Cast: April Absynth, Danny Trejo, Francis Custodio, Mark Muñoz
Welcome (back) to Fogtown, where over 60 percent of the population is Filipino. Nearly 20 years after the release of Patricio Ginelsa’s homemade cult classic about a mysterious, lumpia-wielding avenger, Kuya is back. Trouble of a new kind is in the works as a crime syndicate, led by the evil Jemini, plots to sell drugs disguised as food – specifically lumpia.
Kuya must take down this operation, and this time, he’s not working alone. Alongside him is George – or G-Dog back in the day – and an overly curious high schooler named Rachel, who appears to exhibit crime-fighting potential. But will their combined efforts be enough to save Fogtown, as well as Rachel’s parents’ upcoming wedding?
For fans of the original LUMPIA, this crowdfunded sequel is the ultimate answer to “Where are they now?” for the characters they know and love. For newcomers, LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE brings a fun, quirky flare, with a Filipino American superhero to cheer for. – Lauren Lola
LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE is the second screening at 9:15 PM as part of Drive In Day 2: Celebration of Filipino American Stories. It is preceded by THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS at 6:30 PM. Purchase a “Drive-In Ticket (Single Car)” ticket to enjoy an individual screening, or select a “Day 2 Double Feature Ticket (Single Car)” ticket if you would like to stay for both screenings!
This program includes an exclusive Q&A with Patricio Ginelsa (Director/Co-Writer), A.J. Calomay (Producer/Editor), Mark Muñoz (Actor, “Kuya”/Co-Producer) and April Absynth (Actor, “Rachel”).
FREE LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE Prologue Comic Book #1 digital copy with purchase of ticket
About the filmmaker: Patricio Ginelsa is originally from Daly City, CA, where his passion for filmmaking ignited while making neighborhood movies at the age of 13. After receiving his BA in cinema production at USC, his life changed as the Associate Producer of the award-winning film The Debut (2000), in which he assisted in its two-year long theatrical self-distribution tour (later picked up by Sony Pictures), and where he met his wife Melanie. Patricio then completed Lumpia in 2003 which Variety raved as a movie that takes “low budget to new heights…and should be shown in high-school media classes across the continent.” He’s directed over a decade’s worth of commercials and music videos, three of them for the Grammy-Award winning Black Eyed Peas: The Apl Song and two versions of Bebot, one of which was lauded with the California Preservation Foundation Presidents Award for its focus on Stockton’s Little Manila District. His past and present work proves representation matters long before it became a hashtag.
On day 2 of CAAMFest, we are back at Fort Mason FLIX for an evening celebration Filipino American films and stories. Both features, LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE and THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS are hilarious, crowd-pleasers and celebrate local stories.