TV Writers Panel, December 3, 2016 – Meet Writer, Rene Gube (of the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”)

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FilAm Creative (FAC) celebrates seven years of supporting the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media!

Saturday, December 3rd will be our Fil-Am Creative: Television Writers Panel  — a panel discussion and networking event featuring special guest panelists who represent the craft of writing across the board.

Join the conversation with Asian and Filipino American writers working in network television today.  Listen to their experiences as working writers in scripted television and how they got to where they are now.  Interact with the panelists and FAC members during the reception and after party.  Learn about open opportunities and build your network.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 
From 6:30pm to 8pm
PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER
153 Glendale Boulevard in Historic Filipinotown
Los Angeles, CA. 90026  

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* Between Colton Street and Rockwood Street, inside Larry Itliong Village.  Available street parking near and around PWC.  Watch for signs.

FREE ADMISSION but, donations are welcome.  

SEATING IS LIMITED.  To reserve a seat(s) for you and your friends, you must RSVP at filamcreative@gmail.com to get on the list before we reach full capacity.  You do not need to be Filipino or a FAC member to attend our event.  

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1866196176947472/

Use the hashtag, #FACwriterspanel on all of your social media platforms for this event.

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MEET ONE OF THE EVENT’S SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS:

RENE GUBE
~ writer / executive story editor / co-producer ~

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Rene Gube

Rene Gube is a writer, performer and improviser from San Diego, CA. After teaching high school history in East Los Angeles, Rene found his way to comedy through studying long-form improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

He continues to perform regularly at UCB LA with his improv group JV.

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Rene is currently a writing Co-Producer for the CW musical comedy Crazy Ex Girlfriend, where he also recurs as Father Brah.  The following are a few samples of his work from the show.

Rene’s first written episode was Season 1’s My First Thanksgiving with Josh!  The episode made television history when it introduced the first Filipino American family to appear on primetime U.S. broadcast TV.  He was also this episode’s executive story editor.

He wrote and co-produced the recent Season 2 episode, When Will Josh See How Cool I Am? including the song, I Could If I Wanted To (reprise).

Last season, he wrote the song, California Christmastime for the episode, My Mom, Greg’s Mom and Josh’s Sweet Dance Moves!

When Rene is not working he enjoys pick-up basketball, ambitious salads, and the Trulia app with his wife Briga.

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TV Writers Panel, December 3, 2016 – Meet Writer, Michael Golamco (of NBC’s “Grimm”)

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FilAm Creative (FAC) celebrates seven years of supporting the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media!

Saturday, December 3rd will be our Fil-Am Creative: Television Writers Panel  — a panel discussion and networking event featuring special guest panelists who represent the craft of writing across the board.

Join the conversation with Asian and Filipino American writers working in network television today.  Listen to their experiences as working writers and how they got to where they are now.  Interact with the panelists and FAC members during the reception and after party.  Learn about open opportunities and build your network.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 
From 6:30pm to 8pm
PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER
153 Glendale Boulevard in Historic Filipinotown
Los Angeles, CA. 90026  

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* Between Colton Street and Rockwood Street, inside Larry Itliong Village.  Available street parking near and around PWC.  Watch for signs.

FREE ADMISSION but, donations are welcome.  

SEATING IS LIMITED.  To reserve a seat(s) for you and your friends, you must RSVP at filamcreative@gmail.com to get on the list before we reach full capacity.  You do not need to be Filipino or a FAC member to attend our event.  

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1866196176947472/

Use the hashtag, #FACwriterspanel on all of your social media platforms for this event.

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MEET ONE OF THE EVENT’S SPECIAL GUEST PANELISTS:

MICHAEL GOLAMCO
~ writer / playwright ~

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Michael Golamco is an Los Angeles based screenwriter and playwright.

He developed pilots for NBC, Freeform, and Warner Brothers Television.  As both writer and formerly an executive story editor, he wrote for NBC’s Grimm starting with the Season 3 episode, El Cucuy.

