"Lolo Pepe," "What You Don't Say" & "Uncle Eddy" Premiere at the 33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Wednesday, May, 3, 2017 at ArtShare LA
LOLO PEPE - (Edwin in the Principal Role as "Tito Rey")
A Filipino Crime lord looks back on his life, and how witnessing his uncle get murdered his first week in the states leads him down a lifelong path of revenge. - http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/lolo-pepe/
Producers: Craig Obligacion-Wilson, Anthony Stoppiello
Director: Craig Obligacion-Wilson
Writer: Craig Obligacion-Wilson
Cast: Abe Pagtama, Virgil Mayor Apostol, Jaime Barcelon, Jay Costelo, Junot Lee, Kathleen Macafe Neubauer, Che Landon, Edwin Santos
WHAT YOU DON'T SAY - (Edwin in the Supporting Role as "Edmond")
Ted, Danilo and Shelly are talking about Erin, the birthday girl and her party. Ted is using this oppurtunity to express his love to her but Kane, another guy who is interested is in the way and on top of that, Ted is struggling to overcome his social anxiety. During the party, someone from the past gives Ted some sound advice. http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/what-you-dont-say/
Producer: Jason Hwang
Director: Rommel Andaya
Writers: Rommel Andaya, Bernard Badion
Assistant Director: Andrew Yi
Cinematographer: Alan Chung
Camera Operator: Homer Dulu
Sound Editor, Mixer: Diana Cha
Cast: Carlin James, Mari Lauren, Dante Basco, Erica Juliet, Michael Kuya, Joy Regullano, Sheila Tejada, Junot Lee, Jack Hernandez, Edwin Santos, Dante Swain, Lianne Lin, Melanie Padernal, Jay Lee
UNCLE EDDY - (Edwin in a Cameo as "Relative")
When slacker Veronica forgets to bring her Uncle Eddy to an appointment, her Type A sister Jessica makes sure she doesn’t forget her shortcomings. Will the two ever be able to put their differences aside? http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/uncle-eddy/
Executive Producers: Jack Hernandez, Danice Cabanela
Director: Rommel Andaya
Writer: Jack Hernandez
Story Editor: Danice Cabanela
Cinematographer: Homer Dulu
Sound: James Yochim
Music Composer: Joy Ngiaw
Editor: Homer Dulu
Cast : Jack Hernandez, Danice Cabanela
FILAM CREATIONS: A FILMMAKER MOVEMENT ~ 6:00pm, Wednesday, May 3 at ArtShare LA.
In an effort to inspire, motivate and mobilize the Filipino-American and Filipino filmmaking community, Visual Communications challenged FilAm Creations to create short films to premiere at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017. As a result, filmmakers of various levels of experience stepped up to share their artistic voice and storytelling. LAAPFF 2017 is proud to present their efforts to all of you! SOLD OUT IN 1 HOUR - 2nd SCREENING TBD - http://festival.vconline.org/2017/shorts-programs/filam-creative-shorts/
Written (with Bernard Badion) and directed by Rommel Andaya -- Carlin James, Mari Lauren, Dante Basco, Erica Juliet, Michael Kuya, Joy Regullano, Sheila Tejada, Junot Lee, Jack Hernandez, Dante Swain, Melanie Padernal, Lianne Lin and I are in the new film, WHAT YOU DON'T SAY.
The film is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6pm at the Art Share-LA. Tickets on sale now: http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/what-you-dont-say/
Watch the new trailer below (I'm in it):
While "Lolo Pepe" was set in a dramatic atmosphere, "What You Don't Say" was just the opposite.
I had an awesome time working with friends on the new film, WHAT YOU DON'T SAY cleverly coming-of-age romcom written (with Bernard Badion) and directed by Rommel Andaya along with a cast of current and upcoming Filipino & Asian American talent today: Carlin James, Mari Lauren, Dante Basco, Erica Juliet, Michael Kuya, Joy Regullano, Sheila Tejada, Junot Lee and Jack Hernandez. The film is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6pm at the Art Share-LA.
http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/what-you-dont-say/ . Ticket sales were sold out in one hour. A second screening date TBA.
