“I Tried …” is the second published video on this site of Hunter alumnus Avid Maldonado, a former student of Gregg W Morris. “Avidly Raps” is a solo rap venture by Maldonado, 27, who can be reached at his personal email, firstname.lastname@example.org and at @avidevans.
"Entertainment media is the method by which we as a country leave our history and tell our story about who we are as a people to the rest of the world."
— @JenBetitYen, Honoree for the #APAHM Reception at Gracie Mansion pic.twitter.com/c1H5k0cISp
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 10, 2019
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:
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
Schedule: 300+ Films, Episodic Content, Events Spanning 10 Days at the IFC Center, SVA Theater and Cinépolis Chelsea. Hundreds of Special Guests.
DOC NYC opens TOMORROW with its Opening Night Screening of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band! There is only a limited number of tickets left for this screening so be sure to get yours now!DOC NYC is also having another 10 for $10 flash sale! Get tickets to 10 different films for only $10 each! Be sure to get in quick, this offer ends on noon Wednesday November 6!
DOC NYC, kicking off tomorrow. Shining a light on the different areas of the festival to help people plan their schedules This week:Highlighting our True Crime Section as part of the film lineup and the Short List panels being presented at DOC NYC PRO.
His film was selected at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. Director Housman and Moderator Erik Luers seen below. Showing at the IFC Center in NYC, Saturday, October 26, – Thursday, October 31, 1:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m.
NYC Bike Family Mass Die-in, Washington Square Park, July 9, 2019 by Transportation Alternatives. #NYCBikeFamily staged mass die-in to protest the killing of cyclists. Non-violent, peaceful memorial event. Drivers have killed 15 people on bikes this year — more than double the number killed this time last year.
#NYCBikeFamily: “We deserve safe passage. We deserve the pure joy of riding a bike. We will not stop riding and we will not accept this injustice.
Making sure that “Mayor Bill de Blasio knows that the NYC Bike Family will not stand for the threat on our lives. Vision Zero is in a state of emergency, and the only way to stop the killings is to break New York City’s car culture.
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 email@example.com