Our children’s book:
“PRINSESA: The Boy Who Dreamed of Being a Princess”
A former AMAZON TOP 100 children’s books against bullying
DIGITAL VERSION (for Kindle) – only $3.99!
38 pages, including new illustrations not included in the print version. Read on any device with free Kindle app, buy from Amazon.com (click the Kindle version)
Kindle version – $3.99
Print Version – $19.95
You can also get the PRINT VERSION – for only $19.95!
The print version of the book was on the Amazon Top 100 of children’s books against bullying.
Both versions feature the incredible artwork of MARCONI CALINDAS and story by Emmanuel Romero and Drew Stephens.
More info about the book at
We are thankful for…YOU!
’tis the season to give thanks, so we would like to show our appreciation for your support. For a limited time, we would like to offer our illustrated children’s storybook at a special discount. Follow the directions below to get your copy at the reduced rate.
DIGITAL VERSION (for Kindle) – only $3.99!
38 pages, including new illustrations not included in the print version. Read on any device with free Kindle app, buy from Amazon.com (click the Kindle version) – http://amzn.com/B0184XC80E
PRINT VERSION – only $9.95! ($19.95 on Amazon)
Only on our CreateSpace store: CreateSpace.com/4504232
Add the book to your cart, then enter discount code:
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(Discount code for print version is for a limited time only and may end without notice.)
Our children’s storybook, “Prinsesa: The Boy Who Dreamed of Bring a Princess” is now available for download as a Kindle e-book!
Kindle version available for just $3.99! (Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers).
Hardcover version still available for $19.99 (or less).
Both versions features the original 30 pages of our original colorful tale supporting gender variance. The digital version includes several new drawings by our amazing illustrator, Marconi Calindas.
Link to Amazon.com:
Prinsesa in schools! We are honored to be selected for Canada’s anti-homophobia education program: “Out in Schools.”
All across the province, select LGBT films will be shown to engage students in conversations around homophobia, transphobia, bullying, race, and gender. Two screenings yesterday! (Photo)
This means a lot to us. Thank you!
For more information, please visit www.OutInSchools.com
The short film “Prinsesa” has enjoyed a successful start to it’s planned 3-month screening tour of Southeast Asia. The kickoff event in Yogyakarta Indonesia on October 11, 2014, played to a standing-room only crowd, and included a dance presentation by the Princess of Karagasem Bali. Despite the concern of conservative factions protesting the event, it proved to be a night of uplifting support and love.
Upcoming screenings on this tour include Yangon Myanmar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Bangkok, Thailand.
For a full list of screenings, please visit our SCREENINGS page.
In June 2014, Voice of America radio program featured two interviews about Prinsesa:
Interview with Director DREW STEPHENS:
Excerpted from the original broadcast June 19, 2014 at
Interview with co-writers CONRAD PANGANIBAN and EMMANUEL ROMERO:
Excerpted from the original broadcast on June 11, 2014
Voice of America content reaches more than 164 million people a week through its radio broadcasts and web-based podcasts. Visit their web page at www.VOAnews.org
June 02. 2014 – The leading news and entertainment network in the Philippines, GMA Network, has just published an article on “Prinsesa.” You can read the article online at:
[GMA News Website] or
[GMA News – PDF] (printable)
San Francisco, CA – The short film “Prinsesa,” inspired by a traditional dance of the Philippines and created entirely by volunteers, has been selected for Frameline 38, the world’s oldest and largest LGBT film event. The screening will take place at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco at 11am on Sunday June 22.
“Prinsesa” is a short film about Rey (Patrick Silvestre), a Filipino-American father who recalls the traditional Philippine folk tale “Singkil” to his children, hoping to calm them after a small earthquake. But his young boy, Jojo (Lucas Javier), seems to identify more with the princess in the myth rather than the prince. This creates an awkward conflict for Rey, who is now having his own masculinity and parenting skills questioned by his pals.
The film was independently produced and crowdfunded by community donors. The film crew are all volunteers … Read More »
FESTIVAL FAVORITE – Cinema Diverse; Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival [www.cinemadiverse.org]
CASTELL AWARD – Barcelona International Film Festival and Awards – [www.BarcelonaFilmFestival.com]
SILVER PALM AWARD – Mexico International Film Festival and Awards [www.mexicofilmfestival.com/2014-winners]
Showcase Awards (San Francisco)
22nd Scary Cow Short Film Showcase at the Castro Theatre. Awards included:
Member’s Award for “BEST FILM” (filmmaker members of Scary Cow voted “Prinsesa” as one of the best films of the showcase)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION
The oldest print newspaper for Filipino-Americans with the largest circulation (nationwide distribution across USA) has just given “Prinsesa” a 2-page feature!
Click here to read:
Philippine News 02-10-14 (PDF)
As published on newsstands Feb 10, 2014 (NorCal Edition).
