What Happened When FilAm Creative Attended NBCUniversal’s Exclusive TIPS Session?

Since its announcement, the days leading up to Tuesday, May 16, 2017 of FilAm Creative’s exclusive session with NBCUniversal reps and their introduction of its Talent Infusion Programs (TIPS) were filled with anticipation.

So excited for this meeting with NBC Universal..” says Arlyn DeLa Pena.

It all started with a phone call made by AJ Calomay (currently assistant editor for USA Network’s Mr. Robot and previously with the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). That phone call led to an introductory meeting between FilAm Creative’s Executive Director Meriden Villanueva, Chief Financial Officer Walter Talens and the curator of FilAm Creations Craig Obligacion Wilson with the Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment Grace Borrero Moss.

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Craig Obligacion Wilson, Meriden Villanueva, Grace Borrero Moss and Walter Talens

Moss currently serves as the Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she helps oversee multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers, directors and actors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBCUniversal’s scripted programs.  She was also part of the internal Diversity Council and worked with other NBCU cable networks to promote initiatives and track diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.

Before coming to NBCU, she was the Manager of Development & New Series at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. She was instrumental in developing hit shows such as Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Ruby, Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious.  This was when I first met her, or at least communicated with her via work emails at our former location at Wilshire Courtyard in the Miracle Mile District.

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Edwin Santos in his office at E!

During this time, I was with the Engineering / Media Operations Department at E! Entertainment Television (sister network to Style) from 2006 to 2010.  I was checking tapes of episodes before going on air at E! and Style.  Her tapes arrived on my desk while my notes arrived on her computer screen.  E! and Style among other networks such as G4TV, Versus, Golf Channel, FearNet and others were under the Comcast Entertainment Group, the company’s television unit, which later became a division of the NBCUniversal Television Group, after Comcast acquired a 51% majority stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric in January, 2011.

Trivia:  Vanessa Lachey was a finalist in E!’s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On in 2007.

Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including with FilAm Creative.  She was a special guest panelist when FAC and UCLA’s Samahang Pilipino, in collaboration with Pilipino Alumni Association of UCLA, presented the 3rd Annual “Filipinos in Entertainment & Media: Creating Visibility, Establishing Individuality” panel discussion and networking event produced by former FilAm Creative member Melissa Arce in April, 2014 [link].

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Panelist Grace Borrero Moss at 3rd Annual Filipinos in Entertainment & Media

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Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador

“I’m so excited to bring members from FAC to attend an exclusive session with NBC’s Talent Infusion Programs (TIPS) today! It’s starts with awareness and exposure of their programs that promotes diversity and opportunities within NBC!” says Meriden Villanueva

Grace: “Do you think you’ll be able to get 40-50 people?”

Meriden: “Yes, we can!”

People started pouring in…

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Jay Costelo, Angela Paviera, Kathleen Neubauer and Anna Pan

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Homer Dulu, Edwin Santos, Angie Quidim, Joy Haven and Maurus Dumalaog

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Gabe Pagtama

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Mari Lauren

As a startled and shocked Sheriff Brody sees the shark face-to-face for the first time, he slowly walks backwards ending up behind the fisherman hunter Quint, he says to him, “You better need a bigger boat..” ~ JAWS, Universal Pictures (1975).  

“Five months ago, Fil-Am Creations met for the first time at Story Tavern [in Burbank], we were crossing our fingers we would get 15 people. Tonight, if the space allowed we could have had 200 peeps at our NBCUniversal diversity program meeting.” says Craig Obligacion Wilson.

He’s right.  The group that showed up inside the Comcast Universal conference room were from Fil-Am Creations.  FilAm Creative has many more members outside the filmmaker movement initiative.

Just a few Filipinos I found lounging at NBC. Planning world domination, you know...” quips filmmaker Mara De La Rosa.

