New York, NY – July 28, 2012 – The Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab) screened the top ten films of the Eighth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”), at the 35th Annual Asian American International Film Festival, under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision. Asian CineVision Director John C. Woo and AsAmFilmLab’s first female president, Jennifer Betit Yen, began the ceremony. Jennifer Betit Yen thanked the filmmakers and film fans for their support of ethnic and gender diversity in film. She explained, “[t]he 72 Hour Shootout is about empowerment. It provides filmmakers with the opportunity to seize 72 hours within which to tell virtually any story they want in virtually any way they can imagine. The filmmakers [who participated in the Shootout] took control over their own stories. They became independents instead of dependents, leaders instead of followers, creators instead of mainstream mimics. Every single one of them deserves accolades for stepping up to the plate and daring to tell their stories. In doing so, they said, ‘we are not ‘the other.’ We will not be marginalized. We will not be silenced.’” Shootout Photographs: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3027854155029.100170.1823087136&type=3&l=689a83c2ae
The awards were as follows:
1) RiLL - Distance
Grand Prize Sponsor: Margaret Lam
2) Jong-IL - Maybe Baby*
3) ROMIX Productions - Doggie Style*
4) ColorTV - The Buy
5) Zen Station - The Test
6) OZ - BC
7) T.C.B.Y. - Jacob
8) Fluffy Bunny - Dealbreakers
9) Mintcheerios - Early Adopter
10) Spring Street Pictures - Evaluation
BEST ACTOR: Billy Khang in ROMIX's Doggie Style
BEST ACTRESS: Mallory Wu in ZEN STATION's The Test
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: RiLL, Distance
BEST DIRECTOR: OZ, BC
Prize Sponsor: Executive Wear NY
BEST SCREENWRITING: COLOR TV, The Buy
MOST ORIGINAL: DAYSIDE PRODUCTIONS, Fight for Love Game Show
Prize Sponsor: Executive Wear NY
BEST EDITING: RiLL, Distance
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) winners consist of:
1. Samantha Chance, producer, Cjec Blocks, Pillowed.
2. Barbie Leung, DP and Editor, Cjec Blocks, Pillowed.
3. Louise Chen, Producer, Athena, This is Only a Test.
4. Toy Lei, Team Captain, The Ex-New Yorkers, The Wedding.
5. Judy Lei, Co-Captain, Zebra, The Escapist.
Judges for the Shootout included Marci Phillips, executive director of casting at ABC Primetimes, Producer Teddy Zee, actors Brian Yang, Michelle Krusiec, acclaimed cinematographer Eric Lin, and Russell Simmons, named by Forbes Magazine as one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities” and, by USA Today, as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision.
RiLL, the team behind the Grand Prize winning film, Distance, released the following statement, "[O]n behalf of RiLL Films, James Z. Feng, Nick Louie, and James Y. Shih would like to thank the Asian American Film Lab for a great competition this year. This year's 72 hour shootout was both a great challenge and an incredibly rewarding experience for the team. The project gave the crew some incredible filmmaking moments, such as guerilla filmmaking in public locations and avoiding the authorities at the airport"..."[T]hank you all for a great festival and for supporting the Asian American voice in film."
Thank you to venue sponsors: The White Rabbit and M Lounge at Megu. Other Shootout Sponsors: Asian in NY, AARI-CUNY, Crimson, Executive Wear NY, Henry Lee Photography, Megu, M Lounge, MyJennyBook, NYWIFT, Ronni Nicole, Rouge Royale, White Rabbit, Whisper
The Shootout is a worldwide competition in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. The competition creates a valuable opportunity for Asian American filmmakers to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of Asian American stories and characters in film.