NYFA puts the spotlight on Direk Eileen Cabiling in The 20/20 series

Liz Henlein, Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography at the New York Film Academy (NYFA),  interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling last January 13, 2021, for NYFA’s The 20/20 Series.  They were joined by NYFA faculty, staff, and students, as well as special guests from all over the globe.

Hinlein created the virtual pop-up event, to allow us to have intimate conversations with creative visionaries, and talk about their craft and artistry.

NYFA thanked Direk Eileen for discussing Basurero with their global community, and for sharing what it means to be an activist filmmaker.

Read the full article here.

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.


Jericho Rosales hints at visiting LA in 2021 in this ABS CBN Hollywood feature

“I really want Filipinos to know what they deserve. I want Filipinos to know what other people deserve and that for me is education, having access to basic needs, having access to a home, having access to Internet, nowadays especially di ba? And we have to care about people.”

                                                                                                          – Jericho Rosales


Our lead actor, Jericho Rosales, shared his heart and personal views in his interview with Yong Chavez, for ABS-CBN Hollywood.  Echo, as he is fondly called by friends, discussed how he was familiar with the struggles faced by Bong, his character in Basurero.  He intimated his humble beginnings where he took on all kinds of jobs, from being a driver, a service crew, and even working in a fish market, just to be able to provide for his family.  He is grateful for the opportunity that show business has given him and hinted that he might be visiting LA early next year for a project.


Read the full article and watch the video here.

Yong Chavez interviews Direk Eileen Cabiling for ABS-CBN Hollywood

Yong Chavez interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling with ABS-CBN Hollywood.

Basurero is currently streaming in California (online) at the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) and the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF).

Watch the full interview here. 

You can also catch it as part of the Cinemalaya Showcase on iWANT-TFC online and at the SDAFF 2020 and LAPFF 2020.


Direk Eileen Cabiling is featured in the Q&A for the Windows into the World Shorts section at LAPFF 2020

“Now, more than ever, we need windows to other cultures and countries to bridge understanding and compassion. This program brings powerful dramatic works from the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and South Korea.”

                                                                                                      — Eseel Borlasaek

Catch Direk Eileen Cabling (Basurero) and Direk Sreylin Meas (California Dreaming) share more about the stories about their respective short films in the Q&A for Windows into the World Shorts Section of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020.

Basurero is screening at #LAAPFF2020.   It is available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from October 1, 2020 at 12pm PT to October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.


Watch the full interview here.


For more details and ticket information, click here.


Manny the Movie Guy features Basurero in NBC Palm Springs

Manny the Movie Guy interviews Direk Eileen Cabiling in his feature for Basurero on the NBC Palm Springs channel.

This is part of the coverage for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  Basurero is screening until October 31.  More information about the festival can be accessed here.

Watch the interview here.

Asienne features Basurero for Filipino-American History Month

Asienne featured Basurero as part of its Filipino-American History Month special.  Edrianne Wood, Film Reporter, interviewed Direk Eileen Cabiling for this feature.

Edrianne was all praises for Basurero, particularly in the way it was able to incorporate social issues alongside the inner conflict experienced by Bong, an urban fisherman, the main character in the film.  She also loved how the cinematography was able to show the nuances of the character’s dynamics, and on how Eileen was able to put so much into the story for a movie that ran for just fifteen minutes.

Watch the full interview here.

Read Edrianne’s feature article here.

Asian Movie Pulse features a poignant interview about Direk Eileen Cabiling

“I was just trying to accommodate the ‘white system’ I lived in.”                                                                                                           – Eileen Cabiling

Such was the poignancy of the thoughts shared by Direk Eileen Cabiling with Adam Symchuk for his latest interview with Basurero’s writer-director, published in the Asian Movie Pulse.

Eileen was previously featured by Adam as part of the best of the Submit Your Film Initiative, after having its successful debut at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.

In this article, Adam presents Eileen’s beginnings in the Hollywood entertainment industry, her motivation for making it on her own as a writer-director, her unique perspective as a storyteller, and her future project with Jericho Rosales (Basurero’s lead actor).

Read the full interview here.


Direk Eileen Cabling & Darlene Malimas are featured panelists in AAIFF 43’s In the Moment Shorts Q&A

Direk Eileen Cabiling and Darlene Malimas were among the featured panelists in the 43rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF 43) last October 10, to represent Basurero in the In the Moment Shorts Q&A.

Moderated by Annie Ning, Programmer at the AAIFF 43, they were joined by Alex Phuc Khang Nguyen (Ephemeral) and Joseph Mangat (Bidyoke).

It was a great engaging chat amongst filmmakers sharing their respective stories about their vision, struggles, and plans moving forward.

Watch the Q&A session here.

Catch Direk Eileen Cabiling engage with other great Filipina filmmakers at the AAIFF 43: Filipino Filmmakers Roundtable Discussion

Watch Direk Eileen Cabiling as she engaged in a fun and lively conversation with other great Fil-Am female directors at the AAIFF 43: Filipino Filmmakers Roundtable Discussion last September 30.

She conversed alongside some amazing fierce Filipina filmmakers – Diane Paragas (Yellow Rose), Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca), and Andrea Walter (Empty by Design). It was moderated by the uber-cool Jeremiah Abraham (Founder/CEO – Tremendous Communication).

The past few years have seen a boom in Filipino diasporic films, with many films and filmmakers entering the mainstream.  This roundtable gathered Filipino filmmakers at different points in their careers to discuss their work, process, and what it’s like to create now.

Watch the discussion here.