Filipino filmmaker Jeff Orig showcases original web series at Sundance

HONOLULU — According to filmmaker Jeff Orig, his passion is to make great film, TV, and video.

The Filipino-American writer, director, and producer, recently attended the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for his work on ‘Upstream,’ a web series about two estranged brothers in Honolulu battling a powerful drug lord — which earned a place as a 2018 finalist in the Sundance YouTube new voices lab – Sundance’s web series lab — as well as their feature development track.

Orig also got into Sundance’s fiction directing program, taught by Peter Sollett, known for directing 2008’s “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.”

One of the many other projects the Hawaii-based film maker is currently working on includes “Waikiki PD,” a web comedy series with a feature-length film in the works, that follows the lives of police officers of Honolulu’s most under-funded department solving crimes like prostitution, jaywalking, and smuggling fruit.

“I would love for more Fil-Ams, or just Filipinos, to get into filmmaking. Our voice is underrepresented and or misrepresented. You know, people portray our culture sometimes in a negative light, or in a way that isn’t truthful. And we have such a diverse voice across the entire diaspora. We should hear from all the different aspects of our diaspora.”

Jeff Orig founded Orig Media in 2011, a company that along with web series, also produces wedding videos and instructional videos on the art of film making.

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