Jerell Rosales is a Filipino-American film and television director and writer who is currently at UCLA pursuing his master’s degree in filmmaking.
Growing up in a military family, he moved around a lot and settled in Moreno Valley, California. A self-confessed 90s kid, MTV played a big role in how he cultivated his interest in media and storytelling. Prior to UCLA for his undergrad, he transferred from Cal State Fullerton, where he was very active with the Pilipino American Student Association, even facilitating the Friendship Games in 2010.
Jerell is a former hip hop dancer but has really focused in on his directing for film and television. As we know, diversity is a big issue in Hollywood, and seldom do you see Filipinos in front or behind the camera. Getting that break is always the right combination of talent, perseverance and luck.
However, Jerell has finally caught a wave that will make him a Hollywood mainstay. It always starts off with one mainstream project and his feature film debut called “High School Lover” is executive produced by and stars actor James Franco. It will be premiering on the Lifetime network, next month on February 4. The film stars Paulina Singer, Francois Arnaud (NBC’s “Midnight Texas” and Showtime’s “The Borgias”), Julia Jones (The “Twilight” Saga), and Lana Condor (“X-Men: Apocalypse”).
Rosales’ short films have been officially selected in over 60 film festivals worldwide, hailed in the Huffington Post as a “demonstration of Rosales’ solid skill as a rising filmmaker.” He’s a two-time UCLA Directors Spotlight Award Winner — honored as “one of the best films UCLA Film Festival has to offer” in 2012 and 2015 respectively.
During the first week of February, watch out for his interview on “Kababayan Today” on LA18. For more info on Jerrel, visit his website: www.jerellrosales.com.
Giselle “G” Töngi is the host and producer of Kababayan Today, a daily talk show that features relevant topics for Filipino’s living in America. Her aim is to bridge not only the cultural gap between America & the Philippines but to help with the generational gap between our own people. She is married with two children and is based in Southern California and makes frequent trips in the Pacific Rim to Hawaii and Manila to feature fellow kababayans who are empowering the FilAm community.