Young Filmmaker Charges Mainstream Directors of Redundancy

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MANILA, Philippines - The wall that separates indie and mainstream acts is far from crumbling.

Just recently, a young independent film director expressed his sentiments over what he believes is a wrong mentality towards artists of his kind, along with a swipe at mainstream filmmakers whom he thinks have no more to offer but hackneyed ideas.

"Kahit indie lang kami, kaya naming pumantay sa mainstream. New ideas are best for movies and we can't find that in local mainstream movies today," struck Mowelfund alumnus Macky Derpo in an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment.

The 24-year-old director is out to prove himself with his first full-length movie titled "Ika-Sampu" that's set to open in select theaters on Dec. 1. A special screening is scheduled at SM Megamall Cinema 1 on Nov. 30.

Discussing the tribulations indie filmmakers experience, Derpo, one of the youngest members of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association (PMPDA), aired, "Dapat tanggalin na ang mentality that indies are art films and only showcase dark themes like patayan, exploitation and the like. We can do this much. Wala man kaming artista, kaya namin gumawa ng magandang pelikula."

Derpo's movie, described as a suspense-thriller, is about a female descendant of a rich Hispanic family. …