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Film Lab Selected for WNYC/WQXR Radio’s Support The ARtS Initiative (STAR)

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WNYC’s Support The ARts Initiative, a program that profiles 36 small cultural non-profit organizations in the New York Metropolitan area over a 12-month period, through on-air promotional announcements and free website support, selected the Asian American Film Lab (“Film Lab”) today to be profiled as part of this program!

The Film Lab is a not-for-profit that has been dedicated to the promotion of gender and ethnic diversity since 1998. The Film Lab accomplishes that goal in three ways (1) education – running monthly events that are open to the public ranging from screenings to seminars to Q&As, all to draw light upon issues of race and gender in media – a recent example was a panel with Time Warner/Turner/HBO on Distribution featuring, among others Frida Torresblanco (producer of Pan’s Labyrinth); (2) outreach-support – running various programs ranging from the famous 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition to filmmaking how-to workshops to networking parties, all of which work to connect people of color, particularly Asian Americans, and mainstream media executives and to create mentorship and distribution opportunities for people creating diverse works; and (3) production – Film Lab produces media with positive and prolific perceptions of women and people of color. For example, Film Lab produces the television series Film Lab Presents, which airs Friday nights on CrossingsTV & Time Warner Cable & Xfinity. Film Lab also has an online channel, AAFL TV.

asamfilmlabUpcoming Film Lab events include:

2015 SHOOTOUT FILMMAKING COMPETITION BUILD YOUR TEAM NETWORKING PARTY

May 13, 6:30-8:30pm at the Red Egg, 202 Centre Street, In NYC. RSVP on www.film-lab.org.

THE 2015 72 HOUR SHOOTOUT LAUNCH PARTY: LOOK DEEPER!

June 4, 6-8pm in NYC

The Launch Party will include live musical guests, prizes, drinks and all sorts of fun so join us in person if you can! RSVP at www.film-lab.org.

THE 2015 72 HOUR SHOOTOUT

June 4-7 all over the world

In just one weekend, some of the world’s most brilliant filmmakers tackle racial inequality in their industry, with amazing results. All over the world, multi-racial teams work together with a common goal. In that brief span they laugh, love, cry, fight, discover, and learn until, finally, they see. Then they share that vision with us. The result is a staggering body of work, hundreds of short films to date, which entertain, encourage, and challenge viewers to go on their own journeys. After a decade of Shootouts, which have inspired thousands of filmmakers and audience members, it’s your turn to become part of the legacy.

THE 2015 72 HOUR SHOOTOUT WORLD PREMIERE AND WRAP PARTY

July 25 at The Asian American International Film Festival in NYC

Come out and see the world premiere of the top ten most incredible films of the 2015 72 Hour Shootout! Enjoy prizes from our sponsors, network and collaborate with fellow artists. Find out who won the awards, including mentorships from NBC, ABC and so much more! More at Facebook.com/72HrShootout

In order to be eligible for WNYC’s *STAR* Initiative, cultural organizations must be registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profits with annual operating budgets under $500,000. Monthly participating organizations will be selected by WNYC staff; see below for application forms, which can also be requested from WNYC Listener Services at (646) 829-4000 and sent via regular mail to WNYC Radio, STAR Initiative, 160 Varick Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10013. For more: http://www.wnyc.org/outreach/star/

About Asian American Film Lab, Film Lab Presents and AAFL TV
The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which began working to promote diversity in media in 1998. The Asian American Film Lab’s president, Jennifer Betit Yen, founded AAFL TV in August 2013 to address an explosion of interest in diverse, original creative content along with a corresponding rising level of dissatisfaction with mainstream programming for a lack of diversity and/or perpetuation of racial stereotypes. AAFL TV’s mission is to provide innovative, contemporary, original content by, for and about diverse Americans – content that accurately reflects our heterogeneous country both in front of and behind the camera. One of the ideas behind inviting submissions from all over the globe is to empower creatives by providing a platform for diverse filmmakers to present unique and independent content and to be part of something bigger, showing the world that diverse talent is not only present, but powerful, with a voice and a stage on which to see and hear it. AAFL TV launched its first pilots as web series in September 2013. The resulting television series, “Film Lab Presents” began airing on NYCMedia, New York City’s flagship media station, in January 2014 and continued for three seasons. CrossingsTV began offering Film Lab Presents to its viewers in September 2014. AAFL TV is also available online on the Film Lab’s website (www.asianamericanfilmlab.com and www.YouTube.com/asamfilmlab).

The Asian American Film Lab Management: Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer), Youn Jung Kim The 72 Hour Film Shootout Coordinator), Daryl King (Secretary), Jennifer Betit Yen (President), and Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight Coordinator). Photo by Lia Chang

The Asian American Film Lab Management: Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer), Youn Jung Kim The 72 Hour Film Shootout Coordinator), Daryl King (Secretary), Jennifer Betit Yen (President), and Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight Coordinator). Photo by Lia Chang

The Film Lab is run under the direction of President Jennifer Betit Yen. Board members include Edwin Wong, Aaron Woolfolk, Perry Tsao, James Kyson, and Daryl King. Management includes Youn Jung Kim, Nick Sakai and Lorna Nowve. The Film Lab’s other programming includes filmmaking workshops with industry professionals, screenwriting contests, and film competitions, including the annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (the “Shootout”). This annual competition, now in its eleventh year, has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. 2015 marks the 11th year Asian CineVision will partner with FilmLab to promote the Shootout at the 38th annual Asian American International Film Festival (“AAIFF”). AAIFF is New York’s leading festival for independent Asian and Asian American film and video, and the first and longest-running U.S. festival of its kind. It will be the first time the winning Shootout films will screen at film festivals in both New York City and Los Angeles and at the New York Indian Film Festival in Manhattan.

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 has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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