CALIFORNIA - A Filipino-American filmmaker made a splash with a short film at the WonderCon Comic Book Convention in Anaheim.
Patricio Ginelsa, best known for his work with the Black Eyed Peas, unveiled his newest project "Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted".
"This is like the perfect way to premiere our little comic book short film here at WonderCon. It's a celebration of comic books, movies, all in one," he said.
"Black Tiger", based on a 2004 independent comic book created by one of Ginelsa's college classmates, made its debut at WonderCon and was attended by some of its stars, comic fans, and even Anthony Michael Hall, who starred in 80s hits such as the "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science."
The movie features former World Wrestling Entertainment diva Angela Gong, Mortal Combat's Robin Shou and Rico Anderson of Star Trek Renegades.
"It's a generational power and what we're seeing is the first female holder of this power and basically what she's contending with is a burden," said creator John Hervey.
Shou said, "I probably enjoy a smaller production because everything is so personal and intimate especially like now I'm working with John Hervey with Patricio and guys who are putting their time and effort for practically nothing. How could you not give your best?"
Just like Ginelsa's highly anticipated "Lumpia 2"movie, "Black Tiger" was crowd-funded via donations through Indiegogo and Kick Starter.
"You don't need millions of followers to get your stuff funded. You just need passion. You need a support system, everyone's friends," he said.
For now, "Black Tiger" is about 20 minutes long. But after a strong debut, Ginelsa and Hervey are already looking into the possibility of expanding the film to become a full length feature or a multi-part series.