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Asian American Film Lab Receives Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Grant

b60c40e4a56a218c3e9a35238ee99613The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (The “MCC”) has awarded the Asian American Film Lab (The “Film Lab”) a grant for its programming focused on diversity initiatives in the arts.  This is the third grant The MCC has awarded the Film Lab since December 2012 and the funds constitute critical support for the Film Lab’s diversity, educational and outreach programming, which is generally offered to the public free of charge via live monthly programs and through the television series Film Lab Presents and online content on AAFL TV.  “We are honored by this recognition and grateful to The MCC for its support of diversity initiatives in the arts,” Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen said.

The MCC is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The MCC supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. The MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. The MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business ownersveterans and workforce development.

The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that provides free or low cost programming to the public that promotes and supports ethnic and gender diversity in film and television.  Its programs and newest production arm, AAFL TV, have been featured on CUNY TV (http://youtu.be/NwHXHD00YIM), NYCLife and CrossingsTV.  Film Lab’s programming includes filmmaking workshops with industry professionals, screenwriting workshops, public performance readings, and the annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, which has inspired hundreds of diverse filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. For more information, please visit www.asianamericanfilmlab.org.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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