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Asian American Film Lab announces upcoming 72 Hour Shootout events

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The Asian American Film Lab has announced two special 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition events, including an informational Q&A on March 27 and a filmmaking how-to event on April 3, along with an upcoming “Unfinished Works” performance event featuring a script reading and workshop of a new screenplay, followed by a discussion on the best methods to market and raise funds for a screenplay.

On March 27 at 7:00pm EST, the Film Lab's President, Jennifer Betit Yen, and Shootout Coordinator, Justin C. Lee, will provide an informational overview of the tenth annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, including an opportunity to submit for televised broadcast and screen at film festivals in both New York and Los Angeles.

At 7:30pm, the Q&A will be followed by the Film Lab's long-running "Unfinished Works" program, in which Actor Directory members will be performing “Siddhi” and one more unfinished screenplay, which is to be announced, for your enjoyment under the direction of Lorna Nowve, the coordinator of the Film Lab's Unfinished Works program.

Nowve will then moderate a constructive Q&A and feedback session which provides the audience with an opportunity to participate in the creative process and interact directly with screenwriter and the cast members of the reading.

Lorna Nowve selected the screenplay “Siddhi,” by Padmini Devi Narumanchi, for this event. In “Siddhi,” two sisters take a metaphorical train ride: the eternal internal quest for meaning in a material world. As Siddhi and Mara head towards the unknown, from train platform to ocean's edge, sibling rivalry dissolves in the journey for self.

On April 3, the Film Lab will present an exciting panel of past 72hr Shootout contest winners to discuss filmmaking how-to's for this year's 72 Hour Shootout competitors. Written materials will be available for competitors not able to attend the NY event in person. Each of the panelists will share experience creating a short film in 72hrs, how to prepare, and what to look out for. Afterwards will be an opportunity to meet other filmmakers and start building your team.

Panelist include: Patrick Chen (Team: One In Mind “Welcome Home”), Kamran Kan (Team: Five Brown Guys and a Baby “Two Pieces”), Migina Tsai (Team: Mad Fresh Daily “The Interview”), Kurt Uy (Team: Red Phone “Ins and Outs”) and many more! Dan Finley, moderator, says it will be "an insightful and educational evening."

The Industry Spotlight, “Preparing for the 72hr Shootout,” will take place in Manhattan on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 7-9pm.

RSVPs through Eventbrite are required:

Send questions and comments to Daniel Finley at

Both events will take place in Manhattan and are open to the public. Reservations can be made on the Film Lab website:

Source: AAFL

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