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KENNETH CABANILLA IS A CINEMATOGRAPHER KNOWN FOR HIS WORK AND COLLABORATIONS WITH COMPANIES SUCH AS IMG WORLDWIDE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, FASHION NOVA, A&E, INTERSCOPE, AND RCA RECORDS. HE IS BASED IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK.

KENNETH CABANILLA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES. IN HIS CHILDHOOD HE QUICKLY DEVELOPED AN AFFINITY FOR THE ART. KENNETH’S FATHER, AN ARCHITECT, WOULD ROUTINELY TAKE HIM FOR RIDE ALONGS TO SITES AND DEVELOPMENTS. AT HOME THE YOUNGSTER WOULD BORROW CARBON TRANSFER PAPER SHEETS FROM HIS FATHERS DESK AND HAD A PROCLIVITY FOR TRACING COMIC BOOKS. EVENTUALLY, KENNETH BEGAN ALTERING THE IMAGES ENTIRELY UPON EMPHASIZING CLOSE UPS, TRACKING CHARACTER MOVEMENT FROM FRAME TO FRAME. THIS BECAME THE FERTILE GROUND THAT NOURISHED HIS NASCENT ARTISTRY AND COMPREHENSION OF VISUAL LANGUAGE. LATER, HE WAS GIFTED A COPY OF “SIMS”, AND SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS BUILDING UP HOUSES, TOWNS, AND CITIES. WHEREAS MOST KIDS WOULD HAVE HOUSES OR BUILDINGS WITHOUT RHYME OR REASON, KENNETH BUILT HIS WORLD UP AS IF HE WERE AN ARCHITECT HIMSELF. AROUND THE AGE OF TEN HE GOT HIS FIRST TASTE OF PLAYING WITH A CAMERA WHEN HIS PARENTS BROUGHT HOME A SONY VIDEO-CAM. HE WAS INTRIGUED BY THE DEVICE, ESPECIALLY THE PICTURE INSIDE THE VIEWFINDER. A DECADE PASSED BEFORE HE REALIZED THAT CINEMATOGRAPHY WAS HIS TRUE CALLING, IN WHICH HIS LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THE AESTHETIC IMAGE CONSUMED HIM.

UNTIL THE AGE OF 13 KENNETH LIVED A TYPICAL CHILDHOOD THAT CONSISTED OF SCHOOL, SPORTS, AND HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS. ALL OF THAT CHANGED WHEN HE AND HIS FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO BURBANK, CALIFORNIA. THE MOVE TO A NEW CULTURE, LET ALONE A NEW COUNTRY, WAS COLOSSAL. KENNETH’S CHILDHOOD FRIVOLITY QUICKLY TRANSFORMED INTO A MORE OBJECTIVE PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD: IT’S A HARD PLACE OUT THERE. DUE TO AGE, AS WELL AS NECESSITY, KENNETH BEGAN TO HAVE MORE AUTONOMY OVER HIS CHOICES IN LIFE. AS A TEENAGER LOOKING FOR JOBS FOR POCKET MONEY, HE QUICKLY REALIZED THAT BURBANK, A MAJOR MEDIA CITY IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO SEVERAL MAJOR STUDIOS, ALONG WITH HIS NATURAL ARTISTIC PREDILECTIONS, STEERED HIM TO THE BIGGEST INDUSTRY IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD: FILM.

INITIALLY KENNETH WORKED AS A VISUAL DESIGNER WHERE HIS METICULOUS FOCUS AND LOVE FOR TYPOGRAPHY INTERSECTED. HE EXCELLED AT THIS WORK, AND EVENTUALLY TRANSITIONED FROM PHOTOSHOP TO FINAL CUT. FROM THAT POINT ON, FILM BECAME AN ADDICTION. KENNETH WORKED AS AN EDITOR FOR SOME TIME, BUT EVENTUALLY HIS ARTISTIC TENDENCIES AND INSTINCTS KICKED IN. ONE DAY IN THE CUTTING ROOM HE REALIZED THAT THE FOOTAGE HE WAS ASSEMBLING HAD A RUDIMENTARY UNDERSTANDING OF AESTHETICS AND COLOR THEORY. SIMPLY PUT, IT DIDN’T LOOK GOOD. AFTER BRINGING IT UP IN CONVERSATION HE WAS TOLD THAT COLORING WASN’T CATEGORIZED AS WORK DONE BY THE EDITING DEPARTMENT. IT WAS A DUTY THAT BELONGED TO THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY. KENNETH REALIZED AT THAT MOMENT, WITH HIS SENSIBILITIES, WORK ETHIC, AND AMBITION, THAT HE HAD TO PICK UP THE CAMERA HIMSELF.

