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 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’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 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.