Filipino Filmmakers Roundtable
October 1 | 7:00 PM
The past few years have seen a boom in Filipino diasporic films, with many films and filmmakers entering the mainstream. This roundtable gathers Filipino filmmakers at different points in their careers to discuss their work, process, and what it’s like to create now.
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Andrea Walter is a writer and director of mixed race heritage, part English, part Filipina. She was raised on the islands of the Philippines, spending a few years on the islands of Vanuatu and a couple of months each year on the islands of the United Kingdom. Andrea moved to the ninth island of Hawaii, or commonly known as Las Vegas, in the pursuit of an education abroad. After graduating from the University, she worked as a camera operator and editor in events and concerts, and a Senior Programmer at the Las Vegas Film Festival. Eventually the island life without an ocean left her empty and she moved to Los Angeles. Interestingly enough, moving around the world, she ended up back where she started and wrote and directed her first feature film, EMPTY BY DESIGN (2019) in her home country of the Philippines. She currently resides in Los Angeles for most of the year, with frequent trips to visit her families in the UK and Philippines.
Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipina filmmaker and MacDowell Fellow in film. The Museum of Modern Art has cited her as a “rarity among the young generation of Filipino filmmakers” for her “muted, serene aesthetic.” She is the first transgender director to compete at the Venice and BFI London film festivals with the New York-set trans immigrant drama Lingua Franca. Her noir-inflected debut feature Señorita had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. This was followed by the Marcos-era nun drama Apparition, considered a contemporary Philippine film classic, which won awards at the Deauville and Hawaii film festivals after premiering in Busan.
Isabel Sandoval’s latest feature film Lingua Franca is being distributed by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company, and premiered on Netflix in the United States on August 26, 2020.
BASURERO is Eileen’s directorial debut. She is a Filipino-American filmmaker who has been described by mentor Anna Thomas (Screenwriter Frieda, Independent Feature Project Founder Los Angeles) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.” She has worked in the ranks of film and tv professionally as a production coordinator on New York Indie Films, a documentary associate producer, a children’s animation writer and a story-development producer for production companies and studios in LA, NY and Manila. She is a graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute, a recipient of the Women in Film Scholarship, the William J. Fadiman Award/Best AFI Screenplay in her graduating class and the ABC/WAL T DISNEY Talent Grant. First in her immigrant family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class in Richmond, Virginia- the historical capital of the Confederacy. It has been her dream to write and direct her own films. Her vision is to tell stories about the Filipino Diaspora while uncovering the many layers of the Filipino face.
Diane Paragas is an award-winning writer/director, editor, cinematographer and producer of narrative features, documentaries and commercials. She owns and operates Civilian Studios a Brooklyn based production company. In 2012, she co-directed Brooklyn Boheme, a feature length documentary about an African American arts movement featuring Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Rosie Perez and many others premiered on Showtime and went on to win the Black Reel Award for TV Best Documentary. In 2019, Paragas completed her debut narrative feature, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won over a dozen Grand Jury and Audience awards (including A Special Jury Prize from AAIFF) and will be distributed by Sony Pictures theatrically on Oct 9, 2020. Paragas is managed by LBI and repped by UTA.