The Shootout, an integral part of the AAIFF, celebrates the creativity and genius of the directors, their casts and crews as they share stories by, about and for Asian Americans and other filmmakers of color with the world. AAIFF has played a vital role in discovering and nurturing such acclaimed talent as Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Mira Nair (THE NAMESAKE), Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Steven Okazaki (THE MUSHROOM CLUB), Jessica Yu (PING PONG PLAYA), and Justin Lin (FAST FIVE).
The top films and award winner of this year’s Shootout are:
GRAND PRIZE: Return, Team Moon Jacket, led by Jesse Hsu
FIRST RUNNER UP: Himitsu, Third Curtain Productions, led by Steven Gee
SECOND RUNNER UP: Memory 317, Filter Switch Films, led by Michael Tang
Underneath the Grey, Enmaze Productions, led by Patrick Chen
Dyed, Team Romix, led by Rommel Andaya
Five Years, Team Breaking Sky, led by Howard Lui
Family Matters aka Family First, Team Launch Pictures, led by David Rock
The Split End, Team Soy Sauce Chicken, led by Eddie Shieh
Take Out, Team J2, led by Jonathan Lee
America’s Top Hairball, Team Dayside Productions, led by Girard Tecson
Individual Prize Winners
BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Tang, Filter Switch Films
MOST ORIGINAL: Tie between My Hair Is Not Black (Team Nolja, led by Sungmin Lee), and Tastes Like Chicken (Team Awkward Hugs, led by Evan Kodani)
BEST ACTOR: Victor Pham in Five Years, Team Breaking Sky
BEST ACTRESS: Olivia Oguma in Takeout, Team J2
The screening was directed/edited by up and coming young editor Jatin Chhugani with assistance from veteran editor William Alexander Runnels. Actor and Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen hosted the event with filmmaker and Shootout Coordinator Justin Lee and journalist Shirley Lew. Judges included Marci Phillips, David Henry Hwang, Milton Liu, Celena Cipriaso, David Elliott, Scott Eriksson, Michael McKenna, and Kenneth Lin. Louie & Chan’s in New York City hosted the Awards Ceremony and After Party. Donors and sponsors included Diageo, Tiger Beer, The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Time Warner, Asian CineVision, MyJennyBook, Alex Ong, East Midtown, Luna, AOF, MCC, Gotham Archery, Executive Wear, The Actor’s Connection, NYC Screenwriters Collective, SAG-AFTRA, The Korea Society, HB Studio, Jacob Krueger Studio, Eric G, Camus, and many more. Celena Cipriaso, Milton Liu, Daryl King, William Alexander Runnels, Elliot Gerard, Dawn Ramic, Isaac Chung, and J.P. Chan presented the awards.
The Shootout films will be available for veiwing free of charge on the Film Lab’s youtube channels (/72hourfilmshootout and /asamfilmlab)
About Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab began in 1998 as 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 Asian American filmmakers and other filmmakers of color, and the visibility of their stories and characters in film and television. The Lab now runs monthly programs to promote gender and ethnic diversity in film and television.
The Asian American Film Lab and Jennifer Betit Yen created 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 partnered with NYCMedia, New York City’s flagship media station, to begin airing a television series entitled “Film Lab Presents,” consisting of 30 minute episodes of racially diverse original contemporary entertainment content in January 2014. Season I of Film Lab Presents aired March – May 2014. The second season will begin airing August 7, 2014, and is directed by Ryan Hayward.
The Film Lab is run under the direction of President Jennifer Betit Yen. Board members include Edwin Wong, James Kyson. Aaron Woolfolk, Aurora Betson, and Daryl King.
The Film Lab’s other programming includes filmmaking workshops with industry professionals, screenwriting contests, and film competitions, including the annual 72 Hour Film Shootout. This annual competition, now in its ninth year, has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. 2014 marks the 10th year Asian CineVision will partner with Film Lab to promote the Shootout.
The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
www.asianamericanfilmlab.com (view past Shootout films on “AAFL TV”)