Past Film Festivals

World Premiere: Official Selection in Competition/Busan International Film Festival 2019 – South Korea – 3 to 12 October 2019

Europe Premiere: Official Selection in Competition/Tampere Film Festival 2020 – Finland – 4 to 8 March 2020

US: Official Selection/Sun Valley Film Festival 2020 – Idaho – 18 to 22 March 2020

Switzerland: Official Selection in Competition/Fribourg Film Festival 2020 – 20 to 28 March 2020

US: Official Selection in Competition for the Golden Gate Award/ San Francisco International Film Festival 2020 –  8 to 21 April 2020

Philippine Premiere:  Special Screening/Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2020 – 7 to 16 August 2020

Indonesia:  Official Selection/Minikino Film Week 2020 – Bali – 4 to 12 September 2020

Philippines:  Active Vista International Human Rights Festival – 19 to 27 September 2020

 

 

Key Cast & Crew

Written, Directed and Produced by
Eileen Cabiling

Featuring Jericho Rosales as Bong

Director of Photography
Jae Hyuk Lee

Produced by
Darlene Malimas

Producer
Sascha Brown Rice
Jose Mangual
Eva Husson

Executive Producers
Nilda Rivera Ong Ante
Peter Linus Ong Ante
Alaric Cabiling

Executive Producers/Globe Studios
Quark Henares
Jan Pineda

Co-Producers
Martin Arnaldo
Melissa Tolentino Bruijneel
Jae Hyuk Lee
Pilita Joan Vicuna
Christine Leese

Associate Producers
Lawrence Ang
Mikko Quizon
Jedd Dumaguina
Yara, Keri and Afshin Shahidi and Family
Marinez Elizalde
Angelica Locsin
Lindy Lachica

Line Producer
Evangeline Ordaz

Production Designer
Roland Rubenecia

Edited by
Lawrence Ang
Diego Marx Dobles
Don Falsario II
Jedd Dumaguina

Music by
Teresa Barrozo

Sound Design by

John Michael Perez
Mikko Quizon

CAST
(In order of appearance)
Bong Jericho Rosales

Bar Girl Matt Daclan

Boat Captain Soliman Cruz

Fishermen
Gode Camalawan
Rudy Carangalan
Carlo Reyna
Ronald Tukidlangit
Lander Yap

Fish Vendor Marife Necesito

Pharmacist Jennifer De Guzman

Luce (Bong’s Wife) Althea Vega

Sick Daughter Yuna Tangog

Eldest Son Earl Andrew Figueroa

Job Applicant Skyzx Labastilla

Street Kid Shane Patrick Carrera

Beggar Woman Rhea Torres

Body Double Jesneil Brin (Bong)

Radio Broadcaster Sophia Rae Labayan

Club Dancers
Reycy Bernal
Riders Cleto
Avie De Vera
Liza Delos Angeles
Mariela Huri
Arean Lanlanilao
Shynlyn Mina
Aya Montilya
Jordan Notarte
Mary Rose Pullon
Jerrel Quirino
Shirley Rinon
Mariane Ruiz
Maria Korine Salvador
Mar Khen Santos
Mark Simpelo Rinon
Jerome Suarez
Kaori Mich Tadepa
Betong Vidal
Albert Villanueva
Alfred Villanueva

Club Waiters
Jom’s Almenie
Anj Bautista
Lherriza Bautista
Janice Bernal
April Hernandez
Charlotte Quibus

Club Security Guards
Mark Anthony
Martinez Rose
Dean Samoy

Giggling School Girls
Jhodie Bacolod
Lhiane Maria Velasquez
Lynsey Velasquez
Aunt Naneng/Crying Woman
Raquel Bernaldo

Wake Mourners
Reynaldo Andaya
Tommy Caling
Jervie Cruz

Joy Cruz
Arlene Del Castillo
Rose Pullon

Son #2 Aaron Livid

Daughter #2 Judy Magbanua

Pabasa Singers
Beth Ferrer
Ophelia Handi
Leticia Losloso
Richelle Simpelo

Church Children
Carl Justin De Vera
Janine Lompa
Aaron Nakpil
Albert Victoria
Althea Victoria

