Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. He attended the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University, Chicago, IL where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Directing.

In 2019, Eblahan attended the 55th Chicago International Film Festival for his short film, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, winning Cineyouth's Best Experimental Film. In 2020, 'Umbilical' was nominated in the Academy Award qualifying 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

In 2021, Eblahan's Hilum will have its world premiere at the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand, France.

In addition to writing and directing, Eblahan also performs as a musician, a street photographer and a poster artist



b. 1996

Lives and works in Chicago, IL


2019 DePaul University, School of Cinematic Arts, BFA Film Directing, Magna Cum Laude


2017 DePaul Art Museum, Anticipation, Chicago, IL

2018 Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2018 D.E.F. Showcase, Chicago Movies in the Parks, Chicago, IL


2019 Chicago International Film Festival, Cineyouth, Winner, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL

2019 NFFTY, Winner, Jury Prize, Best Experimental Film, Seattle, WA

2019 Premiere Film Festival, Nominated, Best Experimental Film, Chicago, IL

2020 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Official Selection, Ann Arbor,  MI

2021 Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, Official Selection, Clermont-FD, France


2017, Under the Radar Magazine, Watch: Amber Arcades - “Can’t Say That We Tried” Video

2017, Drunken Werewolf Magazine, Video: Amber Arcades shares new dream pop single “Can’t Say That We Tried”

2019, NFFTY Programmers' Picks, film review

2019, Reel Chicago, festival review

2019, Chicago Film Festival,  programme


2016, Water, USA


2017, Boxes, USA

2018, Sala, USA

2018, Nicerata Performs an Acapella on her 84th Birthday, Philippines

2019, The Gauntlet, USA

2019, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, Philippines

2021, Hilum, Philippines

Music Videos

2017, Amber Arcades (Netherlands) - Can't Say that We've Tried (Directing)

2018, Osa North (Chicago) - FMLS (Directing)

2019,  Careerist (Belfast) - Slasher (Cinematography)

2019, Recoechi (Chicago) - Real Friendz (Director)

2019, Shiro Schwarz (Mexico) - Burning Inside (Director)