His latest project is the feature length film, Please Stand By from director Ben Lewin (The Sessions) and starring Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette and Alice Eve.  

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Screenplay by Michael Golamco

His plays have been produced at NYC’s Second Stage Theatre, Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Guthrie and many others around the U.S.and internationally.

He has been awarded new play commissions from Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, and the aforementioned Geffen Playhouse.

He was the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award and a member of Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists (Class of 2016).

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TV Writers Panel, December 3, 2016 – Meet Editor, Dexter Adriano (of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)

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FilAm Creative (FAC) celebrates seven years of supporting the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media!

Saturday, December 3rd will be our Fil-Am Creative: Television Writers Panel  — a panel discussion and networking event featuring special guest panelists who represent the craft of writing across the board.

Join the conversation with Asian and Filipino American writers working in network television today.  Listen to their experiences as working writers and how they got to where they are now.  Interact with the panelists and FAC members during the reception and after party.  Learn about open opportunities and build your network.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 
From 6:30pm to 8pm
PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER
153 Glendale Boulevard in Historic Filipinotown
Los Angeles, CA. 90026

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* Between Colton Street and Rockwood Street, inside Larry Itliong Village.  Available street parking near and around PWC.  Watch for signs.

FREE ADMISSION but, donations are welcome.  

SEATING IS LIMITED.  To reserve a seat(s) for you and your friends, you must RSVP at filamcreative@gmail.com to get on the list before we reach full capacity.  You do not need to be Filipino or a FAC member to attend our event.  

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1866196176947472/

Use the hashtag, #FACwriterspanel on all of your social media platforms for this event.

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MEET THE MODERATOR OF THE FAC TELEVISION WRITERS PANEL:

DEXTER ADRIANO
~ editor / director / producer ~

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Dexter Adriano is a veteran television and film Editor who has been working in Hollywood since the early 1990s. He is currently an Editor for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D./ABC.  

He began his editing career at Concorde/New Horizons, the company of renowned filmmaker Roger Corman and went on to work as an Assistant Editor for the television show CLUELESS and the motion pictures SELENA and THREE KINGS (the latter for which he received an Associate Editor credit).

His editing credits also include LIZZIE McGUIRE, JONAS, UNFABULOUS, PHIL OF THE FUTURE, PSYCH and the hit CW TV show, ARROW.

He was one of the Editors for the FOX television show THE FOLLOWING which he shared a Best-Editing-In-A-Series nomination from the Online Film & Television Association in 2014.

In 2015, he was an Editor on DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on the CW.

Outside of editing, Dexter is also a creator, producer and director.

He was a co-executive producer for the first Filipino American film, THE DEBUT.

And, he is also the Director/Executive Producer/Co-Creator of the web series, SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY which was shown on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel.

Dexter will be the moderator of FilAm Creative’s TV Writers Panel, Saturday, Dec. 3rd.

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FilAm Creative To Host Television Writers Panel; December 3, 2016 at Pilipino Workers Center in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles

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SAVE-THE DATE: Saturday, December 3, 2016

FilAm Creative’s Television Writers Panel

FREE ADMISSION — Donations welcome!  

*** PLEASE RSVP TO: filamcreative@gmail.com ***  

https://www.facebook.com/events/1866196176947472/  

INDUSTRY GUEST PANELISTS
Michael Golamco, Executive Story Editor & Writer (NBC’s Grimm)
Rene Gube, Executive Story Editor & Writer (The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Ray Utarnachitt, Executive Story Editor & Writer (The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)
…and other guest panelists TBA

Moderator:  Dexter Adriano, Editor (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
From 6:30pm to 8:00pm
PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER
153 Glendale Boulevard at Historic Filipinotown (Hi-Fi)
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
* (between Colton Street & Rockwood Street, inside Larry Itliong Village.  Available street parking near and around PWC.  Watch for signs).

