Norte…a surf documentary in the making.

Another dream project for this year, Norte is Coast Thru Life’s brand image and owner Buji Libarnes’s creation and film and we’ve been lucky to be invited to help produce and shoot it.  It’s a dream for me because I love surfing and I love documentaries.  And this is a fushion of two of the things I love to do.

It’ll be shot the whole of 2014 slated for early 2015, it’ll be a full feature documentary focusing on three classical single fin longboard surfers going around North of Manila and looking for the best surf spots.

It will be a collaboration of Coast Thru Life and Seventh Films.

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Maine on Film

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Back to School (2006)

After 2 years of apprenticing under Lee Briones-Meily, I sold my car and moved to the U.S. to study.  I settled down in Chicago gearing up to take the summer workshops in Maine, before practicing as a cinematographer.

Maine was great. Met a lot of people from around the globe. I particularly liked my classmate from Saudi Arabia who knew Filipino words and loved adobo growing up with a Filipina yaya.  He loved Filipinos.  I also particularly liked my classmate from England because of their humor.

Rode the bike to class. That was really nice. Mind you, I was 33 years old when I went to Maine.

But my most memorable class was a class I sat in after regular classes—Thatcher Cook’s class on documentary photography.  It was packed and it was free. He was great.  He opened me up to a whole different world of photography—and that changed me.


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