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Thursday, May 30, 2019


New York – Filipino-American award-winning filmmakers come together once more with Filipino-American actors that have graced the Broadway stage for a benefit show to raise finishing funds to complete the movie musical entitled Nanay Ko, which means “My Mother” in English. 

The independently-financed, feature directorial debut of Filipino-American Mallorie Ortega explores the familiar situation many first-generation Americans face: how does their dream align with the dreams of their immigrant parents? Flipping the script on the traditional musical, Nanay Ko fuses flashes of pop with Broadway-style lyrics to tell the story of a young woman at a crossroads
between her family and her dream.

Lending their voices to the Benefit include the Prince Charming of ABC’s Cinderella and the King of Siam of Broadway’s The King and I, Paolo Montalban; Malcolm in the Middle and Broadway’s Miss Saigon star Emy Coligado; Broadway Barkada co-founder and Corazon Aquino of Imelda, A New
Musical, Liz Casasola; and special guest, Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds of the Olivier Award-winning West End production of Hamilton: An American Musical, Christine Allado.

Boasting a predominantly Asian-American cast, the filmmakers call for the support of the Asian-American, Filipino, Filipino-American, theater and film communities in the continued effort to tell the still untold stories of one of America’s flourishing immigrant populations. Following the box office success of Crazy Rich Asians, audiences are hungry for more Asian-American stories. The Nanay Ko Benefit will take place on Monday, June 10 at the Bowery Poets Club, 208 Bowery NY, NY at 8:30PM.

About the filmmaker
Mallorie Ortega graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA in Film and Television Production. Awarded with the Television Academy Foundation Directing Internship, she shadowed Emmy-winning directors from TV shows such as NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy and Hairspray Live. Mallorie directed the rom-com short film Mango Sticky Rice and was awarded Best Ensemble, Best Comedy and Best Director at the Asians on Film Festival in LA. In 2018, she was a Finalist for the ABC Directing program.

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