Announcing the Judges of the 2015 72 Hour Shootout!

The Asian American Film Lab has released the names of the judges of its annual filmmaking competition, the 72 Hour Shootout, which promotes diversity in mainstream media!
By: Asian American Film Lab
Look Deeper:  The 2015 72 Hour Shootout
Look Deeper: The 2015 72 Hour Shootout
NEW YORK - Feb. 14, 2015 - PRLog -- The Asian American Film Lab ("Film Lab") has announced the judges of the 2015 72 our Shootout (in alphabetical order by surname):
BERTHA BAY SA PAN Born in New Jersey and raised in Taiwan, Pan received an MFA degree in Directing from the Columbia  University Graduate Film School in 1997, winning the DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD for Best Asian American Student Filmmaker with her graduate thesis film, which also received the POLO RALPH LAUREN AWARD for Best Screenplay.  Pan’s feature film debut “Face,” co-written by Oscar Award nominee Oren Moverman, starring Bai Ling, Kristy Wu, Kieu Chinh, and hip hop superstar Treach of Naughty by Nature, featuring a score composed by Leonard Nelson Hubbard of the Grammy Award winning hip hop band The Roots, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition. During its successful festival run, “Face” received the AUDIENCE AWARD at GenArt Film Festival, the CRITICS AWARD for Best Director at CineVegas Film Festival, and the GRAND JURY AWARD for Best Director at Urbanworld Film Festival.  Pan was nominated for the prestigious Open Palm at the GOTHAM AWARDS, and winner of the PREMIO SPECIALE PRIZE at the International Women’s Film Festival in Italy.  “Face” was released theatrically in 2005, receiving positive reviews from major publications including The New York Times (a NY TIMES CRITICS PICK), Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Chicago Tribune, and the BBC.  Pan has also directed music videos for artists such as Slim Kid Tre of Pharcyde, Chris Trapper of the Push Stars, and the popular children's band Princess Katie and Racer Steve.
ASEEM CHHABRA A producer and programmer for the New York Indian Film Festival.
DAVID ELLIOTT David Elliott is a talent agent at Don Buchwald & Associates.
SCOTT ERIKSSON Scott Eriksson is based in Los Angeles, California.  He programs the Asians on Film Festival, now in its fourth year.
RODRIGO GARCIA Mexican director Rodrigo Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000, Garcia’s first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” won the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent film, “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  Among his television credits are the cable series “In Treatment,” on which he served as executive producer and showrunner for the first season and received a Writers Guild of America Award in the New Series category. Other TV credits include “Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “Carnivȧle” and “Big Love,” for which he directed the pilot episode and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.  Garcia is also the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide. He is Co-Creator of WIGS, the digital drama channel offering over 180 episodes of scripted content. For WIGS, Rodrigo wrote and directed the WIGS series "Blue," starring Julia Stiles, and “Christine,” starring America Ferrera.
DAVID HENRY HWANG DAVID HENRY HWANG was awarded the 1988 Tony, 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 Tony nomination and a 1997 OBIE Award.  His new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003.  Yellow Facewon a 2008 OBIE Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His 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.
LANE LEAVITT  Lane Leavitt is motion picture action innovator, who has created many new devices, systems and methods that are now the standard of the action entertainment industry.   Lane has over 250 motion picture and TV credits as a stuntman, stunt rigging coordinator and stunt coordinator.  He is a former governor of the Stunt Peer group of the Television Academy and arts and sciences and one of its founding members.  And was part of the team that helped create the Action Emmy.   Lane has been married for 36 years to Debbie Evans, one of the most famous Stuntwomen of all time, winner of 7 Tauras World Stunt Awards, the most world stunt awards of anyone, male or female.  Lane will be providing a one-on-one mentorship prize for BEST USE OF ACTION (new prize category)!
MARCI PHILLIPS  Executive Director of Primetime Casting for ABC Entertainment.  Marci is responsible for covering the East Coast talent pool. For over a decade, Marci has cast for ABC and ABC Studio pilots, new series regulars, TV movies and alternative series. She was voted “Favorite NY TV/Film Casting Director” in the 2009 Backstage readers poll and tied in 2007. Marci just completed her book “The Present Actor: A Practical and Spiritual Guideline to Help You Enjoy the Ride.”

The Asian American Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in mainstream media.  The Film Lab is run under the direction of President Jennifer Betit Yen.  For more, please visit us online at Twitter @asamfilmlab #72HrSO #LookDeeper.

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