"Nice new shiny UCB building...
Nice new shiny UCB building...
The door was open and I could've went inside to see what it looked like but, I didn't want to bother anyone. Although, I hear it's opening in November (I wonder if that large marquee glows red?). One thing for sure, this second location will definitely attract a diverse generation of new improvisors...culturally-speaking"
That was my first post about the new Upright Citizens Brigade theater located on Sunset Boulevard (east of Western Avenue) on October 4, 2014 with the following photos I took that day.
That area is a densely urban neighborhood. The residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (23.9%). There are also a number of people of Asian ancestry (23.6%), and residents who report Armenian roots (11.2%), and some of the residents are also of Russian ancestry (5.4%), along with some French ancestry residents (3.0%), among others. In addition, 49.4% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country. The UCB Sunset campus attracted people of color and lifestyles interested in pursuing comedy. Not just improv and sketch, but, I've seen stand-up, too.
When I was studying long form improv at UCB, I was studying at local rented theaters around the neighborhood, and our graduation performances were held at the original Los Angeles UCB theater on Franklin Avenue. Two primary things were solved when the second theater was renovated from what once housed, and it can be summed up with just one word: Campus. All classes and graduation shows were held at UCB Sunset. And, because of its campus-feel, all Open Mics and smaller shows were moved from the Franklin theater to the Sunset campus..
Like the Franklin theater, Sunset had its parking issues. Residents complained of no parking spaces for them as students and attendees went to the Sunset campus daily. UCB Sunset offered valet parking but even that had limited slots. To get there early was essential but carpools and local transit helped.
I completed the basic program in 2013 at UCB Franklin. Afterwards, I hustled and networked around town at various improv theaters and weekly shows. I performed in one sketch Jonathan Grant wrote based on a premise I had at B.Y.O.S Sketch Open Mic...
...and, also performed in two sketches with Polyphilos Trismegistos at Smut's Dirty Little Secret show...
- all three at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Stage in 2015.
Also, I witnessed the origins of Asian AF and Filipino AF beginning with the first "Scarlett Johansson Presents…" show in 2016 to the final show in 2017 (where I was hired to film the entire show. That's me with the plaid shirt).
I was there to see the first show of Asian AF presents Filipino AF. About 280+ filled the Inner Sanctum Stage with standing room in the back! I also took part in it in later shows thereafter.
With UCB Sunset's surprising announcement of its closure yesterday (after months of non-essential businesses ordered to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic), I will miss going there between auditions, hiding from the summer heat by cooling off inside while seeing new acts, early parking tickets and that time after hiking at Griffith Park, before driving home to the SFV, I rested my worn out legs/feet there while consuming treats from the cafe.
Not to mention seeing old friends and meeting new people.
I wish UCB well. And, hopefully once the virus is controlled and this pandemic is eradicated, we can return to the Franklin theater with community.
I guess I won't be using this card anymore. I was one punch hole away from getting free items... And, UCB Franklin does not have a cafe.
I have a supporting role in this upcoming and important new film from writer/director Robin Bain, GIRL LOST: A HOLLYWOOD STORY (2020) starring Cody Renee Cameron, Brooke Haven, Dominique Swain, Moxie Owens and Psalms Salazar.
The feature film offers a glimpse into the lives of women involved in the sex industry through the interconnected stories of a teen runaway, single mother and two career escorts.
Stream and watch it at Amazon Prime Video today or anytime at your convenience - amzn.to/36tn03X
Edwin A. Santos Co-Moderates Inclusion: Filipinas In Film & Television Panel with Princess Punzalan, Grace Moss and Janet Nepales, October 17
For the Artists, Creatives & Business Podcast:
**Live via ZOOM (requires registration), CLICK LINK HERE - and FB Live.**
Guest Panel: Inclusion - Filipinas in Film & Television, with Princess Punzalan, Grace Moss, and Janet Nepales.
- PRINCESS PUNZALAN - Actress, Producer, cast member of "Yellow Rose," and a respected actor in the Philippine entertainment industry now based in Los Angeles.
- GRACE MOSS - Sr. Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment.
- JANET NEPALES - is a multiple Los Angeles Press Club award winning journalist, and the first and only Filipina member of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that presents the annual Golden Globe Awards.
Presented by the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival.
It's Filipino American History Month this October!
As we celebrate this occasion, let's get to know Fil-Am Hollywood actor and producer Edwin A. Santos, and take inspiration from his humble beginnings before his shot in the industry. Interview premieres at 10AM tomorrow, October 14 in the Philippines (October 13 at 7PM PST). Hosted by DJ Jerry! CLICK ON THE POSTER BELOW TO WATCH THE LIVE FEED.
