The Film Lab and the Asians on Film Festival (“AOF”) are pleased to announce that not only will the top films of the Film Lab’s 10th annual 72 Hour Film Shootout competition screen as part of the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California, in February 2015, but the Film Lab and AOF will be partnering to provide some of the new content for the Film Lab’s televised series Film Lab Presents, as well as for Film Lab’s online channel AAFL TV. Some of this content will also be airing on CrossingsTV and at a special autumn screening at The Time Warner Media Center in Manhattan.
When presented with this opportunity, Asians on Film Festival Programmer Scott Eriksson said, "We had a great time working with the Film Lab at last year’s film festival and we are excited to continue and to grow the relationship in order to promote diversity in film and television!"
“This is a great opportunity to expand our content offerings and continue to re-shape perceptions of people of color in the mainstream media in a genuine, positive and meaningful manner,” commented Film Lab President, Jennifer Betit Yen. “This is about providing an authentic and real world of entertainment for people of all colors.”
Film Lab Presents season II premieres this Thursday night at 11pm on Channel 25 (NYCLife). Season I is available on Video on Demand.
About the Asians on Film Festival
Asians On Film Festival promotes Asian and Asian American cinema and is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming film festival via https://www.withoutabox.com/
About Asian American Film Lab, Film Lab Presents and AAFL TV
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’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 and then 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. NYCMedia requested a second season of Film Lab Presents, which would begin airing in August 2014.
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”)
As an integral part of AAIFF, the Shootout 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. More at www.asianamericanfilmlab.com.
About Director Ryan Hayward
Ryan Hayward got his start working for a small production company in high school shooting local sporting events, and he continued perfecting his craft studying Film and Television at the University of Vermont. Since then he has been the director of several short films, and is currently a staff editor at Definition 6 in New York City, where he edits content for major networks and brands. Ryan recently became involved with AAFL TV in order to promote diversity in mainstream media. Film Lab Presents Season 2 is his broadcast directorial debut.
About Host Jennifer Betit Yen
Jennifer Betit Yen is an actor, attorney and writer, whose work has been featured in Backstage Magazine, on CUNY TV and by the Maynard Institute, among others. Jennifer received her BA from Cornell University and her JD from Boston University School of Law. More information about Jennifer can be found online at www.jen-yen.com. Jennifer runs competitively, boxes and skis. She successfully scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro and she makes a mean key lime pie.
The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
asianamericanfilmlab.com (view past Shootout films on “AAFL TV”)