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Produced by Walter Talens

The event is also a fundraiser for FilAm Creative to help us continue to serve the community with our educational and networking programs like: Speed Networking, Music Showcases, FAC’s Halo-Halo Headshots, the Hollywood Actors Panel & Networking, movie festival sponsorships, college panels & workshops, and food tours. Events that bring together and promote the Filipino American artistic community.

More information to follow…SAVE-THE-DATE

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Michael Golamco wrote the recent episode “Skin Deep” for GRIMM on NBC.  

 

Rene Gube wrote the recent episode “When Will Josh See How Cool I Am” for CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND on the CW.

 

Ray Utarnachitt wrote the recent episode “Abominations” for DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW on the CW.  

 

Dexter Adriano edited the recent episode “Lockup” for MARVEL’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC.

 

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What Happened at “The Filipino American Hall of Fame” Premiere Party?

On Wednesday, September 14, FilAm Creative’s original content channel, Bidyo, held a premiere party for its inaugural web series, Filipino American Hall of Fame at Far Bar in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Bidyo is a YouTube channel devoted to showcasing original content created by, or for the Filipino American community.

The FAHOF web series was written, directed and produced by John Flores and Craig Wilson and stars Jaclyn Hernandez and Tony Garbanzos.

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FAHOF’s Tony Garbanzos, Jack Hernandez, Craig Wilson and John Flores

Hosted by FilAm Creative (FAC), the new show highlighted ten selected FilAm industry professionals in a comedic and lighthearted way:  Vanessa Hudgens, Bruno Mars, Dante Basco, Rob Schneider, Jo Koy, Dave Bautista, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lea Salonga, Apl.de.Ap and Tia Carrere.

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FAHOF Producers Craig Wilson and John Flores

John Flores (right) is an accomplished film and video producer. He has produced three no-budget independent features, one of which he screened in a “four-wall” distribution in theaters around Los Angeles, and several short films.  He is also FAC’s Content Producer [link].

Craig Wilson (left) has been directing film and theater for over 15 years. He’s directed many short films, music videos and stage plays. In 2014 he completed writing and directing his first feature length project.

It was at our inaugural FAC Hollywood Actors Panel & Networking Event (created and produced by yours truly) on September 19, 2015 when John and Craig met actors Jaclyn Hernandez and Tony Garbanzos [link].

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Erica Fortes interviews Craig Wilson, Jack Hernandez and Tony Garbanzos at 1st FilAm Creative Actors Panel in 2015

FilAm Creative first saw both their earlier works from two original web series.

Jaclyn Hernandez’s sketch and improv comedy can be seen on the Just Some Chicks YouTube channel.

Tony Garbanzos’ improv comedy can be seen in Cruzyadaddy Productions’ Slammarang! web series on YouTube as well.

They were cast as Angelica and Alvin, two siblings who can’t contain their love of being Filipino American. So they’re made videos in tribute to some of their favorite artists, recognizing greatness – one way or another… Production and filming began in early 2016.

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Jack Hernandez and Tony Garbanzos cast as siblings for FAHOF web series

With a small crew and two locations, the cast & crew were able to make it thru filming all ten episodes by making it fun.  And, to do that was having dance breaks.  Dabbing also helped [link] and [link].

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Filming FAHOF

Back at the FAHOF Premiere Party, many FAC members from the Filipino American community as well as the Hollywood entertainment industry came out to reconnect, network, support and view the first two episodes.  And, due to the overwhelming turnout, a bonus episode was also unveiled!

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FAHOF Leads Tony Garbanzos and Jaclyn Hernandez

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Walter Boholst, Rex Sampaga, Jaclyn Hernandez, Craig Wilson, John Flores, Edwin Santos and Ed Mallillin

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FAC VP of Content Edwin Santos and Executive Story Editor & Writer of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Ray Utarnachitt.

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FAHOF’s John Flores, VFX Editor Justin Sucara and “DC Legends of Tomorrow” assistant editor A.J. Calomay

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FAC’s Walter Boholst, Meriden Villanueva, Ed Mallillin, Mary Gracie Llan Walker and Edwin Santos

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Dion and Camille Moore

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Actresses Lauren Parsons and Ashley Williams

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Rex Sampaga, Film Producer Mark V. Lagrimas & wife and Gene Felix.