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Grace Borrero Moss introduces herself to an overwhelming number of FilAm talent

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Along with Moss, approaching the front of the conference room were:

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Emerlyn Lampitoc

Emerlynn Lampitoc who is the Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion for Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. She works to discover new and experienced creative talent with unique and distinct voices targeting global perspectives with universal appeal. She works on programs such as Universal Picture’s Emerging Writers Program, the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, and the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Intensive. Along with creative programs, she also works with the studio’s talent acquisitions department to find pathways into careers at Comcast NBCUniversal.

At the 2016 C3 Conference on the weekend of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, FilAm Creative’s Board of Directors Walter Boholst, Rex Sampaga and CFO Walter Talens met with Emerlyn; then she was with Disney-ABC’s Creative Talent Development Department where she worked on their writing and directing programs as well as staffing writers and directors on shows such as ABC’s Black-ishScandal​ and Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover.​  

Jandiz Cardoso who is the Director of Diversity Initiatives, has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine Cinema and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award winning series, 30 Rock.

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Rodney To

Rodney To is an actor and a producer.  His credits include Rosewood, Parks and Recreation, You’re the Worst, Modern Family, Wilfred, New Girl, etc.  Rodney was inducted into Chicago’s Filipino American Hall of Fame for his work.

Each introduced and answered questions of the various talent infusion programs NBCUniversal offers such as the Writers on the Verge, NBC Scene Showcase, Emerging Directors Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, NBCUniversal Shorts Film Festival, Stand-Up NBC, NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop, and many more. [link]

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Of late, three Filipino American actors achieved success from the TIPS programs.  Ethan Dizon (soon to be seen in Spider-man Homecoming), his short film, Paulie was the Best Film and Audience Award winner at NBC Universal Short Film Festival in 2014.  He was also nominated for Best Actor, the youngest among those honored. Rodney received notice after his performance at the NBC Scene Showcase in 2015 which led him to Parks and Recreation.  And earlier this year, NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs named JR De Guzman winner of the 13th Annual Standup NBC nationwide search for comedians.

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The conference ends with inspiration and while others are networking, others are reuniting.

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Jonathan Wandag, Grace Borrero Moss and Rex Sampaga 

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Mara De La Rosa and Kaitlyn Fae

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Kathleen Neubauer, Gabe Pagtama and Angela Paviera

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Abe Pagtama, Rodney To and Grace Borrero Moss

Arlyn DeLa Pena says, “I had the opportunity to meet FilAm Actor Rodney To. I truly appreciated the advice Rodney gave us at NBC Universal. Thank you for your insight. I’m ready to slay!” 

Rommel Andaya says, “Had a great time learning about the diversity programs at NBC TIPS with the FilAm Creative fam!! Thanks to Grace for having us!!! Grace was my mentor for the 72 Hour Film Shootout in 2015.

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Meriden Villanueva, Grace Borrero Moss, Walter Talens and Craig Obligacion Wilson

Walter Talens says, “Great night. Introducing “FilAm Creative” filmmakers with the NBC Diversity Department. The station that brought Filipino Americans to shows like Grimm, Superstore, Powerless, and more. Special thanks to Grace (and staff), Emerlynn, and Rodney To (Parks & Rec).  THANKS for the Portos!”

Meriden Villanueva adds, “So thankful for this informational and inspiring event especially seeing Filipinas as Director of Diversity Initiatives/Global Talent Development and alum of their Scene Showcase/Emerging Director program!”

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THE FIGHTING FILIPINOS

“Let’s make history together! The Fil-Am Creative fam continues to grow! So thankful to be part of this Fil-Am Creations movement!” Meriden Villanueva ends with.

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Sarnica Lim, Angela Paviera and Somlit Inthalangsy

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THE FIGHTING FILIPINOS

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Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos
Director of Content Production / Producer of FAC Networks
FilAm Creative
May 27, 2017

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Co-Presentations, FilAm Creations & Closing Night of 33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017

It’s been one week since the 33rd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and two weeks since our FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement premiere at ArtShare LA, the euphoria may have subsided, but the drive has not.

