Isang Chinese-Filipino (o "Chinoy") ang isa sa sampung filmmakers na kabilang sa full-length film category ng 6th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Ito ay ang multi-media artist na si Ian-Dean Loreños, ipinanganak at lumaki sa Chinatown, sa mga lugar ng Tondo at Binondo sa Manila.
Graduate si Ian ng Bachelor's degree in Commerce (major in Marketing) at may second degree rin siya ng kursong Management, both in Chiang Kai Shek College.
Nagsimula ang kanyang interest for filmmaking noong nasa College pa siya nang ma-involve siya sa filmmaking and photography workshops sa University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) at sa Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) tuwing summer breaks. Nag-collaborate rin siya upang gumawa ng short films with his sister Kat Loreños na nanalo ng maraming awards.
Tumindi ang kanyang passion sa paggawa ng pelikula, kung kaya't pagka-graduate sa kolehiyo, nagpatuloy siya sa filmmaking. First screenplay niya ang The Leaving na naglikha ng ingay nang mapili si Ian bilang isa sa mga Filipinos na nag-participate sa 5th Berlinale Talent Campus sa Berlin, Germany noong 2007.
Ang kanyang Berlin experience ay lalong nag-inspire sa kanya upang ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pagiging independent filmmaker. Sa 2009 Cinemanila International Film Festival Machinima Category, nagwagi si Ian ng Audience Award for his Machinima music video Worship the Will. Dahil sa deep attachment niya sa kanyang roots, hangad ni Ian na ipagpatuloy ang iba pa niyang screenplays na sumesentro sa Filipino-Chinese culture.
Sa kanyang personal blog, idini-describe ng 27-year-old new filmmaker ang sarili bilang "a jock who suddenly fell in love with filmmaking, animation, classical music, theory of relitivity, the law of attraction and other geeky stuffs. Now, I evolved into a geeky-jock. I'm currently doing multimedia artworks such as animation, graphic arts and film making. Filmmaking destroyed my jock-hood."
Kabilang sa kanyang mga interests ay ang: films, animation, photography, business, music, shopping, electronics, spirituality, computers, collectibles, toys. "In short, a geeky-jock kind of life," sabi ni Ian.
Ang kanyang mga paboritong pelikula ay ang Der Himmel Über Berlin (Wings of Desire), Memories of Murder, Paris Texas, among others. Mahilig rin siya sa classical music na gawa nina Beethoven, Debussy, at Bach and Mozart. "I also love Philip Glass's genius compositions. I idolize Bono and the rest of U2 and what they are doing to save the world...and of course I love their music. Right now I'm into chiptunes (8-bit musics)."
SYNOPSIS. Narito ang synopsis ng first full length film ni Ian-Dean Loreños na The Leaving:
Everything is changing, leaving, and returning. There is always a constant transience in this world. This is the premise of The Leaving, a raw representation of the social, moral, and cultural scenario of the new generation of "Tsinoys."
The Leaving is set in a neo-Chinatown in Manila where the "Tsinoys" (Filipino-Chinese) struggle with the diminishing of their culture. We follow three intertwining stories (MARTIN, The LOVER, WIFE) that leave elements on the other stories such that they are all connected.
The Leaving - Martin: Martin is living independently in an old apartment building in the center of the Tsinoy community in Binondo, Manila. When he suddenly got laid off from his job as a call center agent, he suddenly caught up in a dilemma whether to leave his home country to reunite with his family in a foreign land or stay and continue his struggles. Martin tries to visit the places as he collects memories of his past to find answers. But the sudden strange encounters during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival gives him something more than what he's asking for.
The Leaving - The Lover: A Tsinoy businessman, William (The Lover) is already married but finds his happiness with Joan, a charming, nomadic bachelorette office worker. But the uncertainty in their relationship causes Joan to decide to leave the country to start a new life on her own. But as Joan is about to leave, her departure is halted and results in an unexpected event.
The Living - Wife: A typical conservative Filipina-Chinese housewife, Grace moves in the apartment building with her husband in same building where Martin lives. Neglected and unappreciated, Grace finds comfort through his neighbor Martin but their relationship is fenced by their present circumstances. And so Grace tries live on with her marriage, but a sudden haunting later on unravels a horrifying secret.