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"Lei E' Bella" - colour, seductive, vigorous and feeling one's own contents (Editor's notes.)

  • Edrian Pangilinan
    40 North Film Festival, SDSU
  • Laray Egea-Saez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Narrative, Art & Design, Dance, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 40 North Dance Film Festival
    San Diego, CA
    United States
    October 15, 2016
Director Biography - Edrian Pangilinan

Edrian Pangilinan is an aspiring Filipino-American content creator/filmmaker/photographer + dance artist based in San Diego, CA. His work is greatly inspired by his press for representation as a brown, filipino and lgbtq+ human. He intends on pursuing his dream of becoming a filmmaker focusing on LGBTQ+ related themes that challenge the status quo AND initiate dialogues necessary for change.

On his journey to cultivating his artistic voice, In 2016, his short film, “Lei E' Bella” was featured in 40 North Dance Film Festival where his work was one of the top 36 films chosen amongst 106 submissions from 19 different countries. In 2017, he completed his LGBT short of three years, “Hey Man” a romantic comedy film about one’s discovery of self-love. While also completing, “Flight” for the Campus Movie Festival later that year. Another LGBT film greatly inspired by a deep-rooted place of loneliness and his yearning for companionship and connection (as of Oct 2020, Flight has been viewed over 105,000 times on YouTube.). His most recent short film, "UHAW" (The Boy Who Was Desperate For Love) has earned him his very first "Outstanding LGBTQ+ Filmmaker" award, chosen by Hollywood actor/director, Anthony Meindl at the recent Asian American Film Lab's 72-Hour Shootout 2020.

Edrian is extremely grateful to have found a family & community in San Diego Filipino Cinema in which he receives so much love + support through guidance and mentorship. It is because of this, that he has finally began to have the confidence to full embrace this creative path.

When he is not making films, you can find him on YouTube (EDRIAN PANGILINAN), being 1/3 of "The FilAm Film Collective (along with close friends Marissa Roxas and Trixi Agaio) and pigging out on his favorite comfort foods while binging on his BL (Boy Love) dramas.

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Director Statement

At that time, I originally sought out to create this dance short film, I was absolutely eager to combine my love for dance & film. This was one of the first few times, I had really allowed myself to delve into this kind of work. I was also enrolled in a "Dance For Camera" class that same semester I created this and has heavily influenced my voice and the lessons that I have learned about this art. I also wanted to use this as an opportunity for both my muse (Laray) and myself to show everyone what we can offer on a professional level. The final product was indeed a product of not only our friendship but our working relationship as dance artists/collaborators.