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Sunday Apr 19 07:30 PM
Wednesday Apr 22 07:30 PM
Friday Apr 24 01:00 PM
Sunday Apr 26 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the 2015 Filipino Film Festival
Sponsored by: ABC Stores

Directed by Leon Gast & Ryan Moore. USA/Philippines. 2014. 88 mins.

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson and directed by Ryan Moore and Academy Award winner Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), Manny takes you behind the scenes and into the life of Manny Pacquiao—a true fighter in every sense of the word. From his early life as teenager who fought to feed his family, to his incredible rise to the peak of his sport as a boxing champion Manny tells the story of boxing’s only eight-division world titleholder. Filming began in 2010 and features never-before-seen home footage, as well as original music by Lorne Balfe (Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) and interviews with such personalities as Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven, and Oscar De La Hoya. This film is the perfect prelude to Pacquiao’s historic welterweight match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., on May 2!

Special guest: Co-director Ryan Moore introduces his film on April 19 at 7:30pm. Ryan will also be in attendance at the opening night reception on Saturday.

Watch the trailer.

Community Partners: Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii, Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, and Oahu Filipino Community Council

Ryan Moore on filmmaking and why he made Manny:

My reason for creating this film stemmed from my dream of sharing inspiring Filipino stories of struggle and triumph. It has always been my hope to elevate Filipinos—especially in mainstream entertainment. I was born and raised in California then I moved to the Philippines for High School. When I was living in Manila I learned so much about my culture, family and especially the hardship they went through to get me to where I am now. My grandma was a single mother of six who worked at a sari-sari store so she could afford to send my mom to school to become a nurse. I felt like telling Manny's story was a way of paying honor to my Lola for her sacrifices for me. She too was a fighter in her own right.

Originally when I lived in Manila I applied to the prestigious USC film school where great directors like George Lucas, Ron Howard, and Bryan Singer attended. My essay/thesis I submitted was focused on coming back to Hollywood to share Filipino stories. Unfortunately, the school wasn't interested, but USC accepted me into the business school instead. So I continued to learn by volunteering on film projects when possible. I never gave up on my dream.

So fast forward and now I am five years into my first feature film, Manny. I produced this film independently and this is my first go at directing. I was able to secure Liam Neeson as my narrator, along with other notable personalities like Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven and Jimmy Kimmel. In addition, I was able to get Lorne Balfe, the music producer of The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes and other films to compose the score. Shortly after wrapping up the film earlier this year, Universal Studios acquired the rights and is releasing it internationally.

When the film premiered in LA, it was the first time that a film directed and produced by a Filipino-American about a Filipino subject backed by a major Hollywood studio had a red carpet premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater. My hope is that the Filipino community will come out to support it. After this, my hope is continue producing more Filipinocentric feature films in Hollywood.

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