The Film Lab Workshops New Screenplays Makwa and Witches are B*tches

The Film Lab kicked off the fall/winter "Unfinished Works" screenplay reading and workshop series with new screenplays addressing everything from native voices to serial killers to climate change
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NEW YORK - Nov. 14, 2022 - PRLog -- The Film Lab's longest running program, Unfinished Works, has assisted screenwriters for over 20 years as an avenue for filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to share and workshop their screenplays for honest feedback. The feedback process includes a reading of the piece by professional Film Lab actors and is carefully structured to provide assistance with drafting, editing, outlining, and more.   The general public is able to provide their feedback and ask the writer and actors questions, alongside industry guests, following the readings.

This year, the Film Lab launched its fall/winter program with Makwa, a gritty science fiction piece by Johnny Cole ( and Witches are B*tches by Jazmine Cornielle.  Makwa tackled a host of serious issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to climate change, while drawing the listeners in with an intriguing and mystical murder mystery.  Screenwriter Johnny Cole commented, "Getting my script into the hands of living, breathing actors and bringing it to its feet with a line reading really helped me to evolve the project in a significant way."  Actors included John Wu, Jennifer Betit Yen, Soraya Butler, Mami Kimura, Jackson Mercado, Ro Malabanan, Kimberly David, Georges Bridges, and more.  For the actor bios, please visit  The workshop portion of the event, moderated by Andy Lee, raised complex issues that will make attendees keen to attend the next screenplay workshop in the series, coming later this fall/winter.  A recording of the readings and workshops will be available on Film lab's YouTube channel:  Upcoming events are listed on

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 diversity 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.

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