It was great talking to filmmaker Martin Edralin for his film “Islands.”  The Filipino Canadian filmmaker is ecstatic to be included in the Narrative Feature Competition at the SXSW Festival.  It’s exciting to note that “Islands” will be competing while another Filipino-themed film, Dante Basco’s “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers,” is having its world premiere at SXSW.

I spoke with Edralin about the genesis of “Islands,” his actors, inspiration, and why it’s important to highlight his Filipino culture.