The Scene: Reel Asian 2013

Filipino filmmakers and artists are on the rise and watch out for them for this year’s Reel Asian International Film Festival. This annual film festival in Toronto shines lights on Asian cinema featuring cinematic works of East and Southeast Asia as well as Asian-Canadian and Asian-American filmmakers. Filipinos are making a scene so watch out for some of these works including “Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,” “My Father Francis,” and “Sprung.” KAPISANAN is a proud community partner of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Are you excited yet? You should be! Because we're giving away tickets and hooking you up with discounts for the premiere of Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey. Read up below for more info!

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Directed by Ramona S. Diaz, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band, Journey, thereby becoming the latest performer to go from the Internet to real life celebrity. Having already overcome a life full of painful obstacles and now saddled with the immense pressures of leading a world renowned band and replacing a legendary singer, the film follows Arnel on this personal journey.

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Sat Nov 9 @ 7:00PM, The Royal 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

Like&Share to Win + Discounts!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Don't stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, all you have to do is like and share this photo on Facebook! The winner will be picked at random, and will be announced on November 1st 2013.

And if you're not lucky enough, you could also save on tickets, Use promo code toronto17 to save 25% off regular ticket prices at (valid until Nov 5; only).

My Father, Francis.

Remember this exhibit that we co-hosted back in June? Casey Mecija's tribute to her father has been extended to become a film, to be featured at this year's Reel Asian Film Festival! "My Father, Francis" is part of Counter Move program for Best Canadian Shorts. Counter Move feature this years Best of Canadian Shorts Program, presenting perspectives on history and memory and offers a wide range of well-crafted animations, performing arts on screen, and music-inspired videos.

From an exhibit to a short film, Casey displays her strong fondness towards her father's work, transforming recycled materials and creating them as an artwork.

Casey Mecija - My Father Francis

Counter Move ft. My Father, Francis Thurs Nov  7 @ 6:00 pm, AGO - Jackman Hall Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W


"Sprung brings filmmakers together with an exciting selection of unique performing artists representing a range of hybrid dance forms including waacking, poppin’, Filipino folk + modern, contemporary + conceptual, and funky + athletic."

Watch out for these Filipino filmmakers and artist as they showcase their work on merging film and dance and its power to influence social change, build community, and affect artistic and cultural discourse. Co-presented by our community partner, Carlos Bulosan Theatre!

  • Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes in Waack Revolt–A Dance Film
  • Shasha Nakhai & Catherine Hernandez in Paruparo
  • Dean Vargas in Deja-Vu
  • Mark “Neo Boog” Cabuena in Friend Dance
  • Sprung Sat Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue, University of Toronto - St. George Campus

    The 17th annual edition of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is happening from November 5-16, buy tickets and more info at