Originally founded in 2011 as a YouTube channel, National Film Society has grown into a multimedia production company specializing in film, digital media, podcasts, and branded content. With a uniquely brainy and offbeat style, we produce original work, collaborate with talented creators, and explore the world of pop culture.
Currently, NFS is producing Paola Mardo’s Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora. Long Distance is one of the six inaugural shows chosen — out of a field of 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.
NFS’s work also includes the film Awesome Asian Bad Guys, an action-comedy about a motley crew of washed up Asian bad guy actors that joins forces to take down Los Angeles’ most nefarious mob boss.
The film stars Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid Part II), Dante Basco (Hook), Yuji Okumoto (Karate Kid Part II) and Al Leong (Die Hard). It raised over $54,000 on Kickstarter 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 Gunpowder & Sky.
In addition, NFS has produced content for clients and partners such as Amazon, Starz, IMDb, PBS, Evertoon, and Filmmaker Magazine.
The National Film Society 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. After an extended hiatus, the channel is coming back strong with regular content featuring NFS’s latest projects, adventures, and daily film obsessions.
National Film Society is owned and operated by Patrick Epino and headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
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