Job Applicants
Albert Alvarez
Maica Mae Andamo
Len Arce
Jeffrey Bartolo
Jean Bautista
Ronron Boizon
Ryan Boizon
Jeppy Capangpangan
Aurelyn Cruz
Joy Depaz
Angelyn Depaz
Norlan Depaz
Garry Boy Dolisen
Christine Gimoro
Jhansen Gonzales
Miguel Hao
Angela Kyra Illagan
Richard Marcos
Patric Maser
Catherin Ortiz
Shane Soriano
Corazon Teleforo
Kyle Zedric

Key Team Members

DARLENE C. MALIMAS, Philippines/Producer                                                         Darlene is an experienced film and TV producer based in the Philippines. She has over 12 films to her credit. In 2010, Darlene’s first feature film, Señorita competed at the Festival del Film Locarno. Her second feature, Aparisyon had its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award in Hawaii and Audience Choice in France, and had a week-long run at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). Her first US independent production, Lingua Franca world premiered at the 76th Venice Film Festival at the parallel section, Giornate degli Autori, and was invited to the Main Competition at BFI London.

SASCHA BROWN RICE, US/Producer                                                                       Sascha Brown Rice is an award-winning filmmaker, teacher, and producer. Her Emmy nominated documentary California State of Mind garnered a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision, aired on public television nationally, screened on Netflix, and made waves across the country with showings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, and throughout California. Both her documentary and her critically acclaimed romantic comedy Mango Kiss screened internationally, won multiple awards and received a distribution. In addition to joining the producing team of the short film BASURERO, Rice is currently producing the upcoming web series Black Kungfu Chick by writer/director Rae Shaw and co-produced the indie feature Solace directed by Tchaiko Omawale.  As the granddaughter of California’s former Governor Pat Brown, niece of former Governor Jerry Brown, and daughter of former State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, Rice is committed to carrying on her family legacy of civic engagement and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Pat Brown Institute, which is a non-partisan public policy Institute at Cal State LA.

JOSE CARLOS MANGUAL, US/Producer                                                                       José Carlos launched his entertainment career producing commercials and scripted television for the Latin American & European markets. After earning his MFA from the American Film Institute, he went on to produce the award-winning Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, and San Sebastian Film Festivals official selection feature film, How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer (America Ferrera, Elisabeth Peña). Jose has been a member of the DGA for over 10 years and is currently a Co-Chair of the DGA Latino Committee. He curates Apertura, a monthly Latino film showcase at the Los Angeles Egyptian Theater in partnership with the American Cinematheque. He currently is the Production Executive for YouTube Originals Latin America.

EVA HUSSON, France/Producer                                                                                      Eva Husson is a French film producer, director, and screenwriter. She began her career as an actress before directing short films and music videos. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Bang Gang (a modern love story), which competed at the Toronto International Film Festival. She then directed the Palme d’Or-nominated film Girls of the Sun (2018), starring Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Bercot. Her recent directorial work shines in the current Amazon series – Hanna.

MELISSA TOLENTINO BRUIJNEEL, US/Co-Producer
Melissa Tolentino Bruijneel is a Philippine and New York attorney with extensive project management, program development, and event planning experience. In addition to managing litigation cases professionally, Melissa has planned and coordinated large events, including a stage production of M. Butterfly in Cebu; a co-production of Kiss of the Spiderwoman in Manila; a Take Our Daughters to Work Day at the United Nations; a fundraising event in New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and disaster-response communication, information, and networking efforts for groups and individuals in the United States and the Philippines immediately after Hurricane Haiyan. Melissa is also actively involved in social justice, civil rights, and human rights campaigns.

After graduating from the Ateneo de Manila University, Melissa served as a Jesuit Volunteer prior to entering the University of the Philippines for law school. Melissa moved to New York in 1996 and has worked at the United Nations,  large international law firms, and domestic violence and civil rights legal centers.

