On an island where humans are controlled as avatars by a mysterious voice in a driving app, two estranged sisters with supernatural abilities team up with an overworked detective and a rebel motorcyclist only to become haunted by a startling revelation—the voice they’re pursuing could be their own dead mother’s, propelling them into a race against time to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.
John is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer. He co- runs Los Otros, a Manila-based space, film lab, and platform committed to the intersections of film and art, with a focus on process over product. He directed and produced five feature films, including Todo Todo Teros (Dragons & Tigers Award, Vancouver IFF 2006; NETPAC/FICRESCI awards, Singapore IFF 2006), Years When I was a Child Outside (Berlinale Forum Expanded 2008), and Lukas The Strange (Art of the Real, Film at Lincoln Center, 2013). He made more than a dozen short films, including, We Still Have to Close Our Eyes (Wavelengths, Toronto IFF 2019). John produced Shireen
Seno’s Nervous Translation (NETPAC award, Tiger Competition, Rotterdam 2018), a project that was developed through Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, Bangkok Produire au Sud, IFP, and Cinemart. His work fictionalizes and reworks personal and found documentations of love, family relations, and memory in relation to current events, hearsays, myth, and folklore.
John was a featured artist in Flaherty Seminar in 2018. He was an artist-in-residence at NTU-Centre of Contemporary Arts in Singapore in 2019. A focus of John’s works was shown at the Viennale in 2013. Another one is planned in Oberhausen in 2024.