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FilAm Creations Group, Craig Wilson, Danice Cabanela, Maurus Dumalaog and Sheila Tejada

Twenty-four hours after the Opening Night Gala of Justin Lin’s rare 35mm print of Better Luck Tomorrow (first picture), FAC members Danice Cabanela and Craig Wilson (second picture) co-presented the I Got You, Fam short films program at the Downtown Independent in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 28th.  And, fellow FAC members Sheila Tejada and Maurus Dumalaog co-presented the U.S. Premiere of Saving Sally at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown Los Angeles on Monday, May 1st.  The live action animated feature film won the Audience Award for International Narrative Feature and the Special Jury Award in the International Narrative Competition.

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Photo by Steven Lam

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Photo by Steven Lam

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FAC Networks’ interview with Rommel Andaya on the set of “What You Don’t Say.”

“This is not my first time at this film festival. I first volunteered as a videographer in 2013. I had one film (Predetermined) screen in 2015 and two films (Dirty Sock & Friends) screen in 2016. But this year is by far the best experience I have ever had at this festival. I think because this time I got to enjoy it with an extended family through Film Creations.” says filmmaker Rommel Andaya (What You Don’t Say and Uncle Eddy).

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Jack Hernandez and Danice Cabanela (“Uncle Eddy”) – Photo by ReAL Images

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, co-producer and lead actress of Uncle Eddy, Danice Cabanela says, I knew of no other Filipino actors or creators like myself so coming to Los Angeles, California, a mecca for artists (as well as Filipinos!) was a mindblowing and heartbreaking experience in the best way possible. It was like my heart cracked open after all of these years about what it means to be Asian American in the U.S (which meant something different to me in Texas than in LA), and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival was a playground to befriend new playmates and explore what that means — together, and moving forward.”  

In an effort to inspire, motivate and mobilize the Filipino American and Filipino filmmaking community, the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Visual Communications Francis Cullado, challenged FilAm Creative to create short films to premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. As a result, FAC filmmakers of various levels of experience stepped up to share their artistic voice and storytelling.

After three to four months of meetings, networking, assembling, development, casting, pre-production, filming, post-production, legal clearances and outside logistics, the filmmaker challenge and finally, the 21st century movement, FilAm Creations made its premiere on Wednesday, May 3rd at ArtShare LA in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.

Twelve new short films from amateurs to auteurs shared the celebratory spotlight among their family, friends and peers in one of the most unforgettable nights of their careers.

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Entrance – Photo by ReAL Images

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FAC Networks’ BTS hosts Maurus Dumalaog and Angel Qinan cover the premiere

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Arrivals – Photo by ReAL Images

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Red carpet photos & interviews – Photo by ReAL Images

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Dante Basco (“What You Don’t Say”) interview with TFC

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FilAm Creative’s volunteers – Photo by ReAL Images

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Highland Park’s Fiesta Fast Food catered the event – Photo by ReAL Images

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The Filipino Channel’s Yong Chavez interviews Mark Dormitorio, John Cruz and Sheila Tejada (“Man Of My Dreams”) – Photo by ReAL Images

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Danice Cabanela, Jack Hernandez and Homer Dulu (“Uncle Eddy”) – Photo by ReAL Images

Cabanela adds, “This was my first time at LAAPFF and I attended not only as an actor, but a filmmaker –and a joyously grateful one at that. Thanks to Francis Cullado, VC, FilAm Creative and of course my co-EP and creator of ‘Uncle Eddy’, Jack Hernandez, I got to co-produce and star in a film that screened with 11 other filmmaker teams who created original, diverse content. Ours was more ‘Judd Apatow meets Filipino millennials’ and there were other films that leaned family friendly, romantic comedy, even thriller. It was both eye opening and motivating in regards to learning about the AAPI media landscape, specifically within the Filipino community.”

