LOS ANGELES, CA – October 24, 2019 – Actress-Singer-Humanitarian Lou Barron stars in Tombstone Pillow, a short film directed by Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennet. The short poignantly calls attention to socioeconomic disparities in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the world – the slums of Manila Cemetery in the Philippines. The filmmakers’ primary purpose is driving social awareness to this issue. Through stark characterization and impactful imagery, this film reveals how, in one of the darkest corners of the world, compassion still conquers all.
“We aim to put a spotlight on situations where there is injustice. Our goal is to use our art to raise awareness and fight for people who don’t have a voice. We want to open our audiences’ eyes to things they haven’t seen before,” Bennet says.
The film handles the subject of extreme poverty with a heightened level of unexpected subtlety. The Manila Cemetery has been home to impoverished families since the 1950s, and Tombstone Pillow authentically illustrates how 6,000 people currently live in the shanty towns built atop graves and mausoleums. Baron plays Olivia, an heiress whose distant and unfeeling demeanor contrasts sharply with the kindness displayed by Maria, one of the children who lives in the slums. The juxtaposition of these two characters creates an incredibly moving effect.
Tombstone Pillow is also a breakthrough film because it was directed simultaneously by Lir and Bennet with Lir in the Philippines and Bennet in Los Angeles. Bennet used Facebook Video to direct remotely. The film is included in the list of films selected by the LA Shorts International Film Festival, and is also screening on March 23 at the opening night of the NYC International Film Festival at the Dolby Theatre. The film is Oscar-qualifying for LA Shorts, and is currently a finalist in the Asian Cinematography Awards where it will screen in Manila in the spring of 2020.
About Lourdes Duque Baron Lourdes
(Lou) Duque Baron is an actress, singer, author, and humanitarian, and is the first Filipina to win the Breakthrough Album of the Year Award in the 2014 LA Music Awards under the production of multi-platinum and Billboard Award-winning music producer Andrew Lane. She is also the winner of both the Impact Docs Award and the Telly Award for her Hope For the World Foundation Documentary. Baron is the CEO of Timeless Entertainment Inc. and co-owns the US-based online channel Telli-Pino Network. She has written three books, Scripted in Heaven, I Called Myself Cassandra, and New Breed of Homo Sapiens.
About Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennet
Bayou Bennet and Daniel Lir founded Dream Team Directors in 2007. The duo aims to combine beauty and humor to positively impact the world through their art and films. To date, Bennet and Lir have worked with international brands including Adidas, Atlantic Records, Smashbox Cosmetics, and Chrome Hearts. Additionally, they have collaborated with Mark Ruffalo, Lea Michele, P. Diddy, Lindsey Sterling, Paris Hilton, and Bella Hadid.