by Eileen Cabiling
17minutes | 2019| Philippines-USA

Bong works in an urban fishing village on the outskirts of Manila. Desperate for cash, he dumps bodies into the ocean for the drug war’s faceless vigilantes. The story follows Bong after he disposes off the “trash.” He wrestles with guilt and tension rises when the killings hit close to home after he discovers his neighbor has been murdered.


Jericho Rosales as BONG (Alagwa/Breakaway)

Althea Vega (Metro Manila), Soliman Cruz (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros), MarifeNecesito (Graceland), Matt Daclan (Those Long Haired Nights), SkyzxLabastilla (The Gifted), YunaTangog (Mindanao) and Shane Patrick Carrera (Ani)

Production Staff

Production Company Lucena Films Llc and Autodidact Films Production
Producers Eileen Cabiling, Darlene CatlyMalimas, Sascha Brown Rice, Jose Mangual, Eva Husson
Executive Producers Quark Henares & Jan Pineda at Globe Studios
Director Eileen Cabiling
Screenplay Eileen Cabiling
Cinematography Jae Hyuk Lee
Editing Lawrence S. Ang, Diego Marx Dobles
Additional Editors Don Falsario II, JeddDumaguina
Music Teresa Barrozo
Sound Design John Michael Perez, MikkoQuizon
Production Design Roland Rubenecia

World Premiere: Official Selection in Competition/Busan International Film Festival 2019 – Korea
Europe Premiere: Official Selection in Competition/Tampere Film Festival 2020 – Finland
Switzerland: Official Selection in Competition/Fribourg Film Festival 2020 – Switzerland
United States:
Official Selection in Competition for the Golden Gate Award/ San Francisco International Film Festival 2020
Official Selection/Sun Valley Film Festival – 2020 – Idaho
Official Selection/Minikino Film Week – 2020 – Bali

EILEEN CABILING (Director, Writer, Producer)

Eileen Cabiling is a Filipino-American filmmaker who has been described by mentor Anna Thomas (Screenwriter Frieda, Independent Feature Project Founder Los Angeles) as “an artist whose stories magically come to life like in a painting.”

First in her immigrant family to be born in the United States, Eileen grew up as the only Asian in her class in Richmond, Virginia- the historical capital of the Confederacy. Her vision is to tell stories about the Global Filipino Diaspora and History, the many layers of the Filipino face along with the deeply complex nuances of colonial psychology and Filipino identity.

Eileen is a graduate of the prestigious American Film Institute, a recipient of the Women in Film Scholarship Award, the AFI William J. Fadiman Award for Best Screenplay at AFI and the ABC/WALT DISNEY Talent Development Grant. She has worked as a producer, writer and story producer in International film and TV productions for fifteen years. Her projects have been finalists at Sundance Screenwriting and Producing Lab, Film Independent (LA), Independent Feature Project (NY), Nashville’s Screenwriters’ Competition and the Bahamas International Writing Residency.

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