Reality MM Studios is hiring new directors to helm world-class projects – Reuters

FROM LEFT: Kerwin Go, Siege Ledesma, Dondon Monteverde, Erik Matti, Joey de Guzman, Dean Colin Macial and Kip Oebanda

Entertainment production company Reality MM Studios has recruited five new directors to its roster to meet the growing demand for creating content for international release.

Directors Dean Marcial, Siege Ledesma, Kerwin Go, Kip Oebanda and Joey de Guzman will join the Reality MM Studios group, working closely with owners Dondon Monteverde and Erik Matti.

Reality MM Studios is best known for its internationally acclaimed films such as “Honor Thy Father”, “BuyBust” and “On The Job”. Their most recent projects, including Upstream Originals “A Girl and a Guy” and “Rabid,” were recently acquired by streaming giant Netflix. The six-part crime thriller “On The Job” is available on HBO Go and is the first Filipino original production to launch on HBO Max in the US and Europe. ‘On The Job: The Missing 8’, the sequel to 2013’s ‘On The Job’, won the Volpi Cup at the 78th Venice Film Festival and was the only Asian film out of the 21 international films in competition.

Reality MM Studios is in various stages of production for several projects commissioned for international streaming platforms.

Matti sees these opportunities offered by global streamers as a gateway for Filipino content to stream globally. “We want to continually push our content to not only showcase Filipino stories and talent, but to make an effort for the project to rise above the clutter and thrive on the global stage.”

Monteverde thinks it’s time for everyone to recognize Filipino filmmakers. “Filipino talent deserves to be on the world stage. With bigger budgets, we have what it takes to tell stories on a bigger stage.

Matti acknowledges that in the Philippine entertainment industry, the success of movies and series is driven by the power of its actors. But he sees the importance of pushing the narrative forward via the vision that comes from talented directors. “In the new era of content creation, as much as the actors are the stars of the content, those who create that content are the stars themselves.”

Reality MM Studios, he also said, dares to create distinctly different content in an effort to get more international companies to start working with more Filipino production companies.

“We are really motivated to show the best of Filipino talent and craftsmanship on the world stage. It is not an easy task, but we are starting now,” says Matti. swim upstream when everyone else is going downstream. Tough times demand greater risk. Tough, but so worth it.”

THE DIRECTORS

Joey DeGuzman

Joey De Guzman is a young filmmaker born in the Philippines and raised in New Zealand. After completing his Masters in Design (Auckland University of Technology) and gaining work experience while working on hobby projects on weekends, Joey returned to his home country in 2016. His goal, to rediscover his cultural roots and pursuing his dreams as a filmmaker.

Joey has worked with Reality MM ever since, continually honing his filmmaking skills and honing his storytelling voice by directing commercials, music videos, TV series and now feature films. Taken under the wing of the most prominent names in Filipino cinema – producer Dondon Monteverde and critically acclaimed director Erik Matti (On the Job 2013, Honor thy Father 2015, Buy Bust 2018, OTS the missing 8 2021), Joey found himself at home with Reality MM, known for producing thrilling and unique genre films.

Joey’s passion is in action movies. Having grown up immersed in blockbuster movies, video games and martial arts, Joey believes that film violence is an art form that can be as meaningful as it is entertaining. Its ultimate goal is to create unforgettable and thrilling experiences through technical brilliance, character and emotional weight.

Joey’s filmmaking career is off to an exciting start, brimming with new ideas waiting to be realized. Currently, Joey is developing one of his dream projects – a martial arts action movie.

Dean Colin Marcial

Dean Colin Marcial is an international filmmaker working in New York and Manila. His award-winning films have screened around the world including TIFF, SXSW, Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Slamdance. Several of his shorts are Vimeo Staff Picks and Short of the Week selections and have been featured on VICE, CNN and Filmmaker Magazine.

In 2010, he co-founded Calavera USA, a Brooklyn-based production company whose credits include All That I Am (SXSW Special Jury Prize ’13, distributed by Gunpowder & Sky), FISHTAIL (Tribeca ’14, distributed by Netflix) and YEARBOOK (Sundance Jury Prize ’14, 25+ awards, 125+ festivals). In 2017, he received the Tribeca All Access Grant & TAA Alumni Grant and was shortlisted for the Russo Bros. at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival. In 2021, he received the Jerome Foundation NYC Film/Video Production Grant for his feature film GREEN GORILLAS. He was born in the Philippines, raised on Long Island, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

kerwin go

Kerwin Go is a director/cinematographer based in Manila, Philippines. After attending film school in Los Angeles, he wrote and directed “Eskrimadors: A Filipino Martial Arts Documentary”, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2010 Gawad Urian Film Awards. He was a director/screenwriter /cameraman for Asian Air Safari, an aviation company and travel show on Asian News Channel, cinematographer for Melodrama Negra (2012 Cinema One Originals Film Festival People’s Choice Award), Tuhog (2013) and Dear Other Self (2017).

He is also a freelance director for television commercials and branded content. He has worked with companies such as Honda, Nestlé, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Nissan, Isuzu, Chevy, Disney Channel and other multinational brands.

His directorial debut, “Mina-anud”, received the Basecamp Color award from the Singapore Film Financing Forum 2017 and is scheduled for release in August 2019. He is also in development for “Maniatica”, a feature film by filipino gothic horror.

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Siege Ledesma has worked in the call center industry for nine years. It is in this improbable environment that she discovers a passion for cinema.

In 2012, she took a leap of faith and enrolled in a year-long film production course at the Asia Pacific Film Institute. His thesis film and feature directorial debut, SHIFT (2013) won Best Film at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival, was chosen as the closing film at the Far East Film Festival in Osaka. ‘Udine in 2014 and has participated in more than 10 international film festivals with rave reviews. Gap was also acquired and distributed in Japan by Pictures Dept.

His second feature in development, CAT ISLAND, was awarded the 2016 Next Masters Project Development Grant of Talents Tokyo, won the Aurora Media Holdings Producing Award at the 2017 TFI Network Talent Lab and developed at The Write Retreat – Mallorca . Filmmaker Residency in 2019. She also received Inter-Asia Project Award (Best Project) at Neo Cinemap Fukuoka Project Market 2019, and participated in Jeonju IFF Project Market 2020.

Her first animated short directed as a director, Out of Eden, won a grant from the first GIFF Festival of New Cinema and is currently in production.

Siege is an Ani ng Dangal award winner and a member of the Network of Asian Fantastic Filmmakers, TFI Network’s Luang Prabang Talent Lab and Talents Tokyo.

Kip Oebanda

Kip Oebanda is an award-winning director who has created films based on his personal experiences. One is the highest-grossing Cinemalaya of 2018, “Liway” starring Glaiza De Castro. It is a personal film for him as it is the story of his mother, Cecilia, with a nom de guerre Kumander Liway who was once a member of the New People’s Army during the years of martial law. It is also based on real events in his life as a young boy growing up in a cell in Bacolod Jail.

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