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Theme of 2020 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition Announced in Virtual Party
The Film Lab's 16th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition launched in a virtual party on June 4, 2020, celebrating and empowering voices and stories too often marginalized by mainstream media.
By: Film Lab
The Launch Party featured welcoming remarks by Film Lab President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen, and Film Lab's Shootout Coordinator, himself a Shootout alum, Tyler Ham Pong. When asked about running the competition (virtually) during a pandemic, Betit Yen explained, "We at the Film Lab knew that now, particularly, the stories of traditionally underrepresented Americans need to be, not just told, but amplified and so, despite everything, the 72 Hour Shootout goes on – albeit as it never has before, with enhanced safety guidelines and as the first ever Isolation Edition." Ham Pong agreed, adding that the filmmakers this year have responded to filming in isolation positively. Ham Pong noted, "[T]here has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Isolation Edition of the 72 Hour Film Shootout. All the filmmakers are excited for the challenge. And although each team will interpret the theme differently, they'll forever be tethered by this empowered community of filmmakers."
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio honored the Film Lab with a letter of welcome to the 72 Hour Shootout filmmakers and wished the filmmakers "an inspiring weekend and continued success." Mayor de Blasio honored Film Lab President Betit Yen last year at Gracie Mansion for her acting and activism work.
About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that has been dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic parity in media since 1998. The Film Lab accomplishes that goal in three ways: (1) education; (2) outreach and support; and (3) film, television and online entertainment production. For more information, please visit the Film Lab's website at www.film-lab.org;