Director/star Dante Basco of the film, "Fabulous Filipino Brothers," comments on his Instagram for the SXSW announcement of inclusion of their film he shot pre-COVID with his family in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Ca as well as in Manila, Philippines. The film was scored by AJ Rafael. See the full SXSW Film Festival line up here.
The film follows the story of 4 brothers that are the uncles/father of the 4 Basco brothers seen below:
This film marks Dante's directorial debut as announced in Deadline in 2019.
Via Deadline, "The Los Angeles-based East West Players, the nation’s first professional Asian American theatre organization, is teaming with musician AJ Rafael again for the holiday edition of Crazy Talented Asians, the ninth edition of the live show celebrating represenation of Asians in the arts. This year will feature performers Isa Briones (Picard, Hamilton), Josh Dela Cruz (Blues Clues), Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar The Last Airbender), Deedee Magno Hall (Steven Universe, Mickey Mouse Club), among others. The event is set to take place virtually on December 13 starting at 5:30pm PT via Rafael & East West Players’ Facebook Page & East West Players YouTube channel.
The full line-up has been released below:
Deedee Magno Hall (Steven Universe, Miss Saigon, Wicked National Tour)
Dante Basco (Avatar The Last Airbender, Hook, Fabulous Filipino Bros)
Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard, Hamilton National Tour)
Cathy Ang (Over The Moon)
Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues)
Jasmine Rafael (Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, The Prom)
Justine Rafael (UCI BFA Musical Theatre Program)
Asian Boss Girl Podcast (Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang)
Jules Aurora (Singer/Actress Young & the Restless)
Daniel Ho (Ukulele Virtuoso, Multi-Grammy Award Winner)
Albert Chang (Violinist, Magician, Twitch Streamer)
Kevin Chung (SInger/Songwriter/TikTok Musician)
Yvette Lu (Hamilton National Tour)
Leo Matsuyama (Culture Shock LA)
Highlights from the show can be viewed on myx soon as well as donations to the ABS-CBN Foundation to help recent typhoon victims will be mentioned during the show. Tag @ajrafael, @myglobal #crazytalentedasians while watching the program.
AJ Rafael & his girlfriend/co-host, Alyssa Navarro were recently featured on Good Morning America for their viral videos of singing Disney songs while working from home:
"Having our community gather virtually at this time is so necessary to reiterate how much art is essential during this pandemic, not only to celebrate our heritage and pride but claim our space in the fabric of American and the global society. The tireless work that goes into mounting this endeavor requires support, patronage and funding. With showcases that span many disciplines, we need our community to chip in, during this time of need," said Giselle Tongi-Walters, FilAm ARTS Programming Director.
Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested. FREE and VIP Tickets are available here. Consider donating to FilAm Arts, a nonprofit organization that presents the Festival of Philippine arts and culture 2020 and please RSVP or get a vip ticket at filamarts.org.
Hear why you should attend FPAC 2020 from the artists, celebs & community involved below:
FilAm ARTS (The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture) announced the return of its popular Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), the longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California. FPAC 2020 will take place virtually October 23, 24, and 25 from 7 - 10 PM, streaming on multiple platforms: Facebook Live, YouTube, the filamartsla.org website and the kumu app, the #1 mobile app currently in the Philippines.
After a two year hiatus, FPAC returns with an impressive lineup of Filipino American artists in the following disciplines: Musika (Music), Literatura (Literature), Sayaw (Dance), Philippine Martial Arts, Pelikula (Film), Komedya (Comedy), Literatura (Literature), Kulinarya (Culinary), Teatro (Theatre), Tradisyonal (Traditional Dance) and Bisual (Visual Arts). The following notable artists have confirmed their participation in this year’s virtual experience: musicians Apl.de.Ap, Ruby Ibarra, Klassy, Jocelyn Enriquez, and actors Jonjon Briones (Ratched), Isa Briones (Picard), Nico Santos (Superstore/Crazy Rich Asians), Alain Uy (Helstrom on Hulu), standup comedians Rex Navarrete and JR de Guzman, choreographer Phil Tayag (Bruno Mars), Kiana V and more.
“We’re humbled to have our community celebrate its tradition once again and this year’s theme, ‘Tuloy Po Kayo’ (‘Welcome! Please come in.’) couldn’t be more apropos given the unique times we’re in.” said Winston F. Emano, FilAm ARTS Board Director. “Some may recall that the first-ever FPAC in 1992 also came after a period of much uncertainty and over a quarter of a century later, its return is a wonderful reminder to us all of the power of arts to heal and of our culture to affirm. It’s good to be back!”
Premiering a week after the Los Angeles riots in 1992, FPAC has presented countless artists in a multitude of disciplines to multigenerational audiences nearing an estimated half million attendees over the course of 26 consecutive years. But, this year marks its first as a virtual presentation.
The 27th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) officially kicks off Fiipino American History Month with a visual arts group exhibition on artsteps.com The exhibit features works by Bren Bataclan, Gigi Bio, Mic Dino Boekelmann, Lek Vercauteren Borja, Alex J. Cabalu, Pia Cabanela, champoy, Calvin Coloma, Jolly De Guzman, John DeCastro, Christopher Dimaano, Trinidad Escobar, Nicanor Evangelista, Jr., Jade Hoyer, David Ignacio, Thea Ivens, Jeanine Jalandoni, KarlosAnthony, Lola x Kenneth Collaboration, Marissa Lynn, Matt Manalo, Jessa Mae Mendiola, Michael Rippens, Andrew Rogge, Gloria Elisa Margarita Sanchez, Diyan Valencia, T. Jay Santa Ana and Christopher Angelo Perez Yniguez. The show is curated by Nica Aquino and can be accessed as a virtual gallery at artsteps.com. FPAC 27 culminates in grand fashion over three action-packed days, October.
“We’re excited to debut FPAC on a first-ever virtual stage but, in festival tradition, we continue to spotlight a strong lineup of Filipino and Filipino American multidisciplinary artists,” said Giselle Tongi-Walters, FilAm ARTS Programming Director. “The hard work, long hours and dedication
put in by the production team -- helmed by award-winning filmmaker Charles Uy -- and our amazingly passionate Festival Builders alike has been nothing short of community-strengthening and inspiring and we are certain that our artists will provide equal inspiration through their art and performances.”
“It's a blessing in disguise presenting FPAC virtually this year. When FPAC was presented on physical stages, only people here on the West Coast were able to attend the event. We now get to exhibit and discover the artists in more personal setting through our live streams to a global audience,” shares Charles Uy, FPAC 2020 Festival Technical Director. “When growing up in Queens, NY, I always wondered what it meant to be Filipino- American. With FPAC, we get to define who we are through sharing to the world our art and culture.”
FPAC 27 culminates in grand fashion over three action-packed days, October 23, 24 and 25 from 7-10 PM on facebook.com/filamartsLA, YouTube and filamartsla.org. Follow @filamartsla on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates. Official Hashtag #FPAC2020.
About FilAm Arts:
FilAm Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that advocates for FilAm and Pilipino culture by connecting people through facilitating arts and culture programming so that our cultural identity may be properly represented, embraced, preserved for future generations.