Category: Film

72 Hour Shoot Out Competition

The Film Lab Sponsors 72 Hour Shoot Out Competition

The Film Lab is a 501c3 not-for-profit that has been dedicated to the promotion of gender and ethnic parity since 1998. We accomplish that goal in three ways

– (1) education – we run monthly events that are open to the public ranging from screenings to seminars to Q&As, all to draw light upon issues of race and gender in media – an example was a panel with Time Warner/Turner/HBO on Distribution;

– (2) outreach-support – we run various programs ranging from the famous 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition to filmmaking how-to workshops to networking parties, all of which work to connect people of color and mainstream media executives and to create mentorship and distribution opportunities for people creating diverse works; and

– (3) production – we produce media with positive and prolific perceptions of women and people of color. For example, we produce the television series Film Lab Presents, which airs on CrossingsTV, Time Warner Cable & Xfinity. We also have an online channel, AAFL TV, to which you can subscribe to for free at youtube.com/asamfilmlab for bold, innovative and deliciously diverse entertainment!

The Film Lab is partnering again with Backstage Magazine to support ethnic and gender parity in the arts through the Film Lab’s annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, a global filmmaking competition for everyone from novices to established filmmakers.

Backstage will be conducting an intensive workshop, led by Christine McKenna-Tirella, to teach filmmakers, step-by-step, how to utilize all the resources for free (a special code for free services from Backstage Magazine will be given to attendees at the event and to those who register for the 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition).

To register and learn more about the Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout, please visit:
www.film-lab.org
www.Facebook.com/72HrShootout(c)2020

The Film Lab and the 72 Hour Shootout are Registered Trademarks of the Film Lab and may not be used without the Film Lab’s express written consent.

In the 72 Hour Shootout, filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start of the Shootout (usually 8 pm EST, the first Thursday of June) and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. For almost two decades, the Film Lab and the Shootout have provided a platform for faces, voices and stories too often marginalized, whitewashed or silenced by mainstream media.

Because of the pandemic, making films where we are bivouacked, sheltered, quarantined (voluntary and involuntary), marooned – et.al. – can be the paths for a great shootout.

Registrants can obtain screen tests and mentorships from major TV networks and established industry professionals to help develop their careers and the top ten films screen at the AAI Film Festival, on the TV series “Film Lab Presents,” and are promoted online via AAFL TV. Every year, registration opens online in MARCH and the Film Lab runs a series of workshops between March and June, free for registrants, to teach basic filmmaking skills and help people network and form teams.

The events are livestreamed for registrants around the globe. The actual 72 hours of filming takes place in June with the winning films premiering at the Asian American International Film Festival in July under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision. Teams compete for access to a year of free educational and networking events, mentorships with executives at NBC, ABC, and more, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally.

The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color – focusing on Asian American filmmakers – and women to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film. Past Judges include hip hop icon Russell Simmons, producer Teddy Zee, ABC Primetime Casting Director Marci Phillips and playwright David Henry Hwang, among others.

First of Several 72 Hour Shoot Articles in These Pandemic Times

2019 TRIBECA TV® and N.O.W. Lineup: April 24 – May 5

Debuting highly-anticipated new and returning TV series and spotlight creative online storytelling work. The Tribeca TV lineup will include 16 shows made up of eight series premieres, two season premieres, one feature documentary, and five indie pilots. The N.O.W. (New Online Work) section, sponsored by HBO, will showcase 12 projects from creators using digital platforms to tell original stories in addition to special spotlight programs. The N.O.W. Creators Market will return to connect online creators with industry professionals.

WORKING WOMAN Preview

OPENING

New York City – Wednesday, March 27 at the IFC Center; Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan

Director Michal Laviad

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), the mother of three young children, wearing a lot of care taking hats, wants to help her husband struggling to start his own restaurant by wearing another hat. She takes a job, and, cutting to the chase, her boss sexually harasses her even as she her financial success is  good for the company. His escalating, menacing sexual harassment creates a crisis for her.

“Slow Burning – builds its tension so subtly you don’t realize you’ve been holding your breath” – Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter.

Holding our breaths? Uh oh!


Director Laviad says about the time she started identifying herself as a feminist, she began directing films in San Francisco in the 1980s. Her 10 documentary and narrative films look at complex social and political issues from the point of view of female protagonists, she says in a statement. “Making films from the point of view of women is a way to remind us that women’s ways of understanding and acting in the world matter, and are worth showing – and this theme is recurrent in all my work.”

Review coming soon.

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edu

hillbilly

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival and made its New York City premiere at DOC NYC. Debuts Tuesday, January 8, 2019, on Digital, Cable and Satellite.

Directed by Sally Rubin and Ashley York
Cast – bell hooks, Amythyst Kiah, Frank X Walker, Crystal Good, Ronny Cox, Billy Redden, Michael Apted, Silas House
1:25:1 Run Time

What the Filmmakers Say

Since the presidential election, cultural divide in America has been the source of riveting and visceral discussions and arguments. Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound. hillbilly is a personal and political journey by the filmmakers into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media misrepresentation in their creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.

hillbilly will surprise if not shock imaginations because of its revelations, such as the renown artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists who are unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. Author, feminist, and social activist bell hooks is a hillbilly.

 

 

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edi

Russian Film Week in New York City, December 8-14

This year’s diverse program of 14 films includes Russia’s submission for the 2019 Academy Awards®, SOBIBOR, directed by, and starring, Konstantin Khabensky; ANNA KARENINA: VRONSKY’S STORY, directed by Karen Shakhnazarov; a dramatic biopic THE STORY OF ONE APPOINTMENT, directed by Avdotya Smirnova. Visiting filmmakers and actors include filmmaker Alexey Uchitel, founder of Rock Studio Films; directors Karen Shakhnazarov, Olya Zueva, Susanna Alperina, and many others.