AS WITH MANY OF HIS PREDECESSORS, KENNETH’S FIRST SERIOUS OPPORTUNITIES WERE IN THE MUSIC VIDEO LANDSCAPE. THROUGH A SERIES OF FORTUNATE EVENTS HE BEGAN TO COLLABORATE WITH (THEN UP AND COMER) LUKE CHRISTOPHER. THEY CREATED SEVERAL MUSIC VIDEOS TOGETHER, MOST NOTABLY “ROOFTOPS” WHICH FEATURED ASHER ROTH. FOLLOWING THE CURRENT, KENNETH ESTABLISHED A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS FROM 2011-2013, AND FOLLOWED THAT WITH, DOING IN-HOUSE SHOOTING FOR RCA RECORDS. OVER THIS TIME KENNETH SHOT THE VIDEO FOR SOULJA BOY, DIZZY WRIGHT, JASMINE VILLEGAS, XZIBIT, AVICII, CHIDDY BANG, ASHER ROTH, COMMON, WIZ KHALIFA, MAC MILLER, AND KENDRICK LAMAR. SOME OF THE TITLES INCLUDE “SHE TRIPPING”, “HOTEL STRIPPER”, AND “GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY”.

KENNETH WASN’T ENTIRELY FULFILLED BY SHOOTING MUSIC VIDEOS AND BEGAN WORKING IN NARRATIVE FILM AROUND 2011. ADEPT AT LEARNING QUICKLY, THIS BEGAN A STRING OF COLLABORATIONS WITH VARIOUS THESIS PROJECTS RANGING FROM LA FILM SCHOOL, THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, NYU TISCH FILM SCHOOL, AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. THE CONNECTIONS THAT KENNETH MADE THROUGHOUT THIS TIME GRANTED HIM, IN EFFECT, THE ABILITY TO BE A VAGABOND STUDENT WHO “TRANSFERRED” FROM UNIVERSITY TO UNIVERSITY, ALL THE WHILE HARVESTING INSIGHT AND METHODS IN THE CRAFT OF CINEMATOGRAPHY. BEGINNING WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE SHORT FILM “PIERRE”, KENNETH WAS THEN HIRED TO BE THE DP FOR THE 2013 TOYOTA COROLLA WEB CAMPAIGN TITLED “SWERVE”. HE THEN TRANSITIONED TO WORKING IN FEATURE FILMS, FIRST AS A SECOND UNIT DP ON A FEATURE FILM STARRING COREY FELDMAN AND ERIC ROBERTS, AND LATER AS THE MAIN DP OF “EVOL: THE THEORY OF LOVE” STARRING MATTHEW LAWRENCE, KATRINA LENK, AND MATICHAK, ETHAN SLATER, AND CONNOR DONOVAN. HIS WORK IN THE NARRATIVE SPHERE HAS GARNERED RECOGNITION IN MANY FESTIVALS OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING THE RUBY MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, FLATLAND FILM FESTIVAL, SOHO FILM FESTIVAL, JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL, HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL, NORTH HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL, LAKE CHARLES FILM FESIVAL, AND REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL.

KENNETH’S LATEST FILMS ARE THREE CONSECUTIVE SHORT FILMS MADE OVER THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS. “LAST WORDS”, THE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT OF MICHELE WEAVER (THE LEAD FROM “LOVE IS”, A ROMANTIC SERIES ON THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK), “BLOOD TYPE”, A COLUMBIA MFA PRODUCTION, AND “WHEN DEVIL’S PLAY”, STARRING ZULAY HENAO AND TOM SIZEMORE, FILMED IN EARLY 2020.

KENNETH’S AUTHENTICITY IS FOUND IN HIS DUALITY. HIS RESPECT FOR AESTHETICS ALONG WITH THE REALITIES OF PRODUCTION MAKE WAY FOR THE INTERSECTION OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE. KENNETH TAKES IT UPON HIMSELF TO SERVE THE DIRECTOR AND, ULTIMATELY, THE STORY.

2019

LRM ONLINE ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

BROADWAY WORLD ● AMAZON ACQUIRES COLLEGE STUDENTS THESIS FILM

LOVE CONNECTION ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

MINIFLIX ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

2018

FESTIVAL FOCUS ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

2017

THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

2016

ONE FILM FAN ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

BROADWAY WORLD ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

AWARDS CIRCUIT ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

NOHO SENIOR ARTS COLONY ● “EVOL” DIRECTED BY MIKE PERRONE

2012

TWODOPEBOYZ ● “INTRO OUTRO” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

ON SMASH ● “INTRO OUTRO” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

2011

TWODOPEBOYZ ● “POISONOUS APPLE” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

