Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Clarissa de los Reyes followed her heart in search of her American dream -- filmmaking. The Filipino immigrant attended NYU's Graduate Film program where she received various scholarships and awards including the 2006 Sara Driver Production Award, the 2006 New York Women in Film and Television Production Grant, the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship, the Tisch Graduate Assistantship for Cinematography and an Honorable Mention at the 2007 Director's Guild of America Student Awards East Coast Division and most recently, the Oberman and Pickert Production Award.
She recently worked with respected director John Sayles for the feature film "Amigo" where she performed as 2nd Camera Operator. Right now, Miss Clarissa is busy working on a feature-length screenplay of "Johnny Loves Dolores."
In this interview shown in The Filipino Channel's Balitang America, we talked about Clarissa's hopes and dreams, working with the semi-retired Princess Punzalan, being part of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and her passion for the cinema. And really, her passion is palpable! Take a look:
Two Filipino immigrants: a lonely clerk at a Money Remittance center and a jobless cleaning lady living illegally in Queens, New York, form an odd arrangement during a recent economic downturn. "Johnny Loves Dolores" examines an aspect of the Filipino migrant experience in which moneydrives relationships, and loneliness is just one of the many consequences faced by Filipinos working and living in another country.
CAST & CREW
Producer Steven Payne
Director Clarissa de los Reyes
Writer Clarissa de los Reyes
Cast Marie France Arcilla, Raul Arellano, Andrew Eisenman, Agnes Magtoto, Princess Punzalan
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