Nanay's Lullaby

The morals of a Filipino-American family are turned upside down when the mother is diagnosed with mysterious illness.

  • Drew Stephens
    Writer
    "Prinsesa" "Tape 96" "Bound 4 Heaven"
  • Drew Stephens
    Director
    "Prinsesa" "Tape 96" "Slightly Super"
  • Alexey Samsonov
    Producer
    "Bound 4 Heaven"
  • Mikee Loria
    Key Cast
    “Arnel”
  • Rose Amario
    Key Cast
    “Criselda”
  • Aureen Almario
    Key Cast
    “Maricel”
  • Stephen Berke
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, LGBTQ, Filipino, HIV/AIDS
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Tagalog
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    June 1, 2021
    Japan
    WINNER: BEST SCRIPT
  • Southern Shorts Award
    Roswell, Georgia
    United States
    May 16, 2021
    WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY; BEST ACTOR
  • Asian Cinematography Awards
    Manila
    Philippines
    July 2, 2021
    WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR
  • Mediterranean Film Fest Cannes
    Cannes, France
    Official Screenplay Selection
  • SF Indiefest Screenplay Competition
    San Francisco
    Semi-Finalist
  • Eurovision Palermo
    Palermo
    Italy
    Official Screenplay Selection
  • LGBT Toronto Film Fest
    Toronto, Canada
    Official Screenplay Selection
  • Shorts International Australia
    Victoria
    Australia
    December 3, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Drew Stephens

Drew Stephens is a former Television and Radio host in Bangkok Thailand, as well as the host of Electric City TV in San Francisco. He has collaborated on many dozens of film projects that have screened around the world, including the award-winning short films “Prinsesa,” “VDA: Tape 96” and “Bound 4 Heaven.”   For the past decade, Drew has also been conducting motivational workshops to encourage aspiring filmmakers to create their own independent films. Drew’s filmography is available on IMDB and at www.RDMstudios.com 

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Director Statement

(SPOILER ALERT) In this time of a global pandemic, it is important to remember that there are millions of people who are still trying to survive the previous global health crisis: HIV/AIDS. This story spotlights the growing number of HIV cases in older women of color and illustrates the stigma that people with HIV still face.  Would that stigma change if it were your own mother? If so, why?