ROLANDO RUBENECIA, Production Designer 
Olan is an award-winning Philippine production designer from Cavite City, where Basurero was filmed. He and his team have designed award-winning films for both the local and global markets. His notable films are Isabel Sandoval’s Aparisyon and the award-winning thriller/drama Graceland written and directed by Filipino-American director Roy Morales.

LAWRENCE S. ANG, Film Editor
Lawrence first started editing Khavn de la Cruz’s films including 3 Days of Darkness (2007), The Middle Mystery of Kristo Negro (2009), and Mondomanila (2010). He also edits Raya Martin’s work including Next Attraction (2008), Buenas Noches, España (2011), La Última Película (2013), and How to Disappear Completely (2013). Among the other indie films he’s worked on including award-winning titles such as Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington (2011), Bwakaw (2012), Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (2013), and Mga Kwentong Barbero (2013). Lawrence also works on more mainstream projects, including Pridyider (2012) and Dementia (2014).

DIEGO MARX DOBLES, Film Editor
Diego Marx’s passion for filmmaking started when worked as an Assistant Script Supervisor for Cannes winner Brillante Mendoza’s Serbis (Service).  As a native Filipino, born and raised in Angeles City, Pampanga, Diego brings not only talent but lived experience to Basurero.  Diego worked with Armando Lao’s short film Parul (uncredited) as a talent and editor. Diego then edited his first full-length film Ad Ignorantiam directed by Armando Lao. The film won the Best Jury Prize in the Metro Manila Film Festival: New Wave Category in 2012.

Diego continued working with Armando Lao, editing his third full-length film Dukit (Wood Carver).  Dukit won the Best Director, Best Feature Film, and Best Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival: New Wave Category in 2013. Diego was nominated for Gawad Urian Awards in Best Editing. Diego worked again with Mendoza on his film Taklub as a Researcher and Assistant Editor. The following year, Diego was the Lead Editor for Cannes winner Ma’Rosa directed by Mendoza. He continues to work as the Lead Editor for Mendoza’s films and projects. Diego also worked alongside several directors such as Joselito Altarejos, Sheron Dayoc, and Howard Yambao.

TERESA BARROZA, Composer
Teresa is a sonic artist, composer, and curious listener with a wide range of work for film, theatre, and dance. Her film music works have been part of major international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, and Berlin, to name a few.  Barrozo has collaborated with filmmakers Raya Martin, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, John Torres, Adolf Alix, Chris Martinez, Joyce Bernal, Rory Quintos, Andoy Ranay, and 62nd Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or Best Director Brillante Mendoza. Her music for Kinatay received Best Original Soundtrack at the 42nd Sitges International Film Festival (Spain).

She was awarded CinemaOne Originals Best Music for Sari Lluch Dalena’s Ka Oryang, Young Critic’s Circle Best Sound and Aural Orchestration for Adolf Alix’s Kalayaan, and Metro Manila Film Festival Best Music for Joyce Bernal’s 10,000 Hours.  Other works include Jade Castro’s Zombadings: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington, Vincent Sandoval’s Aparisyon, Alvin Yapan’s Debosyon, Eduardo Roy Jr.’s Quick Change, Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s Jungle Love, Chris Martinez’s The Gifted and Brillante Mendoza’s Tirador, Lola, Captive, Thy Womb and Ma’ Rosa.

Teresa is a member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and is set to train under the Biosphere Soundscapes Internship Program, an international initiative working with the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across the world, combining art, science, technology, and community to monitor environmental changes through sound.  She will be working closely with artists and scientists in developing programs and large-scale creative projects in acoustic ecology and bioacoustics in the Asia-Pacific region.

MIKKO QUIZON, Sound Supervisor at Wapak Sound                                                    Mikko Quizon is a sound designer from the Philippines. He has worked on dozens of features, short films, and advertising campaigns. Since he started doing sound in 2012, he has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally. He has collaborated closely with Filipino directors such as Erik Matti, Jerrold Tarog, Lav Diaz, Khavn Dela Cruz, John Torres, and Shireen Seno. He also worked as a re-recording mixer for Qiu Yang’s A Gentle Night, which won the short film Palme d’ Or in 2017. Recently, he taught sound design at the University of the Philippines and now manages his own audio post-production company.

