Tombstone Pillow is a 12-minute film, set in a cemetery in the Philippines where 6,000 people are living. It tells the story of a heartless heiress, who was forced to run with a poor graveyard girl who teaches her life’s real riches.
The short advocacy film was shot over three days by multi-award-winning directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir, with cinematographer Mycko David and team that made the Oscar entry for the Philippines in 2018. The film premiered at the Oscar-qualifying LA shorts festival and won the Best Drama category at the ICP shorts Series.
The slums in Manila are so overcrowded and in such bad condition that 6,000 people decided rather than live in the slums they will live among the dead. The cemetery dwellers sleep, eat, go to school and perform all of the other functions of living in and around tombs – they literally use tombstones for pillows.
Tombstone Pillow has already received several nominations including Best Short Film, Best Actress and Best Director at the NYCIFF Foundation with Festival Director Roberto Rizzo.
Timeless Entertainment Inc. Producer Lourdes Duque Baron together with Dream Team Directors Daniel Lir & Bayou Bennett, Cinematographer Mycko David and Writer Fraser Scott shot the film in haphazard shanties, top of graves and mausoleums in the Manila North Cemetery in the Philippines.
“Tombstone Pillow” cast includes Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Akram Al Hamandi Yesmine Cedric Escobar and Blake Salcedo.
Hagay Mizrahi is in charge of the Music. He is from Gemini Muziq and a top music producer who has worked with notable artists like Justin Bieber, Mario, Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg, and Christina Milan.
Directed by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir
Produced by Timeless Entertainment Inc.
Starring: Lourdes Duque Baron and Kendra Sison De Mesa, Ian Taylor Ignacio, Akram Yesmine, Blake Salcedo and Cedric Escobar
Screenplay by: Fraser Kee Scott
Director of Photography: Mycko David
Editor: Bella Jones
Music: Hagay Mizrahi
Production Design: Marielle Hizon
Together with the help of Media PR Relations Maria Urduja Osit Li, Kali Alaia, and Timeless Entertainment Inc., team Manager Nina Ortencio with Rorie Baron and Jong Tabtab.
Asian Cinematography Awards
Tombstone Pillow is also nominated for Best Filipino Short Film and Best Cinematography at the Asian Cinematography Awards (ACA).
The ACA is a film festival established and managed by the film industry professionals of the Cinematography Awards Foundation (CA). They are inviting films around the world that demonstrate excellence in cinematography and different aspects of film making. The Asian Cinematography Awards gives prior emphasis to building and promoting Asian cinematographers and filmmakers. It has created an exclusive Asian edition for the Cinematography awards.
The awarding body has also created a special category for short films that feature stories about Filipino culture, society, and the diaspora. The festival will feature live screenings, including an exhibition and lastly an awarding ceremony in Manila in February 2020. The annual winners selected will receive the Golden Eagle, the official statuette of the Cinematography Awards for Outstanding Achievement in cinematography and film making.