The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACCHO) is a Community Partner again this year for films from the Philippines and the U.S. for the 35th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) from May 2-10, 2019.
And, we are co-presenting three films/programs this year: EERIE, I GOTCHU FAM, ALWAYS (SHORTS PROGRAM) and JOURNEY TO IFUGAO.
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Here are the following films/programs we are co-presenting:
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Edwin A. Santos and Craig Obligacion Wilson:
EERIE – North American Premiere; Friday, May 3rd at 9:30pm at Downtown Independent
Following-up on his critically acclaimed, social realist noir drama NEOMANILA, director Mikhail Red returns with his distinctly Filipino spin on the Catholic horror and nunsploitation genre set in an all-girls boarding school. In the contemporary spirit of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and HEREDITARY, EERIE represents a solid contribution to a global horror canon. Filmmaker In Attendance.
Director: Mikhail Red
Writer: Mariah Reodica, Mikhail Red, Rae Red
Cast: Bea Alonzo, Charo Santos, Jake Cuenca
251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
TICKET LINK: https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/eerie-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca125
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Edwin A. Santos and Craig Obligacion Wilson:
I GOTCHU FAM, ALWAYS Shorts; Sunday, May 5th at 7pm at Downtown Independent
With Filmmakers In Attendance, there will be seven shorts including one Filipino American live-action film and one Filipino Canadian Oscar nominated animated film.
- Dive Bar: Dorothy Xiao
- For Your Consideration: Patrick Green
- Ganja Mama: Mukesh Vidyasagar
- Lumpia Campesina: Robert Karimi
- Mama Pingpong Social Club: Shiang An Chuang
- Shell Yeah: Ridge Hirano
- The Patients: Tess Paras
- Weekends: Trevor Jimenez
251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
After a “bad fight” with her boyfriend, Filipina-American party girl Regina Ramos ends up in the ER where her Dad works. When her family rushes to her aid, they stumble to connect as a trending topic becomes a real-life issue that affects them all.
Director, Writer: Tess Paras
Director of Photography: Ludovica Isidori
Line Producer: Teresa Lee
Editor: Lakan De Leon
Cast: Tess Paras, Jon Jon Briones, Eugene Cordero, Melody Butiu, Josephine De Jesus, Lilan Bowden, Haneefah Wood
A young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto. An Academy Award nominated short film this year.
Director: Trevor Jimenez
Producer: Jeremy Slome
Associate Producer: Mattie Brehm
Production Designer: Chris Sasaki
Sound Designer: Kenny Pickett
FACCHO Co-Presenters: Annie Nepomuceno and Edwin A. Santos:
JOURNEY TO IFUGAO – World Premiere; Wednesday, May 8th at 6:45pm at Regal L.A. Live
Director Nicanor Evangelista Jr.’s poetic and performance-based documentary feature traces the journey and coming together of five LA-based Filipino artists and healers, a subset of the diaspora, on their spiritual quest in search of identities and indigenous roots during a trip back to the Philippines. Filmmakers In Attendance.
Director: Nicanor Evangelista Jr.
Cast: Nicanor Evangelista Jr., Mamerto Tindongan, Chona Bernardo, Gary Jornacion, Diane Valencia, Veronica Mercado
REGAL L.A. LIVE, THEATER #13
1000 W Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90015
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Presented by Visual Communications, the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be May 2 - May 10, 2019. LAAPFF is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards.
7 Reasons To Watch Ryan, Ryan! The Maestro and The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Sunday, April 7
7 Reasons to watch “Ryan Ryan: The Maestro and the Ryan Cayabyab Singers” on April 7...
If you have heard of the music of Ryan Cayabyab, you should go watch the concert on April 7 in Glendale, California. Use the discount code FACCHO on www.ryanryan.eventbrite.com to help FACCHO raise funds. Tickets start at $35, up to $125.
If you have NOT heard or don’t know the music of Ryan Cayabyab, you SHOULD go, because:
6. Watch and be inspired by Philippine artists and culture with collaboration with local artists, as experienced their past tours. This is the Ryan Cayabyab Singers 3rd concert tour, and the first after MrC was conferred the title National Artist for Music, a lifetime achievement government award, the Philippine version of the Kennedy Center Honors. MrC received this not only for his music, but for his Elements, Songwriting Camp, Philpop Songwriting Competition, Akapela Open Acapella singing competition, and the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab.
