ABOUT THE FILM
E X P L O R I N G I D E N T I T Y
Conceived as a portrait documentary about a 97-year-old indigenous tribal tattooist in the Philippine mountains, this film evolved into an intimately subjective essay documentary as the filmmaker recognised that the personal catharsis of discovering her paternal roots inevitably influenced the film's shape. Blood + Ink (Dugo at Tinta) explores identity, both personal and national, through the story of Apo Whang-Od Oggay and through director Jill Damatac Futter's own story after 22 years away from the Philippines as an illegal immigrant in the United States.
W H Y D O E S T H I S M A T T E R ?
We've all been asked "so, where are you from?", and "what do you do?". What is your usual response? Is that the whole story? What do we choose to share about ourselves? There are no straightforward answers; this documentary simply hopes to delve into concepts of identity and perception through the story of one of the Philippines' most respected and beloved artists.
W H E R E C A N W E S E E I T ?
The film wrapped up post-production on 2 December, 2016 and has been submitted to the University of the Arts London - London College of Communication as part of director Jill Damatac Futter's MA thesis. In May 2017, it will be in the Festival de Cannes as part of its Short Film Corner programme. To hear about the film's progress, subscribe to updates here.
T H E C R E W
• JILL DAMATAC FUTTER // Director/DOP, Writer, Editor // jilldamatacfutter.com
• AARON GONZALES // Production Manager, Second Camera
• DIWA TIONGSON // Additional Camera, Sound Recordist
• LOUIE AGUILAR // Production Assistant, Sound Recordist
P R O D U C E D B Y
Jill Damatac Futter, Steven Futter, Christopher Tiu, and Aaron Gonzales
T H A N K S T O
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Derlen & Mayumi Chiu
CHRISTINE CRUZ WOLFE
Harry & Danielle Figgie
RUTH & IAN FUTTER
Emily & Matt Hyland
R. Janson / AMERICAN MOM LLC
BEN MITTON & RHIANNON BALLINGER
AUDREY ANN STOFFLE
LEVI & KATIE STOLOVE
MELODY & CRAIG TOWE
ALEXANDER & LEAH TSIRIGOTIS
DAVID & CERI WADDINGTON
THE WELSH FAMILY
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