The Asian American Film Lab Workshops Chakra Media Group's Screenplay BREACHED

On November 8, 2012, the Asian American Film Lab workshopped Chakra Media Group's new screenplay, "Breached," which reached the 2nd round of the 2013 Sundance Institute|Mumbai Mantra Writers Workshop.
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Nov. 9, 2012 - PRLog -- The Asian American Film Lab (Film Lab) hosted one of its long-running Unfinished Works programs on November 8th, featuring Chakra Media’s “Breached,” a feature film script that follows an American couple who, while posted on a project in India, hire an Indian surrogate mother to carry their baby. But the project pits them against their surrogate in a high stakes battle of corporate greed, corruption, murder and deception.   Written by Genevieve Castelino and Kiran Merchant, “Breached” made it into the 2nd round of the 2013 Sundance Institute|Mumbai Mantra Writers Workshop. Castelino’s plan is to begin pitching Breached in the Q1 of 2013.  She stated, “[I]t would be a tremendous help and support to workshop the screenplay to help us refine and rework the screenplay as we approach the next rewrite effort.”  The event took place at AAARI-CUNY in New York City.

Chakra Media’s previous feature film “QuarterLife Crisis,” stars Lisa Ray (Academy nominated Water), acclaimed comedian Russell Peters (Sourcecode) andMaulik Pancholy (Hitch, 30 Rock, Weeds). The film was in six festivals, distributed worldwide and is currently playing on Showtime in the U.S.

The Film Lab begins its Unfinished Works programs with a table read of the screenplay, performed by professional actors.  The cast of the November 8th reading consisted of:

Michele Ang -

Jennifer Betit Yen -

Perry Tsao -

Monisha Shiva -

Geeta Citygirl -

Jinn S. Kim -

Kamran Khan -

Imran Javaid -

Marissa Carpio -

Ron Voz -

Julie Pham -

Following the reading, Film Lab Unfinished Works coordinator, Jean Goto, led and moderated a constructive workshop of the screenplay, utilizing the Liz Lerman technique.  Screenwriter, Genevieve Castelino, stated:

"Workshopping a script is one of those frightening but necessary experiences in a writer's journey: you put your beloved baby in front of a room full of people and ask them to judge it. A writer wants a room full of supportive, perceptive and well informed people to give you honest and constructive critique of your work. At the end of it you want to be so fired up, so inspired, that you can't wait to get home to that otherwise dreaded rewrite. That's what the AAFL Unfinished Works did for our screenplay BREACHED. The Liz Lerman workshop technique they use is so precise and insightful in identifying both strengths and weaknesses.

This is how supportive they are - the day after the reading we are still getting emails from people writing in thoughts and ideas that came to them after they left the reading. We can't thank the Asian American Film Lab enough for giving us this platform to share our work.”

About Chakra Media Group and “Breached”

Chakra Media Group was founded by Genevieve Castelino , who spent the last 20 years working in various media forms. She produced “QuarterLife Crisis,” a feature film that has been in six festivals, distributed around the world, and is currently playing on Showtime in the US.  She also adapted “A Random Act of Kindness,” a play produced for the Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab.  Finally, her articles have been published in “India Today,” a leading English magazine in India.  Chakra Media Group makes high quality films that get to the heart of a brand’s story. From writers and directors, to editors and musicians, Chrakra Media Group works with the best creative talent in their field to make this possible.

“Breached” is a political thriller about the fragility of our connectedness in a globalized world and the extraordinary courage of ordinary people trying to survive in it.  The feature film script takes place in India and is informed by actual world events including the man-made floods from poor dam water management practices, protesting farmers killed by police, and the decade long Enron-Dabhol pipeline project that was mired in corruption and human rights abuse allegations.

About Asian American Film Lab and Unfinished Works

The Asian American Film Lab (AsAmFilmLab) began as collaborative of New York-based filmmakers whose goals are 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 the visibility of their stories and characters in film and television.

The Film Lab's Unfinished Works program, which has been ongoing since 1998, provides opportunities for screenwriters to see their work-in-progress professionally read and then workshopped. Jean Goto moderates the Unfinished Works programs, utilizing the Liz Lerman technique to ensure the script is effectively and efficiently workshopped with maximum benefit to the writer. If you are a screenwriter who would like more information about the Unfinished Works program, email

The Film Lab’s 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 fifth year, has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career.  The next event will be the Film Lab’s much anticipated December 15, 2012, Holiday Networking Gala, featuring live music, raffles and more.  Tickets are available at with free tickets available to those who need them.  Please email David Dennis at for more information.

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.
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