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DUENDES GONE BAD. Director Alex Munoz.

Synopsis

When a drunk teen runs over the dingha ( twin ) of a Duendes, the Duendes becomes bloated with vengeful anger. The following day the teen driver and his teammates find themselves bunkered down in a typhoon shelter when suddenly the Duendes launches a brutal attack. Assorted screams of terror and agony escalate, and the Duendes promises to continue the bloody rampage until the killer of his dingha confesses.

DUENDES GONE BAD

Alex C. Munoz

alex bio pic-1While attending his last semester at the USC School of Cinema and Television, Munoz directed his first film “RIOT” for Showtime (Winner of the Audience Award at Geneva Film Festival}, which investigated the civil unrest following the Rodney King verdict. The film premiered at the First AME Church in South Central Los Angeles and the screening was dramatically disrupted by a group of young black community activists who demanded that the entertainment industry do more to engage, train, and employ young people from disadvantaged communities. Munoz responded by forming FYI FILMS (Films by Youth Inside) which empowers incarcerated youth via personal story-telling and digital filmmaking. His work with this population clearly informs his work. He is committed to revalorizing marginalized perspective. Munoz went on to direct the award-winning “DILEMMA” which was funded by BHERC and Sandra Evers Manly. The film focuses on an unlikely friendship between a latino and black youth while serving time at a youth correctional facility. “Lil Scrappy Boy” — a short documentary focusing on one of his FYI FILMS students and his decision to quit his gang in South Long Beach — won  Best Short Documentary at the Urban World Film Festival. Another web series based on two latino youths he encountered during a FYI FILMS workshop “AYE FOO” is a cross between “Cheech and Chong” and “Beevis and Butthead”, and focuses on two sixteen year- old latino youths from Easlos. It won Best Comedy Webisode Series at UMFF in 2013. Munoz is also shooting a documentary titled “A DREAM DEFERRED”, which is organized around Derrick Rose and his brother / manager Reg. He created a 15-minute short documentary based on the first three days of filming and won BEST SPORTS DOC at Urban Media Makers Film Festival. His current series, “Griot’s Lament” investigates social and racial injustice and uses Michael Jackson song lyrics as dialogue. The series is co-funded and produced by Sandra Evers Manly.  Griot’s Lament won the Audience Award for Best Web Series at UMFF in October 2014 and is nominated in the category of BEST DIRECTION at the upcoming TIVO Creative TV Awards. The web series has over 6 million views across multiple platforms. Munoz is currently doing a final polish on his next feature length film “Make the Moon”, which was developed at the Sundance Writer’s Lab.  The narrative is semi-auto biographical and centers around a pair of multi-racial identical twins and their complex relationship with their mother who struggles to overcome the harsh socio-economic pressures seemingly closing in on her and her twin sons. Munoz is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Nominee and US Artist Nominee.
Munoz is the founder of FYI FILMS and a founding partner of Urban Velour Entertainment.

Mirranda Salas

 

Mirranda SalasMirranda Salas was born and raised in the beautiful village of Malesso, and is the oldest of Daniel “Sonny” and Sandra Quinata’s five daughters.  After graduating from Southern High School, she moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the University of Portland, graduating with Honors with a B.A. in Psychology.  Although she has never officially moved back home since she left the island at 17, her entire family still lives there, and she has been fortunate to make it back to Guam just about every year to visit!

Mirranda has lived in Los Angeles since 2006, and in 2010, in a “destination wedding” to Guam, married her Santa Rita-raised high school sweetheart, Teddy Salas.  In 2013, they expanded their family to include a beautiful daughter named Felicity, who has already started her (hopefully) annual visits to Guam.  Mirranda has an M.A. in Psychology, and currently works at California State University Northridge on an NIH grant that recruits minority students for PhD programs in biomedical fields.

While at school in Portland, Mirranda helped to produce the first-ever “Guam Night” on campus, a joint effort by students from Guam to help share their island culture with new friends they were making from the Pacific Northwest.  After college, she volunteered for a full-time AmeriCorps program called Holy Cross Associates, and lived in South Bend, Indiana for a year working on a violence-prevention program for youth in the area.  Even in the Midwest, Mirranda was able to find fellow Guamanians attending the University of Notre Dame, and hosted them for Guam favorites such as estufao and latiya.  Since moving to Los Angeles, she and her husband constantly seek out new transplants from Guam and invite them into their ever-growing informal Guam community based out of Northern L.A.  Mirranda is excited to be part of the FestPac 2016 team, and looks forward to the intentional opportunities to help promote her Chamorro culture.

