Fil-Am’s ‘Listen’ Named Project Greenlight’s Most Unique Film

Holly Bissonnette | May 4, 2015


Another Filipino made it to the international scene of filmmaking when he won the Project Greenlight, a documentary series on HBO produced by actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Filipino-American filmmaker Joshua Ortiz gets to direct a feature film after he bagged the “most unique” award with his short film Listen during the fourth season of the show.

His two minutes and fifty four seconds film claimed to be the most viewed entry for this season’s competition with almost 100,000 views in YouTube, and the said film was also named the best cinematic short film during Orlando Urban Film Festival this year.

Creating the Film

The greatest challenge in creating his masterpiece happened when his external hard drive and laptop crashed the day before the deadline of submission for Project Greenlight. He lost more than fifty percent of his footage and have to go through the scenes all over again with the help of his family and friends.

Budget Constraints

With only $30 and a Canon T3i DSLR, Joshua has to exhaust all resources he could get to write, shoot, and edit the film in two weeks’ time. He tapped his sister Monica to play the role of a golfer while his brother was the ice skater.

The Message of the Short Film

Listen is all about the idea of success. It is an inspirational film about chasing your dreams and having the courage to try again despite the failures that come along.

Upcoming Projects

Now based in Orlando, Florida, Joshua is busy working for a feature film script about Janet Perez Eckles, an inspirational speaker who lost her sight, left by his husband, and whose son was murdered. She rose from all the challenges she encountered in life and became the first blind female court interpreter in Florida.

The people behind the Project Greenlight have also communicated with Joshua for a possible collaboration.

If you haven’t watched his film yet, you can watch it here.

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