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David Henry Hwang Joins Judging Panel for the Film Lab's 72 Hour Shootout Competition
Acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang returns to judge the Asian American Film Lab's tenth annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, celebrating diversity and artistic empowerment across globe.
Teams will also have an extended time period within which to submit a television version of their Shootout film for possible televised showcase by the Film Lab’s new production arm AAFL TV (the Film Lab’s television series, Film Lab Presents, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen, airs on NYCLife, Wednesday nights at 10pm EST).
The Shootout creates opportunities for filmmakers of color, particularly Asian Americans, to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and create positive significant impact on the visibility of Asian and Asian American stories and characters in film and television. One of the Shootout requirements is that at least one key production member (e.g., director, producer or writer) and a principal actor from each team must be of Asian descent.
The 10th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout begins on June 6, 2014. The competition theme will be announced at the New York City launch party at 8:00PM EST and simultaneously posted on the internet at http://www.asianamericanfilmlab.com/
The top ten finalists will screen at this year’s esteemed New York Asian American International Film Festival organized by Asian CineVision in New York City and at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California with a chance for televised broadcast as well.
About David Henry Hwang
DAVID HENRY HWANG was awarded the 1988 TonyÓ, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. Butterfly, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His play Golden Child, which premiered at South Coast Repertory, received a 1998 TonyÓ nomination and a 1997 OBIE Award. His new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song earned him his third TonyÓ nomination in 2003. Yellow Face won a 2008 OBIE Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent work, Chinglish, won a 2011 Chicago Jeff Award before moving to Broadway, where it received a 2012 Drama Desk Nomination. Other plays include FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), The Sound of a Voice and Bondage. He co-authored the book for Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which ran almost five years on Broadway, and was the bookwriter of Disney’s Tarzan, with songs by Phil Collins. As America’s most-produced living opera librettist, he has written four works with composer Philip Glass, as well as Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Bright Sheng’s The Silver River (1997), and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (2007 “World Premiere of the Year” by Opernwelt Magazine). Hwang penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate, and Possession (co-writer), and co-wrote the song "Solo" with composer/performer Prince. He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, and is a 2013 US Artists Donnelly Fellow. He is currently the Residency One playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre Company, which has recently revived two of his earlier plays, and premiered the acclaimed Kung Fu this past year.
About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that provides free or low cost programming to promote and support ethnic and gender diversity in film and television. Its programs and newest production arm, AAFL TV, have been featured most recently on CUNY TV (http://youtu.be/
Justin C. Lee