Filmmaker Ron Morales’s 5 Things You Should Know About GRACELANDMarch 27, 2013

Filmmaker Ron Morales’s 5 Things You Should Know About GRACELAND

Drafthouse Films

Marlon Villar—a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango—is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he gets ambushed while driving both his boss’s twelve year-old girl and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events progress wildly unaccording to plan, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent. Drafthouse Films' GRACELAND premieres on demand March 28, 2013.

 

Ron Morales's 5 Things You Should Know About GRACELAND

 

1. My Unit Production Manager insisted that the US crew had to try balut (a fertilized duck embryo) to become Filipinos. So one of the last days of the shoot, it was a night shoot; he had bought balut to everyone. The Filipino crew gathered around in a circle watching, laughing, and filming on their smart phones when my Director of Photography and Producers had their very first balut. You should have seen their faces and heard their comments.

2. In the second week of the shoot, we filmed in a clothing store. Everyone was so burned out from the long days, as well as from the three company moves, I believe we had that day, so when it started to rain we had to stop the filming and took cover inside the store. An apparently popular pop song started to play in the background, and my hair and make-up artist jumped up and started to dance, and suddenly my young actresses, other crew members, and myself join in dancing like crazy. It was a great moment interrupting an otherwise very serious and brutal shoot.

3. While interviewing our sound mixer Nikola Chapelle in New York, he was so excited about joining the team and said he would be willing to lie in the trunk of car if there wasn’t enough space. I looked at him with surprise and told him that it wouldn’t be safe. There are so many car scenes in GRACELAND, so of course Nikola was right that he has to be in the trunk, and I even had to jump in the trunk with him spooning, because there was no space in the car.

 

 

4. I have worked on this project for over five years, and finally it is completed. Now I want the film to get out there for as many people to see.

5. Filipino films rarely get a chance to breakthrough to the US film market. If there was one Filipino movie that you must see, GRACELAND would be that one.

 

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