Mirranda Salas can be reached at mirranda.salas@gmail.com.

Dance Genre Lead, Heidi Quenga

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs a Chamoru military dependent born in Germany, Heidi made frequent childhood visits to the Marianas. Her parents wanted to ensure Perezville (Tamuning) is where Heidi calls home.

As a graduate of San Francisco State University (SFSU), CA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management, Heidi was instrumental in establishing the Pacific Islander’s Club, teaching Pacific Island cultural dance workshops on campus and elected to the SFSU Student Center Governing Board and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Heidi, along with her husband Joey, was bestowed the honor of Directors of the Kutturan Chamoru Performers (KCP) in 1998, a Chamoru cultural song, dance and chant volunteered based group founded by her mother-in-law, Regina Quenga in 1993.

As a past California Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence, Heidi continued her efforts in Chamoru cultural preservation and established the Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF) in 2008, a 501c(3) non-profit organization which houses; KCP – Chamoru Song & Dance program, Ta Hita – CHamoru Language program, Mo’na – College/Career Mentoring program, and the Cheyenne Angelica Scholarship all of which are “tuition free” programs offered to the community in Long Beach, CA.

Continuing to spread Chamoru cultural dance, Heidi and Joey mentored students at California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton, as well as Millikan High School Pacific Islander Clubs in Southern California. In 2013, Heidi expanded her efforts and since inception, is the Lead Instructor for Uno Hit Chamoru song & dance program in San Diego, CA in partnership with Director, Sandy Flores-Uslander of Che’lu San Diego.

Heidi has had the honor to apprentice under Glenn Bernardo, past Instructor of KCP, Frank Rabon, Inaugural Master of Chamoru Dance. She is humbled to have had these opportunities and will continue her efforts to ensure future generations preserve and perpetuate the songs, dances and chants of her Micronesian Chamoru heritage.

Heidi Quenga is also the meeting and events coordinator for the FestPac diaspora.

She can be contacted at HQguamdiva@gmail.com or by phone, 562.972.0969.

Traditional Arts Chairperson, Vince Diaz, PhD

 

Prof. Vicente M. Diaz is Pohnpeian and Filipino,  born and raised in Guam. The ninth of ten children of the late Judge Ramon V. Diaz and Josefina C. Diaz, Vince graduated from JFK HS in 1978, and played football and basketball for the University of Guam Tritons in the late 1970s.

Diaz transferred to the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science. He later completed a doctorate degree from the History of Consciousness program at the University of  California at Santa Cruz.  He taught Pacific History and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam from 1992-2001, where he also served as the Historian for Hale’ta book series published by the Guam Political Status Education Coordinating Commission. A leader in the revival of traditional seafaring, Diaz is the former Coordinator of the Micronesian Seafaring Society, co-produced the documentary, Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (1996), and co-founded the Guam Traditional Seafarers group before joining the faculty in Asia/Pacific Islander Studies at the University of Michigan in 2001.

In 2012, Diaz and his wife, Prof. Christine Taitano DeLisle (Familian Lucas),  joined the faculty in American Indian Studies at he University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Diaz is the author of Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam (University of Hawaii Press 2010) and many essays, articles, and chapters on Guam and Micronesian history, culture, and politics. Vince and Tina have three daughters, Nicole, Gabriela, and Eva, and a grandaughter, Maria Sol.

Dr. Vince Diaz can be reached at vdiaz1103@gmail.com.

Click here for requirements for Traditional Arts auditions.

Literary Arts Chairperson, Fran Lujan Henrich

Fran Lujan is the granddaughter of Mariano L.G. Lujan, a well-known
island blacksmith who made everything from machetes and fosiños to
tiheras pugua’. She was raised in the village of Agana Heights and
currently resides in Long Beach, Calif.

Fran is a member of an in-house creative services team for Broadcom
Corporation, a Fortune 500 global communications semiconductor
solutions company.  Prior to joining Broadcom, she was the associate
director of exhibits and community engagement at the Pacific Island
Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach where she handled curating, exhibit
installation, docent training and community outreach. She holds an
M.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and
a B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University in Washington.

Fran Lujan can be reached at flujan.henrich@gmail.com.

 

Click here for requirements for Literary Arts auditions.