Thursday, October 21, 2010

SNH @ CSULB featured on

Much love to the good folks at for coming out and covering the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE event at Cal State Long Beach! Extra special thanks to Zeta Phi Rho for hosting as well as Krystle Tugadi, PAC Modern, Shining Sons, and Vicoy BagongSigaw for rocking the stage before the film!

And a big thanks to the students and audience for such an lively Q&A after the screening. It was fulfilling to see that they were so engaged with the film and had a lot of questions to ask. The last question, "Can you rap?" was the funniest. If you want to see the impromptu answer to that question click here. (Excuse the fumble on one of the lines, still working on it!)

Thursday, October 7, 2010



In celebration of Pilipino American History Month, ZETA PHI RHO presents:

SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE. a documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC Kiwi and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the people's movement for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines.

Live performances by:
PAC Modern
Krystle Tugadi
Shining Sons
Vicoy BagongSigaw

Plus a Q&A Session with:
Eric Tandoc

BEATROCK MUSIC will be in the house so you can purchase CDs, vinyl, and t-shirts from their entire catalogue! (Bambu, Power Struggle, The CounterParts, Fatgums, and more)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

ET on TV! Interview with SNH Director on Kababayan LA

Host Jannelle So interviews Sounds of a New Hope director Eric Tandoc on Kababayan LA.

September 10, 2010


Shining Sons' performance of "Serve The People" at the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix on August 27, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Power Struggle's performance of "Three Basic Problems" featuring Kiwi and Vicoy Bagongsigaw at the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix Concert in Little Tokyo last Friday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New POWER STRUGGLE documentary

Check out the new documentary I directed on the life and music of Nomi from the hip-hop group POWER STRUGGLE. From Africa to the Midwest to the Philippines, this film chronicles Nomi's life journey and personal transformation through political awakening.

Catch him live at the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix Concert this Friday!

Shot and edited by Eric Tandoc
Interviewed by Tadashi Nakamura

You can purchase POWER STRUGGLE's new album "REMITTANCES" at:
CD Baby

Friday, August 20, 2010

LIVE REMIX performer line-up


Eric Tandoc (ET) is a cultural worker from Anakbayan LA who creates art to educate, inspire, and motivate people to take action in changing today's society. As a filmmaker and video DJ from the Mass Movement crew, ET fuses his passion for music and film towards advancing the movement for genuine freedom and democracy in the Philippines and worldwide. "We live only one life and for how long is unknown, so we must do as much as we can to push forward our people's struggle in the time that we have - now."

Kiwi Coming to you from the Bay Area (by way of Los Angeles), Kiwi has been holding it down in the independent hip hop scene for nearly a decade, rocking shows from California to New York to the Philippines. Representing one-third of Filipino hip hop group Native Guns, he was recently featured as the lead subject of documentary "Sounds of a New Hope," and is currently working on his upcoming full-length album, "Love and Justice."

Power Struggle is rapper Nomi accompanied by producers Mister REY and Fatgums. Spitting raw insight with a grimy Midwest flow, Nomi represents hard for those who live under the fingernails of society, yet celebrate life with every breath. Power Struggle reflects the life and times of workers, students, hustlers, artists, immigrants, revolutionaries, rejects, failures, redeemers and dreamers.

Gingee is the solo project of Marjorie Light, a DJ, educator and organizer from Los Angeles. Her music blends electronic, hip hop, and world beats with poetic lyrics and instruments such as the Filipino Kulintang and Vietnamese Dan Bao. Her songs are vital reflections of her travels, emotional journeys and her experiences as a woman of color.

Shining Sons is an up and coming group from the Eastside of Long Beach. Intellect and Jedi are twin brothers who have turned their lives around from gang banging through learning about people's struggles in the U.S. and back home in the Phillipines. Now they spread awareness through hip-hop and community organizing with Anakbayan LA to create social change in communities worldwide.

Krystle Tugadi Southern California Native, Krystle Tugadi, is an up and coming vocalist to definitely watch out for. Growing up, she discovered that music was her safe haven and her true calling in life. She grew up learning the piano and focused on harnessing her vocal ability. With a plethora of different artists that influenced her music, Krystle has found her niche in the music scene as an R&B/Soul/Folk artist. With Krystle's soulful stylings and drive for music, we expect big things for this amazing performer - so make sure to keep an eye on this girl.