7. His 40-year career as a composer, music director, orchestrator and conductor all started with his award-winning song which goes “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika, Ito ay atin, sailing atin, at sa habangbuhay, awitin natin.”
The concert will be in Glendale at the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, 1440 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 on April 7 Sunday 6pm. If you had been to Music Arts Events productions at the Ford Amphitheatre, Valley Performing Arts Center, Aratani Theatre, and Alex Theatre, you would know that we don’t do Filipino time. Get your tickets online on eventbrite.com and don’t forget to use code FACCHO, and tell your friends and family!
FACCHO Is Community Sponsor of NBC's & Crazy Woke Asians' Opening Night, March 14
We are a Community Sponsor for NBC's and Crazy Woke Asians' Opening Night - Crazy Woke Asians Solo Performance Festival, Thursday, March 14 at 8pm at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA.
Use our Discount Promo Code "FACCHO" and you get $5 off for all tickets of all shows during the festival including our sponsored Opening Night on Thursday, March 14! - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crazy-woke-asians-solo-performance-festival-tickets-54956362961
NBC has partnered up with Crazy Woke Asians to present their Audience Award for the Best Solo Performance. So, both your attendance and your votes count, too! Roll in!
Don’t miss the hilarious Ai Yoshihara's MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER PHOENIX and Erick Esteban's FIGHT CLUB FOR ONE with Special Guest Hank Chen!
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Full lineup and tickets:
AMERICA ADJACENT: THEY COME FOR A FUTURE
Laughter and heartbreak come hand in hand in this World Premiere play by Boni B. Alvarez and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.
STORY: In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom, on-bath unit in East Hollywood the women do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of U.S. Citizenship and ask, “How far would you go to give your child a future?”
CAST: Evie Abat, Angel T. Baesa, Toni Katano, Hazel Lozano, Samantha Valdellon, Sandy Velasco and Arianne Villareal.
Producers: Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco
Associate Producer: Giselle Töngi Walters
Opening Night: February 16
Fridays & Satirdays: 8:30pm
Plus Monday, March 4, 11, 18 - 8:00pm
Premium: $41; Standard: $35
Available discounts: Student, Under 30, Senior 65+
Ticket Policies: http://skylighttheatre.org/tickets-ticketing-policies/
Age advisement: 14+
NO LATE SEATING
Wheelchair and Handicapped accessible seats are available exclusively to people with disabilities and their companions. Accessible seating tickets must be purchased in advance by calling our local Box Office.
1816 1/2 N. Vermont
Los Angeles, CA 90027
*ENTRANCE NEXT TO Skylight Books. -- GO PAST THE RESTAURANT TABLES to the top of the Patio.
(Located in East Hollywood in Los Feliz Village not far from the Greek Theatre)
PARKING at Skylight:
There are four pay lots within two blocks of the theatre (avg cost: $5-$6), enter from the adjacent side streets. Evening Valet parking is available at Palermos Restaurant (private price); Tell them you are going to Skylight Theatre; access from Russell Ave half block north of the theatre.
If you prefer free or metered street parking, please allow ample time to secure a spot before the show begins. Street parking is difficult to find in this area due to the popularity of the many restaurants.
91st Academy Awards
The 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning and, among the Filipino American talent in front of, and behind-the-scenes in cinema, the nominees are...
Congratulations to MATTHEW LIBATIQUE for earning an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography for Warner Brothers' "A Star Is Born." This is his second Academy Awards nomination since 2010's "Black Swan."
Watch his interview with Janet R. Nepales via GMA News below.
ANTHONY FRANCISCO is a visual designer who worked on the 'Dora Milaje' costumes in "Black Panther" for Ruth E. Carter, who got nominated for Best Costume Design.
Senior concept illustrator RODNEY FUENTEBELLA worked on the concept art for Killmonger, King T’Chaka, and Ulysses Klaue.
HONORABLE MENTION: "Black Panther" is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture for an Academy Award.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film --
Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" with the voice of 'Gwen Stacy' by HAILEE STEINFELD and with animators LOUIE DEL CARMEN, JOHN BUTIU and RYAN RUBI.
And, Walt Disney Studios' "Ralph Breaks The Internet," story by JOSIE TRINIDAD and with the voice of 'Mo's Mom' by NICOLE SCHERZINGER.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film are --
"Weekends" by TREVOR JIMENEZ, a storyboard artist from Pixar.
