The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has released its 2018 list of invitations for membership; 928 individuals from 59 countries!
There are 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.
Among the Filipino Americans professionals invited to join AMPAS’ Class of 2018 are documentary filmmakers Marty Syjuco and Claire Aguilar as well as visual effects artist Maricel Pagulayan (the latter as Member-at-Large).
Marty Syjuco is an Emmy® Award-nominated independent producer and documentary filmmaker.
Originally from the Philippines, Marty moved to New York City in 2000 and worked in Business Affairs and Home Video at USA Films followed by Film Distribution at Focus Features, booking the theatrical releases of independent, commercial and Academy-Award-winning films. In 2004 he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion: documentary filmmaking.
In 2005, he co-produced his first film, the one-hour documentary “Atrapado en la injusticia” (Caught in an Injustice), which was broadcast in Spain on Canal Cuatro and received a Special Jury Prize at the 15th International TV3/Actual Awards. The evolution of the story and the reception and acclaim from the Spanish public has spurred him to expand the short into a feature-length documentary. Together with filmmaking partner Michael Collins, Marty spent seven years in production on “Give Up Tomorrow”, working to bring this striking story from his homeland to a broader Western audience.
After celebrating its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, “Give Up Tomorrow” went on to play in more than 70 festivals in over 35 countries, winning 18 international awards including seven audience awards, four human rights awards, and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
The film was a co-production with ITVS and commissioned by Nick Fraser for BBC Storyville, with additional support from Sundance, Tribeca, CAAM, Fledgling Fund, Bertha and BRITDOC, among others. “Give Up Tomorrow” has enjoyed international broadcast in over ten territories, including BBC, Canal+ and PBS, as part of POV’s 25th anniversary season.
Additionally the film has received recognition from the Grierson British Awards, the Cinema Eye Honors, and Amnesty International’s Media Awards. In 2013 “Give Up Tomorrow” was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and was a finalist for the Puma Impact Award.
He is the producer for the critically raved “Call Her Ganda,”a human rights and LGBTQ documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer, PJ Raval currently making the film festival rounds. It recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year.
Claire Aguilar is an award-winning film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster, bringing compelling creative documentaries and innovative content to audiences around the world.
In 2017, she was appointed Director of Programming & Policy at International Documentary Association (IDA).
Claire is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the leading festivals for documentary and digital media.
At the Independent Television Service (ITVS), she served as Executive Content Advisor and Vice President of Programming.
She co-curated the Emmy and Peabody awarded series Independent Lens, a prominent showcase of independently produced programs on PBS. She has curated film and media exhibitions for the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Asian American Film and Video Festival, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Ford Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and many other media and funding organizations. A second-generation Filipina American, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. She is Vice President of the Board of Women Make Movies, and serves on the Executive boards of Firelight Media, European Documentary Network (EDN) and the Why Foundation.
Her credits include The Interrupters and Last Train Home.
Born and raised in the US except for two years when she lived and went to a high school in the Philippines, Maricel Pagulayan is a Filipino American visual effects producer and artist in Hollywood. Her credits include Avatar, The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Spider-man: Homecoming and the upcoming 2019 Warner Brothers motion picture, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
To see the full list of invitees to represent AMPAS’ Class of 2018, click here: http://www.app.oscars.org/newmembers2018/#Cine