His films are not your typical big budgeted Hollywood flicks. You won’t expect spectacular computer generated animations or sophisticated camera effects. Nevertheless his subjects are powerful and effective in the sense that it deals with real people, events and places (am not talking fake reality shows). His works deal with the myriad of our sociopolitical landscape of our country.
He is Cielito “Lee” Torrijos, an Independent film producer/editor/director currently based in Daly City, California.
His notable work “Pagasa sa Paglaya” is a documentary that shows the punishment of inmates in the Philippines, how they are paying for their debt to society by incarceration, their fears and hunger and how they are being helped to be re-integrated into our society by giving them the skill to be productive again. .
Lee has published several documentaries about social, political and cultural issues through his Lampaso Multimedia Production’s website.
Currently, he is working on Cordillera: Myth Music Magic, Semana Santa, Gabriela Silang Documentary and plan to traverse the mighty Abra River. He’s been writing, rewriting a screenplay about the WW II, what took place during the Japanese occupation, the guerilla movement in Bangued, Tayum and Pidigan to a composite town of San Jose.
A native of Bangued, Lee immigrated to the U.S. 32 years ago. He served in the U.S Army in the early 80’s. Upon completion of his military service in 1985, He moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area. He got interested in photography and video editing and took courses at City College of San Francisco.
Lee is married to Nida Elio Torrijos. They have a daughter (Jonilyn) who is into Fine Arts and 3D Modeling Design.
You can contact Lee at:
Cielito B. Torrijos
Independent Film Digital Video Producer
PO Box 244
Daly City, CA. 94016-0244