b. 1988, San Francisco, CA
currently in New York City
M F A, Columbia University
B A, Loyola Marymount University
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,  At Little Wheelee Three Days Ago, which will shoot Fall 2021.
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.
Stephen assisted Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg for three years before entering into Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. He is also an alumnus of the Artist Academy, held by the New York Film Festival, and 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 in the BFA Film program at SUNY Purchase.
Photo Above by Mark Jayson Quines