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#AAIFF2015: 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East, Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at The Azure on July 25

The 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

On Saturday, July 25th, during the 2015 Asian American International Film Festival, the Film Lab will hold the WORLD PREMIERE Film Screening of THE TOP TEN 72 Hour Shootout films of 2015 at Village Cinema East, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 at 2:00 P.M. (doors open at 1:30pm).

Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A GK film production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab's ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. ‪#‎twofaces‬

Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A GK film production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. ‪#‎twofaces‬

In just one weekend in June, some of the world’s most brilliant filmmakers tackled the inequality of their industry, with amazing results. All over the world, multi-racial teams worked together with the common goal of promoting a new vision of diversity in mainstream media. The teams focused on the concept of beauty in mainstream media and the impact of cultural constructions of beauty ideals on the populace. Filmmakers wrote, shot and edited films of up to five minutes in length over only a 72 hour timespan. To read more on the theme.

Judges, including Emmy nominated director Rodrigo Garcia, ABC Executive Director of Casting Marci Phillips, playwright David Henry Hwang, agent David Elliott, stuntman Lane Leavitt, film festival programmer Scott Eriksson, and director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, chose the top ten favorites among all the films submitted. These films will be announced before a live audience at the World Premiere screening.

In order to purchase tickets to the World Premiere Film Screening, click here. Use discount code aaflaaiff15 for 25 percent off. 

The screening will be followed by a Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at The Azure,  333 E. 91 Street at 1st Avenue in New York at 5pm. For Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite. com/e/two-faces-the-shootout- film-premiere-wrap-party- tickets-17518801206. SAG-AFTRA members will receive 33 percent off.   The After Party will feature a live musical performance by amazing Baritone Saxophonist and Composer Ben Barson ( and his band and fabulous live auctions, raffles, door prizes and more from the 72 Hour Shootout sponsors – from engraved 11th Anniversary Shootout bottles of Johnnie Walker to Jikiden Reiki massage gift certificates to raffles and door prizes and much, much more. Check out more details at http://www. hour-shootout.

72 Hour Shootout Sponsors: NBC, ABC, Adorama, aLanguage Bank, Blue Michael Cosmetics, ACV, AAIFF and SAG-AFTRA.

Video: Click below to see the 2015 72 Hour Shootout Launch Party with (in order of appearance): the Korea Society’s Jamie Tyberg, Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen, Shootout Coordinator Youn Jung Kim, Shootout Sponsors Chris Lee of Adorama (also Josh!), Matthew Salinas of aLanguageBank and Blue Michael of Blue Michael Cosmetics, plus 72 Hour Shootout Judge director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan!

The 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production. The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings. The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson, Ed Wong and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia 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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Other articles by Lia Chang:
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015
André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., Black Stars of the Great White Way anniversary concert at NBTF and Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE 
Award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film ADVANTAGEOUS starring Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong and Samantha Kim, available on Netflix and iTunes
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
Photos: #EmptyMet Tour with Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Crafting a Career

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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