Caleb Ribates

Screen & Photography

FILO-BOY – Short Film

Hip-Hop, Air Jordan and Chicken Adobo defines 3 Filipino boys who are lost in the racial and socio-economic landscape of 90s northern suburbs.

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“FiloBoy” is a non-linear hip hop drama which explores 3 different Filipino boys and their revelations of racism, Filipino masculinity and adulthood in the 90s northern suburbs. PJ, Little and Aaron face their own personal struggles of what it is like to be an immigrant in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

The film is interwoven with hip-hop and 90s aesthetic, borrowing elements from street culture and old school music videos. The film’s non-linear structure displays an erratic and heightened nature of reality, which enforces viewers to critique racial, socio-economical and individualistic ideas that reflect both the past and present. The picture is energetic, street, emotional and loud – A glimpse of Filipino struggle.

Who is this for?

This film is not only for the Filipino community, but for contemporary western audiences. This film shines a light on the racial and unequal socio-economic terrain of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, which not only reflects the past, but also today’s values.

Filipino and Asian representation on Australian screens have been near to non-existent. This picture depicts a generation’s culture and attitude that needs to be seen on screen.

This is the film I wished I had seen as child growing up to show me and other Asian youths that we have representation and agency.

With the world’s recent turmoil and accumulation of racism in minority groups, this film imitates the conflict and hardships through an accentuated lens. The community needs to be seen, needs to be heard, and its issues need to be revealed.

Because the film is a period piece and a high action picture, we intend to make use of the budget to fund necessary resources such as:

– Locations & Accommodation ($1000)
– Travel ($500)
– Catering for the cast & crew ($500)
– External film gear and rigs ($1500)
– Costumes ($500)
– Production Design ($1000)
– Stunts ($500)
– Make-up ($500)
– Festival submissions ($500)

The film aims to be finished by the end of the year which will be screened through Victorian of the College’s annual Graduate Screenings.

Audiences can follow this project through our Facebook page “FILO BOY”

Artist

Caleb Ribates

Location

VIC

Categories

Screen & Photography

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I am a 20-year-old Filipino-Australian writer, director and curator currently in my final year of VCA’s Film and TV course.

Born and raised in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, I have been exposed to an extensive range of cultures, people and stories. Despite being fortunate enough to experience a privileged life, I have also come to understand the hardships of being a minority and having a cultural disconnect from my own heritage.

I feel as a Filipino artist in Melbourne, there are stories that need to be told about cultures and philosophies that are outside of the western world. In my lifetime I want to take advantage of this precious platform we call film to not only display philosophies and experiences, but to preserve ideas and cultural identity for future generations to come.

LP

Lara Prieto

Sorsogon
EP

Esteban Prieto

Metro Manila
EB

Izebataiojan

VIC
LE

Lexi

ACT
LE

Lexi

ACT
EV

Evangeline Parks

VIC
GD

Grace Dephoff

VIC
AE

Anna Eva Mutuanene

NSW
KF

Kiandra Forrest

VIC
LM

Lorena Monsalves

VIC
LF

Luz Frivaldo

VIC
JP

James Polazzon

VIC
MW

Meagan Wyke

VIC
AP

Amparo Puran

Arizona
KP

K. Prieto

OR
IP

Isabel Prieto

Sorsogon
EP

EA Prieto

Sorsogon
SI

Siblings

VIC
ML

Mira Luplow

VIC
JB

Jack Bell

VIC
AU

Auspicious Arts Projects - Efren Pamilacan Jr

VIC
JT

Joann Tubianosa

NY
MM

Maribeth Mallari

VIC