Menchie Caliboso is the guitarist and vocalist of rock band Feed The Feeble. After living in Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle, Menchie is currently settled in Boston to study music therapy at Berklee College of Music. Wherever she is, she always finds a way to connect with the community through art and activism. She plans on returning to Long Beach when the breakwater is taken down. Restore the shore!
Feed The Feeble EP free download

Vicoy Bagongsigaw was born and raised in the Philippines and is now residing in the U.S. He became an MC to share the knowledge and experiences that he has gained by being able to witness the lives of FIlipinos and Fil-Ams. "With the help of my kasamas, hopefully people would even take time to ask themselves why they have to leave our homeland, the Philippines."

k.see hails from Queens, NY; picked up nine years of North Jersey love; and now lives in Long Beach, CA. She lives for the people, loves the people, writes poems and songs for the people. She is inspired by the people, serves, and fights on a daily basis for the people.


Two Native Guns battle each other for turntable supremacy..
Who you think is gonna win?

Witness it for the first time ever at the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix Concert next Friday, August 27th 2010 at JACCC Plaza in Downtown LA!

Check out that STACKS DJ Abel video that Phatty learned from here!

SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix Concert
Friday, August 27, 2010

Little Tokyo, Downtown LA
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, August 16, 2010


"Bayan Bayan Ko" is a revolutionary reggae song from the Philippines that will be performed live by Krystle Tugadi, Kayla DLR, k.see, and Menchie Caliboso (of Feed the Feeble) at the SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE LIVE REMIX Concert on August 27th .

The original song is written by youth from a cultural group called Tabak-Baguio.
You can download "Bayan Bayan Ko" here.

You can download a FREE EP from Feed The Feeble at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010



Live Remix Concert
Friday, August 27th, 2010

244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

The film will be re-mixed and re-edited LIVE on two turntables (using video DJ technology) with new, never-before-seen scenes.

The evening will feature a FREE outdoor screening & concert in beautiful Downtown LA, with live performances that are integrated INTO the film.

Performing live:
Power Struggle
Krystle Tugadi
Shining Sons
Vicoy Bagongsigaw

Food trucks provided by:
Manila Machine

Sponsored by:
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
Visual Communications
Fil Am Arts
Pilipino Artist Network
Beatrock Music
Bayan USA
Anakbayan-Los Angeles
Filipino Migrant Center

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



Mark your calendars everybody!!!

SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE Live Remix Concert
JACCC Plaza, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010, 7pm

See SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE like you've never seen it before...

I'm going to be remixing the film live using VIDEO DJing and scratching in new never-before-seen scenes that take you deeper into the life of Kiwi and the people's movement in the Philippines.

There will also be LIVE PERFORMANCES integrated INTO the film, featuring Power Struggle, Krystle Tugadi, Shining Sons, Vicoy Bagongsigaw, Gingee, and more... plus a special performance by Kiwi with video projection in the background!

Spread the word!!!


photo by Jay Davis

Thursday, June 10, 2010

FIST UP Film Festival TONIGHT!

SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE is playing tonight at 8pm in one my favorite towns on this earth, Berkeley, CA!

WHERE: La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8-10pm)
WHO: Panel w/ Kiwi Illafonte - MC, Activist (lead subject) & Anthony (Pele) Navarro - Organizer/Activist (In film) + special guests and Skype interview with Sounds of a New Hope director Eric Tandoc

Monday, May 10, 2010


A rare opportunity to catch some classic LA short documentaries, all made by students in the UCLA Ethnocommunications class taught by Robert Nakamura.

810LOGY (2004), my first documentary to ever make it into a film festival, is about the history and growth of my multi-ethnic skateboard crew from Westside Long Beach, 810 CREW!

There will be a special appearance by Ralph Santos, a.k.a. Shark!

You also don't want to miss the documentary film that was most influential to me when I first started out, BEATS, RHYMES, & RESISTANCE (1997). It's the first film I ever saw about Filipinos in Hip-Hop, specifically in LA. It was at this film's community premiere at SIPA in Historic Filipinotown that I first saw KIWI perform.

So in reality, this is the origin of my film, SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE (2009).

ETHNO LA: A retrospective of films from the UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications.

Monday, May 10, 7 pm
Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

This is a FREE event! Reception to follow program at Westwood Brewing Company.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Finally a trailer! To see the full version, you can peep the upcoming screenings in the LA / Long Beach area..

March 31, 2010 @ 9pm
PUKA BAR, Long Beach | ET's 30th BIRTHDAY BASH

April 22, 2010 @ 8pm
UCLA, Moore 100 | POWER IN NUMBERS concert tour