Freedom In The Eyes Of Joshua Ashley Cailao: A Purposeful Filmmaker From Caloocan City


“Free yourself from the things that have been holding you back to reach your dreams.”


The moment Joshua Ashley Cailao uttered this line, I know for a fact that it will be a very interesting conversation.


At 21, Joshua Ashley, fondly called by his friends as “Jac” admits that it has always been a dream to create a film. With the opportunity given to him by the University of Caloocan City to direct one of the films for the Monumento Film Festival 2021, he knew right there and then, he had ticked off one of his bucket lists.


“Since bata pa lang ako, ito na ang pangarap ko. Originally gusto ko maging radio DJ, gusto ko napapakinggan yung boses ko sa radyo. Pero noong pumasok ako as a Communication student, doon ko narealize na parang ang sarap pala gumawa ng pelikula lalo na nung naging fan ako ng mga short films at indie films. Tapos syempre, hindi mo maiiwasan mangarap na gumawa ng sarili mong pelikula. Sumulat ng sarili mong istorya o makita ka sa camera. Noong na-achieve namin yun, or nagawa namin itong pelikula namin, fulfilling siya."


“It feels like there were a hundred of dreams fulfilled through just one film.”


“Na-direk ko ang pelikula at nakagawa kami ng story. Nasama pa ako sa pelikula kasi kailangan ng characters, Sobrang fulfilling niya as a communication student. Isa siyang pangarap na natupad. I never expected na makakagawa ng film o makakapag-direk and I’m happy na nagkaroon ako ng chance to do this.”


But mind you, his journey towards finishing his film “Her Dream” wasn’t as easy as you would think.


HOW IT ALL STARTED


“Her Dream” produced by Kalinaw Productions tackles the prevalent issue that is being faced by the youth today-- existential crisis. This film will open the eyes and hearts of the audience to free themselves from all the worries and pressure. That it is okay not to figure it out all yet and you’re truly bound for something greater.


“Ang film na ito hindi namin expected na ito ang magagawa namin kasi there are a lot of story pitches na nagawa nung production namin. We ended up making this film kasi unang-una, sobrang n