The Mountain Thief is not only a touching picture but an agent of philanthropy and plea for change Join


The Director

Gerry Balasta - Writer/ Director/ Producer

After years of working with children with disabilities as an Occupational Therapist, Gerry pursued a career in filmmakinga life-long passion. Inspired by a vision of sharing the spirit of people in Manila living in extreme poverty, he completed courses in film production at New York University-SCPS.

In December of 2004, Gerry went to the Philippines, where he was born and raised and instituted an acting workshop open to the residents of the Philippine's largest garbage-collecting town. Graduates of the workshop acted in his first feature film, The Mountain Thief. The film is currently in its film festival run and has won the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival, The PRIX DU PUBLIC (Audience Award) at CciIFF, France and the GEORGE C. LIN EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD . It also has been selected to play in more than 16 International Film Festivals. Gerry is also currently working on his next feature The Silence Of Manila, a political- thriller, which he intends to direct in 2011.

Nina Balasta - Producer/ Art Director

Having a child with Cerebral Palsy, Nino "Love", Nina, the Director's mother has dedicated her life in social justice work, along with her husband, Roger Sr. Aside from performing all the producing duties of this film, she also coordinated the acting workshop which the Director instituted. Nina is deeply committed to the vision of inspiring change, she especially wants to give help to children with disabilities. She is currently pursuing to build the "Love Foundation" -- for disabled kids in underprivileged communities.

Francisco D Valdez - Cinematographer

Francisco Valdez is the cinematographer for the feature film, Ladrones A domicillo, directed by Angel Muniz and to be released in 2008. He also did the DP for the HBO short, Hispaniola, and the MTV award winning short, The Beautiful Lie, directed by Josh Caldwell. His other experience includes cinematography of several TV commercials including some top brands and franchises and music videos. Francisco started preparation for the DP work for The Mountain Thief with Gerry Balasta a few years before production. This included intense preproduction, script analysis, story boarding and location scouting.

Douglas Morse - Executive Producer

Douglas Morse is an independent filmmaker and has directed four films. They include The Adulterer (Best of Fest Sarasota International Film Festival), 2000 Miles to Maine , The Summoning of Everyman (in distribution) and The Merchant of Venice: Uncut, a video adaptation of a play staged at The University of Cambridge where Mr. Morse was a Visiting Scholar (currently in post-production). Previews of these films are available at He is also a part time faculty member at The New School and he received his M.F.A. from New York University.

Music Score

Original Music by - Michael Tremante

Michael Tremante draws upon his experience as a multi-instrumentalist, performer, and music producer when creating music for film. Since 2004 he has worked on several award-winning films, scoring fourteen features and more than twenty shorts. Classical training, contemporary sensibility and experimentation inform his work, with an interest in combining traditional and nontraditional instruments and sound elements. Michael began his film music career assisting Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore and served as Associate Music Producer on Peter Jackson's "The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring" and Music Co-Producer on David Fincher's "Panic Room and David Cronenberg's "Spider".


Director-Writer-Gerry Balasta

Producer- Gerry Balasta, Nina Balasta
Assistant Director-Nerissa Picadizzo
Art Director- Nina Balasta, Nerissa Picadizzo
Continuity Director-Joy Elisse Aquino

Line Producer-Ava Yap
Field Accountant- Carmelita Dela Rosa
Production/ Community
Coordinator- Lising Naquita


Cinematographer-Francisco Valdez
Gaffer-Buboy Lumibao
AC-Rey Devera
Second AC/Lifter-Nelson Alandy

Head Grip-Gerry Damo
Clapper-Dong Gonzales
Electrician-Renato Entice
Grip-Ricky Cortez, Joseph Arsenio


Production Sound Mixer-Miguel Mariano Locsin III,
Jojo Jacinto
Boom Operator-Herbert Relagio

Catering-Arlyn Bunqauin, Lorie Nastor, Carmelita Dela Rosa,
Lillia Naquita, Inday Neng
Service Driver-Michael Ticzon, Genaro Dulay Sr.


Randy Catonjay
Manuel Gonzaga Jr
John Richard Casas
Reynaldo R. Cinco
Ramir Sadang
Genaro Dulay Jr
Willy Sorio
Gerald Galit
Maria Leonora Teresa Solis
Emily Magtangob
Norife Dumanis
Carmelo Dela Pena
Rammil Tapiador

Hair/ Make up: Sonia Baldano, Lilia Naquita

Production Assistant: Lorie Nastor Noel Nastor

Set Construction - Manong Catonjay


Payatas Operation Group
Manang Dulay
Payatas Barangay Tanod
Philippine Armed Forces


Joy Sarabillo
Nina Balasta
Isabel Wasan
Ronina Balasta


Joy Sarabillo
Lising Naquita


Irene Ladignon
Dohna Sarmiento
Antoinette Jadaone


Irene Ladignon
Joy Sarabillo


Editor- Gerry Balasta, Clarence Sison, Francis Diaz
Assistant Editor-Rona Lean Sales


Douglas Morse- Executive Producer
Michael Tremante- Film Composer
Agnieszka Grabowska- Production Coordinator
Desireena Almoradie


Julio-Randy Catonjay
Ato-Manuel Gonzaga Jr
Ingo-John Richard Casas
Simon-Reynaldo R. Cinco
Manong-Ramir Sadang
Gener-Genaro Dulay Jr
Elmer-Willy Sorio
Padre Dumas-Gerald Galit
Teray-Maria Leonora Teresa Solis
Martha-Marife Necesito
Paula-Emily Magtangob
Tina-Norife Dumanis
Bunsoi-Carmelo Dela Pena
"Drug Pusher"-Rammil Tapiador
Julio's wife-Grace Baldano


Jordan Solis
Regina B. Villafranca
Anthony Lingo
Junior Dulay
Jeffrey Dumanais
Mac mac Acebuche

Chaser #1 Joseph Arcenio
Chaser #2- Arnold Haloc
Chaser #3- Billy Asis
Chaser #4- Eduardo Orbito
Chaser #5- Arvin S. Haloc

Refugee #1- Nilfa Galit
Refugee #2-Emma Cinco
Baby refugee- Kenneth Gonzaga
Child refugee- Vember J. Catonjay
Child refugee- Jayvee Casas