JUST A THOUGHT: ‘Joy is the eternal youth of the spirit.’ — Ippolito Nievo
FORWARD THINKING: Fast forward thinking producer Rex A. Tiri of T-Rex Entertainment marked a birth anniversary Nov. 16 at his fine dining restaurant Limbaga 77 in Quezon City’s Tomas Morato area.
Guests included Film Development Council of the Philippines Chair Liza Diño, directors Elwood Perez, Joel Lamangan, Julius Alfonso, actors Edgar Allan, Vance Larena, among so many more.
Rex urged everyone to eat, drink and be merry. Between shots, he told us the Paulo Avelino-Janine Gutierrez love story that his movie company, T-Rex Entertainment, is now filming will get a new title. People found its original title, “If We Don’t Make It,” unlucky.
Rex also said that the script of a Roderick Paulate comedy where the veteran actor plays a madrasta role is being rushed.
T-Rex Entertainment definitely swings in 2020.
T-REX’S ENTRY: In an earlier post on my Facebook page, as I greeted Rex on his birthday, I said that I somehow felt responsible for his well-being in the local movie industry.
I said that because I was the bridge that convinced him to get into film production. Little did I know that he would get into it almost full-time.
In 2015, while having coffee with Ronnie Liang, I suggested he should do a movie. He volunteered he had a client who might seem interested, so we set a meeting.
It didn’t take great persuasive powers on my part to convince Rex to bankroll a movie then up our sleeves.
It was to be “Esoterika: Maynila” by Elwood Perez.
The rest is history.
MAJOR PLAYER: T-Rex has since evolved from a humble, single film producer to a major player.
The company’s creative track record has caught the eye of Star Cinema, which recently entered into co-production deal with T-Rex.
Their first joint project was the recently shown “Open,” an adult rom-com that starred Arci Muñoz and JC Santos.
T-Rex’s other film productions released one after the other include “Ang Hapis At Himagsik Ni Hermano Puli,” “Moonlight Over Baler,” “Patay Na Si Hesus,” “Bakwit Boys,” and “Deadma Walking.”
HITS AND MISSES: Rex may have had a few hits and more misses along the way, yet nothing can seem to stand in the way of his movie production venture.
He maintains an optimistic stance, finding comfort in the idea that he loves what he’s doing. Good thing there are now other platforms where films are sold.