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BALIKBAYAN: Portraits by Ann Borja

Balikbayan is an art installation featuring Ann Borja’s portraiture, highlighting some of Bindlestiff Studio’s past and present leadership. After 8 years of nomadic theater making, September 2011 marks the celebration of Bindlestiff Studio’s return. The installation is on display at Bindlestiff Studio and is in conjunction with 24 Days of Central Market Arts.

Balikbayan is a prelude to Ann’s ongoing black and white portraiture work of past and present Bindlestiff leaders and artists to be showcased in the future. Balikbayan’s style draws influence from Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol.

You are invited to come check it out on  Friday, October 14 from 4p-8p at 185 6th Street in San Francisco. The installation is a part of Bindlestiff’s ribbon cutting as well as the “2 blocks of art” event.

This is a FREE event, and does not include entrance into Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Thru Art’s Death of a Player that will begin at 8:00pm.  Please purchase your tickets for Death of a Player ahead of time, or be prepared to purchase tickets at the door.


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Matthew Abaya

PMS Thru Art’s official promo video was directed and shot by Matthew Abaya.

An award-winning filmmaker, Matthew Abaya’s talents include writing, as well as a visual effects animation in touch with the latest technological innovation. He incorporates elements of horror and science fiction in his films as a means to communicate relevant social issues to the masses. Matthew focuses on themes relating to ethnic, social and immigrant minority groups, often borrowing archetypes from Asian folklore. His short films have been screened at the San Francisco and LA Asian American Film Festivals as well as the Hawaiian International Film Festival. He earned an Independent Vision Award from FA/Cine and UFAAFRA, a DIY Music video award at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival and a Nomination for an aMedia AMMY for best short film. He currently teaches a digital multimedia and filmmaking class for youth in the East Palo Alto area while working on the feature-length version of his short film “Bampinay” titled “Vampariah”.

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Ann Fajilan

Ms. Fajilan – Director — has worked in the Bay Area as a Director, Production Manager, Stage Manager, and Instructor since 1982. Back in the day, she worked with the Magic Theater, Asian American Theatre, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Berkeley Shakes, Julian Theater, Travelling Jewish Theater, Soon 3, Marin Civic Light Opera, Marin Theater Company, Summer Repertory Theater, Festival at the Lake, The Entertainment Group, lesser mortals, Talespinners and Theatre in Education.

She has taught for City College of San Francisco, Laney College, U.C. Davis, Stagebridge, Ensemble Theater, and the California State University, East Bay.

She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Education award and is on the board of Golden Phoenix, an independent film production company based in New York City.

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Death of Player Cast

The PMSTA’s scripts are locked, cast is finalized and the rehearsals have officially begun!

Image is property of Kelly L. Kalagayan

And it is with great pleasure to present you with the cast for PMSTA’s 2011 production ‘Death of Player’.

Andrea Almario
Annie Wang
Aureen Almario
Ava Tong
Julie Kuwabara
Maggie Suarez-Calixton
Mahal Montoya
Manny Cabrera
Patrick Silvestre
Perry Aliado
Rose Almario
Sunshine Roque
Tatiana Dayers
Teresita Brown
Tonilyn Sideco

Check back soon for a closer look at each artist!

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Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan

We’re excited to announce the list of women confirmed for PMSThroughArt’s 2011 production! And before we drop any spoilers to the production, we bring you a closer look at each woman involved.

Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan

Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan – Writer/Online Content – holds a BA in Psychology and in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. Recognizing the unique healing properties of art within her community, she has come to believe in the transformative power of art for both artist and audience. She has since dedicated herself to help others bring their unique stories to stage in the Bay Area with Asian American Theater Company, Bindlestiff Studio, Kearny Street Workshop, Kularts and Revival Arts Productions. Currently based on the Central Coast of California, she continues to seek new ways to engage her community through storytelling.

*photo by Kameron Ahler

Work Sample

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