A Hollywood studio executive for 20 years, Cuerdo was also the executive producer of The Philippines’ smash hit horror-comedy Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings (2011). He took it on an international film festival run in 2012, capping it with U.S. domestic and worldwide distribution deals, as well as a U.S. film remake entitled Zombadings! written by Donald Martin, which is currently attaching talent.
In 2008, Cuerdo executive produced the HBO Films comedy-drama Dim Sum Funeral, written by Donald Martin, and starring Bai Ling, Talia Shire and Russell Wong.
Cuerdo produced the award-winning Philippine film Small Voices in 2002. It won “Best Picture” in all of The Philippines’ film industry awards, and was selected as the country’s official entry to the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first Philippine film to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio (Warner Bros.), and the first Philippine entry acquired and released domestically in the U.S. In 2015, Cuerdo produced (with Donald Martin) the feature film Toto in Manila, which has won kudos around the world. In 2017, his acclaimed feature documentary, with Ramona D. Diaz, entitled Motherland had its world premiere at Sundance and is nominated for a 2018 Independent Spirit Award as Best Documentary.