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FEATURE NARRATIVE 84 Minutes World Premiere
Family man Marlon Villar is the longtime chauffeur of Manuel Chango, a notoriously corrupt Filipino politician. One day as he and his daughter accompany his boss' preteen daughter home, their car is ambushed and, in the ensuing confusion, the wrong girl is kidnapped and held for ransom. Determined to rescue his child, but trapped between the competing motives of Chango and the kidnappers, the unassuming driver's life takes a sudden, terrifying turn that propels him into a horrifying downward spiral. As events unravel, Marlon, Chango, and their families become entangled in a game of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.

Ron Morales has crafted a twisty underworld thriller that dares to take viewers down the rabbit hole of Manila's seedy underbelly, exposing a carnival of corruption, exploitation, and shady double-dealings lurking just below the surface. Both entertaining and disturbing, Graceland is a gritty and gripping crime thriller with weight, weaving plots of political corruption and human trafficking into a kidnapping-gone-wrong narrative, making for one intense and unpredictable ride.
Crime, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Ron Morales graduated from Parsons with a photography degree and from NYU film school. He directed his award-winning debut feature Santa Mesa, starring Melissa Leo, at age 29. He has gone on to create a number of short films, commercials, and promotional and music videos.
Special Note


Graceland was named Second Place Audience Award Winner Narrative).

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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ron Morales
  • Screenwriter:
    Ron Morales
  • Producer:
    Rebecca Lundgren, Sam Rider
  • Editor:
    James LeSage, Jorge Olortegui
  • Director of Photography:
    Sung Rae Cho
  • Executive Producer:
    Eric Ulrich, David Raymond, Theo Brooks
  • Composer:
    Adan Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg
  • Co-Producer:
    Yusuke Kamata
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Joshua Sobel
  • Primary Cast:
    Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido de La Paz, Leon Miguel, Ella Guevara, Marife Necesito



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