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David Henry Hwang  and FOX Entertainment Japan's Dan Smith Among Judges for 2013 72-Hour Shootout " Plus Launch of Pre-Shootout Events

New York, NY,  March 22, 2013 --  The Asian American Film Lab - ("Film Lab"), a non-profit working to increase diversity initiatives in film and television, is pleased to announce that Dan Smith, producer for FOX Entertainment Japan, Nicole Kassell and David Henry Hwang, the American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who has risen to prominence as the preeminent Asian American dramatist in the U.S., will be among the judges of the 2013 72-Hour Shootout -  competition (the "Shootout").  Returning judge, Marci Phillips, Executive Director of Casting for ABC, will also be on the panel, among others!

The Film Lab has launched a series of events geared towards preparing registrants for successful participation in the Film Lab's annual, high-profile, global filmmaking competition (  The Shootout, now in its ninth year, has inspired hundreds of diverse filmmakers by helping nascent talent take brave steps towards a filmmaking career.

The Film Lab's Shootout events will kick off on Thursday, April 11, 2013, when Erik Lu, Asian American Film Lab Board member and the founder of the Philadelphia production company Descendant Films, will be leading a hands-on, interactive workshop for 72-Hour Shootout participants entitled:  " A Live Working 72-Hour Shootout Set Workshop."

This special, intensive Shootout workshop  will include a crew member from each major department (producing, directing, cinematography, etc) conducting a mock 72-Hour Shootout with commentary from each department head. Participants will be "shooting" a scene during the workshop.

Film Lab Board member, Erik Lu, advised, "[E]xpect it to be a live set and every 5 minutes or so, we will give our suggestions, and at the very end, we will field questions. It's going to move fast, and it's going to be dense with information. We'll have a short scene prepared for a couple of actors before you arrive, and guinea pig a random person from the audience, someone who is okay with being picked on, to direct it with our crew members listed below. We are going to make it very difficult for that person, but we are going to do our best to serve the director's vision and make the scene the best we can with the zero budget resources we've got. That's the focus -- How do we work as a crew to tell the best story we can with practically no money? And everyone who attends can observe and participate, and if they'd like, also be on their feet with us."

Particularly encouraged to attend are actors and writers who have not engaged in the technical aspect of filmmaking before and who wish to participate in the Shootout.  In the workshop, Erik and his team will guide attendees through common pitfalls and explain the basic guidelines needed to create a successful Shootout film.

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This workshop will take place in New York City. Those registered for the Shootout who do not live in New York City will have the option of obtaining written materials from the workshop.  Because of the intimate, hands-on nature of this event, space is limited and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, please email David Dennis at

Pre-Shootout events will also include a  Build-Your-Team Networking Party on May 16th  at the Official Shootout Party Venue, THE WHITE RABBIT, and various online networking opportunities.  For more information, people may contact the 2013 Shootout Coordinator at .

Additional upcoming Film Lab events include a  staged reading and workshop of Raymond Yeung's screenplay, "Yellow Fever," at 6pm on April 4, 2013, in New York City.   Raymond Yeung's short film, RUB, was previously featured in the Asian American Film Lab.  He is best known for his first feature film, CUT SLEEVE BOYS,  which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006. The film won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival in Los Angeles, and earned a Best Actor Award at the Madrid Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  This romantic comedy was sold to twelve territories worldwide and had cinematic releases in Thailand, Taiwan, and in various cities across the United States. The DVD was launched in November 2007 and the film was broadcast on television on both Here! and Logo networks. Time Out, New York reviewed  CUT SLEEVE BOYS  as a "fun, rare look at Gay Asian life with refreshing insights into various queer subtleties, from the difference between cross-dressing and trans to the details of being a circuit queen."  Most recently, Ray was selected to participate in 2013 Berlin Film Festival Talent Campus Script Station.  Actors include  Adenike Thomas, Siying Chen, Austin Ku, Graham Powell, Jennifer Betit-Yen, and Perry Tsao.   Please email  for more information and to RSVP.

About Dan Smith

Smith's entertainment career began while serving in the United States Air Force, where he worked in print media and  edited and published many of the Air Force's newspapers. Following his service, Smith turned to broadcast media, where he contributed news, entertainment and sports features through such diverse agencies as Associated Press Television News and BET Nightly News. His foray into producing started with the creation of ACTV, a community channel that started with local programming for U.S. military bases in Japan and quickly turned into producing original content for broadcast in Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Among his early successes was the self-hosted reality show Black Life In Japan, which became a global cult favorite and earned him an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Smith then developed the entertainment program Access E, which aired in Japan and on several U.S. cable networks.

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After producing the acclaimed one-hour documentary Fandemonium -- Chasing Michael Jackson (Shirarezaru Nanoka Kan) for Fox Television, Smith went on to create the hit weekly entertainment show Fox Backstage Pass, which recently filmed its 200th episode. Smith currently produces original programming for the Fox Television, Fox Movies Premium, Fox Sports and National Geographic channels in Japan.

About David Henry Hang

DAVID HENRY HWANG was awarded the 1988 Tony -Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut,  M. Butterfly , which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His play  Golden Child, which premiered at South Coast Repertory, received a 1998 Tony -  nomination and a 1997 OBIE Award.  His new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song  earned him his third Tony -  nomination in 2003.   Yellow Face won a 2008 OBIE Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent work,  Chinglish, won a 2011 Chicago Jeff Award before moving to Broadway, where it received a 2012 Drama Desk Nomination. Other plays include FOB (1981 OBIE Award),  The Dance and the Railroad  (1982 Drama Desk Nomination),  Family Devotions  (1982 Drama Desk Nomination),  The Sound of a Voice  and  Bondage.  He co-authored the book for  Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida , which ran almost five years on Broadway, and was the bookwriter of  Disney's Tarzan, with songs by Phil Collins.  As America's most-produced living opera librettist, he has written four works with composer Philip Glass, as well as Osvaldo Golijov's  Ainadamar  (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Bright Sheng's  The Silver River  (1997), and Unsuk Chin's  Alice in Wonderland  (2007 "World Premiere of the Year" by Opernwelt Magazine). Hwang penned the feature films  M. ButterflyGolden Gate, and Possession (co-writer), and co-wrote the song "Solo" with composer/performer Prince.  He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, and is a 2013 US Artists Donnelly Fellow. He is currently the Residency One playwright at New York's Signature Theatre Company, which has recently revived two of his earlier plays, and will premiere his newest work,  Kung Fu, in 2013-14.

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