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Angel Velasco Shaw

Angel Velasco Shaw was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York. She is an independent film/video maker, educator and cultural activist. She received her BFA in Post-Studio Arts from CalArts and a masters degree in Media Studies from The New School For Social Research.

She is a media artist, writer, cultural activist, curator and educator. Videos screened nationally and internationally include “Blowback,” “Umbilical Cord,” (collection: Cinematheque Suisse Schweizer Filmarchiv. Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain); “Asian Boys,” (collection: Cinematheque Suisse Schweizer Filmarchiv); “Nailed,” (collection: The Museum of Modern Art New York. Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain); and “Balikbayan/Return to Home.” Velasco Shaw was the originator and project director for the Vestiges of War 1899-1999: The Philippine-American War and Its Aftermath (Feb.99--components included an art exhibition, two weekend conference at New York University and performances at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre). She is co-editor of the anthology, “Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream; 1899-1999” (New York University Press, 2002). She co-curated Empire and Memory: Repercussions and Evocations of the 1899 Philippine-American War, a film/video exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. She was a core faculty member in the Asian/Pacific/ American Studies Program at New York University where she taught media, cultural, and community studies courses from 1995-2006. She has also taught at Hunter College, Columbia University, The New School For Social Research, and Pratt Institute.



Velasco Shaw was the acting executive director of the non-profit Asian American media arts organization, Asian CineVision from 2000-2001. She has participated in numerous conferences and cultural events in the Philippines, conducted media workshops in Manila and Laos, and in Filipino American communities nationwide.



She is currently working on a multiyear project, a series of cultural changes in Southeast Asia called: “Trade Routes: Converging Cultures: Southeast Asia and Asia America.

AVAILABLE FROM TWN:

Asian Boys
Angel Velasco Shaw
1994, 19 min., Color, US
This documentary was produced in collaboration with performance artist Nicky Paraiso for his critically acclaimed multi-media performance at P.S. 122. Eleven different interviews with "Asian Boys" are...

The Momentary Enemy
Angel Velasco Shaw
Producer: Maria Christina Villaseñor
2008, 25 min., Color/BW, US/The Philippines
The Momentary Enemy takes a critical comparative look into the way mass media has represented the Philippine-American War, Vietnam and Iraq Wars since the turn of the century to present day. The video...

Nailed
Angel Velasco Shaw
1992, 50 min., Color
A Filipina's exploration of the Catholic Church and 400 years of colonialism in the Pacific region is woven in a montage of images, sounds, stories and performances. Inspired by Lucy Reyes, a woman wh...

Umbilical Cord
Angel Velasco Shaw
1998, 28 min., Color, Phillippines
A kaleidoscope of the filmmaker's impressions of current events from the Centennial commemoration to recent elections and their relationship to the past one hundred years of Philippine struggle. In a ...


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