Feb. 26 9am Philippines
About the Director of Beautiful Jesus
Janice Y. Perez holds a Bachelors degree in Accountancy from University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines. She has worked in Accounting in the private and non-profit sectors for the last seven years in New York. In 2006, she bought a consumer-ready DV camera and shot a short documentary in Cebu without any prior knowhow of filmmaking. Later that year, she completed a 16mm Filmmaking course at the New York Film Academy. She has worked with the Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, the NY Latino Film Festival, the South Bronx Film Festival, and many others, and at the IFP Film Week Programs from 2006-2009. Along with 3 good friends, she founded the IndioBravo Film Foundation, the pioneering Filipino film festival in New York.
In November 2008, she completed shooting a short film project she co-wrote with her partner in New York, and in February of 2009, she shot in Cebu her first directorial short film project, “Sabongero (Cockfighter),” which became an official entry to the Short Film Corner of the Festival de Cannes 2009. In December 2009, she directed her first official music video, “With Whom,” Kitchie Nadal’s soulful, unreleased track. It was their first time to collaborate.
Janice’s most compelling vision is to create a feature-length narrative based on the conquest of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines in 1521, her screenplay of which was a finalist in the Independent Feature Project’s Emerging Narrative program for 2008.