NYFA’s The Backlot highlights Direk Eileen and her creative process

Writer, Director, and Producer Eileen Cabiling discuss her creative process and her inspiration for the critically acclaimed short film Basurero at the New York Film Academy’s The Backlot.

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Eileen Cabiling guests in Democracy News Live to discuss the issue of anti-Asian hate crimes

Anti-Asian hate crimes are rising across the United States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To discuss the issue further, Rohit Gandhi of Democracy News Live discusses the issue with Eileen Cabiling (Filmmaker, United States of America), Alan Ma (Associate Consultant) and, Jenny Kubo (United States of America).

Direk Eileen discussed the various challenges hurdled by Asian Americans across history, since the 1860s.  She noted that Filipinos for example, have always been considered second-class citizens and suffered from racism, along with their Asian counterparts.  She likewise pointed out that these were exacerbated recently by the past administration.

The interview was streamed last March 24, 2021.

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Direk Eileen is part of the New York Film Academy’s 20/20 Series

Breaking news!

Direk Eileen Cabiling will be discussing filmmaking and the creative process with New York Film Academy’s Creative Director Liz Hinlein — this Wednesday at 12 PM PST/3 PM ET with NYFA!  Hope you can join us!

The 20/20 Series is a pop-up event that takes us into the homes, hubs, and workspaces of an array of dynamic creative visionaries to allow for relaxed, engaging conversations on craft, creation, and artistic vision.

Each conversation with a creative visionary features 20 minutes of discussion with a moderator and a 20 Q&A from YOU, the audience.

This event is open to the public, as a means of promoting global connection and creativity, a key mission of NYFA.


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.