By Dennis Clemente
NEW YORK—It was a match made in cinema heaven.
Here was John Sayles, the master of empathy on screen, whose independent approach to filmmaking was at one time revered but, with Hollywood’s penchant for formulaic movies these days, renders him almost invisible, out of most discussions among the great American filmmakers who can write, edit and direct his own feature films, even act and write novels.
Then there is the country he frequently visits, the Philippines, whose cinema—arguably the most productive in Asia at one time—has also dwindled in numbers dramatically and needs revitalization.
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