Here is a preview of an upcoming interview Edwin will do with 89.5 Star FM Baguio - Philippines which aired nationwide in the Philippines earlier this morning..
The full interview will air LIVE on the station's official Facebook page next week. Please join us.
Edwin A. Santos Co-Moderates Guest Speaker Panel: Making Film Documentaries with Ramona S. Diaz and PJ Raval, October 3
**Live via ZOOM (requires registration), CLICK LINK HERE - and FB Live.**
"Making Film Documentaries" featuring filmmakers PJ RAVAL and RAMONA S. DIAZ
Filipino American PJ RAVAL, is an award-winning filmmaker. His latest film CALL HER GANDA is a feature documentary following the story of Jennifer Laude, a local transgender woman who was found dead in a motel room in the port city of Olongopo, Philippines with a 19-year-old U.S. Marine as the leading suspect. CALL HER GANDA world premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival followed by an international premiere at HotDocs in Toronto, Canada.
RAMONA S. DIAZ is an award-winning Filipina American filmmaker who produced A THOUSAND CUTS, a film documentary on press freedom under threat in the Philippines. "A Thousand Cuts" goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who has become a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the news media.
Ramona S. Diaz's films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Ramona's feature-length films—IMELDA (2004), THE LEARNING (2011), DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY (2012) and MOTHERLAND (2017)—have been broadcast on PBS, on either the POV or Independent Lens series. "Motherland" won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and a Gaward Urian Award from the Filipino Film Critics.
I have a role in this upcoming new film from writer/director Robin Bain, THE LAST EXORCIST (2020) starring Danny Trejo, Rachele Brooke Smith, Terri Ivens.
Story: Two sisters are haunted by the demons of their past.
Arriving on DVD and Digital, Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Just in time for Halloween!
Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood presents The 7th Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel on Zoom.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
A panel discussion and networking event featuring our special guest industry panelists who represent the craft of acting across the board while shining a spotlight on Filipino talent in Hollywood today.
Hear our panelists discuss about their explorations of the process and profession of acting; their reflections on personal experiences and artistic influences that informed and shaped their careers; their discussions of past and current projects and share valuable insights into the craft and the industry.
Get a chance to ask our panelists questions, learn about open opportunities, and build your network.
2020 INDUSTRY GUEST PANELISTS INCLUDE:
- ALAIN UY is a Chinese-Filipino American actor born in Dagupan City, Philippines and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 6. He has four siblings. At the age of 11, he earned a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was nationally ranked in 1990 in the ATA International standings. Early in his career, Alain was also an accomplished dancer and musician featured in several music videos with Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, and Anastacia.
During a study abroad program at Oxford University, he developed a love for theatre and acting and that became his primary focus. His acting career began modestly, booking guest starring roles on "The OC," "Monk," "ER," and "Parenthood" just to name a few. Eventually, he started booking recurring guest star roles on several notable TV shows such as HBO's "True Detective," Fox's "The Passage" and "Grimm." More recently, Alain is set to recur alongside Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, on Apple Plus' new Emmy Award Winning TV series "The Morning Show."
Coming up, Alain will be starring as a series regular on Hulu’s exciting new show "Marvel’s Helstrom" and nabbed the lead role on Bao Tran’s upcoming feature film "Paper Tigers," starring alongside Ron Yuan (Disney’s Mulan) and Jae Suh Park (Netflix’s Friends from College).
- AMANDA JOY is the Creator, Writer and Series Lead of the CityTV/OMNI original series, "Second Jen."
She is a two-time nominee for the Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards (co-nomination in 2016, and a nomination in 2019) for "Second Jen."
She is a Canadian Screen Award nominee for "Second Jen."
- TAMLYN TOMITA made her feature film debut in a leading role in "The Karate Kid Part II," and later was in both leading and supporting roles in the films "Come See The Paradise," "The Joy Luck Club," "Picture Bride," "Four Rooms," "Robot Stories" and "The Day After Tomorrow," just to name a few.
She also has played several recurring roles on television including "24," "Glee," "Teen Wolf," "How To Get Away With Murder" and as Commodore Oh on the CBS All Access streaming series "Star Trek: Picard" (2020). She starred on the UPN paranormal series, "The Burning Zone" (1996), the Epix drama series "Berlin Station" (2016), and in the ABC medical drama, "The Good Doctor" (2017).
- EDWIN A. SANTOS (Moderator) is an actor and a film producer. With twenty years of professional experience in the entertainment industry, as an actor, his work can be seen on Funny Or Die and the feature film, "Blue Dream" starring James Duval and Dominique Swain and as a producer, his work includes the award-winning "Mad Cowgirl" with Sarah Lassez, James Duval and Devon Odessa, and "Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance" with Bai Ling and Tommy Wiseau. He founded the Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and he currently sits with the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood.
