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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Artists at Play Present “tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan” Across Los Angeles, May 8, 13 & 18

Artists at Play will workshop Victor Maog’s tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan, followed by multiple readings in May, 2017 across Los Angeles through a partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library LA Made series and AAP’s Annual Reading series. Filipino American actor, Rodney To will direct Maog’s comedy, which will be free for the public to attend.

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Director Rodney To’s acting credits in TV/film include “Parks and Recreation,” “You’re the Worst,” “Modern Family,” “Wilfred” and “New Girl”. Theater credits include work with Echo Theater Company, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, Northlight, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Hartford Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, East West Players, Playwrights’ Arena and Ma-Yi.

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Filipino pro wrestlers today: TJ Perkins (205 Live), Dave Bautista (WWE), DJ Zema Ion (Impact)

tot follows an immigrant boy as he travels from the Ferdinand Marcos-ruled Philippines to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet his long lost parents. He journeys from a country full of strife and military rule only to find himself in his lonely American bedroom conjuring up pro wrestling fantasies to escape his new life.

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Founding Member and Producing Artistic Leader, Marie-Reine Velez (Photo by Jen Clearly) 

“After reading tot, I was struck by how the play is funny without being a parody and how it showcased deep emotion without being melodramatic,” Producing Artistic Leader and fellow FilAm, Marie-Reine Velez. “It gives us a fully human story of immigration through a child’s perspective — a child who doesn’t fully understand the reality of the ‘American Dream,’ as well as the circumstances and hardships of moving from one country and culture to another.”

LA Made at Los Angeles Public Library (formerly Made in L.A.) is a program series that aims to educate and inspire individuals in the areas of literature, arts and music, as well as in other areas of knowledge within the humanities context. Their focus is on the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, highlighting the immense artistic and performance talent that has developed in the course of the city’s eclectic history.

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Producing Member, Nicholas Pilapil (Photo by Jen Clearly)

“AAP is driven by our passion for diversity, representation, and inclusion,” said FilAm Producer Nicholas Pilapil. “It’s exciting for AAP to be included in this year’s LA Made series, because we have the opportunity to share an Asian American story to a wider — and not primarily Asian American — audience. It’s been a great experience to work with such a large institution who shares the same values as we do.”

The cast include Brendan Bradley, Golda Inquito, Ramon de Ocampo, Reuben Uy, Anne Yatco and Sandy Yu.

All readings are free and open to the public. tot will have three presentations on May 8 at 6:00 PM (Mar Vista Branch Library), May 13 at 2:00 PM (West Los Angeles Regional Library) and May 18 at 6:00 PM (Malabar Branch Library).

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About Artists at Play
Founded in 2011 by Julia Cho, Peter J. Kuo, Stefanie Wong Lau and Marie-Reine Velez, Artists at Play is a collective of Asian American creative professionals who have come together to curate quality theatre in Los Angeles. Producing Member Nicholas Pilapil joined Artists at Play in 2013. Artists at Play presents theatrical productions missing from Los Angeles’ local landscape to tell the stories of communities underrepresented in theatre, with a focus on the Asian American experience. Past productions include Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman, A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Michael Golamco’s Cowboy Versus Samurai, playwright Julia Cho’s 99 Histories, Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft and most recently the world premiere of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up. Dedicated to new play development, Artists at Play has also developed new works by Boni B. Alvarez, Sanaz Toossi, Alice Tuan and Leah Nanako Winkler, among others, as part of their Artists at Play readings.

Calendar Listing Information:

LA Made
tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan
Venues and Dates: Monday, May 8 at 6:00 PM at the Mar Vista Branch Library (12006 Venice Boulevard); Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 PM at the West Los Angeles Regional Library (11360 Santa Monica Boulevard); and Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 PM at the Malabar Branch Library (2801 Wabash Avenue)
Tickets: All readings are free for the public to attend.

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