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11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking Workshops on March 19 and April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration

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The Asian American Film Lab is presenting the 11th annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) filmmaking competition, June 4-7, 2015. It’s time to register at www.asianamericanfilmlab.com!

Win a FREE 72 Hour Shootout registration! Subscribe to www.youtube.com/asamfilmlab (it’s free and you get a weekly shot of entertainment delivered to your inbox) and all those who subscribers between now and June 4 will be entered into a raffle for a free Shootout registration!!

The Shootout is a worldwide competition, celebrating diversity and artistic self empowerment, in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length.  Teams compete for cash and prizes, as well as the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival, organized by Asian CineVision, the only festival of its kind on the East Coast, and at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California, and, for the first time ever, at the acclaimed New York Indian Film Festival, now in its 15th year.  Competitors will also compete for televised broadcast on the Film Lab series, Film Lab Presents and on AAFL TV!  2015 judges include ABC’s Marci Phillips, playwright David Henry Hwang, the famous stuntman Lane Leavitt, producer Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, film festival programmer Scott Eriksson, talent agent David Elliott, and producer Aseem Chhabra, among others!  Both ABC and NBC will be providing mentorship prizes!

In connection with the Shootout, the Film Lab is hosting several pre-launch events including a workshop with NBC and a team-building and networking event to help Shootout registrants put their Shootout teams together.

SECOND 2015 SHOOTOUT WORKSHOP: Informational session on NBC’s Entertainment Diversity Programs with Grace Moss on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The goal of all the Shootout is to increase diversity and NBC has stepped on to share that goal! Their new initiatives to promote diversity on the network include programs like Writers on the Verge, the Directing Fellowship Program, NBCU Short Film Festival and Scene Showcase. Grace will break down these programs and answer any questions you may have about these opportunities.
The Azure Lounge
333 E. 91 Street
New York, NY 10128
This is a special event that will be sure to reach capacity so RSVP EARLY here.

THIRD 2015 SHOOTOUT FILMMAKING HOW-TO WORKSHOP: WRITING THE BEST SCRIPT on Thursday, April 16,2015 from  7-9pm 
A panel of established tv and film writers will lead this workshop on how to write the best possible script for your 72 Hour Shootout film! How do you write strong storylines and create genuine, loveable characters under a time crunch? Free for REGISTERED Shootout competitors only (registration automatically RSVPs you).
The Azure Lounge
333 E. 91 Street
New York, NY 10128
All others can RSVP here

The Shootout is intended to create opportunities for women and filmmakers of color, with a focus on Asian Americans, to demonstrate their talent, help them gain exposure in the entertainment industry, and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film and television. One of the Shootout requirements is that at least one key production member (e.g., director, producer, or writer) and a principal actor from each team must be of Asian descent.  As recent reports from SAG show, Asian Americans are the only racial group whose representation on network television has actually declined over the past year, even as their population increases.

For further information about the Film Lab and the Shootout, including viewing past winning films, please visit us www.film-lab.org or email Shootout Coordinator, Youn Jung Kim, at Shootout@film-lab.org.  For free access to videos and updates, subscribe at www.youtube.com/asamfilmlab.  Filmmakers can also network on the Shootout Fan Page (www.Facebook.com/72HourShootout)!  For photos of the West Coast Shootout premiere, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200600485574259.1073741848.1823087136&type=1&l=f15c064dac.

About The Asian American Film Lab

The Asian American Film Lab (Film Lab) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television through free monthly educational and outreach programming and the acclaimed annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition (www.asianamericanfilmlab.org).  This annual competition has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. The Film Lab was formed in 1998 by collaborative of New York-based filmmakers whose goals were to hone their craft and to share their knowledge, experience and resources. The membership has grown to comprise professionals, artists and other talented individuals who all share the common goal of creating great film and promoting all filmmakers of color, with a focus on Asian Americans, and the visibility of their stories and characters in film and television.

The Film Lab is run under the direction of President Jennifer Betit Yen.  Acting and Advisory Board members include Aaron Woolfolk and Edwin Wong, among others.  For a complete list of staff and management, please visit www.film-lab.org.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia 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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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