With the launch of its first pilot series on September 30, 2013, AAFL TV is described as an essential destination for those looking for innovative, original entertainment that accurately reflects the diverse demographics of U.S. society.
Currently, the Film Lab’s website (www.asianamericanfilmlab.org) and YouTube channels (/72hourfilmshootout and /asamfilmlab) feature a wide array of short films made under the auspices of the Film Lab’s acclaimed annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) filmmaking competition.
The short films showcase stories focused on Asian Americans and other Americans of color and range from comedy to drama to mystery and everything in between.
According to organizers, the Film Lab has seen an explosion of interest in diverse, original creative content based on the Shootout and a corresponding rising level of dissatisfaction with some mainstream programming for a lack of diversity and/or perpetuation of racial stereotypes.
With that in mind, the Film Lab created AAFL TV to provide contemporary, original content by, for and about diverse Americans – content that not only entertains, but also accurately reflects the diversity of the United States, both in front of and behind the camera.
“The Shootout is always exciting because filmmakers of color can come together to tell their stories in a way that many feel Hollywood simply won’t let them,” explained Jennifer Betit Yen, the President of the Film Lab. “However, we at the Lab wanted to continue that kind of artistic and creative empowerment year-round and actually produce, create and showcase recurring episodic style programming that gives entertainers of color a platform and a voice. Entertainment … and something more.”
AAFL TV announced the approval of four pilots, ranging from a comedy series to a news show to an interactive drama, which will be released consecutively, beginning on September 30, 2013.
Past 72 Hour Shootout competitors have been invited to submit proposals for future shows and two of the new pilots were written by Top Ten Shootout filmmakers, Daniel Finley and Kamran Khan.
Among the new fall shows are MY NOT SO subCONSCIOUS, in which a woman’s inner voice – literally! – takes on a life of its own; THE PANTHEON PROJECT, featuring a grad student who discovers her roommates are actually Greek Gods; AMERICAN ASIANS IN THEATRE, FILM, TELEVISION, ETC., ETC., ETC., a news and interview show with a reenactment portion; and TREASURE HUNT, an interactive mystery/suspense pilot.
“It’s important for people of all racial backgrounds who want more realistic and diverse programming to check out AAFL TV,” noted Board member, Peyton Worley. “Every time they watch a show, they’re not only going to be entertained, they’re going to support diversity at the same time. Just by watching a fun show, from a short webisode to a film, they can be part of something bigger.”
AAFL TV will showcase actors, writers and directors from multiple different racial backgrounds with the common denominator that all are American and all are excited to be part of a project aimed at creating more diverse, contemporary programming.
SOURCE: AA FILM LAB