JOHN MICHAEL PEREZ, Sound Designer at Wapak Sound
After graduating with a degree in Multimedia Arts, John Michael Perez pursued a career in audio post-production and is currently working as a sound designer. He has worked on numerous films including Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation (2017), which won Best Sound in the 2018 FAMAS Awards.

Jericho Rosales – “Echo” – (Lead Actor/Philippines)

Echo is a deep talent with a big heart, epic range, and brings to the project his international popularity as a television star in the Philippines, Asia, and South America. He has won numerous awards and yet Echo is grounded and stays connected to his humble beginnings in Manila. In addition to being recognized for his performing abilities with  “Best Actor” awards for his roles in films like “Baler” and “Pacquiao”, he is also an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Rosales and Cabiling are collaborating on Eileen’s upcoming feature film debut titled Manhid– currently in development and scheduled for production in 2021.

Eileen Cabiling (Director, Writer, Producer)

BASURERO is Eileen’s directorial debut. She is a Filipino-American filmmaker who has been described by mentor Anna Thomas (Screenwriter Frieda, Independent Feature Project Founder Los Angeles) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.”

 

Eileen is a graduate fellow of the prestigious American Film Institute and a recipient of grants like the Women in Film Scholarship Award, the AFI William J. Fadiman award for best screenplay in her AFI graduating class, and the ABC/DISNEY Talent Development Grant. She has worked in the ranks of international film and TV for fifteen years. She has worked as a producer in documentaries (NHK) and documentary series (CNN, Sundance Channel), in production management on New York indie films (Two Girls and a Guy, Welcome to the Dollhouse), as a screenwriter for Walt Disney Studios and Discover Channel and as a story development producer for both major and indie studios.

 

She has been mentored by seasoned filmmakers and producers: Philippine Directors – Auraeus Solito (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros) and Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca). And in the US and Europe: Screenwriter- Anna Thomas (Frieda), Producer- Lydia Pilcher (Namesake, Darjeeling Limited), Actor-Producer – Forest Whitaker, Producer Kevin Chinoy (Tangerine, Florida Project), Producer Robert Chang (Advantageous), Editor – Harry Yoon (Revenant, Detroit), and Film Director – Eva Husson (Bang Gang, Girls of the Sun, Hanna).

 

Eileen’s writings and projects have been finalists at Sundance Screenwriting Lab, Sundance Film Festival, Film Independent (LA), Independent Feature Project (NY), Nashville’s Screenwriters’ Competition, and the Bahamas International Writing Residency.

 

First in her immigrant family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class in Richmond, Virginia- the historical capital of the Confederacy. Her vision is to tell stories about the Global Filipino Diaspora and History, the many layers of the Filipino face along with the deeply complex nuances of colonial psychology and Filipino identity.

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Director’s Statement

Basurero is inspired by an actual Filipino fisherman, who in an Al Jazeera interview reveals that he has been dumping bodies of drug war victims for the police into Manila Bay. This infamous drug war was instigated under current President Rodrigo Duterte, when he took office in June 2016.  With the official death count in 2020 — now above 5,000. Whereas, human rights groups are quoting over 27,000.

 

What attracts me to Bong’s story is not only the inhumane killings and the vilification of drug-users, sellers, and the poor in the Philippines but how this character’s circumstance is a window into the complex Filipino psyche’s search for value.  I have been exploring this within myself, as a Filipina, firstborn in the United States — growing up with parents who immigrated to the superpower that colonized them.

 

My own cathartic trajectory has been deciphering this identity, finding meaning in self-value, and owning a voice as a storyteller of color.

 

In filming Basurero, we kept an observational stance, thus creating space for contemplation as we move with our main character through his day.

 

I strongly feel that the wounded psyche of the colonized needs to be explored, the stigma is broken and the pain healed. How can we be vulnerable, heal the past, feel deeply — own and fight for our self-worth? How do we claim and embrace this value and take up space in this world?

 

 

Eileen Cabiling, Writer-Director

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