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Ron MORALES

Ron MORALES

Having worked for more than a decade in the film industry, Ron Morales has found his voice as a director by blending moral complexities with brutal shades of reality into compelling narratives. After receiving a degree in photography from Parsons School of Design, Ron continued on to NYU Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film in 2001. Ron directed his award-winning feature film Graceland (2012), which won Second Place Audience Award from Tribeca Film Festival 2012 and Best Narrative Feature Award from San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012. Graceland (2012) was shortlisted for the Academy Award for ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the Academy of the Philippines. and was theatrically released in the United States in 2013 by Drafthouse Films. Ron is repped at The Paradigm Talent Agency.

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Graceland

2012 / PHILIPPINES / Feature / 84 min

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In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar - a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango - is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he gets ambushed while driving both his boss’s twelve year-old girl and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events progress wildly unaccording to plan, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.


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