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Jakarta Post

Slow days at the movies: New field games for filmmakers

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak


Jakarta   /   Tue, August 11 2020   /  01:00 am
In tight space: A screengrab from short movie Cerita Tentang Jendela (A Story About Windows). The movie by Jason Iskandar of Studio Antelope was constructed on crowd-sourcing footage sent by colleagues and friends to capture life during social and physical restrictions.(Studio Antelope/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

The film industry and enthusiasts cheered in July the decision of the Indonesian Cinema Owners Association (GPBSI) to reopen movie theaters by the end of the month, but the excitement was short lived. On July 16, association chairman Djonny Syafruddin said the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency had advised against the reopening due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The indefinite postponement, however, affected all cinemas and theater chains throughout the country. “The association members in the meantime will continue to put into practice the health and new normal protocols in all movie theaters,” said Djonny. Representing Cinema XXI, a cinema chain affiliated with the association, head of corporate communications and brand management Dewinta Hutagaol said the company would comply with the government’s policies. “Since January we hav...