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Pacific Rim Press interviews Kaitlyn Fae (“Madeira” & “I Don’t Love You”) – Photo by ReAL Images

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That’s My Entertainment interviews Joy Ngiaw, Edwin A. Santos and Virgil Apostol (“Lolo Pepe”) – Photo by ReAL Images

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The Coffee Corner Radio interviews Gabe Pagtama, Virgil Apostol, Abe Pagtama, Craig Obligacion Wilson,Joy Ngiaw, Jaime Barcelon and Edwin A. Santos (“Lolo Pepe”) – Photo by ReAL Images

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Kathleen Neubauer, Angela Paviera, Virgil Apostol, Ctesiphon Ledesma (“Finding Ronwe”)

Lolo Pepe Abe, Craig, Jaime, Jay & Me Premiere

Abe Pagtama, Craig Obligacion Wilson, Jaime Barcelon, Jay Costelo, Edwin A. Santos (“Lolo Pepe”)

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The audience settles in – Photo by ReAL Images

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FilAm Creative Executive Director Meriden Villanueva welcomes the audience. – Photo by ReAL Images

Introductions by FAC Networks’ Behind-The-Scenes hosts Angel Qinan and Maurus Dumalaog, FilAm Creations curator Craig Obligacion Wilson and FilAm Creative Executive Director Meriden Villanueva were made, all twelve short films screened for the first time to an attentive audience then the closing remarks, the networking hour and the after party at Angel City Brewery nearby, everyone celebrated the works they have done.

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Craig Obligacion Wilson (“Lolo Pepe”) and Anna Pan – Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador, SIPA

“Feel lucky to get involved in a community that is positive, full of energy and supportive. The event was well done and well presented. Enjoyed it overall.” says actress Anna Pan.

Others who have worked in the industry for a while now were impressed and happy what the future will bring.

Actress Aina Dumlao who recurs as ‘Andie Lee’ on CBS’ MacGyver and guest starred on HBO’s Ballers says,  “I grew up in the Philippines at a time when billboards, TV and film were dominated by mestizos and mestizas…which is neither good nor bad. Its just that, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me. Which is why, ever being an actress never once entered my mind.

Fast forward to my first LAAPFF experience where Asians from all backgrounds and the films that speak to our individual and collective experiences are on the forefront and CELEBRATED. It was an experience that made me feel recognized and ‘at home’ as a Filipino American and as an artist.

Yes, we still have a long way to in terms of our voices being heard as Filipino Americans but I feel that, for the first time in a long time…now is our time. And as an actress and filmmaker, I hope I can help pave the way for others by telling compelling, unique and truthful stories that everyone from all backgrounds and walks of life can relate to.”  

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Rommel Andaya (“What You Don’t Say,” “Uncle Eddy”) – Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador, SIPA

Andaya adds, “I was amazed at how eager people wanted to create. They were just waiting for the platform to be seen. I think the most attractive thing about Film Creations is the screening program at LAAPFF. To have that platform to show your work is phenomenal.” 

“I applaud the Film Creations Staff for their hard work in putting this all together. The experience has been great. That night I felt the excitement from all the filmmakers and I know it will help drive the momentum for each of us to continue creating.”

“I think there needs to be more Filipino American representation in entertainment. “The Debut” started it off but we didn’t continue after that. It was so great to see a Filipino American face, a Filipino American family and Filipino culture displayed on the big screen. We need to keep that momentum going. It made me so happy to see a new Filipino American family as featured in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’.”

“I hope to tell more Filipino American stories and become the platform for filmmakers behind the camera and actors in front of the camera. Hollywood needs to know that we exist and that we also have interesting stories to tell. If Hollywood won’t tell our stories, we need to tell them.”  

