Beastmode, a Social Experiment

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    Beastmode, a Social Experiment

    Directed by

    Philippines

    2018

    85 min

    • Filipino

    Documentary

    BEASTMODE interweaves what at first sight seem to be two unconnected storylines: the first two years of rule by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, notorious for his war against drugs, and the reconstruction of a social and artistic experiment about violence and performance—a sort of Fight Club 2.0. The central figure in the experiment is the well-known Filipino actor Baron Geisler. He's apparently incapable of controlling his aggression, and ends up fighting in public. Social media explode, and a media frenzy ensues. Geisler and other protagonists look back in video diary style on the outcry their project has caused.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Owen Berico
    Mark Cosico
    Herbert Ikan
    Marius Talampas
    Production
    LOGO PLACEHOLDER PRODUCTIONS
    Manuel "Eshei" Mesina III

    Manuel "Eshei" Mesina III

    Philippines

    Eshei works as a director, actor, and designer. He graduated with a degree in Visual Communication in U.P. College of Fine Arts, and currently works as a freelance graphic designer for local and international companies. He bagged the "Best Actor" Award for Short + Sweet Theater Festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2017, he devised an 8-hour live performance based on Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot". The adapted play is inspired from the dismal state of Philippine mental asylums. In april 2018, he devised a 3-day performance based on "Pabasa", a traditional reading ceremony on the life of Jesus Christ during Holy Week.