About L.A. Renigen

 

 

The beautiful L.A. Renigen... A vamp with a face as round as the moon. - Manohla Dhargis, NY Times

L.A. Renigen’s two loves have always been Food & Film.

She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and premiered her one-woman show in 2002, which she also wrote and produced.

During her college years, she was a Resident Artist at Bindlestiff Studios, a Filipino American Performing Arts Center, performing numerous original works by local Artists and Playwrights. Using mask work, puppetry, and elements of movement theater such as Laban and Suzuki Training Method, she worked with Tongue in a Mood, Teatro ng Tanan, Bindlestiff Pinay Collective, and a feature film with Two Rats Films. She also enjoyed portraying a 12 year old British boy in a production of “Lord of the Flies,” with Woman’s Will, an all female Shakespeare Company.

A mutual college friend introduced her to HP Mendoza, a Bay Area Musician and Filmmaker. The two quickly became friends and filmed Colma: The Musical, with Director Richard Wong. Colma became a Film Festival darling with critical acclaim, winning the Audience Award at the 2006 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award Nomination.

Following the success of Colma, Renigen moved to Los Angeles to further pursue acting. Instead, she took a career detour to explore another love, Baking. Having always wanted to go to Culinary School but couldn’t afford it after college, she staged in the kitchen of David Myers’ Sona Restaurant and was offered a position as a Pastry Cook in their new Bakery. She was part of the opening team of Boule Atelier and managed the Macaron Department, having more than sixteen flavors of the delicate French confections.

Renigen and Mendoza reunited in 2008 to film Fruit Fly, this time with Mendoza as Director and Renigen as the starring role. Garnering more critical success, Fruit Fly won the coveted Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and once again became a crowd favorite in the festival circuit.

In early 2009, the Center for Asian American Media along with Comcast, approached Renigen and Mendoza with a project to host a food show profiling Asian Chefs and Restaurants in the Los Angeles Area. The show, “LALA,” had Renigen, Mendoza, and Producer ES Park hunting down the Kogi Taco Truck through downtown LA, sampling juicy pork dumplings in Arcadia with Hollywood Producer Teddy Zee, battling spicy Thai cuisine in Thai Town, and an unprecedented interview with infamous Sushi Chef Kazunori Nozawa of Sushi Nozawa and sugarFish fame. They are currently in the middle of filming LALA Season 2, which focuses entirely on Filipino Cuisine.