Legions of Boom


Legions of Boom is a documentary feature film that will focus on the Filipino-American DJ and the cultural revolution of a generation of Filipino immigrants who found their identity through music.

The story begins in 1979 Spanish Harlem, New York, where Joe Bataan was the first-ever Filipino-American to break out in the music industry. At the same time in San Francisco, high schoolers Raffy and Ricky Restauro discovered "on-stop mixing" at a disco. They decided to bring this club experience into their middle class suburbs, and they became the first of hundreds of Filipino-American mobile crews in the Bay Area. In 1980s Seattle, a man calling himself "The Crazy Pinoy" launched the first hip-hop radio show in the West Coast that showcased his own music. In Flushing, Queens, in 1995, Candice Custodio, an 18-year old Filipina, stumbled upon the New York hip-hop party scene and ended up becoming one of the most accomplished female DJs in the world. All these events inspired an entire generation of immigrants to become musical entrepreneurs and virtuosos.

The Bay Area mobile DJ scene that humbly began in garage parties and church events swiftly escalated into massively promoted events, where drugs, sexual predators, and gang violence were prevalent. Yet from the ashes of this dying scene emerged the wunderkinds Q-Bert and Mix Master Mike, who transformed the art of "turntablism"for generations to come, bringing the idea of the Filipino DJ to the global audience.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Marie Jamora (director) is an award-winning director, editor and producer from Manila, Philippines, who is best known for her commercials, music videos and first feature film, What Isn't There (Ang Nawawala). Partially funded by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and Arts, What Isn't There premiered internationally in competition at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013, and won the Audience Choice Award and Best Original Score at the Cinemalaya Film Festival in 2012. It has also been in competition at Hawaii International Film Festival, Luang Prabang Film Festival (Laos) and the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, among others.

Most recently, Marie worked as Editor and Post-Production Supervisor for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (TDOSLWH), which is now available on Showtime. In January 2015, Marie's short film Isobel won Honorable Mention in Slamdance Film Festival's Digital Bolex Competition. And in February 2015, Marie was commissioned by Unilever Philippines to direct a half-hour documentary short film for TV, Portraits, which spearheaded their advocacy for Filipino women achieving international success, inspiring the social media movement in the Philippines of #WorldClassFilipina.

In 2008, she directed and edited the first season of Project Runway Philippines, which was nominated at the 14th Asian Television Awards for Best Adaptation of an Existing Format. For the last 15 years, Marie has directed over 40 music videos, garnering 8 wins and over 30 nominations from every major Filipino music award-giving body, including MTV Pilipinas, Channel MYX and the NU107 Rock Awards.

Marie acquired her MFA degree in Film from Columbia University in 2005, and, from 2006 to 2013, taught the class Digital Video Filmmaking in the Department of Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she graduated cum laude. For the past two years, Marie has been a Narrative Features Programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA/Philippines
  • Language(s): English/Tagalog
  • Year: 2016
  • Director(s): Marie Jamora
  • Producer(s): Jimmy Nguyen, Jason McLagan
  • Cinematographer(s): Nelson Walker
  • Editor(s): Marie Jamora