Nanay Ko, the musical film

After her father passes away, Christine is left responsible to save her family restaurant from getting shut down.

This Filipino-American feature is a Moana meets LA LA LAND musical, showing the cultural identity struggle of first-generation Americans, commenting on the generational differences in life experiences and beliefs, and chasing your dreams against the cultural responsibilities engrained in Asians and Asian-Americans. 

About Mallorie

Mallorie B. Ortega is a director, writer, and food lover. She was recently awarded the Television Academy Foundation Directing Internship, shadowing directors from Jimmy Kimmel Live, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and Hairspray Live. She was recently working as an Assistant to Line Producer on an ABC Pilot for Kapital Entertainment.

In May 2016, she graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts, earning her MFA in Film and Television Production. Mallorie was accepted into the Linehan Artists Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earned her dual B.A. in Visual Arts and in Theatre Design and Production. 

Mallorie was selected to direct the prestigious school funded Advanced Production Project in the Fall of 2015 - a rom com musical called Mango Sticky Rice featuring original music and an all Asian-American cast. 

Mango Sticky Rice won awards from the Asians on Film Festival 2016 including Best Ensemble, Best Comedy, and Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Comedy, Best Production Design, and was the only female to be nominated as Best Director at the First Look Film Festival 2016. 

She is currently working on her next musical feature called Nanay Ko about an Asian-American girl who struggles with her cultural identity.




Berkeley, CA


May 27th, 2017


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Took the BART for the first time!
Catching with old friends from college