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Joni Gutierrez Films Memories

Love Letters to Hong Kong

Born and raised in Manila, I moved to Hong Kong in 2013 to pursue my PhD studies in Communication and Film. I earned the degree in 2018 and even though I have since then immigrated here in the USA, I still consider Hong Kong home. In this post, I share five short films that I shot in Hong Kong. These works remind me of my personal journey while I was living there as a postgraduate student and why this beautifully complex city will always have a special place in my heart.

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Film & Media Studies Phenomenology

Characteristics of the Phenomenalist-realist Film

by Jose Gutierrez III

Five characteristics of the phenomenalist-realist film were identified by Ian Aitken in The Major Realist Film Theorists: A Critical Anthology (2016) : (1) perceptually realistic; (2) disinterested; (3) nature-like; (4) feeling-oriented; and (5) flowing. In the current essay, I flesh out each of these attributes by expounding on their philosophical influences – particularly Kantian aesthetics – and explicating them through selected works from world cinema.

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Film & Media Studies Phenomenology

Seven Kracauerian Cinematic-realist (KCR) Tropes

by Jose Gutierrez III

Seven tropes from the realist film theory of Siegfried Kracauer are presented in this essay. Selected works from world cinema re used to illustrate the discussion.

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Film & Media Studies Philippine Cinema

Kracauerian Cinematic Realism in Lino Brocka Films

by Jose Gutierrez III

This essay describes the realist film theory of Siegfried Kracauer and employs two notions of cinematic realism – the refuse and the transient – in discussing Lino Brocka’s Weighed but Found Wanting (1974), Three Two One (1974), Manila in the Claws of Light (1975), Insiang (1976), Bona (1980), Clutching a Knife (1985), and I Carry the World (1987).

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Filipino Culture Film & Media Studies Philippine Cinema Thesis Chapters

Summary and Conclusions — Master’s Thesis

by Jose Gutierrez III

The mothers in the films of Lino Brocka – a veritable auteur who used film as his medium in expressing his insights through his works from 1970 to 1991 – gravitate towards two clusters of images: 1) the mothers who struggle within the confines of their role; and 2) the mothers who question their role and affirm themselves as persons.

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Filipino Culture Film & Media Studies Philippine Cinema Thesis Chapters

Chapter 2. Images of the Mothers Who Struggle within the Confines of Their Role

by Jose Gutierrez III

Brocka’s films from 1970 to 1982 generally belong to the first cluster of images. Here, Brocka’s familiarity and affinity with the types of mothers as portrayed by the earlier studio films, popular literature, and “komiks” (serialized graphic novels) are manifested. Within this cluster, the following images are identified and fleshed out: (1) the “ideal” mother; (2) mother as victim; and (3) the controlling matriarch.

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Filipino Culture Film & Media Studies Philippine Cinema Thesis Chapters

Chapter 3. Images of the Mothers Who Question Their Role and Affirm Themselves as Persons

by Jose Gutierrez III

As Lino Brocka became more politicized as an artist, he was able to flesh out more progressive characterizations, narratives, and resultant images of the mothers which belong to the second cluster, namely: (1) mother as transgressor, and (2) mother as aggressor of patriarchy.

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Film & Media Studies Joni Gutierrez Films Phenomenology Philippine Cinema Thesis Chapters

Conclusions Chapter — PhD dissertation

Investigating Kracauerian Cinematic Realism through Film Practice and Criticism: Life-world Series (2017) and Selected Films of Lino Brocka

by Jose Gutierrez III

Note: This is an excerpt from my PhD dissertation, ‘Investigating Kracauerian Cinematic Realism through Film Practice and Criticism: Life-world Series (2017) and Selected Films of Lino Brocka’ (2018). In 2020, my book chapter — Cinematic Contemplation Online: The Art and Philosophy of Life-world Series (2017) — based on this dissertation was published in: Kung K.WS. (ed.) Reconceptualizing the Digital Humanities in Asia. Digital Culture and Humanities (Challenges and Developments in a Globalized Asia), vol 2: 31-52. Singapore: Springer.

This final section presents the summary of the findings and conclusions of the study in three major aspects: (1) a prospective model of cinematic realism that resulted from the project’s phenomenological approach in investigating Kracauerian cinematic-realist film aesthetics; (2) an account of reckoning the Husserlian notion of the Lebenswelt which Aitken (2006) specified to be ‘a key to understanding Kracauer’s assertion that “physical reality” can be redeemed through cinema’ (Wils, 2016, p. 76); and (3) the implications and findings of using film practice and criticism as tools in examining Kracauerian cinematic realism (KCR). Lastly, this section will propose recommendations for further research into the subject using both written and film-based means.

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Memories

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to treat each student as a universe of potential. I nurture this potential by designing a safe and stimulating academic space for the class through: (1) meaningful interactions with fellow students and myself as a supportive teacher; (2) efficient access to information and resources; and (3) constructive and compassionate feedback mechanisms that foster personal growth and practical applications in the professional arena.

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Memories Photography

My First Photography Exhibition: Home for Now (2016)

Curated by Dayang Yraola, my first solo photography exhibition was held from June 1 to July 3, 2016 at the lobby gallery space of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Main Library. This collection of 60 photographs of Hong Kong was also exhibited at the Gallery of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong from 4 to 8 September 2016 and at the Foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong on 25 June 2017.

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Joni Gutierrez Films Memories

Life-world Series (Joni Gutierrez, 2017, 118 minutes) Premiere

The first public screening of the film was at the Hong Kong Baptist University on 7 April 2017 in an event organized by the Centre for Film and Moving Image Research (FMIR) of the Academy of Film. In this lecture-seminar, I talked about Life-world Series (2017) in terms of phenomenalist-realist film aesthetics.

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Filipino Culture Memories

18 All-time Favorite Filipino Dishes from My Lola Liling’s Cookbook

My grandmother had a well-lived life of 99 years. She was compassionate and prayerful but never judgmental – this, she taught by example. She was loving, and one of the ways that she expressed this was through her cooking. Today I remember her by digitally transcribing her handwritten cookbook. I never had a chance to ask her to teach me how to cook but with the help of this artifact, I will start practicing and sharing my all-time favorite Filipino dishes; indeed, knowledge, wisdom, and caring transcend time and space.

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UX Design-Research

Energy Sharer App: Give & Receive Movie Ideas

User Experience (UX) Design Case Study by Joni Gutierrez

Introduction

Many of us who have been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken refuge in watching movies at home. This has provided us an unforeseen but welcome opportunity to be exposed to a wider range of movie ideas, filmmakers, styles, and techniques from around the world. In addition to the entertainment and artistic gratification from these creative works, we have been developing a renewed sense of connection with our fellow human beings who we know and feel are in the same boat. Through our shared experience as film spectators, we realize that the enjoyment of films is an essential part of what it is to be human. This resonant condition presents us with the insight that the entire library of cinematic media – now made more easily accessible through online streaming – is an integral part of the heritage of humanity.

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UX Design-Research

Optimizing “Digital Graspiness” in the UX of Vimeo Showcase

User Experience (UX) Design Case Study by Joni Gutierrez

Introduction

A passionate group of filmmakers founded Vimeo in 2004 as a way to beautifully share their videos with the world. As a filmmaker and a satisfied paying customer of this online streaming service, I was excited to hear about the launch in April 2019 of its new feature called Vimeo Showcase that allows users to create video portfolios that artfully display their works.

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UX Design-Research

Courses Completed via LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning was instrumental in my study and practice of User Experience (UX) / User Interface (UI) Design & User Research. Following is a list of courses that I have taken.