Jeremiah Abraham is a game changer in shining light to AAPI voices in media. As an award winning Marketing and Public Relations Executive who has worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years and the founder and CEO of Tremendous Communications, he’s established himself and the company be a force in bringing the AAPI community to the forefront in entertainment with their campaigns. Lets get to know this Manila-born and bi-coastal multifaceted creator with these 5 interesting facts.
1. His mission is to impact the visibility of AAPIs in Hollywood.
With a long list of accolades, Jeremiah has produced AAPI films, television shows, and gives back to the AAPI community through non-profit organizations. Some of the notable projects he’s worked on includes franchises like: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros’ Crazy Rich Asians.
2. Jeremiah’s first AAPI project evolved in BakitWhy.com
Born in Manila and moved to Los Angeles at 5-years old, but now residing in Brooklyn, New York with his of over 10 years, it seemed that sharing his story as a Filipino living in America is how he got his start. Jeremiah pursued a degree in Computer Engineering from UC Irvine and a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California where his thesis project turned into BakitWhy.com. This became the first digital media platform for Fil-Ams and the Filipino American lifestyle.
3. He continues to uplift Filipino stories through breakthrough films and series.
To break through the barrier and create space for more representation, Jeremiah has co-produced AAPI films like Sony Pictures’ Yellow Rose and Lingua Franca which was distributed by Ava DuVernay’s Array Now. Watch out for an upcoming ABS-CBN drama series Concepción, which follows an Asian-American kingpin and his family who hold power in LA’s Historic Filipinotown (HiFi).
“Asian Americans have a wealth of stories and experiences that Hollywood has only begun to acknowledge.”
4. Jeremiah along with Tremendous Communication looks to help the AAPI Community through philanthropic work.
He serves as a Board Member to two organizations, FilAm Arts, which brings together the FilAm community through arts, culture, partnerships, and collaborations and Peace Studios, which provides opportunities and strengths-based tools to restore hope, challenge injustice, and bridge divides.
Through Tremendous Communications, they’ve helped advocate for the Asian American community during increased violence and xenophobia amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic by launching the Unapologetically Asian campaign, supported Racism Is A Virus, and contributed to the visibility of various initiatives and community advocates.
5. His work doesn‘t go unnoticed by the industry. Jeremiah has been recognized by the international awards program, The Shorty Awards throughout the years.
(2016) Honoree of Best Social Media in Video Games
(2016) Winner of Best Social Media in Video Games
(2015) Honorable Mention in Best Social Media in Video Games
(2014) Winner of Best Social Media in Video Games
Jeremiah and Tremendous Communications have a lot of projects coming you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Be sure to keep up with all the upcoming news on jeremiahabraham.com or tremendouspr.com.
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With the aim to present audiences with more diverse storytelling in film, TV, and media, a new drama series looks to tell a story within the Historic Filipinotown (HiFi) in Los Angeles. Concepción is currently in the works and it is created by Craig Obligación Wilson in collaboration with Reggie Lee (All Rise), Jeremiah Abraham (Yellow Rose), and ABS-CBN. The series follows an Asian-American kingpin and his family who hold power in LA’s HiFi area.
Kingpin, Paulo “Pepe” Concepción aka “Lolo Pepe” has a criminal empire through various crime related businesses. Name one type of crime and he’s got a business related to it. His story along with the family’s is set between the eras of 1992 and 2020 and spans across 28 years. Lolo Pepe looks to expand his family’s power over HiFi and continue his reign in the area.
According to Deadline, “Concepción seeks to examine the world of an Asian-American crime patriarch, a world of drugs and money, but also heritage and pride, viewed through origins, history, choices and consequences.” The collaboration with ABS-CBN brings value to the project as they’ll help contribute to adding authenticity to the storytelling. As we look to bring Filipino stories to life and expand to a global audience, the project is a first of its kind.
