Fil-Am debuts comic book movie at WonderCon

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 21, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif – As the WonderCon comic book convention hit Anaheim, amidst the fanfare and blockbuster movies, one Filipino American filmmaker made a splash with a short film.

Patricio Ginelsa best known for his work with the Black Eyed Peas unveiled his newest project – “Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted.”

“This is like the perfect way to premier our little comic book short film here at WonderCon,” Ginelsa said. “It’s a celebration of comic books, movies, all in one.”

“Black Tiger” is based on a 2004 independent comic book created by one of Ginelsa’s college classmates John Hervey.

Its debut at WonderCon was attended by some of its stars, comic fans and even Anthony Michael Hall, who starred in 80s hits such as the “Breakfast Club”, “16 Candles” and “Weird Science”.

The movie features former World Wrestling Entertainment diva Angela Fong, Mortal Kombat’s Robin Shou, and Rico Anderson of “Star Trek: Renegades”.

“It’s a generational power and what we’re seeing is the first female holder of this power,” Hervey said. “Basically what she’s contending with is a burden.”

“I probably enjoy a smaller production because everything is so personal and intimate,” Shou, who is best known for his portrayal of Liu Kang in the “Mortal Kombat” movies, said. “Especially like now, I’m working with John Hervey with Patricio and guys who are putting their time and effort for practically nothing. How could you not give your best?”

Just like Ginelsa’s highly anticipated “Lumpia Two” movie, “Black Tiger” was crowd funded via donations through Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

“You don’t need millions of followers to get your stuff funded,” Ginelsa explained. “You just need passion, you need a support system. Everyone is friends.”

For now “Black Tiger” is about 20 minutes long. But after a strong debut Ginelsa and Hervey are already eyeing expanding the film to become a full length feature or a multi-part series.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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