Saving Sally

Saving Sally is a film that we mentioned in Episode 10.5: TV Party! This is a film that Producer Mike and I (Elaine here) had heard about a few months ago. I was crossing my fingers that this film would make it Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year. All my prayers to Santo Nino (not the scary Seklusyon one) were answered. Check out the trailer for this quirky live action and animated film: Saving Sally.

Buy your tickets now! TFAL crew will be at this screening as well. Would love to hear what the TFAL pans think about this film!

Saving Sally
Monday May 1, 6:30 PM at CGV Cinemas

(Philippines/France/United Kingdom, 2016) Dir. Avid Liongoren

Marty’s your everyday comic-book artist geek who dreams being a Super Hero. And of course he’s secretly in love with his quirky, beautiful best friend, SallySally’s special — funny, smart, sassy — a girl with a secret who likes building cute little robots and erratic dish drying machines. She has no idea how Marty really feels about her. Like every classic love story, this one has its complications: Sally’s abusive monster parents, her uncaring jock boyfriend, homework, more monsters and Marty’s innate ability to do nothing about anything despite his vivid fantasies of defending the love of his life from the world. With time catching up on both of them — and with the monsters closing in on all sides — can Marty save Sallyand save himself in the process?

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Episode 11.5: Palo!

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Photo credit: Ted Visaya Design

“You want palo??”

If you grew up in a Filipino household, you probably know what the word palo means.

Palo, a Tagalog word that means spank, which derived from the Spanish word palo or stick (those colonizers yo!), is a form of punishment used to discipline misbehaving children. To a kid, hearing that word from their parents elicited fear because it meant you did something wrong and it also meant punishment was coming.  Palo could have been done with a slipper, a belt, or a hand, to help us respect the rules of the home and understand authority.

On this TFAL episode, join the crew along with our own graphic designer, Vince, as we look back on how we were disciplined as kids.  We also discuss methods some of us would use as we raise or begin to start thinking about raising our own.  Find out who was the good kid and who was the medium good kid, and who got punished for breaking a guitar over someone’s head!

Spanking as a form of punishment can be a very sensitive subject.  But if you have any thoughts on this topic, please email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com, leave a comment, or call our TFAL hotline at (805) 394-TFAL on whether or not you think spanking is an effective form of punishment, or whether you think there are alternative forms of discipline that work.

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Motherland

Motherland is a feature film that we discussed at the end of Episode 10.5: TV Party. This film sounds fascinating! Check out the trailer here: Motherland. Ramona S. Diaz’s work has previously been showcased with such documentaries like Imelda and Don’t Stop Believin’: Every Man’s Journey.  Buy your tickets now! TFAL crew will be at this screening. Let’s chat about the film!

Motherland
Sunday, April 30, 2 PM at the Downtown Independent
(United States/Philippines, 2017) Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

MOTHERLAND dives into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women — Lea, Aira and Lerma — emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humor suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead.

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Pogi Pose Contest!

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Pogi pose is a go to staple for us at TFAL. In celebration of our one year anniversary, we’re doing a pogi contest! Show us your pogi pose on Instagram with the hashtag #pogipose and #tfalpodcast from now until May 8th. We’ll pick the top 3 pogi posers and highlight them on our blog!

For inspiration here’s how Joe rocks a pogi with some aviator stunners 😎😎😎

Join us for our one year celebration at The Park’s Finest! RSVP: Happy Birthday TFAL

Free Programs!

This Filipino American Life appreciates a good deal. And what better deal is there like a free program! Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has two shorts program that are free to the public.  You simply have to reserve your tickets! Itsy Bitsy Shorts makes its return to the festival. This shorts program takes place on Saturday morning just like Saturday morning cartoons! There is always a fun interactive element to Itsy Bitsy Shorts program for kids to enjoy.

From Vision To Reel features recent TFAL guest Set Ronquillo has a short film in this program titles Story of Self. After you hear about Set’s story through Episode 11, check out his film!

 

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SAVE THE DATE!

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Happy Birthday TFAL! We made it to one year! Join us & help us celebrate a year of air horns, half baked ideas, and stories that have made us and you giggle.

There will be bbq.
There will be beers.
There will be (possibly) karaoke.

Saturday, May 13th
8pm-Midnight

Many thanks to the homies at The Park’s Finest for hosting our one year shindig!

RSVP HERE: Happy Birthday TFAL

See you there,
TFAL mastermind Joe,
Food Appreciator Ryan
Oblivious Nerd Girl Elaine
Producer Mike

FilAm Creations

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FilAm Creative, a Filipino American network of artists in Film and TV, highlight storytelling by Filipino Americans at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year. This program features two short films with a TFAL connection! Producer Mike grew up with filmmaker Rommel Andaya. Rommel has two films featured in the FilAm Creations program “What You Don’t Say” and “Uncle Eddy.”

I have always been drawn to film competitions because it challenges me as a filmmaker and gets everybody together to make a film.

–Rommel Andaya

Check out what FilAm Creative has curated on Wednesday, May 3rd! Get your tickets today!

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Bronzeville Little Tokyo

 

Form follows Function continues it’s collaboration with Visual Communications with Bronzeville Little Tokyo. This project highlights history that has been overlooked; the time Japanese and Japanese Americans were put in internment camps and African Americans moved into Little Tokyo. This program consists of projection mapping, a new animated VR piece, and live music. Events are FREE to the public!

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Producer Mike checks out a copy of the Bronzeville News, a newspaper themed flyer that explains Bronzeville Little Tokyo. Pick up on during LAAPFF!

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pm 

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pm 

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pm 

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Episode 11: Undocumented Filipinos

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As Filipino Americans, we all know or know of someone in our lives who is undocumented.  That one uncle who left his family in the Philippines.  That one auntie who’s always “fixing her papers.”  That one friend who doesn’t leave the house very often.  According to various statistical computations, Filipinos who are undocumented in the United States number anywhere between 250,000 and 310,000, representing the largest Asian undocumented population.  Far from being solely a Latino issue, unlawful immigration very much affects Filipinos in a multitude of ways.

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In this episode of This Filipino American Life, we speak to Vanessa Vela-Lovelace, a community leader who spent much of her life as an undocumented immigrant, and Set Ronquillo, an immigrant rights activist who is currently undocumented.  Vanessa and Set have led and continue to lead complicated lives because of their immigration statuses.  Listen as they share their experiences of fear, anger, and hope living in the United States. And like Mateo Liwanag’s character in the NBC show Superstore and Pulitzer-prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas, their stories will shed light on a huge part of our Filipino American community.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on iTunes here.

Shorts to Catch

As a former features programmer I always thought the shorts programmers did so much more work. We would screen 250-300 films. Shorts programmers would screen 550-600 films! And then they would create thematic programs based on what they’d seen.

These four short programs run the gamut of 90s nostalgia, highlight the process of memory, use animation to explore imagination, and showcase what sentiments are found in a rebel heart.

Get your tickets today!

 

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Remember you can always purchase a Ticket Package! Festival Ticket 10-Pack ($120 Member/$135 General) Buy 10 tickets at a discounted price! Festival Pass ($300 Member/$330 General) Get priority seating and entry to the majority of Festival events!