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The 2015 72 Hour Shootout Launch Party: Look Deeper! at The Korea Society on June 4

The Asian American Film Lab is presenting the 11th annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) filmmaking competition, June 4-7, 2015. On Thursday, June 4th, The Korea Society is hosting the 2015 72 Hour Shootout Launch Party: Look Deeper! from 6pm-8pm. The Korea Society is located at 950 Third Avenue in New York.

asamfilmlabYou can come to the party, which kicks off at 6pm, or join in online from anywhere on the globe you happen to be creating your Shootout film. At 8pm EST, the TOP SECRET THEME of the 2015 72 Hour Shootout, the theme upon which all the films must be based, will be announced. As soon the theme is announced, the clock starts ticking and you have 72 hours within which to complete your short film.

You already know the focus this year is LOOK DEEPER: BEAUTY.  But what will the true theme of this year’s Shootout be?  Don’t miss the excitement of hearing it announced live!  The Launch Party will include prizes, drinks and all sorts of fun. Some of the raffle prizes and silent auction items include: FREE Reiki massages from Master Reiki therapist Jan Mizushima, a Shootout embossed bottle of Johnny Walker donated by Diageo, a Las Vegas hotel package donated by Alex Ong, and a fabulous Gotham Archery party package!  Special thanks to our beverage sponsors Tiger Beer, Campari and Bouchon Brooklyn Wines. Click here to R.S.V.P. and purchase tickets.

Featuring LIVE musical performances by:
Chris Pitsiokos (b.1990) is a saxophonist, composer and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of no wave and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, and Anton Webern. Recent/current collaborators include Lydia Lunch, Brian Chase (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Mick Barr, Marc Edwards, Weasel Walter, Philip White, and Henry Kaiser. Chris has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and the US. He was a 2015 recipient of a grant from the Robert D Bielecki Foundation and his music has been featured on WKCR, WFMU, and Alex Ross’ blog, The Rest Is Noise.

Max Johnson is quickly becoming one of the most formidable bassists & bandleaders in the creative jazz world.  Voted No. 2 Bassist of the Year, and No. 5 Musician of the year in El Intruso’s International Critic’s Poll, Johnsonreleased three critically acclaimed albums in 2014, ranking on over 10 Best of 2014 lists.  Although young in age,Johnson has already crafted a unique sound and vision as an improviser, and is rich in experience, having performed with Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mary Halvorson, Mat Maneri, Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and many others. As a bassist with a non-stop touring schedule, Johnson has performed over one thousand concerts throughout North America and Europe, including top festivals and performing arts centers such as Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Lollapalooza, Rolling Stone Festival, Crossing Borders Festival, Quebec City Festival, Bern Jazz Festival, and many others.

Kevin Shea: “An innovative and free-minded drummer, Shea has always imbued his playing with a humor and flexibility that few in the jazz world have been able to match. While perhaps best known for his work with the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Shea has played on a host of other projects in the Avant-Garde, Jazz, and other genres, including works by Rhys Chatham, People (with Mary Halvorson), Peter Evans Quartet, Alan Wilkinson, and the group Talibam!” – WKCR 89.9FM NY

All members of the Korea Society are welcome to attend to this event.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

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!

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.

First, visit us online at or  If you’re SURE your question isn’t answered there, then contact Youn Jung Kim at with the really tough questions.

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 ( and

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.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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