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Danice Cabanela (“Uncle Eddy”) – Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador, SIPA USA

Cabanela continues,  “Our program screened to a sold-out showing on May 3rd at Art Share. The room was full, the food was hot and the energy was high. I think for many of us at least, it was our first time showcasing our work with that many other Filipinos filmmakers and that made the night even more invigorating to come together like that, especially with all this whitewashing nonsense as of late #whitealliessayno
 
I also had the wonderful opportunity to co-present another program at the festival ‘I Got You, Fam’ where I was invigorated by other films such as ‘Float’, ‘Lost Dogs’, ‘Fragile’ and ‘Flip the Record’. That was dope.
 
Justin Chon’s ‘Gook’ was an awe-inspiring experience to behold as we witnessed a story about friendship during the L.A. Riots within an Asian American perspective. Excited for it to hit theaters August 18th so we can all SHOW UP with our wallets and our voices. Bring your rich doctor cousins.
 
With this tremendous wave of Asian Pacific awareness and community it’s important to keep the creative momentum going and not solely “eventize” our efforts. We need to continue to support each other and elevate the best work possible to represent our voices and our various peoples. I’m also a big proponent of being allies for other minorities outside of the AAPI community, which is why Chon’s film impacted me so deeply. If we can continue to do that, we can break down cultural barriers we might not always think about and continue to grow our empathy, compassion and connection as human beings. After all, we’re all just trying to do the best we can, every day.
 
Overall, #LAAPFF2017 was a tremendous success in my book. As an actor, creator and FilAm in today’s landscape. I am more fired up than ever before.”
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FILAM CREATIONS: A FILMMAKER MOVEMENT at Closing Night – Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador

The next generation is in good hands…

 

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Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos
Director of Content Production / Producer of FAC Networks /  Actor from Lolo Pepe, What You Don’t Say and Uncle Eddy
FilAm Creative
May 18, 2017

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FilAm Creative To Host 3rd Annual Hollywood Actors Panel; June 24, 2017 at The Clubhouse Improv

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SAVE-THE DATE:  June 24, 2017

The 3rd Annual FilAm Creative Hollywood Actors Panel for Actors  

FREE ADMISSION — but Donations Welcome!

*** SEATING IS LIMITED ***

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

INDUSTRY GUEST PANELISTS
Vincent Rodriguez, Actor(Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Designated Survivor)
Angela Relucio, Actress(Code: Black, SIX on History, Casual Encounters, The Cabining)
… and two non-actor industry guests to be announced!

A panel discussion and networking event featuring special guest panelists who represent the craft of acting across the board.

Hear the panelists discuss about their explorations of the process, profession and business of acting; their reflections on personal experiences and artistic influences that informed and shaped their careers; their discussions of past and current projects and share valuable insights into the craft and the industry.  Get a chance to ask the panelists questions, learn about open opportunities, and build your network.

Moderator:  Edward J. Mallillin (Co-Founder and Board of Director of FilAm Creative)

Saturday, June 24, 2017
From 10:00am to 12:00pm
THE CLUBHOUSE IMPROV
1607 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90027
* (between Hollywood & Sunset, inside and next door, right of Jons Marketplace. Free parking available inside the Jons Marketplace parking lot).

#FACactorspanel or #FACactorspanel3

Produced by Edwin A. Santos

FilAm Creative (FAC) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community organization dedicated to the advancement of Filipino-Americans in entertainment and media.

More information to follow…SAVE-THE-DATE

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Below was last year’s event.  

 

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#FACinfocus: FAC Behind-The-Scenes Episodic Series (FilAm Creations / LAAPFF 2017 Edition)

In March of 2017, FilAm Creative’s FAC NETWORKS debuted its first episodic series, FAC Behind-The-Scenes on YouTube.  To coincide with FilAm Creations’ film challenge initiative proposed in January, FAC:BTS provided coverage and cast & crew interviews while on-location at most of the productions shot in and around Southern California.

