Jocelyn

Saddi-Lenhardt

Jocelyn is a USC-MFA-trained screenwriter-director and a first-generation Filipina American whose childhood was spent living under one small roof observing the elderly of her provincial family and their brood spin yarns of the oft-forgotten Bataan Death March and the Martial Law period as she came of age in the late '90s, thus becoming immersed not only in classic and renegade Hollywood cinema and the burgeoning American independent film movement -- but also in '70s Philippine social cinema characterized by Lino Brocka. By high school and college, she dabbled in journalism with a couple of published film reviews, and soon, a passion to become a filmmaker was sparked. 

While enrolled at USC,  she gained consideration for entry into the reputable Sundance Screenwriters Lab twice, in 2015 and 2017, with moody romantic dramas, one in which encompasses the style and tone derived from iconic '90s TV shows "My So-Called Life" and "Felicity" while continuing the holistic study of the Art and Craft of Filmmaking. 

To date, her award-winning short film debut, MOTHER & CHILD (Best Short, Chicago Filipino American Film Fest - 2012), a character study about a single Filipina mother in Los Angeles undergoing the quiet strain of awaiting her estranged husband's return, has screened at the Directors Guild of America, XFinity Asia online, artwithimpact.org., and was reviewed in The Huffington Post in 2013 via the Center of Asian American Media Festival by George Heymont, a SF-based arts critic,  as "[feeling] like a ghost story" while declaring it as one of "three shorts that stand out among this year's crop". 

Forging ahead with the theme of assimilation into American society, she is working on writing and developing a darkly comedic, potential TV/web series about a Filipino immigrant family's cross-country roadtrip along with a doc about her father's historical manuscript of the recollections of his hometown, and a YA semi-biographical novella to be pitched for publication.

 

            

 

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