Online at: http://philippinenews.com
Outrage Magazine, one of the most-popular LGBT online magazines in Asia, recently interviewed “Prinsesa” Director, Drew Stephens.
CLICK HERE TO READ: Outrage Magazine 02-07-14 PDF
The original article was published on February 6, 2014, and can be accessed at: http://outragemag.com/celebrating-princess-within/
We are extremely excited about Prinsesa having an article about our Kickstarter Campaign in AsianWeek. AsianWeek is an online publication containing national commentaries, Bay Area news, cartoons, commentaries, and cultural features.
We are grateful to AsianWeek and for the people whom have read the article and made a donation towards the completion of Prinsesa.
Please visit the article here: http://www.asianweek.com/2014/01/23/filipino-american-kickstarter-project-boosts-visibility-for-gender-variant-children/
We’re so excited to announce the start of our Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to complete Prinsesa. Our film has been invited to screen in San Francisco in March 2014, but we need some funds for completion – and we need them by February 14, 2014 or we lose that spot. Specifically, we need this $3,500 for:
MUSIC SCORE – We have an Emmy-award winning composer (Mitchell Covington) and amazing kulintang musicians from Likha standing by, ready to record the music for our film. But we need money to rent the studio space and gear.
COLOR GRADING – at the moment, we do not have a colorist who will volunteer their time to grade the film for final screening.
FILM FESTIVAL FEES – This is the big expense. We hope that our film will be good enough to get into festivals, … Read More »
‘Prinsesa,’ a book about a Filipino-American boy who wants to be a princess, is now available on Amazon, with all proceeds this month donated to disaster relief in the Philippines.
RDM Studios, the creative force behind the upcoming short film “Prinsesa,” is proud to announce the release of a children’s mini-novelization of the movie.
“Prinsesa: The Boy Who Dreamed of Being a Princess,” is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Drew Stephens, director and co-writer of the short film, and creator of the Prinsesa story, and his fiancée, Executive Producer Manolo Aquino Stephens, made the announcement while in Manila, just a day after one of the worlds worst storms ravaged parts of the country. “The thoughts of everyone on the Prinsesa team are with those affected by this devastating storm. The Philippines has always been at the heart of this story; the film … Read More »
Patrick Silvestre, a popular actor in San Francisco’s local theater scene, is currently wrapping the lead role the independent short film, “Prinsesa” by RDM Studios.
Patrick is well-known to followers of “Bindlestiff Studio,” the Filipino-American performing arts co-op in San Francisco, having participated in their Stories High series for many, as well as recently providing a crowd-pleasing performance in the lead tole of “A Kind Of Sad Love Story” (written by Jeffrey Lo).
“Prinsesa” is a short film about Rey, a father who is confused by his young son’s daydreams of becoming a princess. Inspired by the Singkil traditional dance of the Philippines, the character is being pushed by the macho posturings of his longtime buddies, and the awkward but sincere questions of his 6-year-old boy.
The story was conceived and directed by Drew Stephens of RDM Studios. and written with the help … Read More »
A film about a child’s gender identity, but inspired by the Singkil dance? How did THAT get started?
According to story author, Drew Stephens, it all began as an homage to one of the Philippines most iconic and colorful traditional tales, the Singkil. For centuries, performers and parents have been handing down stories like the Singkil to new generations, and for good reason. “It is an imaginative and empowering tale, and the kulintang music and precision dancing have made it a long time personal favorite.”
But storytelling can affect each person differently – especially children. Drew says that he also wanted to honor the difficult questions parents face every day. “Who are the heroes and role models in our stories and why? What if modern children don’t always see themselves in the stories we tell? What if a little girl doesn’t see herself … Read More »
Members of Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble will be featured in the upcoming short film “Prinsesa,” about a father who reacts when his young son daydreams of becoming the princess in a traditional Philippine dance.
Likha has served the community since 1992, and was founded by Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company. Likha has performed internationally at many cultural dance festivals in South America, Europe, and Asia, sharing the beauty and cultural history of traditional Philippine dance.
The Prinsesa film team is headed by Director Drew Stephens (RDM Studios, Scary Cow Productions) and is comprised entirely of volunteers, eager to share this important story with audiences. Production continues through 2013, with a premiere screening expected in March of 2014.
More info on Likha can be found online at www.Likha.org
The pitch for the short film “Prinsesa” was presented to the nearly 300 filmmaker members of Scary Cow Productions in San Francisco, and later given the “green light” to begin filming. Filmmakers will all volunteer their time, talent and resources to bring the anti-bullying themed story to the screen.
Pre-production is expected to last through the Summer of 2013, with filming in October 2013. Post production effects and original music will be added, with an expected release date of March 2014.
Award winning artist Marconi Calindas will be adding his unique visual style for the artwork featured in the upcoming short film, “Prinsesa.”
Marconi art has been showcased in major cities around the world, and is recognized for depicting triumphs of the human spirit, including tackling the sensitive subject of teen bullying and suicide.
For more information, visit www.marconicalindas.com