Bitter Melon had its WORLD PREMIERE as a Centerpiece at the CAAMFest36 and will be joining the 2018 OUTFEST in Los Angeles.
BITTER MELON is the third feature film from filmmaker H.P. Mendoza (Colma: The Musical, Fruit Fly, I Am a Ghost). It is the story of a Filipino-American family who reunites for a Christmas party at the family home in San Francisco only to find out that Troy, the second oldest child, has been ruling the house with fear-intimidating everyone who lives there-including his mother, and even physically abusing his wife. What starts as a fun holiday reunion turns into a darkly humorous crime scene as Declan, the youngest son, leads the family as they conspire on how to best murder the violent and abusive Troy.
H. P. Mendoza is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, and musician. He is best known for his micro-budget work as a screenwriter, composer and lyricist on Colma: The Musical (2007), as well as his follow-up musical and directorial debut, Fruit Fly (2010). Mendoza’s musical films had been dubbed by by Steve Seid of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as a “mumblechoral” – or a style in low-budget productions where the use of amateur film actors with naturalistic to improvised acting styles are done. Mendoza was inducted into Essential SF, a committee honoring the best and the brightest figures and organizations of the Bay Area, by San Francisco Film Society in 2012. He also wrote and directed the 2014 film I Am a Ghost. Mendoza is known for his music in films and albums. His first album “Everything is Pop” re-released for its 10th anniversary in 2014. H.P. Mendoza is currently a resident filmmaker at SFFILM.