Before she moved to the USA in 2005, Josephine Atienza had a concurrent career in film archiving and movie/TV production in the Philippines. A film archiving pioneer trained in Germany and Australia, she is a founding member and past president of the Society of Film Archivists (SOFIA). In 1994, she helped set up the ABS-CBN Film Archive and was its consultant until she left the country in 2005. At the same period of time, she was active in movie production as assistant director/production manager/assistant producer, doing films for Regal Films and Star Cinema. Included in her filmography are Olivia Lamasan’s Sana Maulit Muli, Jose Javier Reyes’ Pare Ko and Nag-Iisang Bituin, and Chito Rono’s Curacha, among others. A director and writer herself, she started her production career right after graduating with a Broadcast Communication degree at the UP College of Mass Communication by directing and producing live action feature and animation for Batibot. One of her animated shorts, “Nguyamyam,” was acquired by United Nations Development Programme and won top prizes in New York, Colombia and Japan. Now living in Burbank, she has reinvented herself working on digital media, handling video operations for Disney Interactive since 2008.
Raymond De Asis Lo started writing film reviews for The Philippine Star in 2004. His first Hollywood interviews were with the Backstreet Boys and with director Robert Rodriguez and the cast of “Spy Kids.” Over the years, he has interviewed over three hundred Hollywood stars, award-winning directors, celebrated authors, Grammy-winning performers, Broadway greats, NASA astronauts, Filipino celebrities, among others. On social media, his unique quick film reviews have garnered substantial following on Facebook and Instagram. Raymond has extensively covered various major Southern California film festivals from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs and considers his 2015 interview with the acclaimed Argentine director of “Wild Tales,” Damian Sczhifron, one of his most memorable. His entertainment reporting was recognized in 2016 with an award of distinction by the Beautiful Life Foundation. His interviews and other stories are published online at www.philstar.com.