FILM LAB ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN FILMS OF THE 11th ANNUAL 72 HOUR SHOOTOUT FILMMAKING COMPETITION
I took the plunge into indie filmmaking with my producing partner Garth Kravits of GK films, a very talented actor, singer, composer and musician, as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s 11th annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) – TWO FACES – filmmaking competition. I starred in our short film Hide and Seek, which we co-produced and co-wrote. Garth is in the film, and also directed, edited, composed the score and served as director of photography. The film also featured Evan Daves and Alicia Manns. It was a blast to make.
Yesterday afternoon, I attended the sold-out World Premiere screening of the Top Ten winning films at the Asian American International Film Festival at Cinema Village East, and was thrilled to learn that Hide and Seek was named as one of the top ten winning films of the 11th annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) – TWO FACES – filmmaking competition, and that I had been nominated for Best Actress.
Film Lab President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen, and Shootout Coordinator, videographer and vocalist Youn Jung Kim, started off the premiere with thanks to the 2015 filmmakers and sponsors for “fighting inequality through creativity; promoting gender and ethnic diversity through entertainment and challenging mainstream constructions of race, gender and sexuality.”
The award winners of the 2015 72 Hour Shootout:
Hide and Seek by “GK Films” (Top Ten Film; Best Actress nomination, Lia Chang)
Boxer by “The MFA’s” (Top Ten Film; Grand Prize Winner; Best Actress; and Best Action Film, Toy Lei)
Finding You by “The Perfect Asian Pear” (Top Ten Film; Best Actor, Grant Chang; Best Director, Grant Chang)
My Two Faces by “Inspirasian” (Top Ten Film; Most Original Use of Theme)
One Lunch by “RAWMIX Productions” (Top Ten Film; Best Writer, Rommel Andaya)
Bare by “Chomp Productions” (Top Ten Film)
A Case of Mistaken Identities by “Dayside Productions” (Top Ten Film)
Funny Faces by “Random Fox Productions” (Top Ten Film)
Rest Stop by “DTX Pictures” (Top Ten Film)
The Other Woman by “Tiny Giants” (Top Ten Film)
Shattered Beauty by “Team Spirited” (Snigdha Kappor, Best Cinematographer)
The premiere was followed by a red carpet awards ceremony at The Azure, where Christopher Lee of Adorama, Matthew Salinas of aLanguage Bank and Blue Michael of Blue Michael Cosmetics presented awards to the winning filmmakers.
Other sponsors and donors were on hand at the wrap party at The Azure, where the wine, Tiger beer and other drinks flowed and guests enjoyed an organic medley of finger foods and cake from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. The wrap party also included silent auctions, raffles, giveaways, and a rousing live musical performance by Ben Barson, followed by DJ Eun Woo!
The top 40 72 Hour Shootout films will be available on the Film Lab’s online channel AAFLTV (subscribe for free at YouTube.com/asamfilmlab and many will also be featured on the Film Lab’s TV series, “Film Lab Presents.” The Shootout is a worldwide filmmaking competition celebrating gender and ethnic diversity in film in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. Teams promote gender and ethnic diversity in media and compete for cash and prizes and the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival, the only festival of its kind on the East Coast, as well as at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. Judges include Emmy nominated director Rodrigo Garcia, ABC Executive Director of Casting Marci Phillips, playwright David Henry Hwang, agent David Elliott, stuntman Lane Leavitt, and director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan. Several of the judges were in attendance at the premiere and awards ceremony and judges David Henry Hwang and Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, who could not appear in person, gave remarks via video and congratulated the filmmakers.
Sponsors include Adorama, Blue Michael Cosmetics, aLanguage Bank, Executive Wear NY, MyJennyBook, and many others. The speeches of both women will be available on AAFLTV at youtube.com/asamfilmlab and on the Film Lab website at www.film-lab.org, along with a complete list of Shootout sponsors.
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 is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, an award-winning filmmaker 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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THE WIZ: A Celebration in Dance and Music featuring André De Shields, Phylicia Rashad, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ebony Jo-Ann, Inaya Day and more at SummerStage in Central Park on 8/12; Marcus Garvey Park on 8/13, 8/14
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
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Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
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