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Flotsam, a film by Jay Abello is showing November 4 in cinemas nationwide. I was lucky to be invited to part of the press con where the stars of the movie where presented and a jamming session was also held to the delight of the media and guest.

Solenn Heussaff and Rocco Nacino’s rom-com in surf town, La Union

With charm, wit, and clever twists, not to mention a terrific pair of leads, Flotsam is this year’s maindie love anthology—8 (interweaving) love stories, offering something relatable for everyone.

One Post-surf, Beach Jam Session..........................

 A film named after a quaint artist beach hotel in San Juan, La Union, the story unfolds when a work-obsessed overachiever Kai (Solenn Heussaff) arrives in an Elysian Surf Town to run away from a volatile relationship. Kai hides at Flotsam where she meets Tisoy (Rocco Nacino), a very mysterious local bartender who became her summer fling and perfect antidote to restiveness. It contains about a dozen more characters who are in love – that’s however an approximate figure because some of them fall out of love while others double up or change partners. Each interleaving with the other in a grid of foreshadowing and disquiet.

The poetic keynote to the film comes from one of the child actors’ examination about that ‘goddamn love’ the adults are talking about, to which Tisoy explained, “Ang love, walang libro diyan… Kailangan subukan.”

With Flotsam, filmmaker and writer Jay Abello establishes himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors around. His new film contains sweeping visual style, while the dialogues deliver a jolt to your consciousness. While most of its mainstream counterparts would go for just gloss and shine, Abello gunned for simple and heartwarming attack.

In a charming, little place located in San Juan, La Union, emerging musicians and music legends alike gather to play their original compositions. Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hotel’s Kubo Jam Session became their common ground to showcase their talent and musicality. One of their regular guests is the famed guitarist of the band Eraserheads and composer of electronic music, Surfernando Marcus Adoro.

In 2008, after the Eraserheads parted ways, Adoro released the debut album of his band, called Markus Highway, gaining critical acclaim. A fine artist, his works were also featured in art exhibitions in Singapore. He has since moved on and is now having one’s home in the surfingtown of La Union.

Today, Surfernando Marcus Adoro again wows by crafting distinctive songs for the maindie movie Flotsam, directed by Jay Abello, and stars Solenn Heussaff and Rocco Nacino. As a matter of fact, he contributed three out of ten original songs used in the film. His sound, according to him, is a character – just him and a guitar to a ‘big full band with horns section and all.’ Adoro’s original surfer track ‘Dubi’ was recorded live on set backed by the magnificent horn section of Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas in a Mark Laccay & Papa Francis De Veyra studio session for Flotsam the Movie.

Director Jay Abello admits that writing in music within the film was crucial because music is the soul of the film and is a big part of the whole Flotsam experience. Way before filming, there was already an original soundtrack, courtesy of Surfernando Marcus Adoro.

Artists Mia Sebastian, Kiddo Cosio, and Joncy Sumulong are ‘the musical brains’ of Flotsam wrote most of the original compositions, such as  “Change of Heart”, “Our Love”, “Small Town Roads”, “Sliding”, “Colonial Mentality,” and “Don’t Tell Me Someday.” They form the Flotsam Folk Yeah! Family Band.

The cast also lends their musical talents to further complement the funksexy deephouse grooves and alternative music of the film. Kjwan’s vocalist, Marc Abaya, is not just an intense actor but a real musician as well. Solenn Heussaff first indicated she has a set of nice pipes when she recorded the song “Seagulls” live in just one take, providing a striking reminder, that actually she’s really good and ultra-talented. Carla Humphries and Franco Daza not just only performed but owned the songs, using their characters to interpret the music and making it a very wonderful jamming session to watch on screen.

The uber romantic movie Flotsam has an equally uber passionate soundtrack to match, collecting sassy and empowering tunes. The film itself is its music. And, the music is the film.

1 surftown. 8 love stories. 10 original compositions. Which one is yours?

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