US-trained indie director RD Alba is currently in the Philippines to shoot and screen his first full-length feature.
“Biktima,” which opens in local cinemas today, stars Cesar Montano and Angel Aquino as the married couple separated by tragedy and later reunited under trying circumstances.
Alba feels it’s important for wider audiences to watch indie films. He added that a theatrical run for indies will give indie filmmakers a chance to show their talents as well as a way to express gratitude to the cast and crew of the film.
Alba was born in Bohol, but grew up in Philadelphia. He earned his film degree at the Los Angeles Film School. He said his goal in making “Biktima,” is to create a certain formula that would link American filmmaking and Filipino cinema.
In 2002, he returned to the country to direct the Cebuano series “Kapalaran” (starring Chanda Romero, Pilar Pilapil Joel Torre). In 2004, Alba worked as associate producer in the 2004 film “Panaghoy sa Suba,” which Montano directed He later directed “Milyonaryong Mini” (with Cherry Lou, Giselle Sanchez, Juliana Palermo) which aired in 2006.
Some of his cinematic influences include Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. His favorites among Filipino filmmakers are Brillante Mendoza, Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Montano.