The Asian American International Film Festival proudly presents the New York premier of TOTO on Friday, July 29, 2016, 8:15 pm at Village East Cinema 181-189 2nd Ave. New York, NY.
TOTO, a multi award winning dark comedy about a Filipino’s American Dream is the debut feature film of Director John Paul “JP” Su. Known for his short film PAGPAG (The Refuse) which earned him the Director’s Guild of America’s Best Asian American Student Filmmaker Award, Su, is an NYU Tisch Alum. He is Disney/ABC-DGA Directing Program alumnus, and currently one of the selected directors NBC Universal’s Emerging Directors Program. (Oh, he’s also a fellow De La Salle University graduate too.)
The post screening panel will consist of Director, Write, producer John Paul Su, writer and producer Donald Martin, Francisco Castelo, director of photography Clarissa Delos Reyes, actor and executive producer Blake Boyd, actor Lisa Dino and actor Carlo Cruz.
What the Movie is all about?
Antonio “Toto” Estares hails from Tacloban, a place ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. He works at a hotel in Manila, and tries every which way to get to the U.S. so he can support his family – which he’s been doing since his father died and left them penniless. His father had made it to Las Vegas, undocumented, to become a stage act and promised to petition his family, but he ended up a dishwasher who drank and gambled away everything. The only thing Toto inherited from his father is the obsession of the dream and fulfill his ill mother’s hope.
Toto makes on failed attempt after another to get a U.S. visa, risking friendships, relationships, his job, a lot of borrowed money, his dignity and his heart. What he doesn’t realize is that, in a way, he’s already made it to America. The hotel is America. Its American guests represent the good, the bad and the ugly that make America. After Toto meets the bad and gets ripped off. he loses hope. Yet it’s a good American that helps Toto, in a most unexpected way.
Although the failures of his father follow him, and even haunt him, it’s the power of his father’s dream that fuels him, not just for himself, but for those he loves, to help better their lives and achieve their own dreams. some call it American Dream, but for those beyond the U.S., it’s simply “the dream”. After all, there a TOTO that resides in all of us.
Tickets are available online at http://aaiff.org/2016/films/toto/