work

“just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else”

-toni morrison

writing

Dirty Kitchen, The Margins (literary magazine by the Asian-American Writers’ Workshop)
Editors’ Pick, Longreads (Dirty Kitchen)
Cucina all’aperto, Internazionale Magazine (Italian translation, Dirty Kitchen)
Nominee, 2021 Pushcart Prize (Dirty Kitchen)
Ibuprofen, Bath Flash Fiction Anthology Editors’ Pick and Prize Longlist

film + photo

Blood & Ink (Dugo at Tinta) is a short documentary film I directed and produced on Apo Whang Od, the last of an elder generation of indigenous Philippine tattooists in the northern Cordillera Mountains. It explores themes of diaspora, identity, and postcolonial longing.

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, “Kurit”, University of the Philippines (Philippines)
• “Filipino Diasporic Studies”, College of William and Mary (US)

My cinematography and directing work has also featured on the BBC, the BFI, and London’s Bertha DocHouse.

While it’s been several years since I’ve last produced photography work, projects have included:

• TIME.com: a 2013 feature on undocumented teenagers who were recipients of President Obama’s DACA programme
• Time Out New York: food and restaurant stories
• Gothamist: food, restaurant, and product stories
• Zagat Guide: food and restaurant stories