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THE LAST STRAW, UNCLE EDDY, LOLO PEPE and MISS UNDERSTANDING featured in FAC:BTS

With eight original episodes plus a bonus episode, nine out of the twelve short films being produced were featured:  Finding Ronwe, Lolo Pepe, Uncle Eddy, Plaza Blvd, What You Don’t Say, Man Of My Dreams, I Don’t Love You, The Last Straw and Miss Understanding.  

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Edwin Santos at Media Operations at E! Entertainment / Maurus Dumalaog and Angel Qinan at FilAm Creations Premiere (right photo by Ren Arrieta and ReAL Images)

First proposed to Craig Wilson, FilAm Creative’s Director of Content Production Edwin Santos led the direction of the series and on board were Maurus Dumalaog and Angel Qinan.  As you will notice from the pilot to the final episode (the FilAm Creations / Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival edition), the look, presentation and style change. Santos knew going in that he wanted individual and independent presentations.

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Edwin Santos (camera), Carlin James (interviewee) and Angel Qinan (host) on the set of “What You Don’t Say” – Photography by Steven Lam

“I allowed the freedom for everyone to take on roles or positions of new media production that best fit into their strengths and compassions with the tools they already have.  And, feel free to experiment in positions you’re new at and see if those areas may be skills they can call their own.  That freedom to explore, discover and strengthen their talents as a host, an interviewer, as camera, as editor and / or as producer or content creator is the best way to learn and apply while on-the-job.  Both have an individual style and each episode should reflect either themselves or mirror the short film it is referencing.  All twelve films are not the same.  It is really a creative choice and in my opinion, I find it more interesting to tune in when episodes are not the same.” says Santos.

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Dante Basco (interviewee), Maurus Dumalaog (host) and Edwin Santos (camera) on the set of “What You Don’t Say”

“Thank you FilAm Creative for allowing me to play with a another passion of mine, hosting with our BTS Series. I love covering events and connecting with people. This has made my acting journey that much more fulfilling!” says Dumalaog.

With Dumalaog co-presenting (with Sheila Tejada) the Pinoy feature film, Saving Sally on its U.S. Premiere a couple of days earlier, both Qinan and Dumalaog became official hosts for the FILAM CREATIONS: A FILMMAKER MOVEMENT Sold Out Premiere Screening of all twelve films last Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the ArtShare LA in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles during the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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FAC:BTS Hosts Maurus Dumalaog and Angel Qinan entertain the audience before the screening.

Nice feathers on their caps!  Below are the original eight episodes under FAC:BTS.

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FilAm Creative’s Maurus Dumalaog interviews the filmmaker Angela Rose Paviera and her cast about their film, “Finding Ronwe at Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles in the premiere episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Maurus Dumalaog interviews filmmaker Craig Wilson and his cast about their film, Lolo Pepe on-location filming Day #2 in Studio City, California on the second episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Edwin Santos interviews filmmaker Rommel Andaya and his cast about their film, Uncle Eddy on-location filming in Palmdale, California on the third episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Maurus Dumalaog presents the behind-the-scenes making of Plaza Blvd with filmmaker Cassandra Pimental and her cast & crew on-location in National City, San Diego, California on this fourth episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Angel Qinan and Maurus Dumalaog interview filmmaker Rommel Andaya and some of his cast members about their film, What You Don’t Say on-location in Alhambra, California on this fifth episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Edwin Santos interviews filmmakers John Cruz and Mark Dormitorio and two of their cast members, Sheila Tejada and Cody Vaughan about their film, Man Of My Dreams on-location at Kape Republik in Cerritos, CA. on this sixth episode of FAC Behind-The -Scenes.

 

SistersLikeAngelAndAlly (Angel Qinan and Ally Castillo) interview filmmakers Mara De La Rosa and Nicholas Pilapil about their film, I Don’t Love You on this seventh episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

FilAm Creative’s Edwin Santos interviews filmmakers Vince Cruz and Stanley Wong and two of their cast members Cat Limket and Tony Garbanzos about their film, The Last Straw on this eight episode of FAC Behind-The-Scenes.

