VDA Tape 96 – Cast and Crew


It was truly love at first sight when I saw this story acted on stage in San Francisco.  The story blew me away with its deceptive simplicity, and its outright manipulation of my tendency to pre-judge what I was seeing. “VDA Tape 96” got into my head – and my heart – and wouldn’t let go.

With the help of community-based filmmaker support group Scary Cow Productions, we mounted an all-volunteer cast & crew to share the film version with others.

I could not be more honored or more flattered to be part of this incredibly-talented team of creative individuals. We are all very passionate about this story, and hope that you will help us share it with others. Thank you! – Drew



Emmanuel Romero cut his teeth in theater as a writer in Bindlestiff Studio, a Filipino-American community theater in San Francisco. Professionally, Emmanuel writes and produces multimedia focused on science and biology research.


César Cadabes

Melvign Badiola

Vicky Nguyen

Jed Parsario

Rose Almario



The film was written, produced and crewed entirely by volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Director Drew Stephens
  • Written by Emmanuel Romero and Drew Stephens
  • Cinematographer Samir Sinha
  • Lighting Design / Gaffer Stan Ng
  • Associate Producer Ilena Ferrer
  • Associate Producer Emmanuel Romero
  • Assistant Director Emmanuel Romero
  • Assistant Director Wes Fisher
  • Original Music Score Mitchell Covington
  • Post-Production Drew Stephens
  • Assistant Camera Ray Funtanilla
  • Key Grip (Electric) Bill Spafford
  • Location Sound Mixer Alisha McCutcheon
  • Boom Operator Jeff Boron
  • Script Supervisor Mano Chui Stephens
  • Still Photographer Gary Rocchio
  • Makeup Artist Terry Alabata
  • Special Thanks To: Scary Cow Productions, Mid-Peninsula Community Media Center, Bakla Show – Bindlestiff Studios and René Astudillo