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Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits and Paulo K Tiról on the Set of THE LANGUAGE LESSON

Jaygee Macapugay stars in THE LANGUAGE LESSON.

Bev’s Girl Films latest release is The Language Lesson starring Jaygee Macapugay as Jenny and Deven Kolluri as Professor Nadal.  Executive Produced by Lia Chang and Garth Kravits (co-founders of Bev’s Girl Films), The Language Lesson was directed by Mr. Kravits (Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Drowsy Chaperone) and features choreography by Karla Puno Garcia (Hamilton).

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

School of Rock’s Jaygee Macapugay (Soft Power, Here Lies Love) wants to tell Filipino American stories through musical theatre. She is thrilled to share The Language Lesson, her debut musical short film  based on the music & lyrics of Paulo K Tiról;  it follows Jenny, a Filipino immigrant who has a crush on her ESL teacher. Tiról’s Filipino immigrant song cycle, On This Side of the World, was recently presented by Prospect Theatre Company at the Greenwich House Theater last February. Scroll down for behind the scenes photos and to watch the film.

Unit Production Manager Jessica Wu, Executive Producer Lia Chang, 1st Assistant Director Eric Elizaga, Jaygee Macapugay, Production Assistant Ali Ewoldt and Director Garth Kravits. Photo by Jorge Robayo

The suppporting cast of The Language Lesson includes Carol Angeli, Taylor DeNapoli, Aaron Jay Green, Rashaan James II, Jessie Lawyer, Natalie Leonard, Kaleo Nadal, Luana Psaros, Anastasia Shulgina, Katie Shults, Michael Sylvester, Miles Wilkie, Virginia Wing and Minami Yusui are featured as students/dancers.

Deven Kolluri,Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Corinne Louie

According to Macapugay, “Working on Paulo’s music has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.  I wasn’t sure if I should release the film because I didn’t want to be insensitive to the coronavirus crisis affecting the world.  But this film, shot on location in New York City, celebrates diversity in the arts right now- a Filipino American story written by a Filipino American composer and featuring a FilAm choreographer, Asian American leads, and fourteen gorgeously diverse actor/dancers.  Even our producer, band, hair/make-up team, and craft service are comprised mainly of artists of color.

Back Row: Dorothy Bhadra, Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Minami Yusui, Aaron Jay Green, Carol Angeli, Jaygee Macapugay, Paulo K Tiról, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga, Michael Sylvester, Jessie Lawyer, Kaleo Nadal, Deven Kolluri.
Front row: Ali Ewoldt, Luana Psaros, Natalie Leonard, Jorge Robayo, Anastasia Shulgina, Taylor DeNapoli, Katie Shults, Miles Wilkie, Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

While in the editing room with director/editor Garth Kravits prior to today’s release made me nostalgic for last month, where my friends and I were all in a room, creating in a space where we weren’t worried about social distancing, hand sanitizing, or even hugging. But no virus is going to stop artists from creating. I see that every time I look at my Facebook or Instagram timelines.  Most importantly, our film is about the feeling you get when you fall in love, and I think there’s never a bad time for the world to hear a message about love.”

The creative team includes Garth Kravits (Director, Director of Photography, Editor), Paulo K Tiról (Music & Lyrics), Karla Puno Garcia (Choreographer), Jessica Wu (Unit Production Manager, Live Sound Recording), Eric Elizaga (1st Assistant Director), Jorge Robayo (Grip), Dorothy Bhadra, Giuliana Brandon (Hair/Make-Up), Caylie Rose Newcom (Associate Choreographer), Ali Ewoldt (Production Assistant), Lia Chang (BTS Photography), Jen Dadivas Hong (ESL Consultant) with catering provided by Jeepney.

Paulo K Tiról and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

The film score was recorded live at Yes It Is! Studios by Engineer and Mixer Garth Kravits, with Music Director Ian Miller on Piano, Chris Peters on Guitar, Billy Smolen on Bass, Garth Kravits on Drums and Jonathan Cuevas on Cello.

Jaygee Macapugay, Paulo K Tiról, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang

Special thanks to Kevin Nadal, David McQueen and Nicole Ponseca.

Jaygee Macapugay, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Dorothy Bhadra and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Lia Chang, Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Virginia Wing, Associate Choreographer Caylie Rose Newcom, Carol Angeli, Miles Wilkie. Photo by Lia Chang
Virginia Wing, Jaygee Macapugay, Carol Angeli, Miles Wilkie. Photo by Lia Chang
Paulo K Tiról. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
Aaron Jay Green and Minami Yusui. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Jessica Wu, Jorge Robayo, Paulo K. Tiról, Garth Kravits and Deven Kolluri. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast and creative team of THE LANGUAGE LESSON. Photo by Lia Chang
Back row: Rashaan James II, Aaron Jay Green, Miles Wilkie, Luana Psaros, Katie Shults, Minami Yusui, Kaleo Nadal, Giuliana Brandon, Anastasia Shulgina.
Front row: Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Carol Angeli, Natalie Leonard, Jessie Lawyer, Michael Sylvester, Taylor DeNapoli. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Jessica Wu, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga. Photo by Lia Chang
Makeup artists Dorothy Bhadra and Giuliana Brandon. Photo by Lia Chang
Catering by Jeepney. Photo by Lia Chang
Catering by Jeepney. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Catering by Jeepney. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonathan Cuevas. Photo by Garth Kravits

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits Sings And Paulo K Tiról On The Set Of THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

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Lia Chang. Photo by Anastasia Shulgina

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman, Balancing Act, Belongingness, When the World was Young and Hide and Seek.