John Denver Trending
This gripping debut feature based on a true story is a perfect example of how social media can shape, intensify and problematize sensitive narratives. It’s something that the fourteen year old farm boy John Denver (Jansen MAGPUSAO) is about to find out. His life is rapidly turned upside down when a video of him assaulting a classmate goes viral. Although the video is taken out of context and uploaded with the most malicious intent, nobody could have predicted the tragic outcome of this viral story gone wrong.
In his sensitive role of the misunderstood teenager, debuting actor Jansen MAGPUSAO proves to be an incredible screen presence. Debuting screenwriter and director Arden Rod CONDEZ is an equally talented newcomer, one of the more promising new voices to emerge from The Philippines, where John Denver Trending won six prizes at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
After graduating from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas with a degree in Broadcast Communication, Arden Rod CONDEZ found work as a full-time writer for television network ABS-CBN. He wrote drama series for almost fifteen years before he found his break as a film director with debut feature film John Denver Trending (2019) which won six prizes at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.