And, "One Small Step" by BOBBY PONTILLAS which you can watch below in its entirety.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2018 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 5pm Pacific on ABC.
Filipino American filmmaker Bobby Rubio is writing and directing a new Pixar Spark short called FLOAT and it will feature the first two CGI - FilAm lead characters in Pixar history!
"I'm so proud to be part of this program and to be among these very talented people! Team Float!" says Rubio. "Those are Filipino lead characters in my Pixar Spark Short! Pixar’s first all CGI Filipino characters! So technically, the first Pixnoys! I am proud to tell our stories. I know what it means to see our culture represented on screen [and] I hope my short will inspire more Filipino American stories to come! I’m going to do my best to tell MORE! Representation Matters!
Pixar SparkShorts is an experimental storytelling initiative that welcomes new creative voices at Pixar Animation Studios to share their stories.
Bobby Rubio was born and raised in San Diego and has been drawing since he was a child. He attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts. After graduation, he worked for Homage Studios (Image Comics) in La Jolla, and then continued on to pursue a career in animation. He worked nine years with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a traditional animator and storyboard artist on several films including “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.” After Disney, he worked as an assistant director and storyboard artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on the Dante Basco series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” for 2 ½ years. Currently, he is a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on the feature animated movies “Up”, “Brave” and “Monsters University” and the animated short, “Tokyo Mater.”
At his spare time, he works on his creator-owned and independent comic series, “Alcatraz High”, “ENFORCEMEN” and “4 Gun Conclusion.” And from time to time, he has freelanced for Stan Lee's Marvel Comics as a cover artist.
Recently, he was nominated with a 2019 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production on 2018's "The Incredibles." The 46th Annual Annie Awards will take place 7:00pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
As for the SparksShorts, see the first three films at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood beginning January 18, followed by an exclusive launch on YouTube in the following weeks.
25th SAG Awards
The 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards' nominees were announced this morning and, among the Filipino American talent, the nominees are…
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
The 25th Annual SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 8:00pm ET/PT.
61st Grammy Awards
The 61st Grammy Awards nominees were announced yesterday and, among the Filipino American talent, the nominees are…
Best Musical Theater Album
FACT: This is Lea Salonga's first Grammy nomination.
Best New Artist
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Best R&B Performance
Album Of The Year
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Grammy Awards will take place on February 10, 2018 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The broadcast will air live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
76th Golden Globes
The 76th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning and, among the Filipino American talent in front of, and behind-the-scenes in programming, the nominees are…
Best Performance by an Actor In A Limited Series or Made-For-Television-Movie
Best Television Series - Comedy
Best Television - Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Best Motion Picture - Animated
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The 76th Golden Globes Awards will be awarded on Sunday, January 6, 2019. "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg will co-host the annual ceremony, which will air live on NBC at 8pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific.
This week, the Los Angeles Press Club celebrated its 60th annual Southern California Journalism Awards held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA. Congratulations are in order as Filipino American journalist Ruben V. Nepales (of Inquirer Entertainment) won for BEST ENTERTAINMENT NEWS or FEATURE for a two-part story he wrote on actress-activist Angelina Jolie, published by the Inquirer on September 7, 2017.
This recognition was the first time Nepales competed in the category, through the sole non-American publication entry.
He says, “Thanks, LA Press Club, for my first prize in the Southern California Journalism Awards. Honored to win for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and represent the Philippines in a tough category with the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Bloomberg Businessweek.”
The judges’ comment for Nepales: "A revealing and perceptive profile of a complicated Jolie, well-written and way deeper than the usual celebrity PR fare. Well done!"
You can read Nepales’ award winning news feature, “Angelina Jolie talks about her ‘very difficult year’” here:
His journalist wife, Janet R. Nepales (Manila Bulletin’s Hollywood correspondent) won two awards that same evening!
Nepales, who writes the weekly “Hollywood Bulletin” column, won third place for her article, “Eleanor Coppola Reminisces About The Philippines,” in the Personality Profile – Foreign Correspondents/Reporters category, and third place for her column, “Del Toro’s ‘First Grown-Up Movie,’” in the Columnist or Critic – Foreign Correspondents/Reporters category.
You can read her award winning article, “Eleanor Coppola Reminisces About The Philippines” here: https://entertainment.mb.com.ph/2017/05/22/eleanor-coppola-reminisces-about-the-ph/ The link to her “Del Toro’s ‘First Grown-Up Movie” is not available online.
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.