The Debut (2001 film)

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The Debut is an independent feature-length film directed and co-written by first-time Filipino American filmmaker Gene Cajayon.wikipedia
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Dante Basco

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Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook) plays Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who enrolls in a prestigious arts institute in order to realize his dreams of becoming an artist.
After portraying characters of various Asian ethnicity except his own, he portrayed a Filipino American alongside his three brothers and sister in the independent film The Debut.

Eddie Garcia

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The arrival of the Mercado family’s overbearing patriarch (Eddie Garcia) exacerbates tensions between father and son, while the temptation to ditch the relatives to be with his friends at a kegger across town tugs at Ben throughout the evening.
Garcia's best regarded works as an actor include Beast of the Yellow Night (1971), The Woman Hunt (1972), Deathrow (2000), The Debut (2001), Abakada... Ina (2001), Bwakaw (2012), and Rainbow's Sunset (2018), which marked his last film appearance in his lifetime.

Joy Bisco

He also finds an unexpected confidante (and perhaps a love interest) in Rose’s best friend Annabelle (Joy Bisco).
Her movie credits include The Debut and Not Another Teen Movie.

Tirso Cruz III

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However, his plans come into conflict with those of his strict immigrant father Roland (Tirso Cruz III), a postal worker intent on seeing Ben become a doctor.

Lisa Onodera

Lisa Onodera is an American independent film producer, of such noted films as Picture Bride, The Debut and Americanese.

Dion Basco

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His other credits include Biker Boyz alongside older brother Dante and The Debut alongside remaining family members Derek, Darion and Arianna.

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The Debut is an independent feature-length film directed and co-written by first-time Filipino American filmmaker Gene Cajayon.

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The Debut is an independent feature-length film directed and co-written by first-time Filipino American filmmaker Gene Cajayon.

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The Debut is an independent feature-length film directed and co-written by first-time Filipino American filmmaker Gene Cajayon.

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Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook) plays Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who enrolls in a prestigious arts institute in order to realize his dreams of becoming an artist.

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Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook) plays Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who enrolls in a prestigious arts institute in order to realize his dreams of becoming an artist.

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The Debut is based on a ten-minute short film Cajayon had made as his thesis project at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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The Debut is based on a ten-minute short film Cajayon had made as his thesis project at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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The Debut is based on a ten-minute short film Cajayon had made as his thesis project at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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The Debut is based on a ten-minute short film Cajayon had made as his thesis project at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Walt Disney Pictures

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Warner Bros.

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Paramount Pictures

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

20th Century Fox

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Columbia Pictures

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Universal Pictures

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Cajayon and Castro shopped the film to every major Hollywood studio (Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal), but was rebuffed.

Dean Devlin

Eventually, producer Dean Devlin became associated with the project, and the film was able to garner a grant from NAATA (National Asian American Telecommunications Association).

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Eventually, producer Dean Devlin became associated with the project, and the film was able to garner a grant from NAATA (National Asian American Telecommunications Association).

Gina Alajar

The filmmakers were able to cast Tirso Cruz III, Gina Alajar, Eddie Garcia, and comedian Fe De Los Reyes.