Jiro Manio (in photo) is the young boy who desperately wants to own a set of drums in Tambolista. This indie film is Adolf Alix, Jr.'s entry to the third annual Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, which has been moved to November. Photo: Courtesy of Adolf Alix, Jr.

 

How far would you go for a set of drums? Find out the drastic measures done by a young boy from the slums named Billy in the Cinema One entry Tambolista.

 

Adolf Alix, Jr. of Donsol and Kadin fame ventures into the world of crime and poverty in his latest indie project. He is one of the five directors chosen as finalists for the 2007 Cinema One Originals .

 

The other finalists are Rico Ilarde of Altar, Ruel Antipuesto of Confessional, and Lawrence Fajardo of Sa Ikawalo. Co-directors Veronica Velasco and Pablo Biglang-awa will collaborate for the entry Maling Akala.

 

Adolf's latest indie project brandishes the tagline, "Every beat counts." The director describes Tambolista as "a raw drama about poverty, guilt and redemption."

 

In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Adolf says that Jiro Manio was his first choice for the role of Jason, the wannabe drummer in the story. "Yung age niya kasi saktong-sakto para dun sa role. Si Jiro lang ang naisip ko na perfect para dun sa material.

 

"Tambolista is about the journey of a teenager who wants to own his own drum set. It's a coming-of-age story. Yung journey niya medyo violent," he narrates.

 

He praises Jiro for his portrayal of Jason. "Ang galing ni Jiro nung tinuturuan namin siya mag-drums. Instinctive yung pag-atake niya sa role," says Adolf.

 

The script of Tambolista was written by Ave Regina Tayag for the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) scriptwriting contest ten years ago. When Adolf read the script, he was impressed by the courage shown by the scriptwriter.

 

"Very dark siya. Nang malaman ko pa na babae yung nagsulat, nasabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Ang tapang ng material,'" recalls the 29-year old director.

 

They shot the film in eleven days in various locations in Manila including Recto and Quiapo. According to the director, Tambolista is filled with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll (music).

 

In other news, Adolf's movie Kadin is an official entry in the International Competition of the 27th Amiens International Film Festival. It will compete in France on November 9-18.

 

Tambolista (2007)

 

The "Tambolista" is Jason (Jiro Manio), a simple 16-year-old with a talent and passion for playing the drums. His only dream is to have his own set of drums, which he hopes to realize someday soon by saving up on his own. He has an older brother, Billy (Coco Martin), with whom he shares his hopes and dreams. Tambolista is about Jason, Billy and their next-door friend Pablo (Sid Lucero) and their desperate cry for survival. The movie draws an intimate portrait of two brothers struggling with deprivation.

 

Director: Adolf Alix, Jr.

Cast: Jiro Manio, Coco Martin, Sid Lucero, Ricky Davao, Susan Africa, Anita Linda, Fonz Deza, Simon Ibarra

Line Producer: Arleen Cuevas

Writer: Regina Tayag

Associate Line Producer: Maxie Evangelista

Director of Photography: Albert Banzon