Fil-Am Documentary: My Story by Gerard Lozano

I found out about this upcoming event from Christine Balza which is a upcoming documentary that is going to be featured in the Manilatown Heritage Foundation 2009 theme. The theme of the event will be Manilatown & Beyond: Contributions of Filipinos and Filipino Americans with a photo documentary exhibit entitled, “My Story” by Gerard Lozano. This exhibit entails stories of Filipinos in the Bay Area captured through audio and photography that visually tells their story.

The exhibit will be held from November 30, 2009 to January 30, 2010 with Gallery Hours open from Tues-Saturday from 1-6pm. Admissions are FREE, but donations are appreciated and tax-deductible.

As for My Story, the show will open to the public on November 20th, 2009 at 7pm at the International Hotel in San Francisco. For more info please refer to the following below. If you are in the area please go out and support this exhibit.

From Gerard Lozano:

“My Story” is a Filipino based documentary that I had started in April this year. It revolves around different lives of Filipinos here in the Bay Area. Mostly people that I’ve ran into through networking, family or acquaintances. It dawn on me that I’ve always wanted to do something more than just photographs. There was something missing, a piece of a puzzle if you will to complete the entire picture. A photo is worth a thousand words, but how accurate are those words? So why not hear it from it’s main source in multiple ways of showing it through more photography.

I went around interviewing individuals asking him/her narrate his/her story in it’s truest form. Minimal editing done to the voices. I later then take photographs of his/her the day to day routine or process in which he/she goes does things. I compile all of those stories and present them through video. It is super easy to do, but the whole challenge is who will participate and when?

So in order to share these stories to the people, our community I had to get something done that is very proactive and I found the best way to do it for the time being. I am having a show of the photographs that I had taken along with the stories that people have helped me to make this project come alive. The show will open to the public on November 2oth, 2009 at 7pm at the International Hotel in San Francisco. Please come by and check out my gallery and participate by learning and listening to what these people have to say.

I-Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

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