I went into a different process when I approached the character of "Tito Rey," the catalyst in LOLO PEPE. Written and directed by Craig Wilson (an actor's director), I had the pleasure acting alongside with Jaime Barcelon, Jay Costelo, Junot Lee, Kathleen Neubauer and Che Landon. The film is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6pm at the Art Share-LA.
Tickets on sale now: http://festival.vconline.org/2017/films/lolo-pepe/ .
Watch the new trailer below (I'm in it):
I had the pleasure being directed by filmmaker William C. Wilson, bonding with my "sons" Jaime Barcelon and Jay Costelo, working with Junot Lee, Sarnica May, Che Landon, Kathleen Neubauer, Niloo Khodadedh as well as Virgil Apostol and Abe Pagtama on Lolo Pepe.
This was my first time working closely with a Filipino American cast with an original Filipino story to tell.
I enjoyed the process, the collaboration and the bonding of it all! Great people to work with!
Wilson adds, "Edwin forced you to love his creepy, coke snorting, hooker loving, family oriented self. Bringing to life a character that some actors would only see as slimy but instead you could feel 'Tito Rey's' heart on screen. I am so grateful for his time, talent and energy and everything he brought to 'Tito Rey' to bring him to life."
Lolo Pepe is currently in post-production.
Join hostess Elle Latham and her guest Edwin A. Santos (Samurai Cop 2) in this long-awaited Oscar Edition episode of Super Awkward Funcast as they discuss Oscar-worthy films from Moonlight to Captain Fantastic, The Young Pope, the Grammys and more! Your Academy Awards rundown before this Sunday's live event!
To listen to the show, click the link here: http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hneux-67cfe9 Or, you can activate the podcast player above.
You can also listen to it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-16-academy-awards-edition/id672079467?i=1000381367198&mt=2
For a limited time only, you can stream and download the award-winning psychological drama, MAD COWGIRL for free at Amazon Prime in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Sarah Lassez, James Duval, Devon Odessa and Walter Koenig lead the cast. I was the initial and solo producer for the film from development to post.
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of MAD COWGIRL. It had its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the 8th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF Indiefest) on the night of my birthday at the Roxie Cinema. It sold out all two scheduled screenings that a third screening was created due to audience demand. You can read my personal experience with the film here: http://www.edwin-a-santos.com/news/producing-mad-cowgirl
MAD COWGIRL was Film Threat's second place movie to see (listed on their annual Ten Best Unseen Films of 2005). And, the film won two awards (for Best Experimental Film and for Best Performance Award to Sarah Lassez) at the 2006 Silver Lake Film Festival. The film garnered positive reviews most notably from Variety and Fangoria. The film has been theatrically released nationwide and abroad, then sold on DVD, Netflix rentals, Cable Video-On-Demand and iTunes digital streaming.
Today, it is available now to watch at Amazon Prime!
FREE streaming online video and digital download at the following Amazon Prime links:
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FilAm Creative's FREE 2nd Annual Hollywood Actors Panel for Actors; Saturday, June 4, 12:00pm at the Clubhouse
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Produced by Edwin A. Santos, FilAm Creative presents the 2nd 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.
