Nicole Mairose Dizon
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CHOCOLATE SOUP FOUNTAIN
Resin, IV bag, aluminum bowl, wood, banana leaves, submersible pump, water
“Chocolate Soup Fountain” comments on the accessibility of offal to other people even those of dual descent such as Filipino Americans and pays homage to the life-giving Filipina matriarchs who provide for their families. The dish from Dizon’s childhood may illicit reluctance due to its name. Dinuguan is a Filipino stew comprised of pork intestines, chili, garlic, vinegar, and pork’s blood. The artist used resin to recreate pork’s blood cubes. To encourage her to eat it at a young age, her grandmother, mother, and aunts playfully called it “chocolate soup.” Like water, it played a major role in sustaining her throughout life and opened her up to the beauty of Filipino cuisine.
Nicole Dizon is an LA-based first-generation Filipina-American producer from Baldwin Park, California. Her love for storytelling began at a young age when she acted in gospel reenactments at her local church. As the oldest daughter of a divorced bookkeeper and mechanic, she strives to elevate grounded narratives that examine race, gender, class, spirituality, and complex multigenerational homes. After she graduated with a Film and Media Studies B.A. from UC Irvine, she freelanced as a Production Coordinator on the documentary, A Distant Peak, and as production support staff for Truth Be Told, Timeless, Stuck in the Middle, and more. Her short documentary on overseas Filipino workers, “Boxed,” premiered at the Asian World Film Festival in 2018 and was selected as a semi-finalist for Starz and Wrap Women: Telling Our Stories in 2019. She also produced “Fruit Fly,” which premiered at the Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta. Last year, she volunteered at The Underground Museum and CoachArt, a nonprofit that mentors children with chronic illnesses in the art of their choice. Her first mixed media piece, “Chocolate Soup Fountain,” debuted at the San Diego Music and Art Cooperative Art Show/Fundraiser in 2019 to support ArtReach San Diego, an art equity nonprofit for K-8 students. She previously assisted a Partner in the Motion Picture Production department at ICM Partners. Currently, she is in pre-production for a short and development for an hour-long episodic series while she reads for Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest. When she’s not working, you can find her creating art, watching baseball, and hiking.
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Chocolate Soup Fountain