the formative years both artists spent in Manila’s underground music scene. Shot on location in the most well known venues of today’s Pinoy indie rock scene, RAKENROL features songs and guest appearances by members of Ciudad, The Eraserheads, P.I.C., Sandwich, Taken by Cars, and many more.
Q&A with Quark & Diego will take place immediately after the screening.
Then head over with us to Mercury Lounge SF for a RAKENROL after-party with performances by The Skyflakes, an all-Pinoy indie-rock set by DJ Un-G (Gary Gabisan), and Diego Castillo (guitarist for Sandwich + Rakenrol co-writer) After party info here
Advance tickets ($20) include admission to both screening and after-party. Due to the limited number of seats, advance purchases are HIGHLY suggested.
Award-winning filmmaker and music video director Quark Henares is deemed by many to be one of contemporary Philippine independent cinema’s rising stars. In 2003, his second feature film Keka—a dark comedy starring Katya Santos, Wendell Ramos, and Vhong Navarro—screened at both the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) and New York Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) and earned him praise from critics, including Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.
An important figure in Manila’s indie music scene, Henares formerly produced bands and co-owned Mag:net High Street (at the Fort); today, he produces live music events, teaches indie filmmaking courses, and performs regularly with his band Us-2, Evil-0.
ABOUT BINDLESTIFF STUDIO
Originally opened in 1989, Bindlestiff Studio became the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing Filipino American and Filipino artists. Bindlestiff continues to both cultivate cutting-edge artists and work that reflects the variety of Filipino/Filipino American cultures while providing the often-underserved Filipino American community access to diverse offerings (theatrical productions, music festivals, and theatre workshops).
Founded in 1985, Kularts (Kulintang Arts, Inc.) is the premiere presenter of contemporary and tribal Filipino arts in the U.S. With its mission—to inform and expand the understanding of U.S.-based Pilipino culture and preserve the spirit of indigenous Pilipino art forms—Kularts produces innovative artistic works, fosters mentorship between emerging and established artists, facilitates local and international collaborations, and implements educational outreach (K-12 and college-age students).
Doors open at 6:30pm. Screening starts 7pm sharp. Any tickets not picked up by event start time (7pm) will be released and sold as $30 Rush tickets. Due to the theater’s layout, doors must close 10 minutes after the event starts and remain closed until the end. Sorry, no refunds.