Ellen Ramos

Ellen Ramos

Ellen’s career spans a multitude of short film productions as director, animator, production designer, sound recordist, and editor.  She is one of the founding members of Pinoy Animagination.

Teaming up with her co-director Paolo Villaluna, their debut film Ilusyon (2005) is the first digital film to be Rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board in 2005.  Their second film Selda (2008) competed at the Montreal World Film Festival. Their third film Walang Hanggang Paalam (2009) won the Best Film at the SoHo International Film Festival in New York, and Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2010 Gawad Tanglaw Awards.

Presently, Ellen is with Blacksoup, a film collective working on documentaries, audio-visual productions, and multi-media projects.

Full Length / Documentary / Shortfilm

Ganap na babae

Ganap na babae (segment “Eos”) (2010)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Production House

Hubo Productions

Director

Ellen Ramos
Rica Arevalo
Sarah Roxas

Producer

Will Fredo

Screenplay

Sarah Roxas

Plot:

“Ganap na Babae”” is a film for women made by women directors:
Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos and Sarah Roxas. A prostitute, two sisters, and a widow come together to tell their stories about womanhood.A woman (Mercedes Cabral) shares her soul as a prostitute in front ofthe camera. A survivor, she looks back at her life as a mother. Milagros (Sue Prado) and Elena (Jam Pérez) are sisters tilling “”camote””(sweet potato) in a dry land. Poverty provokes Elena to migrate as a mail-order bride in Japan while Milagros stays to take care of the family. Eos (Boots Anson Roa) is a widow who falls in love with a younger man, Rodrigo (Rome Mallari). They try to make the relationship work amidst the pressure of their family and the society. Three stories are interwoven to see the plight of Filipino women from the sensitive eyes of three contemporary women directors. ”

Cast

Boots Anson-Roa

Role

Director

Awards

Mient’s Pick: Excellence in Cinematography

Film Festival

2011 SoHo International Film Festival

Ganap na babae

Walang Hanggang Paalam (2008)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Director

Ellen Ramos
Paolo Villaluna

Cast

Lovi Poe
Jackie Woo
Jake Roxas

Role

Director | Writer

Awards

SoHo International Film Festival (2010) | Best World Showcase

Ganap na babae

Selda (2008)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Director

Ellen Ramos
Paolo Villaluna

Plot:

Set in two contrasting enivronments that undeline the same premise of imprisonment, Selda tells the story of Rommel (Sid Lucero), a young man who accidentally kills a boy, resulting in his incarceration. Inside the jail, he befriends another inmate, Esteban (Emilio), who becomes his rock and protector. Seven years later, Rommel is living in the province as a farmer together with Sita (Ara Mina) his wife. Esteban tracks down Rommel in hopes of renewing a brewing love affair. Rommel and Sita welcome Esteban into their lives, until their intimacy crosses borderlines and results in the undeniable scourge of self-discovery.

Cast

Sid Lucero
Emilio Garcia
Ara Mina

Role

Director | Writer

Awards

Gawad Urian (2008) | Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor
Star Awards for Movies (2008) | Digital Movie Production Designer of the Year, Movie Supporting Actor of the Year, Digital Movie Original Theme Song of the Year
Thessaloniki Film Festival (2008) | Best Actor

Ganap na babae

Ilusyon (2004)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Director

Ellen Ramos
Paolo Villaluna

Producer

Tess R. Cruz
Vicente del Rosario III
Vic del Rosario Jr.
Veronique del Rosario-Corpus

Screenplay

Sarah Roxas

Plot:

Set in Philippine post-American colonialist era, where the American influence was still apparent, Ilusyon tells the story of Miguel, a young man from the countryside, who decides to visit his father, Pablo, a Modernist painter in Manila. Upon his arrival, he discovers that his father has decided to leave for the province but he opted to stay in Manila for a vacation. One day, he meets Stella, a nude model originally scheduled to pose for Miguel’s father. Struck by her beauty, Miguel does the unthinkable – he pretends to be his father the painter. Developing a relationship based on a lie, things turn for the worse as Stella begets a strange skin disease that turns off Miguel. Surrounded by strange characters – a talking cow, a talkative mailman and a nosy landlady – Miguel is driven into a frenzy realization about beauty, lust, love and being true to oneself. An ambiguous ending underlines the surreal tone of the film.

Cast

Yul Servo
JC Parker
Boots Anson-Roa
Ronnie Lazaro

Role

Director | Editor

Awards

Golden Screen Awards | Best Cinematography, Breakthrough Performance by an Actress

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