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Walter Boholst, Rex Sampaga, Craig Wilson, John Flores, Ed Mallillin and Edwin Santos

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Singer Shery Salonga, Roland Gotingco and Rex Sampaga

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FAHOF’s John Flores, Tony Garbanzos, Craig Wilson, FAC’s Ed Mallillin and actor Michael Kuya

Halfway thru the run of the web series, former WWE Superstar wrestler-turned actor, Dave Bautista responded to FAC’s tribute blog and Bidyo’s FAHOF tribute episode that are dedicated to him on Twitter, October 1st.  Just in time for Filipino American History Month!

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Two days later, after FAC’s tribute blog and Bidyo’s FAHOF tribute episode that are dedicated to the next honoree — Lou Diamond Phillips were released, he also replied on Twitter.

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Tony and Jack talk about what they are most looking forward to with the Filipino American Hall of Fame web series: [link].

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Coincidentally, a day before the release of Bidyo’s tribute to apl.de.ap, he performed at the 25th Festival of Philippines Arts & Culture in Echo Park, East Los Angeles.

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Cold Tofu Improv

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“We’re so proud of this show and what it had to say about great Filipino-Americans. We believe it’s just the beginning for Bidyo and original content by FilAms.” says Flores.

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The FAHOF Premiere Party ~ September 14, 2016

All Premiere Party Pictures by FilAm Creative

~ Written by Edwin Santos (10/27/16)

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Winners of The 2016 Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival

The Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) made its debut on the second weekend of Filipino American History Month from October 7th thru October 9th at Cinemark X D Theaters inside the South Bay Pavilion.  FilAm Creative was a Community Sponsor where our members volunteered, introduced, hosted and moderated Q&As throughout the film festival’s weekend screenings of world premieres, special screenings, short films, documentaries, animated films and student films – local, nationwide and abroad.

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Below is the announcement of the first winners of LAPIFF 2016 by co-founders Abe Pagtama, Jush Andowitt and Fe P. Koons:

The Mission of the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF) is to work for the advancement, development and to showcase Filipino Filmmakers/Artists around the world through film, providing the global community of entertainment professionals and film goers with consistent annual screening events and workshops. LAPIFF provides charitable scholarships and a forum where Filipino/Artists can be recognized for their gifts, have open discussions about their movies and connect with industry professionals for understanding on production, distribution, representation and acquisition.

The weekend event was covered by international television channels, local newspapers and the local cable stations subscribed to by the Filipino American community based in Los Angeles as well as across the United States.

Below are a few pictures from LAPIFF 2016:

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Cinemark X D Theaters at the South Bay Pavilion

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LAPIFF’s 3-day weekend audiences

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Ed Mallillin, Walter Talens, Abe Pagtama, Walter Boholst, Arlyn Sinsay and Edwin Santos

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FilAm Creative volunteer Rodney Cajudo

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FilAm Creative volunteer Vince Cruz

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LAPIFF’s Gabe Pagtama, Jush Andowitt, Fe P. Koons and Abe Pagtama

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Joy Regullano and filmmaker Bernard Badion of “I Won’t Miss You”

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Sold out full house of “We Call Her Yolanda” documentary

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Filmmakers Q&A for “We Call Her Yolanda” documentary

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Cast & Crew of “We Call Her Yolanda” documentary

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“We Call Her Yolanda” on the red carpet at LAPIFF 2016

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LAPIFF’s writer / filmmaker David Maquiling

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Sheila Tejada, Gabe Pagtama, Gina Hiraizumi and Abe Pagtama

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Abe Pagtama, Angela Paviera, Rachel Leyco and Gabe Pagtama

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FilAm Creative’s Edwin Santos, Walter Talens and Ed Mallillin

