The Fil-Am executive, Faith Santilla was previously the Director of Field Operations for the Directors Guild but was promoted as Assistant Executive Director of the organization. The Hollywood Reporter shared the news and in her new role she working on behalf of the organization’s assistant directors and unit production managers members, using her experience in union and specialized labor to work.
National executive director, Russell Hollander shared how Faith’s experience will be an asset for the team, “Since joining the DGA in 2015, Faith has helped to grow our field representative operations to address the unique needs of our members working in all categories.” The article says, Santilla will focus on assistant directors (ADs) and unit production managers (UPMs) in the DGA’s western region and will represent guild staff on the Western AD/UPM Council.
Santilla started at the DGA as a field representative in 2015 then moved up in the ranks as a special assignments executive then to the director of field operations supervising the Western Field Representative Department. Before her career at the DGA, Santilla worked as an organizer for an immigrant workers center in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown and various other union organizer positions.
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Director Marie Jamora is diving into another TV series! She is set to direct an episode of FOX’s new drama “The Cleaning Lady.” What makes this even more special for Jamora is that it features a Filipino family and a Cambodian lead at the core of this episode. The episode is currently in pre-production and is set to premiere later this year.
A big advocate for representation, Jamora has founded CINEMA SALA, a screening and workshop series for Filipinx artists in the film and performing arts industries. Earlier this year, she made her television directorial debut in season 6 of OWN Network’s “Queen Sugar.” She recently also became a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), which was once a dream for her when she began her career.
Marie looks like she is moving full speed ahead and ready to achieve all the goals she has set out for herself. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for her.
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, writer-director MARIE JAMORA has just gotten her television directorial debut with Ava DuVernay’s award-winning QUEEN SUGAR on the OWN Network. Marie was also named one of the “Five Visionary Asian-American Female Filmmakers” in Kore Magazine’s ‘New Hollywood’ issue. Her short film, FLIP THE RECORD, screened at over thirty festivals worldwide, winning the Grand Jury Award for “Best Narrative Short” at Urbanworld and her first feature, WHAT ISN’T THERE (ANG NAWAWALA), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. She is an executive producer and the director of both seasons of FAMILY STYLE, an Asian food and pop culture show with Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF and Warner Bros./Stage 13, released on HBO MAX.
Marie began her career directing music videos during the golden age of the Philippine rock scene, where she directed over 50 music videos. After graduating from Columbia University with an MFA in Film, she returned to Manila to direct commercials and television.
In 2016, with a desire to amplify Filipino stories and as a champion of Philippine cinema, Marie founded CINEMA SALA, a screening and workshop series for Filipinx artists in the film and performing arts industries. Cinema Sala has since partnered with ARRAY, Visual Communications, Outfest, CAPE, NALIP, and AFI Fest for their various screenings and events to showcase Filipinx works.
Marie became the first Filipinx director to be accepted into AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, where she wrote and directed HARANA, which was in competition at Bentonville, BlackStar, Urbanworld, and HollyShorts. It has just won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short at the Sarasota Film Festival. Marie was also a part of the 2020 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop and the Lifetime Director Shadowing Program. She is Directing Faculty at the American Film Institute.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Marie Jamora Website