ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK
(THE WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK)
BY MARLON RIVERA AND CHRIS MARTINEZ
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.
Marlon Rivera took his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1987. He directed his first play at the Bulwagang Gantimpala Summer Workshop from 1983 to 1985. He entered PTV 4 as a researcher and production assistant after the EDSA Revolution. Then, in 1988, he went into advertising becoming an associate creative director within three months. Since then, he has been a copywriter, producer, production designer, make-up artist, stylist, assistant director for TV commercials. He has written for concerts, TV shows and documentaries. For seven years, he taught Visual-Verbal Communication in the Viscom Department of the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines. in 2009, he and Chris Martinez set up Martinez-Rivera Films to produce “100” for Cinemalaya. While Chris wrote and directed that film, Marlon was co-producer and creative consultant. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is Marlon’s first time to direct a full length film. He just presented his fifth collection in the Philippine Fashion Week. He is currently President and Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Manila.
Major Credits: Cast:
Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, and special participation of Mercedes Cabral and Cherry Pie Picache.
Director of Photography-Larry Manda, Production Designer-Reji Regalado, Editor-Ike Veneracion, Musical Director-Vincent de Jesus, Sound Engineers-Albert Michael Idioma, Addiss Tabong, Asst. Directors-Melvin Lee, Julius Alfonso, Creative Supervisor-Chris Martinez, Head of Production-Grace Quisias, Line Producer-Madonna Tarrayo, Executive Producers-Chris Martinez, Marlon Rivera, Josabeth Alonso, John Victor Tence, Screenplay-Chris Martinez, Directed byMarlon Rivera.