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“Vampariah” filmmaker Matthew Abaya

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Abe Pagtama, Thomas Loveman, Rachanee Lumayno & friend

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“The Head Thieves” producer Jay Menez

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Janice Villarosa, Albert Chan Paran, Dion Basco, Abe Pagtama and Jay Menez

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David Maguiling, Albert Chan Paran, Abe Pagtama, Jush Andowitt, Fe. P. Koons and friend

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LAPIFF and FilAm Creative with Cast & Crew of “The Head Thieves”

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Director Shawn Noel Semana, Katherine Olmedo, Mitchell Gregorio, friends of “Got It Maid”

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Blaise Miller, filmmaker Joelito Seldera and Kyle Sing of “End of Fall”

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Gabe Pagtama, Abe Pagtama, Patricio Ginelsa, Jr. and Janice Villarosa

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Photos by Gabe Pagtama.  Instagram by FilAm Creative

~ Written by Edwin Santos (10/26/16)

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#FACinfocus: Jose De Vega Jr., Actor & Choreographer, 55th Anniversary of West Side Story

It’s time to celebrate one of the greatest musicals of all time. Today, West Side Story turns 55!

Yes, 55 years ago today, October 18, 1961, the musical film was theatrically released and it received high praise from critics and audiences nationwide.  It became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won ten gold Oscar statuettes, including Best Picture (as well as a Special Award for co-director Jerome Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.

My favorite movie musical at the time (Rent is currently my all time favorite) when I first watched it on late night syndicated television in Chicago thanks to friends who suggested I see it after we saw Grease at the local movie theater.  Both films dealt with similar social themes.

After all these years and countless times of watching West Side Story (even having the DVD in my film collection), it was until July 3rd of this year, I saw a tweet using the #UnderratedAsian hashtag as this:

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The following is from a Los Angeles Times article [link] about FilAm actor, Jose De Vega, Jr.

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Jose De Vega Jr.; Actor Worked to Eliminate Ethnic Stereotypes

April 12, 1990 From a Times Staff Writer  

Jose De Vega Jr., an actor and choreographer who worked with the organization Great Leap to stamp out ethnic stereotypes in movies and television, has died of AIDS. He was 56.

De Vega died Sunday [April 8, 1990] at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Westwood.

Born Jan. 4, 1934, in San Diego to a Filipino father and Colombian mother, De Vega began his career as the character Chino in the Broadway and film versions of “West Side Story.”

For the last nine years, De Vega had choreographed, directed and performed in concerts and productions of Great Leap, a Los Angeles group of Asian American artists working to end entertainment stereotypes. He sang in the group’s “Talk Story” last year at the Los Angeles Theater Center.

He had appeared in the film “Blue Hawaii” and in the television series “Bonanza,” “Dynasty,” “Mission Impossible” and “Hart to Hart.”

De Vega is survived by his mother, Socorro De Vega, and a sister, Isabele Gorre.

Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at St. Victor’s Church, 8634 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, and at 5 p.m. April 29, at Senshin Buddhist Temple, 1311 W. 37th St.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hollywood Helps and AIDS Project L.A.

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 Jose De Vega, Jr. played the character of Chino Martin, the best friend of Bernardo (played by George Chakiris) the leader of the Sharks.  His character killed Tony Wyzek (played by Richard Beymer), leader of the Jets in an act of rage after Tony accidentally killed Bernardo in a gang fight after Riff’s death.  He was arrested by the police at the close of the film.  All for the love of Natalie Wood’s Maria…  Maria!  The most beautiful sound I ever heard, Maria!  All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word . . Maria!   

Click below to watch two clips from 1961’s West Side Story:

The film is culturally significant by the United States Library of Congress and it was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.  And, the film hits on many relevant themes America is dealing today.  Watch West Side Story this week in celebration of today’s 55th anniversary!  As well as Mr. De Vega, Jr.’s contributions in both entertainment and forwarding/protecting Filipino representation in the arts.

Written by Edwin Santos (10/18/16)

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