YO! VENICE ● “DOIN’ IT RIGHT” – WARM BREW

HEARTLESS HANDSHAKES ● “DOIN’ IT RIGHT” – WARM BREW

TWODOPEBOYZ ● “DOIN’ IT RIGHT” – WARM BREW

ON SMASH ● “DOIN’ IT RIGHT” – WARM BREW

TWODOPEBOYZ ● “ROOFTOPS” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER FEATURING ASHER ROTH

COMPLEX MAGAZINE ● “ROOFTOPS” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER FEATURING ASHER ROTH

PIDGEONS AND PLANES ● “ROOFTOPS” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER FEATURING ASHER ROTH

ON SMASH ● “ROOFTOPS” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER FEATURING ASHER ROTH

TWODOPEBOYZ ● “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

RUBYHORNEY ● “BY THIS RIVER” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

RUBYHORNEY ● “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” – LUKE CHRISTOPHER

CURRICULUM VITAE

JOB’S DAUGHTER ● 2013 FEATURE FILM ● EMILIO ROSO ● KNESSET PICTURES

COUNTY JUSTICE ● EPISODE ONE & TWO ● 2014 TELEVISION ● SHANNON MURPHY ● CHRIS LOFFT ● A&E ● IMG WORLDWIDE

LEGENDS OF ALASKA ● CHARACTERS REEL ● 2014 TELEVISION ● SHANNON MURPHY ● CHRIS LOFFT ● NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

TRACKING TERROR ● CHARACTERS REEL ● 2014 TELEVISION ● SHANNON MURPHY ● CHRIS LOFFT ● DISCOVERY CHANNEL

WHEN DEVIL’S PLAY ● 2020 SHORT FILM ● IVER WILLIAM JALLAH ● FILMKEYZ PRODUCTIONS

BLOOD TYPE ● 2019 SHORT FILM ● PASHA GAMBOURG ● COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

VANISH ● 2019 SHORT FILM ● IVER WILLIAM JALLAH ● FILMKEYZ PRODUCTIONS

FOREVERLAND ● 2018 SHORT FILM ● PASHA GAMBOURG ● COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

LAST WORDS ● 2018 SHORT FILM ● MICHELE WEAVER ● IMAJAM PRODUCTIONS

THE PROCESS ● 2018 SHORT FILM ● IVER WILLIAM JALLAH ● FILMKEYZ PRODUCTIONS

SCREAMS OF SHOAH ● 2016 SHORT FILM ● PASHA GAMBOURG ● SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS NEW YORK

PIERRE ● 2012 SHORT FILM ● MIKE PERRONE ● THE LOS ANGELES FILM SCHOOL

INEVITABLE ● 2011 SHORT FILM ● MIKE PERRONE ● THE LOS ANGELES FILM SCHOOL

GOOD KID, M.A.A.D CITY ● KENDRICK LAMAR ● 2012 COMMERCIAL ● FREDO TOVAR ● SCOTT FLEISHMAN ● TOP DAWG ENT.

DECORATE ● DORITOS ● 2013 COMMERCIAL ● MADISON TURNER ● 18MM PRODUCTIONS

SWERVE ● TOYOTA COROLLA ● 2012 COMMERCIAL ● JOHN ROS ● SUBPLOT ENTERTAINMENT

HOTEL STRIPPER ● DIZZY WRIGHT ● 2013 MUSIC VIDEO ● FREDO TOVAR ● SCOTT FLEISHMAN ● APLUSFILMZ

ROOFTOPS ● LUKE CHRISTOPHER & ASHER ROTH ● 2011 MUSIC VIDEO ● KENNETH CABANILLA ● SCOOTER BRAUN ● SB PROJECTS

THE SOCIAL NETWORK ● LUKE CHRISTOPHER ● 2010 MUSIC VIDEO ● KENNETH CABANILLA ● INTERSCOPE RECORDS

FASHION NOVA ● LOS ANGELES EXPANSION ● 2018 DOCUMENTARY ● ALEXANDRA FLORO ● FASHION NOVA

LUKE CHRISTOPHER ● UNDER THE BED ● 2013 DOCUMENTARY ● BETH HUBBARD ● RCA RECORDS ● BYSTORM ENT.

GLOWFEST TOUR ● AVICII & CHIDDY BANG ● 2011 DOCUMENTARY ● JAKOB OWENS ● JON BRANDON CRUZ ● GLOWFEST TOUR

RUBICON ORGANICS ● 1964 SUPPLY CO. ● 2018 CORPORATE ● SHANE WILSON ● DARION WEEMS ● FULL CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT

MILLER ENERGY RESOURCES ● ALASKA ● 2014 CORPORATE ● SHANNON MURPHY ● CHRIS LOFFT ● FLASHBANG PRODUCTIONS

SOHO FILM FESTIVAL ● 2018 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE

JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL ● 2016 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE

HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL ● 2016 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE

NORTH HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL ● 2016 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE

LAKE CHARLES FILM FESTIVAL ● 2018 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE

REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL ● 2016 WINNER ● EVOL ● MIKE PERRONE