Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Legend lives on (in San Francisco)!

Just informing yall that my short doc Legend will be screening at the 16th Annual Filipino American Cinefest in San Francisco this Friday. It will be showing alongside the films of fellow comrades Eric Tandoc and Florante Ibanez. If ya in the errrya, reprezentzzz.

FACINE16: The 16th Annual Filipino American Cinefest

The FACINE festival is the longest-running festival of its kind in North America that features films by and/or about Filipino/a and Filipino/a Americans. Now on its 16th year, the festival runs for two days, November 20-21, 2009 at the San Francisco Main Library.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Our stories from the ‘hood

Legend (Mark Villegas, dir & prod; 5 min, 2009)- Legend highlights the DJ career of Isaiah Dacio (aka DJ Icy Ice). Navigating through cultural history of Filipino youth in Los Angeles during the 1980s and 90s, Ice narrates the vibrancy of Filipino talent in the mobile DJ scene. Starting as a young DJ in Carson, reaching fame as a member of the DJ crew the World Famous Beat Junkies, and succeeding as the owner of his DJ business Stacks Records, Ice tells the story of his immersion in a rich Filipino youth expression that continues its legacy.

Got Book? Auntie Helen’s Gift of Books (Florante Pete Ibanez, dir; UCLA Department of World Arts & Culture/Center for EthnoCommunications, prod; 8:45 min, 2005) - short documentary on Helen Brown, the founder of Pilipino American Reading Room & Library.

Sounds of a New Hope (Eric Tandoc, dir; Mass Movement & Sine Patriotiko, prods; 41 min, 2009) - Tandoc follows Filipino American rap artist, Kiwi, through his work with youth both in the US and the Philippines where he uses music to raise political consciousness.


Coincidentally, I'll be showing Legend in the Fil Am Experience class at UC Irvine on Thursday, November 19. Icy Ice will speak as an honored guest. He will talk about his experience as a Filipino in the hip hop industry. Thanks to him for blessing us.

Also, tonight I'll be screening my earlier doc Hip Hop Mestizaje in Florante Ibanez's Fil Am Experience class at Loyola Marymount University, near LAX.

This condensed Fil Am hip hop-edness week is purely coincidental. But glad its happening. Bring it.