Production Team

Carlo Velayo (Producer)

Carlo produced the SXSW 2017 Feature Narrative Audience Award winner, "The Light of the Moon", starring Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Michael David-Stahl (Narcos).

He attended film school and completed a double degree in International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. This is where he met Jess Thompson, with whom he has been making films with since 2003. In 2006, while Carlo was completing his year of exchange in Manila, the Philippines, their short film Hike was shortlisted for Tropfest Sydney. Seven years later, their short film Across the Pond was a finalist in Tropfest New York.

Carlo is a Producer at Stedfast Productions – a small production company he started with Jess Thompson in New York City. He is an Associate Producer on Cheryl Furjanic’s award-winning Back on Board: Greg Louganis and was a Researcher on Academy Award-nominated, Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s forthcoming documentary, Food Evolution. Carlo started out in VFX and post-production on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and George Miller’s Happy Feet 2 respectively.

Although Carlo holds a Masters in Anthropology, he is as skilled operating a Super 8 camera, recording sound, editing, or keeping a shoot day on schedule and on budget, as he is at writing a scholarly paper. 

Gigi Dement (Producer)

In Gigi's words: I am a Brooklyn based independent producer.  One of my proudest accomplishments was producing the 2011 Academy Award winning film "God of Love" written and directed by the insanely talented, Luke Matheny.  With this Oscar, I became the first Filipino to ever to produce an Academy Award winning film.  It was both gratifying and humbling to see my name and my picture on the cover of magazines and newspapers in my home country.

Over the past several years I have been producing short and feature films, commercials and branded content, music videos and even high end special events.  I have had the honor to work with both established and emerging filmmakers and look forward to continuing to bring to life the stories of so many people with so many points of view.

I go where my heart and my intellect lead me, which often means my work transcends both genre and any specific industry.  If you can dream it, I can figure out how to realize it.

Isabel Sandoval (Director)

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Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based Filipino filmmaker. She has produced, written and directed two full-length features, including the Filipino-language "Señorita" (2011), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and was nominated for Best Picture by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines. "Señorita" also won the Emerging Director Award at the 2012 Asian-American International Film Festival. 

Her second feature film, "Apparition" (2012), a period drama about cloistered Filipino nuns during the Marcos regime was widely acclaimed in its Philippine theatrical release and won a number of international awards, including the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NetPAC) Award at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival as well as the Audience Award at the 2013 Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. Variety Magazine touts "Apparition" as an “outstanding sophomore feature...[an] intelligently scripted and deeply moving mood piece.” Apparition had a week-long theatrical run at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 2013 and was recently featured in MoMA's 2017 film series "A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema" alongside works by Golden Lion winner Lav Diaz and Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza.

"Lingua Franca" is her third narrative feature.

Isabel has a MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and has a background in brand management.