Educator, filmmaker and producer.
After teaching for 10 year, Ang shifted into a career of film producing. He started with Alvin B. Yapan’s directorial debut Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe, 2009) which won the Special Jury Prize at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and the Best Digital Feature Film at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival. His collaboration with Yapan is grounded on their shared interest with the intersections of film and literary aesthetics.
Ang continued his partnership with Yapan with the following projects: Gayuma (Pilgrim Lovers, 2010), competing in both Cinemalaya and Warsaw; Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet, 2011), competing in Cinemalaya, Bogota and Hawaii, winning the top prize at the country’s national critics association’s Gawad Urian beating other more popular films like Ang Babae sa Septic Tank and Busong; Debosyon (Devotion, 2013), competing in Cinemalaya; GayDar (2013), aQuezon City Film Development Council grantee; and Mga Anino ng Kahapon (Shadows of the Past, 2013), which will compete at the country’s biggest film festival, the Metro Manila Film Festival, New Wave cateogory.
Aside from Yapan, he also collaborated with other filmmakers. He produced two of the films of Dennis Marasigan, Vox Populi (Voice of the People, 2010) and Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon (Anatomy of Corruption, 2011). Both films tackled corruption at its roots. Ang also collaborated with first time director, Maribel Legarda in her Cinema One Originals entry, Melodrama Negra, and Leo Abaya, an accomplished production designer who wrote and directed Instant Mommy starring Asia’s Favorite Actress of 2012, Eugene Domingo. The film eventually competed in Cinemalaya, Taipei, Bangkok and Dubai. His latest collaboration is with Whammy Alcazaren, for his Cinema One Originals entry, Islands competing this November 2013.
With Ang’s growing filmography he was invited to attend the UNESCO International Meeting of Independent Producers 2011 in Igualada, Spain, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam’s Rotterdam’s Lab in 2012 and the Berlinale Talent Campus this year.
Working on his first documentary, The Right to Heal, Ang partnered with cinematographer Dexter Dela Peña to shoot in rural Philippines, Bangladesh, South America and Africa.
Clearly, Ang’s filmmaking is shaped by his passion for teaching, socio-civic issues, and Philippine arts and literature. He dreams of one day making literature mainstream.