hi, i’m jill. i’m a writer, filmmaker, and photographer based in london, raised in america, and born in the philippines. my creative work searches the space between longing and belonging. when i’m not doing that, i’m probably napping.
what i do
I tell stories. Some are true, some are not. I tell stories through words, pictures, and sound; sometimes on their own, sometimes through some combination of the three.
By day, I produce, write, direct, and edit multimedia content for a London-based creative agency. By night, I write. I write. I write again.
Currently, I’m earning a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. It’s a trip.
what i’ve done
I’ve shot and published photographs featured in TIME, Gothamist, Zagat Guide, Time Out New York. My cinematography and directing work has featured in the BBC, the BFI, and Bertha DocHouse, qualifying for the Academy Awards as an official selection at DOC NYC.
In 2017, I graduated with distinction from the University of the Arts London with an MA in Documentary Film.
My writing has most recently published in the Asian-American Writers’ Workshop, with my memoir-y essay “Dirty Kitchen” selected to be part of the 2020 “LAND” folio and chosen by Longreads as an Editors’ Pick. In 2019, “Ibuprofen”, a short story, featured in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, earning a spot on the longlist. I’ve worked as a staff writer and editor for Markets Media, a niche financial news magazine just off Wall Street.
I’ve directed and produced “Blood and Ink (Dugo at Tinta)” an award-winning documentary film featured in:
• Official Selection, DOC NYC (Academy-Award qualifying)
• Best Documentary at Kerry Film Festival (Ireland)
• Official Selection, Lost Format Film Festival (UK)
• Official Selection, Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland);
• Official Selection, Short Sighted Cinema (UK);
• Feature, Cannes Film Festival – Court Métrage (France);
• Feature, SOAS University of London (UK);
• Feature, University of the Philippines (Philippines).