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"Making Film Documentaries" featuring filmmakers PJ RAVAL and RAMONA S. DIAZ
Filipino American PJ RAVAL, is an award-winning filmmaker. His latest film CALL HER GANDA is a feature documentary following the story of Jennifer Laude, a local transgender woman who was found dead in a motel room in the port city of Olongopo, Philippines with a 19-year-old U.S. Marine as the leading suspect. CALL HER GANDA world premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival followed by an international premiere at HotDocs in Toronto, Canada.
RAMONA S. DIAZ is an award-winning Filipina American filmmaker who produced A THOUSAND CUTS, a film documentary on press freedom under threat in the Philippines. "A Thousand Cuts" goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who has become a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the news media.
Ramona S. Diaz's films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Ramona's feature-length films—IMELDA (2004), THE LEARNING (2011), DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY (2012) and MOTHERLAND (2017)—have been broadcast on PBS, on either the POV or Independent Lens series. "Motherland" won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and a Gaward Urian Award from the Filipino Film Critics.
Edwin A. Santos
- Actor, Producer
- Board Member of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood (FACCHO)
Fe P. Koons
- Author, Screenwriter
- President, Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival (LAPIFF)
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.