Surprise Success Filipino-themed House Movie Set in Daly City Spawns Sequel – CBS San Francisco
DALY CITY (KPIX) – After a Filipino-American amateur film shot primarily in Daly City became a hit, the creators created a sequel, which has already won an award.
It’s an action comedy starring lumpia. The Filipino Egg Roller stars in two films that Patricio Ginelsa wrote and directed.
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“We’re using it as a comic book device because our main hero armed it to protect Fogtown, which is Daly City,” Ginelsa explained.
As a 12-year-old, Ginelsa gathered friends like Francis Custodio, 9, to make superhero home movies in their Daly City neighborhood.
During the summer they would make films in and around Hillside Park and share them with their friends at school.
Years later, as a film student at the University of Southern California, Ginelsa gathered the group together in their hometown to make the movie, called Lumpia.
“It has become a bit of a cult hit,” he said. “It’s a wacky comedy. There’s nothing wrong with having fun, but it’s also a film that has a Filipino-American as its hero.
The following, Lumpia with a vengeance, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
The Lumpia films, which each took seven years to make, reflect the growth of Filipino Americans and explore prejudices within the ethnic community.
“There are stories that touched us growing up, like bullying,” Custodio said. “Filipinos from the Philippines vs. Americanized Filipinos and how they interact with each other.”
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Building on Lumpia’s popularity, the sequel raised $ 50,000 in crowdfunding from nearly 800 donors.
UFC veteran Mark Munoz and Hollywood star Danny Trejo have joined the interim squad.
Custodio, a partner with a CPA company in San Francisco, says production has come a long way since the days of home theater, when Ginelsa recorded with a camcorder and they used a boom microphone made with a hockey stick.
“We actually have a script. No more Patricio throwing lines at us as we start filming, you know, ”Custodio laughs.
They even created Lumpia comics.
Led by Ginelsa, who now lives in Southern California and works at USC, the 200-plus cast and crew are all part-time filmmakers opening new doors for Asian Americans.
“Today more than ever, it is important that our stories are made and seen,” said Ginelsa.
The popularity of the Lumpia films shows that audiences crave their stories.
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Editor’s note: Lisa Chong, KPIX News production assistant, is one of the producers of the Lumpia films