 

BONUS EPISODE:  Chismis Productions, Mar Vista Pictures and Gabe Pagtama presents
BEHIND THE SCENES Making of MISS UNDERSTANDING.

 

FAC NETWORKS showcase news, non-fiction programming and event coverage created by FilAm Creative (FAC), an all volunteer community organization dedicated to the advancement of Filipino-Americans in entertainment and media.

FAC BEHIND-THE-SCENES (FilAm Creations & LAAPFF 2017 Edition) is produced by Edwin Santos, Angel Qinan and Maurus Dumalaog.

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FilAm Creative at Opening Night Gala of 33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017 with FilAm Creations

Every year, we are proud to be a Community Partner with Visual Communications’ annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; co-presenting various short film programs from AAPI filmmakers and talent for the next generation of Hollywood to feature film premieres from creative Pinoys from the Philippines. However, this year in 2017, we are equally proud to have taken on VC Fest’s filmmaker challenge to create short films of our own.

Welcome FILAM CREATIONS: A FILMMAKER MOVEMENT (2nd Short Films Program) curated by Craig Obligacion-Wilson: http://festival.vconline.org/2017/shorts-programs/filam-creative-shorts/

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FILAM CREATIONS – Photography by Steven Lam

On the evening of Friday, April 27th at American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in the heart of Hollywood, LAAPFF 2017 opened the film festival with a rare 35mm Sundance Film Festival print of Justin Lin’s 2002 feature, Better Luck Tomorrow.  Celebrating the film’s 15th anniversary at the film festival’s Opening Night Gala & Afterparty not only welcomed the Shopping For Fangs filmmaker who has gone on to write, direct and produce major Hollywood international blockbusters such as three Fast & Furious movies and one Star Trek Beyond, he was joined with his BLT cast & crew. A large star-studded group of Asian American talent returned to dominate the red carpet once again.

However, with their debut gracing the red carpet this past Friday evening was FilAm Creations; a driven and passionate team consisting of both current talent who has been working in front and behind the camera since Shopping For Fangs premiered at LAAPFF in 1997 to future talent who will soon make an impact – arrived.  To push Filipino Americans in the forefront in entertainment and media in Hollywood.

There are 4 million Filipinos in the United States yet, Filipinos are under-represented in film and television today.  In a climate where prominent Asian film roles are cast with non-Asian actors, the 2015 – 2016 television season has seen an increase of Asian American roles. Most notably, Filipino American actors between principal to recurring roles seen on primetime television on a weekly basis. [link]

It is just the opposite when it comes to cinema and that must change.  At LAAPFF 2017, both short film programs, I Got You, Fam had three shorts from a director of Filipino descent and Rebel Hearts had two shorts of the same.  When you see the crew from all the shorts in both programs…especially in the I Got You, Fam program, a majority of the crew were key individuals of Filipino descent.  That was a pleasant sight to see.

Below are a gallery of photos collected by our FAC members – a majority of them for the first time at LAAPFF and the first time on the red carpet at the premiere Asian American / Pacific Islander film festival in the United States.

And, it will not be their last…

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Filmmaker Rommel Andaya (“What You Don’t Say” & “Uncle Eddy”)

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Actress Marianne Domingo (“What You Don’t Say”)

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Actor Carlin James (“What You Don’t Say” and “Colored Hearts”) – Photo by Steven Lam

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Singer/Songwriter Hollei Day with dancer Ally Vega

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Co-Screenwriter Bernard Badion (“What You Don’t Say”) – Photography by Steven Lam

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Writer, Producer & Co-Director Vince Cruz (“The Last Straw”) – Photography by Steven Lam

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Actress Arlyn Dela Pena

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Filmmaker Mara De La Rosa and Actress Kaitlyn Fae (“I Don’t Love You”)

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Director Gabe Pagtama (“Miss Understanding,” “The Legend of Basketball Ghost”) and Actor Abe Pagtama (“Lolo Pepe”) – Photography by Sthanlee B. Mirador

Our May 3rd premiere of FILAM CREATIONS: A FILMMAKER MOVEMENT at ArtShare LA in Downtown Los Angeles was SOLD OUT in just an hour when the ticket link was made available to the public on March 28th! Proving there is a demand to see Filipino American stories, talent and representation in entertainment and media today!

