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For lovers of food documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) and the Chef’s Table series, Ulam: Main Dish will come as a welcome and fresh addition. The film centers on the honest struggle for authenticity and respect for a cuisine often marginalized by the food world.
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Alexandra Cuerdo — Director/Writer/Producer

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Alexandra Cuerdo is a Filipino-American director, producer and editor, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women's Network. MSN ranks her feature directorial debut, ULAM: Main Dish as one of the "Top 5 Food Documentaries to Watch" now. ULAM had its sold-out world premiere as one of 5 films in Launch at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2018, and has continued to play sold-out screenings at festivals in Hawaii, San Diego, Newport Beach and Los Angeles. It has been selected as the Closing Night film for the 2018 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City. Alexandra's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, TimeOut, Filmmaker Magazine, Eater and more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold called Alexandra's film a "love letter" to Filipino food, and Stark Insider has crowned ULAM with "Four Stars — Smashing."

As a content producer and editor, Alexandra's videos for BuzzFeed have achieved over 200 million views and over 1.5 million shares on Facebook. Previously, she has worked on films, television and digital content for HBO, ABC, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Participant Media, Walt Disney Imagineering and more. She is based in Los Angeles and New York.

ULAM: Main Dish is Cuerdo’s first feature length documentary.

Website: http://www.alexandracuerdo.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandracuerdo/


John Floresca — Producer/Cinematographer

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John Floresca is a current member of the Local 600 international cinematographers guild. He has worked on TV shows such as NBC's Third Watch, CW's Gossip Girl, NBC's Law and Order SVU, CBS' Elementary and NBC's Saturday Night Live. John is a legendary BBQ pitmaster. His obsession with food has led him to a sought-after, treasured map of starred and marked delicious grub spots during his travels.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnfloresca


Rey Cuerdo — Producer

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A long-time Sony Pictures executive, Rey Cuerdo began producing movies as a hobby in 2002. He produced the drama Small Voices, which won Best Picture in all the Philippines’ film industry awards. It was also the country’s official entry to the Oscar Awards, and it became the first Filipino film to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio (Warner Bros). In 2008, Rey executive produced Dim Sum Funeral, an HBO Films comedy. He was also an executive producer of the Filipino horror-comedy hit Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings in 2011, and secured U.S. and international distribution for it, as well as an English-language remake in development. Rey produced the award-winning Motherland, with its director Ramona Diaz, a Filipino documentary feature which won a Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision at the Sundance Film Festival 2017, and screened at Berlinale 2017. Currently nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Documentary, it is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. At Sony, Rey opened the local-language film market in the Philippines, and is expanding it.