Celine Parreñas Shimizu is an internationally-screened and award-winning filmmaker. Distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel, her films are Mahal Means Love and Expensive (1993), Her Uprooting Plants Her (1995), Super Flip (1997), The Fact of Asian Women (2004), winner of four festival awards, and Birthright (2009), winner of Best Feature Documentary at the Big Mini DV Festival in 2009. Her films are distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel.
She also works as a consultant to films by Julie Shigekuni and Ramona Diaz and as a production designer and art director for films by Ernesto Foronda, Cauleen Smith, Dawn Suggs, and others.
Her articles about the filmmaking process are included in the books Pinay Power and Countervisions. Her conversation with Helen Lee, “Two Meditations on Race and Sexuality” is included in the journal Signs.
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Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California. This film digs up herstory. The filmmaker, a grieving mother, with a long-term commitment to exploring race, gender and immigration, digs up Celine Navarro’s story, exposing silences that haunt Filipin@x American communities today, along with Celine Navarro’s family, community members and scholars who know different details about this largely untold event in American history.
Learn more about The Celine Archive at celinearchive.com
Producer, Director, Writer and Co-Editor, Birthright: Mothering Across Difference. (2009) Digital Film. 75 minutes. Intimate interviews with over 50 first-time mothers on the gendered constraints of mothering. World Premiere: ReelHeart Film Festival. Toronto, Canada. June 2009. Best Feature Documentary, Big Mini DV Film Festival, New York 2009. Distribution: Progressive Films, Berkeley.
Co-Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, The Fact of Asian Women. (2002). Digital Film. 26 minutes. Experimental Documentary. The film evaluates the legacy of three generations of Asian American femme fatales in Hollywood. World Premiere: Silver Lake Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA. October 2002. Distribution: Third World Newsreel (Fall 2003) and Progressive Films, Berkeley. To watch the 26-minute film, click here and enter the password: shimizu.
Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, Super Flip. (1997) 16mm. 30 minutes. An experimental narrative based on interviews with Filipino American low-wage workers in San Francisco regarding work and love. Considered an “underground” classic of Filipino American cinema and featured at Center for Asian American Media’s San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival’s Classic Filipino American Shorts Program in 2010. World Premiere: Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Distribution: Progressive Films, Berkeley.
Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, Her Uprooting Plants Her. (1995) An experimental narrative based on interviews with Filipino immigrant families regarding home, memory and exile. World Premiere: Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago. Distribution: New York: Third World Newsreel, New York.
Producer, Director, Writer and Editor, Mahal Means Love and Expensive. (1993). An experimental narrative based on interviews with young Filipina women regarding race, colonialism, sex and love. World Premiere: Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago. Distribution: Progressive Films, Berkeley.
Link to Ramona Diaz’s The Bill
Link to Back to Bataan Beach.
Link to Body of A Poet.
articles about filmmaking
“The Making of My Mothering Movie: Birthright”
“Unashamed to be so beautiful”: An Interview with Celine Salazar Parrenas – Theodore S. Gonzalves
“Theory In/Of Practice: Filipina American Feminist Filmmaking”
“Sex Acts: Two Meditations on Race and Sexuality” in SIGNS, v.30 no. 1 (2004)