Bishrel Mashbat: Filmmaker

March 8, 2021
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Tell us about your business/company or hustle. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?

I am an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In my movies, I strive to showcase Asian Americans, as we are in dire need of such stories highlighting unique experiences and diversity from the Asian American Community. But I'd like to think that recently the movement has been shifting towards a positive direction.

Photo Credit: Iveel Mashbat

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you got started and how you got to where you are today.


I was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. My father was a well-known film director, and my mother is a famous actor in Mongolia. Consequently, I spent most of my childhood on film sets following my parents around. At age 15, I moved to America to continue my education. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Shortly after, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. Through the years I have worked on many projects ranging from social issue-driven documentaries to TV series about Formula Drift to music videos and independent films. My work played nationwide in multiple countries and has been featured at many festivals around the world. In 2019, I released my debut feature IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS, which is considered the first Mongolian film made in the USA and played in many notable Asian Film Festivals.

What specific obstacles or challenges have you faced while on your journey? What were they and how have you overcome them?Mainly lack of opportunity was the biggest challenge so way.

It's a miracle when anyone gets a chance to get a film made. It is not easy and takes a village to make one. However, for minority communities it is extra harder and the lack of opportunity can be very frustrating. I learned the old adage to be true: "If you can't find a job, create one." So we created a team/network of like-minded frustrated individuals and finally were able to create a few projects back to back, which has been very liberating and empowering.

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