Guam’s first indigenous feature film is billed as a fully independent, do-it-yourself movie that stretches the limits of no-budget production.
Chamorro brothers Don and Kel Muña wrote, shot, chopped and acted in Shiro’s Head: The Legend, based on their original short story.
Director Don Muña plays Vince Flores, an outcast with a dark past attempting to reconcile his father’s death and a history of family secrets.
Made on a “no strings” budget with volunteer cast and crew, the production relied almost entirely on donations and goodwill during the three-month shoot.
The soundtrack features Guam artists Rebel Lion, D.U.B, Brandi Jae, Island Trybe, Virtuoso and Matala and others.
The film premiered on Guam and is currently on the festival circuit with screenings at Hawai’i International and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.
Indie is remarkable feat filmed on Guam
Honolulu Star Bulletin
Mud: Should’ve Known
The video was made by a Pacific Islander team – director Alex Munoz (Chamorro) and producer Karin Williams (Aotearoa/Cook Is) – with a mostly Guahan/Pinoy posse including editor AJ Calomay (editor: Black Eyed Peas, Native Guns).
Mud is Nikki Aclaro (vocals, guitar), Alan Kao (guitar), Ralph Blas (bass), Jared Cruz (drums) and Aris Nicholas (keyboard).
The Guam band, now San Francisco residents, signed with Talking House Productions.
Their new album Yearbook launches April 15.
Films by Youth Inside in LA Times
Munoz’s FYI: Films by Youth Inside teaches filmmaking to youth incarcerated in California corrections camps. He plans to expand the program to Hawai’i and Guam in 2008.
Read the full article: Life Has Its Own Storyline
“Munoz has developed a reputation as a talented and innovative writer and film director whose work reflects his advocacy for social change … stylish, provocative and edgy … ”