9th Season of Film Lab Presents Premieres Tomorrow on CrossingsTV!
CrossingsTV begins a new season of fresh, innovative and "deliciously diverse" entertainment from the Film Lab's AAFL TV on November 3rd
By: CrossingsTV and Film Lab
Film Lab Presents will air Fridays beginning November 3rd in the following cities:
Sacramento (KBTV 8.1, Xfinity Ch.398): 6:30pm
Stockton/Fresno (Xfinity Ch.398): 6:30pm
San Francisco (Xfinity Ch.238): 5:30pm
Seattle (Xfinity Ch.152): 6:30pm
Chicago (Xfinity Ch.691) : 10:30am
New York (Time Warner Cable Ch. 1519): 10:30am
AAFL TV has also just completed principal photography on a television pilot, "Mirror Mirror," addressing gender bias through the lens of a comedy sitcom. "Film Lab's entertainment seeks to effectuate positive social change through entertainment,"
Founded in 2005, Crossings TV fulfills the entertainment and information needs of Asian American communities. In so doing, Crossings TV's foremost goal is to provide locally-oriented, produced and marketed programming and content. Working with key, local representatives in each of the markets it serves, Crossings TV is a unique, grassroots intermediary, efficiently linking its targeted audiences and commercial, non-commercial and governmental entities. http://www.crossingstv.com
About the Film Lab, Film Lab Presents and AAFL TV
The Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which began working to promote diversity in media in 1998. The Film Lab's president, actor Jennifer Betit Yen, founded AAFL TV in August 2013 to address an explosion of interest in diverse, original creative content along with a corresponding rising level of dissatisfaction with mainstream programming for a lack of diversity and/or perpetuation of racial stereotypes. AAFL TV's mission is to provide innovative, contemporary, original content by, for and about diverse Americans - content that accurately reflects our heterogeneous country both in front of and behind the camera. One of the ideas behind inviting submissions from all over the globe is to empower creatives by providing a platform for diverse filmmakers to present unique and independent content and to be part of something bigger, showing the world that diverse talent is not only present, but powerful, with a voice and a stage on which to see and hear it. AAFL TV launched its first pilots as web series in September 2013 and then partnered with NYCMedia, New York City's flagship media station, to begin airing a television series entitled "Film Lab Presents," consisting of 30 minute episodes of racially diverse original contemporary entertainment content in January 2014.
The Film Lab's other programming includes filmmaking workshops with industry professionals, screenwriting contests, and film competitions, including the annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (the "Shootout"). This annual competition, now in its ninth year, has inspired hundreds of filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career. Asian CineVision partners with Film Lab to promote the Shootout at the Asian American International Film Festival ("AAIFF"). AAIFF is New York's leading festival for independent Asian and Asian American film and video, and the first and longest-running U.S. festival of its kind. As an integral part of AAIFF, the Shootout celebrates the creativity and genius of the directors, their casts and crews as they share stories by, about and for Asian Americans and other filmmakers of color with the world. AAIFF has played a vital role in discovering and nurturing such acclaimed talent as Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Mira Nair (THE NAMESAKE), Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Steven Okazaki (THE MUSHROOM CLUB), Jessica Yu (PING PONG PLAYA), and Justin Lin (FAST FIVE).