Four movies crafted by Filipino directors will be shown in this year’s Asian and Pacific Islander films and videos which will be showcased on May 4 to 11 in Los Angeles.
The Filipino films included Sigaw (The Echo) by Yam Larenas, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Olivares (The Blossoming of Maximo Olivares) by Aureous Solito, and Rigodon by Sari Lluch Dalena and Kieth Sicat and a movie helmed by Film-Am director Richard Wong, Colma:The Musical.
During the fimfest, short films and documentaries produced in the popular VC Armed with Camera Fellowship (AWC) program wll also be exhibited. Under the program, young filmmakers are given five months to shoot a short movie or documentary while they are being trained by film and TV professionals in Hollywood.
Six Fil-Am filmmakers have been chosen this year, mong them, Rhianne Paz Bergado (for The Debutantes of Orange County), Maricar Camaya (Trans Art), Michael D Caigoy (Hang In There Baby!), Jay Esquerra, (Honorable Son), Apollo Victoria, (A Day Behind Bars) and A. Gabe Pagtama (Hooptown International).
The most promising among the AWC Fellowship filmmakers is the young achiever-emcee A. Gabe Pagtama. Together with his sister Karen Chan Pagtama as co-producer, he chose to make a documentary about Hooptown International, a youth organization founded18 years ago by Jeff Berina, Dal Caguco, Gani Garcia, Roy Berina, and Abe Pagtama. The youth program has produced top notch basketball players who have gone on to play high school varsity and college basketball. One of them is Alex Cabagnot, of the Sta. Lucia Realtors in the PBA league in the Philippines.
A.Gabe Pagtama just finished editing and co-producing with Stan Lim a documentary called California Roll, hosted by DJ Hideo, the morning drive radio station mixer for the former Los Angeles Laker John Salley
Karen Chan Pagtama, is currently an Associate producer of a hit TV show called Top Chef currently on the Bravo Channel. She also used to work for the top rated television show, The George Lopez Show on the ABC channel.
The AWC (VC Digital Posse 06 Edition, Program 50) shorts will be shown on Wednesday, May 10, at 8 P.M. at the Aratani/Japan American Theater in Little Tokyo, 244 South San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA. For more info and tickets on the 22nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival please log-into www.vconline.org or call (213) 680-4462 ext 62.