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Sag-Aftra Strike: 7/14/2023 - 11/09/2023. Longest Actor strike in Hollywood History!! Let's get back to work.
Your blue heart recently enjoyed back to back screenings in September and October, 2023: Binisaya WORLD Film Festival (International Premiere) and at the San Diego Filipino Film Festival (San Diego Premiere), screening in the shorts program for both festivals with Kayla Abuda Galang's When You Left Me On That Boulevard (Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize).
Your blue heart returns to New York City, screening at CHAIN NYC Film Festival on August 6, 2023.
Your blue heart was selected to screen at Micheaux Film Festival on July 15, 2pm, at the Regal Cinemas LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, California. Micheaux Film Festival is an "international, multicultural film festival founded by Emmy-nominated filmmakers, Noel Braham and Courtney Branch, and sponsored by Oprah Winfrey Network, Sony Pictures, and IMDB."
Don's short film, Your blue heart, was as an official selection of DIWA Filipino Film Festival, part of Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, the largest Filipino Arts & Culture event in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing films from the Philippine Islands and beyond. The film screened on June 4, 2pm, at the Seattle Center Armory in Seattle, Washington.
Don played the role of Kenji Kadota in a 2 performance benefit engagement of RA Shiomi's Yellow Fever with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre to honor Ernest Abuba, who won an Obie Award for originating the role of Kenji Kadota, as well as being a founding member of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. The performances were held on May 31 and June 1 at Theatre Row, Off-Broadway, in New York City.
Don's writing and directing debut, the short film Your blue heart, premiered as an official selection of Katra Film Series ("Top 100 best film festivals reviewed'' - Film Freeway, "From the bottom up, an amazing and excellent festival" - NY Times) in New York City. A meditation on memory and the mysterious way it lives inside of us, Your blue heart screened exclusively on April 27, Thursday, at 6:15p, at The Regal Essex on Delancey Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.
Don has been asked to reprise the role of Dean Wong, a recurring role from season 2 of Power Book II: Ghost (Lionsgate/Starz), for season 3, which will premiere on March 17, 2023. In the meantime, watch Don in season 2 of the series currently streaming on the Starz Network.
Don has completed his short film, Your blue heart, and is currently preparing for festival submission.
Don played Bayani in Luis H. Francia's The Strange Case of Citizen De La Cruz with Atlantic Pacific Theatre, as part of New Ohio Theatre's Obie-award winning Ice Factory Play Festival. Directed by Robert Thaxton-Stevenson and Claro De Los Reyes, and starring Don, Mariana Newhard, Bing Magtoto, Angie De Marie, and John Roque, The Strange Case of Citizen De La Cruz also included work by visual artist Francis Estrada, and filmmaker Charles Reynoso. For more information, please visit here.
Plus One, a short film written and directed by Kieu-Anh Truong, in which Don plays Sam, a co-lead role, recently screened at the 10th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival (March 3 - 13, 2022).
Don is now in post-production for Your blue heart, a short film project in which he serves as the writer, director, producer, and actor in the film. Your blue heart co-stars Roy Flores with cinematography by Katsumi Funahashi. Premiere: TBA. Click on the teaser trailer here.
Cast in a recurring role as Dean Wong in season 2 of Power Book II: Ghost (Lionsgate/Starz) created by Courtney A. Kemp. The cast includes Michael Rainey Jr., Melanie Liburd, Larenz Tate, Method Man, and Mary J. Blige. Season 2 premiere: November 21, 2021. Power Book II: Ghost is currently streaming on the Starz network.
Cast in a guest performer role as Leo in season 2, episode 7 of Modern Love (Amazon/New York Times), an anthology series that "explores love in all of its beautiful and complicated forms." Season 2 episodes feature Minnie Driver, Kit Harrington, Sophie Okonedo, Marquis Rodriguez, Zain Pais, Anna Paquin, and many others. Season 2 premiere: August 13, 2021. Modern Love is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Indefinite hiatus due to COVID-19 LOCKDOWN, March 2020.
Cast as Parent One in Yilong Liu's Fighting Game, as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Brunch Series. Directed by Michael Leibenluft, the cast also includes Alan Ariano and Rachel Lin. Sunday, March 1, 2020.
February 2020: Don was part of an ensemble cast in Christopher Reyes' Balikbayan, as part of The Playwright's Realm INK'D New Play Festival in New York City. Directed by Peter Kim, the cast includes Trevor Salter, Aaron Banes, Daniel Velasco, and Ching Valdes-Aran.
Cast in a principal role in 3 SAG commercial spots for Nexium.
Cast in a voice-over role for a Citibank industrial as Pei-yuan Chia, a pioneering former vice-chairman and director of global consumer operations for the company, who helped propel Citibank's worldwide service concept.
Don was part of the ensemble cast for Ife Olujobi's (current member of the Emerging Writer's Group at The Public Theater) Ain't Nobody Can Love Me Betta, as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Asking For Trouble, Series A, which ran from 11/19 to 11/23, in New York City.
Cast in a recurring role in season 2, episodes 9 and 10 (update: deleted scenes), of Pose (FX), a Golden Globe award-winning drama series. Starring MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, and created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, season 2 of Pose is currently streaming on FX.
Cast in the lead role of Sam in Plus One, a short film written and directed by Kieu-Anh Truong (An American Family, Distant Interiors), whose work has screened in notable festivals such as the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Asian American International Film Festival (New York, NY), and Changing Perspectives International Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey). Shooting began in August 2019.
Cast in a supporting role for a feature film entitled The Goldfinch (Color Force, Warner Bros.), based on the best-selling novel. Starring Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort, Jeffrey Wright, with cinematography by Roger Deakins (Oscar winner for Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall), and directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn, True Detective), The Goldfinch premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, with a worldwide release on September 19. Official trailer below:
Cast as the Producer in Sanaz Toosi's Stick to the Image as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Asking For Trouble, a ten minute play festival featuring 24 fresh plays from Youngblood, the company's resident team of emerging professional playwrights under 30. Asking For Trouble ran from November 6 - 10, 2018, in New York City.
Cast in a recurring role as Agent Arinori in multiple episodes of Daredevil, season 3 (Netflix/Marvel). Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jay Ali, and Wilson Bethel. Daredevil season 3 was released on October 19, 2018 and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Cast in a supporting role as Jacob in the pilot episode of Vows: The Series, an odd-couple buddy comedy about two actresses united by a love of acting and a green card marriage. Starring Isabelle Pierre, Nazli Sarpkaya, Andy Lucien, and directed by Ginny Leise, Vows: The Series is currently on the film festival circuit.
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