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Directed by Eileen Cabiling

Desperate for cash, a Filipino Fisherman dumps bodies into the ocean for the drug war’s faceless vigilantes. Tension rises when the killings’ hit close to home after he discovers his neighbor has been murdered for selling shabu (crystal meth).

BASURERO is Eileen’s directorial debut.  She has been described as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.” She is first in her Filipino family to be born in the US and grew up in Virginia. A dual citizen of the US and the Philippines, Eileen’s vision is to tell stories about the Filipino Diaspora uncovering the many layers of the Filipino face. She is a graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute, a recipient of the Women in Film Scholarship Award, the AFI William J. Fadiman Award for Best Screenplay at AFI and the ABC/WALT DISNEY Talent Development Grant. She has worked as a producer, writer and story producer in International film and TV productions for  over fifteen years. Her projects have been finalists at Sundance Screenwriting and Producing Lab, Film Independent (LA), Independent Feature Project (NY), Nashville’s Screenwriters’ Competition and the Bahamas International Writing Residency.

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Shorts Program II: Larger than Life

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening Moderator: Justin Ricafort