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Filmmakers in attendance! 

In an effort to inspire, motivate and mobilize the Filipino-American and Filipino filmmaking community, we challenged them to create short films to premiere at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017. As a result, filmmakers of various levels of experience stepped up to share their artistic voice and storytelling. We are proud to present their efforts to all of you! -Craig Obligacion-Wilson

http://festival.vconline.org/2017/shorts-programs/filam-creative-shorts/  – Rush Line Only

NOTE:  Limited rush tickets are available for sold-out programs. A rush line will form outside the venue one hour before show time. Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to those waiting in line.  

See you there!

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Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos
Director of Content Production / Producer of FAC Networks /  Actor from Lolo Pepe, What You Don’t Say and Uncle Eddy
FilAm Creative
May 1, 2017

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What Happened at 4th FilAm Creations’ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017 Meetup?

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It was our second potluck party, but this time held at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.  On Saturday, April 22, 2017, two weeks before our filmmakers’ initiative, FilAm Creations’ 12 new short films sold out premiere screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 3rd at the ArtShare LA, it was time to celebrate our accomplishments thus far!

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There was a discussion on upcoming FilAm Creative events including Halo-Halo Headshots, a panel event with NBC, creating new content for the Bidyo Channel and an update on FilAm Creations’ second screening.

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With every new meetup, more new people attend.  Thus the effective purpose of individual introductions between current members and potentially new members at our ever-growing monthly meetup group.  The challenge for next month’s meetup is to invite two new like-minded friends who share the same passions and a “Do-It-Yourself” ambition with a pro-community attitude.  Anyone who believes in our mission and supports what we do.

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One of the new film projects for FilAm Creations members is the horror anthology feature.  And, the following screenwriters were announced.

  • Angelo Baetiong
  • Jeremy Balagtas
  • Kaitlyn Fae Fajilan
  • Walter Boholst
  • John Cruz and Mark Dormitorio
  • Craig Wilson

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“Thank you!” to everyone who attended, brought food to share, and helped clean up the venue.  But also a BIG “THANK YOU” to the people who gave donations to help contribute to PWC, for allowing FAC to use their facility.” said FAC’s CFO Walter Talens.

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Come Celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8th Annual Filipino Heritage Night; Friday, June 23rd with FilAm Creative!

Come celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8th Annual Filipino Heritage Night on Friday, June 23, 2017 with us!

FilAm Creative’s Ticket Package includes:
– Group Preferred Ticket Seating
– All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion (Unlimited Dodger Dogs, Nachos, Popcorn, Peanuts, Soft Drinks & Water)
– EXCLUSIVE Dodgers’ Filipino Night T-Shirt
– Viewing of the Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny’s.
– Children 3 years-old and younger are FREE (because they will have a seat in a paid person’s lap.)

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EVENT DETAILS
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 7:10pm PDT
Address: Dodger Stadium: 1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pricing:
Early Bird Special $55 / Deadline: Saturday, May 20th
Regular Price: $65 / Deadline: Friday, June 16th or until sold out.

We accept online payments via Venmo or cash in person only.

To purchase tickets, email filamcreative@gmail.com with:
– Your Name
– Best contact phone number
– Number of tickets you’d like to purchase

SEATING IS LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT, SO MAKE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY! DON’T DELAY, THIS SELLS OUT FAST!  

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