Take it from someone who's tried it out—it's a struggle to look for those really good independent movies once they've had their run. It doesn't help that some of them only see the light of day through film festivals or a single showing in a special movie theather far from where you live. Especially when these stories deserve so much more attention than the time they're given. Luckily, you won't have to settle for those rare pop-up showings anymore, because iWant TV's got quite the selection of local indie movies in their arsenal, and counting.
Don't know where to start? Below are eight interesting and compelling indie films that you can now catch up on!
1. Changing Partners
Based on the Palanca award-winning musical by Vincent de Jesus, Changing Partners attempts to prove the universality of love. It starts out in the midst of a breakup between Alex and Cris, a couple whose ups-and-downs we subsequently experience through the lens of four varying relationships, regardless of age, sexuality, or gender.
Starring: Sandino Martin, Agot Isidro, Anna Luna, Jojit Lorenzo
2. Si Chedeng at si Apple
Apple, who beheads her live-in partner, and Chedeng, who comes out to her family after her husband's death, set out together on a fanciful escapade to find Chedeng's ex-girlfriend, while carrying around with them the severed head in a Louis Vuitton bag.
Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Gloria Diaz
3. Ang Larawan
An adaptation of Nationa Artist Nick Joaquin's play, Ang Larawan is a musical drama that follows the story of two sisters torn between their financial trouble and selling their celebrated father's last painting, one that served as a gift to both girls.
Starring: Rachel Alejandro, Celeste Legaspi, Joanna Ampil, Paulo Avelino
4. Bakwit Boys
After losing everything to a typhoon, four brothers are forced to leave their home and attempt to start anew in another town, with only a guitar and their musical chops to hopefully help them rise above.
Starring: Vance Larena, Nikko Natividad, Devon Seron, Ryle Paolo Santiago
Ekstra takes us into the brutally realistic workings of the local film industry. Vilma Santos plays a hardworking mother who'll try out for just about any acting job in order to pay for the bills, not to mention her daughter's college tuition. She soon finds out that the entertainment world isn't as glamorous as the movies.
Starring: Vilma Santos, Marian Rivera, Richard Yap, Cherry Pie Picache
Relevant until today, this socio-political drama revolves around the plight of a Filipino family caught in the middle of a slew of extra-judicial killings and the politican enforcing them.
Starring: Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, Jason Abalos, JC de Vera
7. Baka Bukas
Finding themselves on the verge of becoming something more, two childhood best friends navigate their relationship after one of them finally comes out to the other. However, with the industry that they work in, it turns out that being together won't come easy.
Starring: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Louise delos Reyes
8. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
This coming-of-age drama centers on introverted and socially recluse Felix, an over-achiver at school but an under-achiever at his social life. His whole world changes when the rebellious, half-American Snyder brothers take him under their wing and into the workings of their dark motives.
Starring: Khalil Ramos, Jameson Blake, Ethan Salvador