What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Filipino?” Is it the tropics? Islands? California? New Jersey? New York? Manny Pacquiao? Jollibee? What about immigrants? Domestic helpers? Director Michael Manese talked about Filipino representation on the big screen and the nitty-gritty challenges that Filipino women (Filipinas) face as domestic workers with his new film The Pleasure of Being Served.
There were Asian food, Asian films, Asian culture and a whole lotta Asian peeps at the 20th San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was overall an interesting experience to have seen films directed by and starring Asian women that are not about or focused on, romance as the endgame but instead, it’s about self: self-discovery, self-love, and self-acceptance. Ever grateful to SDAFF 2019 for sending a strong message to Asian women and Asian American women everywhere for featuring stories of women with their own sense of self independent of another.
This new, animated short film boasts two very big things: a stellar cast (featuring the likes of John Legend, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy but also Oprah!) and it’s also the first VR film to feature an indigenous world view. This film is none other than Crow: The Legend which was released just last month. asienne recently spoke with Maureen Fan, head of indie production company–and the studio behind Crow–Baobab Studios about: the legend behind the short film, the animation process, and snagging their stellar cast! Continue reading “asian studio head features native american legend in new short film”
A new film on the horizon is bravely asking the question: how would a Filipino family tackle the difficult conversation around #MeToo especially if it happened to someone within the family? In her new film, actress Tess Paras (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grimm) tells the tale of a Filipina woman who has to explain to her Filipino immigrant parents the aftermath of her experience. In this interview, she talks about the #MeToo movement from a Filipina perspective and how a Filipino family handles the conversation. Paras stars in and directs the short The Patients which just recently reached their crowdfunding goal.
If there’s a Filipina director making rounds in Hollywood right now–someone with both an acting and film background–it’s none other than West Palm Beach-born and USC grad, Maritte Go.