Alexis Tioseco, a Filipino-Canadian Film Critic and Nika Bohinc, a Slovenian Film Critic and freelance writer, were murdered yesterday (tuesday night-Manila time) in their home in Quezon City, a suburb of Metro-Manila, Philippines. According to the Police report, the couple was gunned down as they were entering their home. Both died of bullet wounds, victims of a violent burglary. Three gunmen, with the help of their live-in Maid, got away with an undetermined amount of personal valuables, including jewelry and their laptop computers.
This is a tragic loss for the Cinema world!
Alexis teaches at the University of Asia and the Pacific; the founding Editor of Criticine.com (a leading Southeast Asian Cinema site); is a contributor to leading Film publications like Screen International, Ekran, Panic, Senses of Cinema.com, Osian's Cinema.com and catalogues to the Torino and Pesaro International Film Festivals; and is a regular contributor to Philippine Publications like Uno, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star.
Nika was the Editor-in-Chief of Ekran film magazine (Slovenia's oldest and most respected film publication); a member of the programme board for the Ljubljana Film Festival and Isola Cinema Film Festival; served as the President of FIPRESCI Slovenia; and works as a content provider for Sea Images (A webpage focusing on film collaboration between Europe and Asia).
...such an unfitting and horrible end to two beautiful and uncompromising souls dedicated to the Art of Cinema.
A lot of photographers have been inquiring about the equipment I use... here is a short list for the curious:
Cameras for Commercial work: Fuji XPro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF zooms and primes), Canon 7D, 2 Canon 1Ds MarkIIs (w/ EF L Series zooms and primes), Canon 1n RS, Mamiya RZ67 ProII (lenses & system), Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID & Sinar P2 (used with rented digital backs).
Studio Equipment: I use several Alien Bees Monolights (3 640watts & 4 320watts), an Alien Bees Ringflash with accessories, Alien Bees Rectangular and Octagonal Soft Boxes in different sizes, umbrellas and parabolic umbrellas up to 86", an assortment of grids, barndoors and snoots. 4 150watts monolights with softboxes and accessories and an assortment of 25 -60watts clip on slaves with customized softboxes and accessories. 2 vagabond II portable power packs. 4 pocket wizard II transmitters and a pocket wizard multimax. An assortment of lightstands and booms. Several Manfrotto tripods, a Manfrotto Monopod and a Manfrotto light table. Lowel Tota/Omni kits for video lighting.
Equipment for Fine Art work: Fuji X Pro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF and Canon FL lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Leica D-Lux 3, Apple iPhone 6 Plus (with assorted photo apps.), Mamiya Universal and Super 23 Press systems, Polaroid 600SE system, Mamiya C system, 2 Canon F-1n (FD Lenses & system), Canon FT (FL Lenses), 5 x 7 Graphic View II with antique lenses, Bell & Howell Dial 35 (Canon 35mm half-frame), Argus C3 and C44 system, Graflex 22 model 400, Mamiya six, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2, plus assorted antique, toy and pinhole cameras from my collection. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers.
Video/Movie Cameras: Canon 7D (Canon EF L Series lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Canon XL1S mini-DV system, Apple IPhone 6 Plus (with assorted video Apps.), Bolex H8, Canon Super 8 1014XL-S, Bolex EBM 16mm, Bolex H16 Reflex.