Today Saturday, October 29 from 5pm to 7pm PDT
Breaking Barriers Together: Our Journey As Filipino Marginalized Genders in Entertainment**
(Live on twitch.tv/ca_in_la) **FRONT PAGE
A panel discussion featuring non-binary and women-identifying actors, cinematographers, producers, and directors addressing the challenges we face as Filipinos in Hollywood.
Panelists: Olga Natividad, Giovannie Espiritu, Arlyn Dela Pena, Rhonda Mendoza & Leah Anova.
Olga Natividad is a Filipino-American actress who began with the Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actor’s Company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. An actor in residence for 9 years, she then went freelance to work with other companies, movies & television in the Philippines, lectured at the Ateneo de Manila University for another 3 years before emigrating to the USA. Now based in Los Angeles her recent feature, “The Sleep: Survival Horror” is currently available on Amazon and Tubi. IG: @olgamoon
Giovannie Espiritu‘s identity is inherently political: A bisexual, immigrant Filipina mom who spent time in a Biblical doomsday cult as a teen. Her first short film, “Ultra-Feminist,” got an Honorable Mention at Outfest:Fusion, and her second film, “ALLY 3000,” won over a dozen awards. Her work tackles the patriarchy, generational trauma & systems of bias. Her IRL and reel life mantra is to “Break Hearts Wide Open and Create More Moments of Joy.” IG/TikTok: @giospirit2 • Twitter: @giospirit
Arlyn Dela Pena is a Filipino-American actress, producer, filmmaker, Registered Nurse, & US Army Veteran based out of Hawaii and Los Angeles. As an Actress, she is best known for the USAA Made for Kate advert. She has worked as a podcast host, actor, producer, medical consultant & military consultant on various films and media. Arlyn is a community leader, supporter of diversity in media & has been involved with nonprofit organizations such as FilAm Creative. IG: @arlyn_delapena
Rhonda Mendoza is a Filipina-American Filmmaker, Producer, Actress, and Co-Host of “The Healing Chronicles: Reframing Race Relations in America” web show. As well as Barkada DMV Producer at Ciscovaras Pictures and Dwarfism Artist Coalition and Inclusion Committee Member at Little People of America. Socials: IMDB: Rhonda Mendoza #LilRhondaDC #barkadadmv #verrymerrymahusay Twitter/IG: @littleknownspc
Leah Anova is a Los Angeles-based Cinematographer who holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography from The American Film Institute Conservatory. Leah has lent her expertise in lighting, composition & camera work to several features, numerous shorts, series & commercials. Leah won a Cinematography Fellowship from Film Independent’s Project Involve, earning an ASC mentorship with renowned cinematographer Michael Goi, ASC as well. Leah is an alumnus of the ASC’s Master Class Workshop. IG: @leahsroom06
FilAm Creative is a proud sponsor for the I AM VALID FAHM 2022’s LIVE TwitchTV Events (October 22 – November 11).