The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Awards a Community Benefit Grant to the Asian American Film Lab

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce awarded the Asian American Film Lab a grant for its programming focused on diversity initiatives in the arts.
An Asian American Film Lab Seminar in Manhattan
An Asian American Film Lab Seminar in Manhattan
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Dec. 28, 2012 - PRLog -- The Asian American Film Lab (AsAmFilmLab) has been awarded a grant by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for its programming focused on diversity initiatives in the arts.  The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The Chamber supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business owners (, veterans ( and workforce development (

The AsAmFilmLab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that provides free or low cost programming to promote and support diversity in film and television. The membership has grown to include 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.  AsAmFilmLab’s programming includes filmmaking workshops with industry professionals, screenwriting contests, and film competitions including the annual 72 Hour Filmmaking Shootout, which has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career.  The AsAmFilmLab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member), Aurora Betson (Grants & Fundraising) Perry Tsao (Industry Spotlight Coordinator), David Dennis (Connections & Social Outreach Coordinator), Jean Gto (Unfinished Works), Justin Samuels (social media), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers.  For more information, please visit or email  The next AsAmFilmLab event, which will be free and open to the public, will consist of a Cinematography Workshop featuring acclaimed cinematographer, 2012 72 Hour Shootout judge and AsAmFilmLab Board member, Eric Lin, and moderated by producer Erik Lu on January 17, 2013, in Manhattan.
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