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— by Elton Lugay: Filipino British filmmaker Andrea Walter was in town recently for the SOHO International Film Festival NYC, where her directorial debut “Empty By Design” was the opening film.

Co-produced by Joanne Cabalda Banaga, the film tackles the homecoming experience of two millennials who grew up overseas. Returning to the Philippines in order to reconnect with their roots don’t quite measure up to expectations as cultural gaps begin to boggle their minds…

Image: “Empty By Design” cast and crew: Chris Pang of Crazy Rich Asians fame (seated from left); Fil-Am Hollywood actor Dante Basco; Osric Chau (Supernatural); Rhian Ramos; Producer JoAnn Cabalda Banaga (standing from left); Fil-Brit writer/director Andrea Walter; Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers/Buffalo Boys), courtesy of Andrea Walter

July 4, 2019