The Bit Player (Ekstra)

 

Year: 2013
Country: PHILIPPINES
Run Time: 111 minutes

Loida is a single, middle-aged mother with very lofty goals. For years she's been working as an extra on soap operas, patiently waiting for her chance to shine. However the path to “making it” is anything but easy. The odds are always stacked against you, especially as you age. Since her non-speaking roles don't pay much, Loida works extra hard to make ends meet. While this means time away from her daughter, her extreme work ethic ensures that they're at least somewhat financially stable. At this point, her desire to succeed is as much driven by her parental responsibilities as her own personal ambitions. In fact, her motherly ways have seeped on set, as she often offers guidance to the younger extras. In a field driven by greed and ego, Loida's kindhearted nature stands out like a sore thumb. Will she ever get her big break, or will the industry break her instead? THE BIT PLAYER is a raw but endearing tale of a woman coming to terms with the reality of her dreams. (In Tagalog with subtitles) —E.F.

Director
Jeffrey Jeturian

Producer
Ferdinand Lapuz

Screenwriting
Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone, Jeffrey Jeturian

Cinematography
Lee Briones

Editing
Glenn Ituriaga, Zig Dulay

Principal Cast
Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo

Director Bio
Jeffrey Jeturian was born in Manila, Philippines and has been in the film industry since the mid-80s. He's worked his way up from wardrobe and crew to writer, producer, and director. In addition to film, he's served as a producer on several Philippine television shows.

Select Filmography
"Enter Love" (1998), "Fetch A Pail Of Water" (1999), "Larger Than Life" (2001), "Bridal Shower" (2004), "One Moment More" (2004), "Bikini Open" (2005), "The Bet Collector" (2006)—31st CIFF, "Trespassers" (2011), THE BIT PLAYER (2013)

Print Source

Ignatius Films

ignatiusfilms@yahoo.com

Community Partner

Philippine American Society of Ohio Foundation

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