Patrick Epino is a writer, director, and producer based in Los Angeles. He is the Executive Producer and Creative Director of National Film Society, a multimedia production studio specializing in film, digital media, and branded content. National Film Society’s clients include PBS, Amazon, IMDb, and Starz. Its YouTube channel, which explores the worlds of filmmaking and pop culture, has garnered over 1.6 million views.
Patrick is the co-director, producer, and one of the leads in the action comedy film Awesome Asian Bad Guys (2015), which stars Al Leong (Die Hard), Dante Basco (Hook), Tamyln Tomita (The Karate Kid Part II), and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat). It raised over $54,000 on Kickstarter, screened at various festivals and events around the country, and was distributed on all major digital platforms through Gunpowder and Sky, formerly Filmbuff. He is the director of the dark comedy Mr. Sadman (2009) starring Scoot McNairy (Godless), Tim Kang (The Mentalist), and Al No’mani (Arrested Development). Mr. Sadman was part of the 2008 Independent Film Project (IFP) Narrative Labs and was distributed by GoDigital. Patrick was chosen by The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch and his work has been featured on Indiewire, Mashable, Remezcla, and PBS Newshour.
As an actor Patrick has appeared in a number of commercials and most recently played the role of Troy in H.P. Mendoza’s dark comedy Bitter Melon (2018). He studied improv at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and Impro Studio.
Patrick graduated with an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. He was the VP of Digital at Suey Creative, where he produced digital content for Kevin Hart and NBC Universal. Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Patrick has been a fan of the Golden State Warriors since Sleepy Floyd went for 51 against the Lakers in the 1987 playoffs. He runs the website OaklandWarriors.com.