May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada!
At the start of every week of this month, we will unveil a new slate of photos to celebrate these Asian storytellers from around the world.
This week, we are focusing on great women doing great things.
Director, Ulam: Main Dish
Biography: Alexandra Cuerdo (or Allie, as she sometimes go by) is a Filipino-American director, producer and editor. She was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. As a content producer and editor, Allie’s videos for BuzzFeed have garnered over 200 million views and over 1.5 million shares on Facebook. Previously, she has worked on films, television and digital content for HBO, ABC, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Participant Media, Walt Disney Imagineering and more. ULAM: Main Dish is Cuerdo’s first feature length documentary.
On the Horizon: Since Reel Asian 2018, Allie has secured worldwide rights with Gunpowder & Sky for Ulam: Main Dish. She will be working on Dancing On My Own, a short documentary film about Bubble T, a radical queer dance party in New York that celebrates queer Asian visibility in the nightlife space, expanding the understanding of queerness to include the Asian community and Asian heritage. The project recently received a VSCO Voices grant.
Director, This Shaking Keeps Me Steady
Biography: Shehrezad was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She studied visual arts at Bennington College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University (2014). Her work has screened at institutions and festivals such as Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), RIDM (Montréal, Canada), the LA Film Forum (Los Angeles, CA), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), and Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM).
On the Horizon: Since Reel Asian, This Shaking Keeps Me Steady has screened at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, New York in late February, and recently at the Athens International Film and Video Festival. It will be showing in London in June at the London Indian Film Festival.
Director, Origin Story
Biography: Kulap is the child of Lao refugees. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Scott, and two dogs, Georgia Michaela and Molly Ringwald. Her debut documentary, Origin Story, chronicles a road trip into her complicated past. Vilaysack is also the creator and showrunner of the 4-season semi-scripted comedy series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.
On the Horizon: Kulap’s raw and emotional documentary, Origin Story, will roll out on Amazon TVOD exclusively starting May 10th. In mid-June, the film will be available on Google Play, followed by iTunes, Vudu, Xbox and TubiTV.