Liking the kind of films that mainstream wouldn’t dare does not make you a film snob. You would still fall for the rom-com of Star Cinema, but Cinema One Originals and Cinemalaya films would sure hit you with much more realism. And Black Maria Cinema knows that.
Black Maria Cinema is a microcinema screening local and international indie films. Here, indie films are meant to be screened for a long while so you don’t have to worry that the indie film you’ve been waiting for would be moved out of the mall theatres due to low profit. Because here at Black Maria Cinema, film appreciation is not dead.
With the Netflix and iFlix taking over us on our couch, it’s still nice to sit in a dark room with like-minded strangers. Black Maria Cinema has 30 seats in front of a 20ft screen with 2K digital cinema projection and 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Owners are producers themselves so they know how important it is for the filmmakers to see their movie on a big screen. They allow alcohol inside but drink moderately or you don’t want to lose yourself in a micro cinema, pretty please.
Black Maria Cinema is owned and managed by Angelo Santos, his wife Sarah, and sister Pat. It is once a final screening room of films produced by SQ Film Productions which is owned by Angelo’s grandparents, (SQ stands for Santos and Quilatan). SQ Film Productions produced movies such as Joey Gosiengfiao’s Kambal sa Uma and Carlo Caparas’ Ang Huling Lalaki sa Baluarte. As they moved from celluloid to digital technology, they have renamed their production company into Black Maria Pictures and the once private screening room is now offered to the public as microcinema namely, Black Maria Cinema.
Santiago’s Cafe is a flamingo themed restaurant beside the microcinema. It serves as a waiting area of the moviegoers and a restaurant where you can ponder on the subliminal meaning of the movie afterward.
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Black Maria Cinema for Indie films.
With the 2016 Metro Manila Film Fest issue of “profit over art”, we can’t deny the struggle of indie films vs mainstream. And how we hate it when business wins over film appreciation. Hail to the artistry of filmmakers who transcends ideas given the limited budget. Hail to the ideologies they want to convey that the mainstream would not dare. Hail as to how they continue to fight the battle that the audience deserves mind-awakening stories.
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779 San Rafael Street, SQ Film Laboratories Building, Plainview (0.99 mi)
(02) 782 4566