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:

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…

Filmmaker Rommel Andaya (“What You Don’t Say” & “Uncle Eddy”)
Actress Marianne Domingo (“What You Don’t Say”)
Actor Carlin James (“What You Don’t Say” and “Colored Hearts”) – Photo by Steven Lam
Singer/Songwriter Hollei Day with dancer Ally Vega
Co-Screenwriter Bernard Badion (“What You Don’t Say”) – Photography by Steven Lam
Writer, Producer & Co-Director Vince Cruz (“The Last Straw”) – Photography by Steven Lam
Actress Arlyn Dela Pena
Filmmaker Mara De La Rosa and Actress Kaitlyn Fae (“I Don’t Love You”)
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!


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  – 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!


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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