The panel will feature: Steven De Castro: Director and Producer of Fred Ho's Last Year: A Documentary, a featured selection of the 37th Asian American International Film Festival and Miriam Shamelashvili:
Panel moderator and Industry Spotlight Coordinator DJ McDonald said, “In listening to the ‘war stories’ of our award winners and industry judges at our 72-Hour Shootout Screening and Awards event in July, during the Asian American International Film Festival, I kept hearing how critical the 99% invisible parts of filmmaking had become to the ultimate success of the narratives. Steven’s ability to deliver, within an hour, the poignant tale of a jazz innovator and political activist’s heroic final year facing terminal cancer, and Miriam’s skill in engaging an audience within a 15 to 30 second window provide a kind of reverse prism through which the many technical challenges refracting the diverse colors of human experience and expression can be focused.”
The event will be free and open to the public, thanks to AAARI-CUNY. To reserve a spot, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/
About Asian American Film Lab and Industry Spotlight
The Asian American Film Lab (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 diverse stories and filmmakers and positively impacting the visibility of minority and female stories and characters in film and television.
The Film Lab’s programming arm, AAFL TV, releases online content as well as the television series, Film Lab Presents, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen, which airs on NYCMedia and CrossingsTV and provides bold, innovative and diverse entertainment to people of all colors.
The Film Lab's Industry Spotlight program features industry professionals who wish to promote and encourage diversity in film and television and includes filmmaking how-to seminars on everything from cinematography to sound, casting workshops, film screenings, and more. The Film Lab is run under the direction of President and actor Jennifer Betit Yen. Board members include screenwriter and director, Aaron Woolfolk, actor James Kyson, and business man Edwin Wong, among others. Industry professionals interested in providing a seminar, class, screening, or other Industry Spotlight should contact the program coordinator, DJ McDonald, at IndustrySpotlight@
The Film Lab’s programming also includes the famous annual 72 Hour Film Shootout. This annual competition has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career.
The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Membership and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.