Bitter Melon

A Cinematografo Original: Bitter Melon by director H.P. Mendoza

"H.P. Mendoza’s film shines tragicomic light on violence in an immigrant family"


Bitter Melon had its WORLD PREMIERE as a Centerpiece at the CAAMFest36 and will be joining the 2018 OUTFEST in Los Angeles.


Bitter Melon



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.


Directed By:
H.P. Mendoza

Year Released:

Running Time:
110 minutes

Main Cast:
Jon Norman Schneider
Patrick Epino
Brian Rivera


H. P. Mendoza is an American film directorscreenwriter, 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.