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While awards season is here, four Filipina American artists have an opportunity to break ground. Variety includes Eva Noblezada, Ruby Ibarra, H.E.R. and Cathy Ang in prediction talks. Predictions and nominations are regularly updated so we’ll have to be on the look out. These artists continue to make us proud so let’s continue to support them by listening and sharing their music! Congratulations to everyone!
The Best Original Song award is given to songwriters for an original composition written for a film. It is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to those part of the motion picture industry.
Check out the songs below and make sure to catch the films!
2. A Thousand Cuts performed by Ruby Ibarra for the A Thousand Cuts documentary. Watch it on streaming platforms: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu.
3. Fight For You performed by H.E.R in the film, Judas and the Black Massiah. The film initially premiered in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with a U.S. release on February 12, 2021 in theaters and digitally on HBO Max.
4. Rocket to the Moon performed by Cathy Ang in the film, Over the Moon. Watch it now on Netflix!
According to the Asian Journal, the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards nominates LINGUA Franca for the John Cassavetes Award. These prestigious awards are given to independent filmmakers.
Isabel Sandoval starred, directed and wrote the film which explores the Filipino immigrant story. The story follows an “undocumented trans Filipina caretaker living in New York City who struggles financially to support her mom back home. She also pays for an American man to marry her for a green card”.
The film made history as the first film directed and starred by an openly trans woman of color when it premiered at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival. You can find it currently on Netflix and catch the 36th annual Spirit Awards air live on April 22 at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 p.m. PT exclusively on IFC and AMC+.
Gold House, a premier nonprofit collective recognizes Yellow Rose in its 2021 Gold List. Yellow Rose earns two honorable mentions under the Best Picture and Best Actress categories. The lead actress, Eva Noblezada was among other talented actress considered for Best Actress but ultimately went to Yeri Han (Minari) and Leah Lewis (The Half Of It).
The Gold List honors the most outstanding Asian and Pacific Islander (API) achievements in the film industry. The collective dedicated to enabling more authentic multicultural representation and societal equity.
Variety also mentions the song, Square Peg from the film as a contender for the Oscars Best Original Song. Although it’s part of the unranked contenders, it is being talked about in the same ranks as other mainstream songs in film.
The film follows a Filipina teen who must decide whether to stay with her family or leave her small Texas town to become a country music singer. Yellow Rose is now available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Fandango, Google Play and Play Station. Get the Official Yellow Rose Soundtrack Available here.
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Yellow Rose actress, Eva Noblezada and How to Get Away with Murder actor, Conrad Ricamora land guest star roles on primetime television this week. 24-year-old Noblezada appears on the most recent episode of Law and Order: SVU alongside Mariska Hargitay. The episode revolved around a meeting between Noblezada’s character and her idol turning violent.
As Broadway shows remain shut down due to the pandemic, Law & Order showrunners aim to continue to hire stage actors. Noblezada’s career in Broadway has earned her two nominations for a Tony Award. One for the role as Kim in the 2017 Broadway production of Miss Saigon, and for the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown.
Conrad Ricamora best known for his character of Oliver Hampton on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, will have a reoccurring role on Fox’s The Resident. He’ll play the stepson of surgeon, Dr. Bell played by Bruce Greenwood. We may also see Ricamora’s character scrub in as he is also a surgeon.
Ricamora is also a stage actor, having portrayed Ninoy Aquino in the 2013 Off-Broadway musical, Here Lies Love, which won him a Theatre World Award. In the show Soft Power, he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. To top it off, he’s also a Grammy nominee for Best Musical Theater Album, Principal Soloist in The King and I.
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Yellow Rose is now available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Fandango, Google Play and Play Station. The movie will also be released in the Philippines on January on KTX.PH.
Diane Paragas is an award-winning writer/director, editor, cinematographer and producer of narrative features, documentaries and commercials. In 2019, Paragas completed her debut narrative feature, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won over a dozen Grand Jury and Audience Awards and will be distributed by Sony Pictures theatrically in 2020. Yellow Rose made history by being the first Filipino American film theatrically distributed by a major Hollywood studio.
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