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Sam Milby stars in the Cinema One Originals digital film Third World Happy

Sam Milby takes on his second indie film, the Cinema One Originals entry 'Third World Happy.'

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/5/2010 7:58 AM
Sam Milby stars in the Cinema One Originals digital film Third World Happy


On its sixth year of producing top-quality digital films, Cinema One presents its seven picks to be presented at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival from November 10 to 16 at the Shang Cineplex of EDSA Shangri-la Plaza. This year'rsquo;s line-up includes a good mix of popular and independent film celebrities as well as some new faces to grace the big screen. 'nbsp;

Sam Milby'rsquo;s second foray into indie films is via the melodrama Third World Happy where he plays the role of a balikbayan artist who spent most of his life abroad and whose perspectives in life are changed upon coming home to attend a funeral and reunite with his ex-girlfriend and childhood friends. The Fil-Am actor says you will see a different side of him in the film. "Don'rsquo;t expect the Sam na you usually see. It'rsquo;s not a mainstream movie. Hindi naman namin ini-expect na magugustuhan ng lahat ito. It'rsquo;s either you like it or you don'rsquo;t. It'rsquo;s a lot different. 'lsquo;Di ba you notice I do a lot of masungit roles? Dito, yung character ko, madami siyang karga. Medyo manhid siya dahil hindi pa rin siya naka-move on sa ibang bagay sa buhay niya," he says.

Unlike his first indie film Cul-de-sac which was more on action and suspense, Sam says Third World Happy focuses more on the relationships between the characters. "What makes our movie very different is that it is very conversational talaga. Yung mga ibang movies 'lsquo;di ba it'rsquo;s suspense or horror or action? Yung sa amin, very conversational, very dramatic. It'rsquo;s a movie about going after your dreams and facing your past. Yung character ko, he had everything going for him tapos may nangyari sa pamilya but he still went to the States for twelve years. He got a call na may namatay sa pamilya niya. He left everyone talaga so when may namatay he had to go to the Philippines. Dun niya na-realize what the true meaning of happiness in life and it'rsquo;s also about going after your dreams too," he says.

Playing the role of his former girlfriend is actress Jodi Sta. Maria, whom Sam previously worked with in his first indie film. "Yung first indie film din na gawa ko kasama din si Jodi so hindi naman first time para sa amin. We'rsquo;re very comfortable naman with each other. Magaling naman talaga si Jodi," he says.

Catch Sam and Jodi in Third World Happy, showing from November 10 to 16 at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex of EDSA Shangri-la Plaza mall. Third World Happy is directed by Edward James Salcedo