ISLANDS returns to New York by popular demand on May 26


NEW YORK — Martin Edralin’s award-winning film, ISLANDS, will return to Quad Cinema at 34 W13th Street in Manhattan on May 26 at 7:30 P.M. for a special screening. The award-winning film had a successful theatrical run in major Canadian and U.S. cities.

ISLANDS tells the story of a timid Filipino immigrant struggling with the care of an elderly parent while managing his first experience of puppy love. It stars Rogelio Balagtas (as Joshua), Sheila Lotuaco (as Marisol), and Esteban Comilang (Reynaldo).

Martin Edralin of Circus Zero Films wrote the ISLANDS. He also directed and co-produced in conjunction with Priscilla Galvez’s Silent Tower. The film’s crew includes Diego Guijarro, director of photography; Helen Kotsonic, production designer; and Bryan Atkinson, editor.

Martin Edralin | Photo via ISLANDS Website

Martin Edralin is a Filipino-Canadian, Toronto-based filmmaker. His first short film, HOLE (2014), won the Grand Prize at Clermont-Ferrand, jury prizes at Locarno and Seattle, and screened at Sundance, TIFF, and BFI London. His second short, EMMA (2016), was selected in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten and won Best Live Action Short at the Rhode Island IFF. His debut feature, ISLANDS (2021), premiered at SXSW and was awarded Special Jury Recognition.

ISLANDS had won several awards. A Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Performance prize from TXSW, the Audience Choice Award at the Reel Asian Film Festival, a Special Jury Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and three Canadian Screen Awards nominations.

It will be available Canada-wide via the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox platform. It will then be available throughout the U.S. from May 13 to June 6 through the Laemmle Virtual Cinema and Canada from May 20 to June 16 on the VIFF Connect platform before running on Apple, Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon internationally in June

-With Jay Domingo/PDM.

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