Cinematografo to feature “Signal Rock,” “A Land Imagined,” and “The Debut” among diverse festival line-up

SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time, the annual Cinematografo international film festival will highlight emerging filmmakers from around the world through their stories and passion projects.

With just a month to go before the festival, organizers are sharing what can be expected.

“The message of Cinematografo this year is to break down the walls,” says exec. director John D. Lazatin. “I think with that message we address the voice of the minority.”

“How we designed the program is to connect cultures and find the common theme between cultures, the different stories, the same problems that we share,” said Miguel Sevilla.

Among the films shown will be “Signal Rock” — which is the Philippines’ contender in the foreign-language section of the upcoming Academy Awards.

The drama-mystery film “A Land Imagined” will also be showcased.

The first Filipino-American movie to be shown in mainstream U.S. theaters, “The Debut,” will be featured to help celebrate its 18th anniversary.

“With it comes also the feature of how they actually really took it to city to city, postering, literally walking streets promoting the whole film. We’re really excited. The director and cast will all be here.”

The festival will run from November 8th to the 11th at the AMC Kabuki 8 theaters in San Francisco.

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