DATE / TIME / LOCATION:
Saturday, June 27, 2020
From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Virtually on Zoom
FOLLOW FILIPINO HOLLYWOOD ACTORS PANEL:
Please use the hashtags: #FilipinoHollywoodActorsPanel as well as #FACCHO or #FACCHollywood.
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood's (FACCHO) mission is to unite and empower creative Filipino American professionals and businesses in the Entertainment Industry towards mainstream influence and exposure. Their vision is to bridge professional careers and businesses through facilitating networks and resources, opening opportunities, and promoting collaborations. All this within our Core Values: Engagement, Inclusion, Integrity, Professionalism and Transparency.
FACC-Hollywood Hosts Edwin's 6th Annual Filipino Hollywood Actors Panel; Saturday, June 29th, 2:30pm at NoHo's Secret Rose Theater
Created and produced by Edwin A. Santos, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACC-Hollywood) hosts the 6th Annual Hollywood Actors Panel for Actors -- a panel discussion and networking event featuring our special industry guest panelists who represent the craft of acting across the board while shining a spotlight towards Filipino American talent in entertainment and media today.
Sponsored by Premier Property Preservation.
Hear the panelists discuss about their explorations of the process and profession of acting; their reflections on personal experiences and artistic influences that informed and shaped their careers; their discussions of past and current projects and share valuable insights into the craft and the industry.
Get a chance to ask the panelists questions, learn about open opportunities, and build your network.
INDUSTRY PANELISTS INCLUDE:
He was a series regular on NBC’s "Redliners." His most notable role is 'Typhoon' on NBC’s "Parks and Recreation." He has also recurred on FOX’s "Rosewood" and all four seasons of "Wilfred" on FX. Other selected television credits include FX's "You’re the Worst," ABC's "Modern Family," FOX's "New Girl," ABC's "The Whole Truth," CBS' "NCIS," HBO's "Vice Principals" and MTV's "The American Mall." Recently, he was seen on HBO's "Barry" and Comedy Central's "Corporate."
He appeared opposite Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor and Lea Thompson in "Splinterheads." Since then, he has been seen in various commercials, films and television shows including the CW's "Hart of Dixie," Showtime's "Dexter," FOX's "Bones," NBC's "The Office," ABC's "Man Up!," MTV's "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" and the SyFy Original, "Swamp Shark." He recurred as 'Leo' on the ABC Family sitcom, "State Of Georgia" starring Raven-Symoné and Loretta Devine. He also starred alongside Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling on ABC Family's first original musical, "The Mistle-Tones," which premiered as part of their "25 Days of Christmas" event. He recently appeared opposite Regina Hall, Eve and Jill Scott in the Lifetime Original, "With This Ring" and he starred as 'Ricky,' the office gossip, on Freeform's "Kevin from Work," played 'Sebastian' on Season 2 of Disney Channel's "Raven's Home" as well as Amazon Prime Video's "Bosch" and "Homecoming" and NBC's "This Is Us." Recently, he will next be seen on Netflix' "Rim of the World."
She is best known as 'Maeve' when she guest starred on the CW's 200th episode of "Supernatural." Her other television credits include Showtime's "House of Lies," the CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," FOX's "Raising Hope," the CW's "90210," ABC's "Castle" and CBS' "Happy Together." She is also an avid writer to include her viral video, "White Fetish." Currently, she is a staff writer on a new kids show for Netflix.
He is currently recurring as 'Johnny Bayani' on CBS' "SEAL Team" which was renewed for a second season. His other television credits include ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Hawaii Five-0."
She is a music teacher, vocalist producer and television personality, Annie (aka Roxanne Nepomuceno) is Managing Director of Music Arts Events - the umbrella company of Music Arts Lessons which covers her private teaching and coaching, and Musica Manila as music publisher.
The event takes place at the Secret Rose Theater in the NoHo Arts District, North of Los Angeles. Street parking available, tend to signs and meters.
PURCHASE TICKETS NOW (EARLY BIRD): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facchos-6th-annual-filipino-hollywood-actors-panel-networking-event-tickets-62025076674
A film I acted in - NO REGRETS - is now on YouTube in its entirety. It was produced for the 2018 Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project. And, it premiered as an Official Selection at the Asian World Film Festival in 2018.
With the encouragement of her good friend Sam, Ashley travels back to the past to stop the engagement of her true love.
The film was written (with Michael Kuya) and directed by Rommel Andaya. Executive produced by RAWMIXProductions.
Melissa Jane Rodriguez, Michael Kuya, Tony Garbanzos, Mary Grant, Danni Huang Gadigan, Jeff Gadigan, Lora Bofill and I round out the cast.