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Every year, CAAM is honored to celebrate someone who has made an indelible mark in the media landscape. Previous Spotlights include Wayne Wang, Gurinder Chandha, James Shigeta, Anna May Wong, Pei-Pei Cheng, Alice Wu, H.P. Mendoza, Deanne Borshay Liem and Valerie Soe. This May, we are proud to honor three outstanding industry leaders: Actor/Director Dante Basco, Director Evan Jackson Leong and Actor/Producer Margaret Cho.

Dante Basco has been a recognizable figure in film, tv and games for three decades. Many began knowing of Dante’s talent and charisma in Steven Spielberg’s HOOK (1991). After that, Dante has starred in dozens of wonderful films and tv shows including Nickelodeon’s AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER and AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG. In 2021, Dante has added director to his resume with his feature debut THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS.


In this program


Directed by Gene Cajayon

One of the first feature films made by and for the Filipino American community, it created a blueprint for future productions and continues to inspire new generations of storytellers.


Directed by Dante Basco

Filmmaker Spotlight Honoree Dante Basco is making his directorial debut with THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS, and he’s not…