Filipino immigrant seeks to inspire children with life story documentary

Tony-award winning producer, Jhett Tolentino, is seeking to raise $200,000 before Nov. 5, 2016 for his documentary film project.

The film, written and produced by Tolentino, will show his rise from a slum in the Philippines to become a successful Broadway producer in New York.

“In November 2015, I had the chance to visit my homeland, the Philippines,” Tolentino stated. “After having pledged myself to only come back accomplished, it was a historic moment not just for me, not just for my family and friends but also to some Filipinos who have followed my journey in becoming the 2nd Philippine-born Tony Award winner.”

If his goal is met, the money will help pay for the three months of production costs incurred in filming that took place in New York City, Philippines, Singapore and Japan.

“I hope you could be a part of this project,” he stated. “No amount is too small as I believe 4 quarters make a dollar.”

There are eight levels of pledges with perks detailed on the project’s page, ranging from $10-$10,000. All donors ($10 or greater) will receive recognition on social media. Higher level donors ($10,000 “Gold Sponsor” and higher) will be given film credit as part of their reward package.

Tolentino was born, raised and educated from the slums of Iloilo City, Philippines. He won three Tony Awards as a Broadway producer. He is the first and only Filipino Tony Awards voter among the 27 million theater-goers in the United States and a Grammy Awards voter.

He also received recognition by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts in February 2016 with the “Ani Ng Dangal” Award in Manila.

Tolentino said he wanted to document his visit to his home country last year, his first return home in 13 years. He stated that he hopes the film about his life may help inspire some of the less fortunate children in the world.

“With your help, we will be able to take this project to international film festivals,” Tolentino said. “We will also present this to the United Nations in New York City to make it as a tool for advanced countries to give more to educate the millions of poor children around the world.”

Go to to make a pledge and learn more about the film, has been an online platform since April 2009, where people can promote and seek funding for their creative ideas.

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