Allie Cuerdo
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AMAZING ALLIE CUERDO is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, producer and author, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women's Network. Their work fuses fantasy, documentary and activism, with a focus on stories that uplift underserved communities and center joy.

In 2021, they received the Logo30 award given to LGBTQ pioneers, activists, entertainers, political figures and artists who continue to move our community forward. Their work includes emblazoning the first ever transgender flag on a PEPSI product for LIFEWTR x LIFE UNSEEN with Issa Rae, SPOTIFY PRIDE x CLAIM YOUR SPACE with Big Freedia, and NBC’s INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM AWARDS with Meryl Streep, Amal Clooney and Filipina Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa.

In 2019, their feature directorial debut ULAM: MAIN DISH became the first Filipino food documentary to achieve worldwide distribution on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Named one of the 20 Best Books of the Year by Amazon, their first book AMBOY: Recipes From the Filipino-American Dream was subsequently published by Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Always an advocate for equality, they have spoken at Google, Spotify, Yale and at the Teen Vogue Summit about their career as an openly queer Asian director and cancer survivor. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, New York Magazine, PAPER, Filmmaker Magazine, Variety, Deadline and more.

  • ULAM: Main Dish - Official Trailer

    ULAM: Main Dish - World Premiere April 7, 2018 at SFFILM

    ULAM (Main Dish) is a food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.

    Featuring: Alvin Cailan (Egglsut, Unit 120), Nicole Ponseca & Miguel Trinidad (Maharlika, Jeepney), Romy Dorotan & Amy Besa (Purple Yam), Johneric Concordia & Christine Araquel-Concordia (The Park's Finest), Charles Olalia (Ricebar), Chase Valencia & Chad Valencia (LASA), Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano, Little Bear), and more.

    Dir. Alexandra Cuerdo
    Prod./DP John Floresca
    Prod. Rey Cuerdo