Patrick Epino is a director, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles.
As an actor he plays the lead role of “Troy” in H.P. Mendoza’s award-winning black comedy feature Bitter Melon, the first film produced through ABS-CBN’s Cinematografo Originals initiative. Bitter Melon premiered as the centerpiece film at CAAMFest and screened at numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad before it was released in theaters and on digital platforms by Gravitas Ventures. The film was dubbed “absorbing” by The New York Times, “invigorating” by Variety, and a “masterpiece” by the San Francisco Critics Circle.
Previously, Patrick co-directed, produced, and starred in the action comedy film Awesome Asian Bad Guys, alongside Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid Part II), Dante Basco (Hook), and Al Leong (Die Hard). The film raised over $54,000 on Kickstarter in 2013 and was selected to participate in IFP Week’s Emerging Narrative Forum. A crowd favorite on the festival circuit, Awesome Asian Bad Guys is distributed by FilmBuff (now Gunpowder & Sky).
Patrick has appeared in commercials and branded content for Hulu, Intel, and ScoreBig, and served as a host of the PBS Online Film Festival in 2012 and 2013. He studied improv at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Impro Theater.
Patrick wrote and directed the feature film Mr. Sadman, starring Scoot McNairy (True Detective, Argo), Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing, Orange Is the New Black), Tim Kang (The Mentalist) and Rudy Ramos (Yellowstone). The film was an official selection of the IFP Narrative Labs and a finalist for the lab’s inaugural $50,000 Post Production Grant. For his work on Mr. Sadman, The Independent chose Patrick as one its “10 Filmmakers to Watch.” The film was distributed across all major digital platforms via GoDigital.
Patrick’s short films have screened at festivals throughout North America. Void was a recipient of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship Grant and was distributed by Cinequest International. Spunk was distributed as a part of Microcinema’s Blackchair Collection. He is an alumnus of Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellowship and participated as a director in the NBC Diversity Showcase.
Patrick is the owner and executive producer of National Film Society, a full service multimedia production studio whose clients include Amazon, IMDb, Starz, PBS, and Filmmaker Magazine. National Film Society’s YouTube channel has amassed over 1.8 million views and over 12,000 subscribers, and was one of the founding members of PBS Digital Studios, PBS’s award-winning multichannel network.
Through National Film Society, Patrick serves as the producer of Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora hosted and produced by Paola Mardo. Long Distance is one of the six inaugural shows chosen — out of a field of over 6,000 — for the Google Podcasts creator program with PRX, receiving seed funding and development and production support. It was named by Bello Collective as one of the 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2018.
Previously, he served as VP of Digital at Suey Creative, a design agency where he produced digital content for clients including Kevin Hart and NBC Universal.
Patrick has spoken on panels at ComicCon, SXSW, IFP Week, and numerous film festivals and universities.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patrick graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology and earned his M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University.