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:
- Nico Santos (actor / stand-up comedian): Nico Santos stars as ‘Mateo’ as the new employee at Cloud 9, on NBC’s new hit comedy Superstore (recently renewed for a second season). https://filamcreative.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/hollywood-actors-panel-june-4-2016-meet-actor-stand-up-comedian-nico-santos-of-nbcs-superstore/
- Dea Vise (casting director, CSA): A 17-year veteran and a member of the Casting Society of America, Dea has cast from I, Robot to God's Not Dead 2. https://filamcreative.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/hollywood-actors-panel-june-4-2016-meet-casting-director-dea-vise-csa/
- Tess Paras (actress / writer / producer): Tess is known for her viral videos Typecast, What If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers? and Fusion Comedy's Make Your Face Great Again Makeup Tutorial. She is currently appearing on the CW’s critically-raved musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend introducing the first Filipino American family to appear on broadcast primetime television. https://filamcreative.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/hollywood-actors-panel-june-4-2016-meet-actresswriterproducer-tess-paras-of-the-cws-crazy-ex-girlfriend/
- Phil Brock (talent manager): Phil is not only a talent manager, but also the founder of Studio Talent Group since 1994. https://filamcreative.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/hollywood-actors-panel-june-4-2016-meet-talent-manager-phil-brock-studio-talent-group/
The panel will be moderated by Edward J. Mallillin (co-founder of FilAm Creative and serves on its Board of Directors. His credits include "Brown Soup Thing" [writer/director] and "Flipped Switch" [host/producer]. An outspoken advocate for education, he is the creator of "Rumor on the Playground," a multimedia assignment).
Saturday, June 4, 2016
From 12pm to 2pm
THE CLUBHOUSE IMPROV
1607 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90027
* (between Hollywood & Sunset, inside and next door, right of Jons Marketplace. Free parking available inside the Jons Marketplace parking lot). The Vermont / Sunset Red Line Metro Station is located nearby.
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Watch my interview discussing about my career, creative life as well as tips and advice to millennials when working in the entertainment industry with Alexia Anastasio at Sqeegee here: https://sqeeqee.com/streaming/history/uOTIkUQCPvfWImAD
Television history was made last week for Filipino Americans. But, did you know it occurred twice? Last Monday night on the CW, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" introduced Josh's family in the episode, 'My First Thanksgiving with Josh!' where the character Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) spends Thanksgiving with a Filipino family.
Watch the episode on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/871002
This past Friday, I watched the NBC comedy, "Truth Be Told" for the first time. I already knew that Vanessa (Minnillo) Lachey was in it. I knew of her when I was with E! Entertainment when she was a finalist in E!'s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of "Wild On" in 2007. I didn't know she was an actress so I was curious in this new formula, yet diverse sitcom.
As much as I was celebrating "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," the episode of "Truth Be Told" was a long time coming. In that, I never saw the subject presented on television before -- and it was a subject, a personal subject where I spent most of my life denying being a Filipino.
I don't speak for those who came to the U.S. as children and decided to deny who they are because, in my opinion, that is an impossible task. They speak Tagalog and carry traits that are specific to the culture. Not me. It may have begun when my parents only spoke and taught us English to my siblings and I when we were born in Chicago, Illinois. Our only language is still English. And, even though, I spent twelve combined summer & Christmas vacations and lived one year in the Philippines, and joined Filipino Clubs from childhood to college, I still didn't accept my Filipino culture. I only saw it as a novelty. It was just there when I needed it. Through those years, I got used to the denial and created a monster. To the point, being an "American-Filipino" or a "Vanillapino" was to my benefit. Every corporate employment or job I had, I was promoted 100% of the time because the promotion required I speak to clients. But, truthfully, I knew my skills and my experience got me those promotions.
I remember back in the late 1990s to the early 2000s, there was this popular wave happening that anything Filipino was trendy and hip. It all started with "The Debut" directed by Gene Cajayon. And, even though that was the first time I saw a Filipino character rejecting his Filipino heritage against his immigrant parents on celluloid film, the episode below was a first for TV but, this time, it's a first generation American-born Filipina mother, the parent, who has rejected her culture her entire life -- only to embrace it later when her daughter rejects her Filipino Barbie doll down to stereotypical and almost derogatory societal terms. That hit below the belt...to even hearing a kid say that. I'm pretty sure I said it myself when I was ignorant.
Since the last decade, I have embraced the culture...but that doesn't mean I will sit down and learn how to speak Tagalog again... I mean how do you speak the language without developing stuttering and drool? I tried it. It was messy.
Watch the episode on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/874150#i0,p0,d0