Ricky Lee Holds Virtual Reunion and Storytelling Masterclass to Celebrate Cinemalaya 2020

The acclaimed screenwriter has been holding writing classes for the last four decades.

Since 1982, screenwriter Ricky Lee has been opening his home to aspiring film writers, holding intensive writing workshops on how to craft tightly written scripts with multilayered characters and plots.

After 10 Sundays of eight-hour sessions of digging deep into intimate life experiences and translating these to the written page, the workshoppers develop tight bonds with Lee and with each other.

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This weekend, one of the main attractions of the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a reunion of students Lee has welcomed to his home over the last four decades. And for the next two Sundays, Lee is allowing the public a glimpse into these acclaimed workshops via a storytelling masterclass.

On Saturday, August 8, Cinemalaya is hosting an online reunion for workshoppers since 1982. The public is also invited to join this event that will focus the history of the workshop, as well as move forward to chart future plans.

Workshop alumni include actors Cherie Gil, Bea Alonzo, Iza Calzado, Meryll Soriano, Agot Isidro, Bela Padilla, Herbert Bautista, Nicco Manalo, and Xian Lim; directors Antonette Jadaone, Dan Villegas, Dwein Baltazar, Victor Villanueva, Ice Idanan, Will Fredo, Ed Lejano, Michael Tuviera, Pepe Diokno, Glenn Barit, Petersen Vargas, and Sari Dalena; documentary filmmakers Kara Magsanoc Alikpala, Ditsi Carolino, and Babyruth Villarama; book publisher Jun Matias; musical scorer Jessie Lasaten; musician Kean Cipriano, and many more TV and film personalities.

Director Paolo Villaluna and actor/director John “Sweet” Lapus will host the live event.

For the next two Sundays, on August 9 and 15, Lee will hold a masterclass “Mga Tao at Mga Tauhan” that is open to the public. In the class, he will share his 11-story steps to help participants look within themselves and at the world around them to tell their stories.


Sign up for either date. Fee is P300 and includes handouts and a certificate. 

Watch past workshoppers talk about his classes here. 



To sign up for the events for the next two weekends, visit Cinemalaya's Facebook page here.  

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Yvette Fernandez is the Chief Storyteller of the Gokongwei Group. Previously, she was the editorial director of Esquire Philippines.
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