Film Lab Receives Grant to Fight Elder Abuse Through Film
The Film Lab, thanks to a grant from the Asian Women Giving Circle, is now in pre production on "The Opposite of a Fairy Tale," a film that re-thinks what it means to be old and draws the issue of elder abuse out of the shadows.
Written by actor and Film Lab President Jennifer Betit Yen, with the help of veteran screenwriter and director Aaron Woolfolk, the screenplay enjoyed its first public table read at The Asian American / Asian Research Institute at The City University of New York (“AAARI-CUNY”)
Betit Yen explained that “[e]lder abuse is a serious problem that is often not dealt with.” According to the recent NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, only 1 in 24 cases of abuse of people 60 and over are reported to authorities or agencies serving older adults. Elder abuse among Asian communities is probably even more under-studied and under-reported than in the general population.[
The film is dedicated to the memory of artist Josephine Chuch Liu Yen and is designed to bring exposure to the issue through the lens of fictional storytelling, easily accessible to the unique perspective of, not just Asian American women, but all people, and intended to create empathy and understanding, while at the same time avoiding judgment and soapboxing. Videographer, photographer, vocalist, and director Youn Jung Kim, who earned recent accolades for her coordination of the Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout and for her direction of performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”) and the film “Look Deeper: Beauty,” has signed on as director of the project. The film is slated to begin production this fall. For more #StopElderAbuse #OppositeFairyTale. TheOppositeOfAFairyTale.com.
About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production. The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings. The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Chloe Jenkins (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Seth Scott (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator and AAFL TV Productions)
Upcoming Events Include:
Sept. 17 Unfinished Works Screenplay Reading and Workshop
Sept. 24 Casting Workshop with Liz Lewis Casting in NYC
October 8 Screening, Panel and Reception at Time Warner Theatre
For details and to RSVP, visit www.film-lab.org
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