What Isn't There
Slamdance Film Festival
At the age of 10, Gibson (Dominic Roco) saw his twin brother die, and he hasn't spoken since. Now 20, Gibson returns home to Manila for the holidays and finds his family growing slowly more and more distant. Gibson imagines his dead brother, Jamie (Felix Roco), whenever he is alone, talking with him but not with anyone else. After his childhood friend, Teddy (Alchris Galura), attempts to rekindle their social life, Gibson meets Enid (Annicka Dolonius) and a young love begins to blossom. As Gibson and his friends bounce around Manila's local indie rock scene, references to films, music and comic books abound, and Gibson begins to discover who he really is. Plastered wall to wall with incredible music—most of which was recorded live for the film—What Isn't There has an aray of fun, humorous moments and beautiful visual imagery. At the same time, the film isn't afraid to dive into its own emotions and deal with the sometimes harsh realities of life—and death. What Isn't There premiered at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award and Best Original Music (New Breed). Even if you don't get a chance to see the film, head over to their website and get the soundtrack. It's worth it.