b. 1988, San Francisco, CA
currently in New York City
M F A, Columbia University
B A, Loyola Marymount University
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Stephen is a Filipino-American Director and Writer currently developing his first feature, In The Shade Hardly Any Sun.  He is also in pre-production for a new short film,  Of Many One, which will shoot Summer 2021.
Stephen assisted Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg for three years before becoming an MFA Candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. 
Stephen's last narrative film, Manila is Full of Men Named Boy, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival and continued on to the Busan International Film Festival, Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, and SxSW.  The film was honored with Best U.S. Film at the 25th Palm Springs International Shortfest, among others.
He is an alumnus of the Artist Academy held by the New York Film Festival.  Stephen has also been supported by the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists and most recently, Starlight Media's Stars Collective.
Additionally, Stephen works as an editor and educator. 
Most recently, he cut the feature film Eyimofe (This is My Desire) which premiered at the 71st Berlinale.  He also edited Entré tu y Milagros which premiered in competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival and was awarded the Orizzonti Prize.
Stephen has taught filmmaking at Columbia University and Temple University.  He currently teaches at SUNY Purchase.
Photo Above by Mark Jayson Quines