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Who We Are

The Film Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television programming. Through our education and outreach programming, we connect filmmakers, provide seminars, screenings, opportunities to workshop scripts, and more. AAFL TV, our production arm, provides a platform for entertaining and innovative content that reflects the wonderful diversity and cosmopolitan makeup of the United States and includes the television series Film Lab Presents, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen and whose editors and directors have included Ryan Hayward, among others.  We also run the famous 72 Hour Shootout, an annual, high-profile filmmaking competition organized with the support of film festivals from New York to Los Angeles, through which we work to ensure that stories and voices too often silenced in mainstream media are heard - not just as whispers, but as shouts to the world.  Shootout filmmakers have access to mentorships and free educational and networking programming throughout the year.

MANAGEMENT, STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Jennifer Betit Yen, President and Board Member 

Jennifer Betit Yen is an actor, attorney and the CEO of MyJennyBook.com.  As an actor, Jennifer has performed on stage for East West Players in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City (Backstage Magazine, the New York Times). Jennifer has appeared on TV in shows such as Royal Pains, Dirt and America's Most Wanted, among others, and provided voiceover talent for Random House and Reading Rainbow, among others, voicing the character of Avery€ in the series €The Beacon Street Girls.€ Jennifer is an avid kickboxer and a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.  She is the author of several books for children, an article entitled '€œIs My Baby Defective€™? Fetal Genetic Testing as Part of a Public Health Care Plan'€ published by Suffolk University Law Review and the co-author of the Boston Bar Association White Collar Crime 2005 CLE Seminar presentation, entitled 'Issues with Debarment/Exclusion.'€ Jennifer has experience newscasting and hosting and produced and acted in the web series La La Land in Los Angeles, which won an Accolade Award for Best Television Pilot.  Jennifer launched the AAFL TV Production Arm and began hosting the television series FILM LAB PRESENTS in 2014.  She is the writer and producer of the movie "The Opposite of a Fairy Tale," which has been screened by the Museum of Chinese in America, the Asian American International Film Festival, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Desert Film Society, Palm Springs, and many more.  http://www.jen-yen.com

Daryl King, SECRETARY, Board Member and Connections Coordinator

Daryl, a Brooklyn native,went to high school in New York, and graduated from Columbia University in 2010.  A gifted writer and organized thoughtful artist, Daryl has been inspired by Rei Kawakubo’s playful rebellion against strict and stark subjectivity.  Perfection is part of the requirement and qualifications of art and architecture, which is the reason why, as Daryl puts it, you find him "residing in the wake of the wave of life, taking ideas and inspiration from what has already been practiced.  That designer, above many others, has used subversive tactics to enlighten her crowd. Personal memories and events are necessary for something to be displayed and deemed knack."  Daryl first joined the Film Lab team as a volunteer seeking funding for the Film Lab's annual 72 Hour Shootout and soon moved on to assisting with Grants and Fundraising generally.  For more on Connections, click here.  To be added to the Film Lab mailing list, email your name and area of interest to Daryl at Connections@film-lab.org, attn: Daryl King.

Chloe Jenkins, TREASURER, Social Media, Connections, Grants and Fundraising

Chloe is trained in film and media.  She is also an emerging journalist.  For more on Connections, click here.  To contact Grants & Fundraising:  donate@film-lab.org.

Renee Lasher, Industry Spotlight/72 Hour Shootout

Renee is a highly effective nonprofit professional with 20+ years of experience including contract negotiation, business management, education and training, dispute resolution, and project management. She is a creative problem solver with a talent for contractual and communicative language, and navigating challenging terrain.

Randy Ta, Intern, Unfinished Works/AAFL TV Production

Randy Ta, born and raised in Minnesota, has always loved performing. Throughout his high school and college years, he has performed in plays, jazz recitals, and hip-hop dance performances. While studying at the University of Minnesota, Randy was in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program and minoring in philosophy. During this time he was involved with plays and commercial shoots on the side. During the end of his sophomore year, he was given an offer to be represented in NYC for acting. He took the offer and dropped out of university to pursue his dream. Shortly after moving to NYC, he began actively helping out with the Film Lab. He is a firm believer in AAFL's mission: to promote diversity in film and media.

Unfinished Works Coordinator

Email:  UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org

Jodi Lin, AAFL TV and 72 Hour Shootout Editor

Jodi Lin is a filmmaker and video editor whose short film “Borte, Queen of Tibet” was an official selection of the Soho International Film Festival, New Filmmaker’s Series, and the Shining Light Film Festival.  The first part of a trilogy of shorts, the trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/132226584.  Keep an eye out for some of her recent editing work which include “Protect Us”, a short film about two brothers, on opposite sides of the law, who discover that the criminal they are chasing might actually be their father, additional editing on the indie romantic-comedy feature  “All in Time”, and additional editing on “Ezra’s Nashim”, a compelling documentary about an all women’s Hasidic ambulance corp.  Education: The Edit Center, American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard, and Sarah Lawrence College. Jodi is currently developing a documentary series for the Manhattan Neighborhood Network about individuals living with mental illness and the people who love them.  Much thanks to Jen and Film Lab for the opportunity to be a of service to a thriving creative community.

Josephine Dongbang, Pinterest and Instagram Social Media Program

Josephine is a JD candidate and volunteer with the Film Lab's social media department.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE FILM LAB

Aaron Woolfolk

Aaron is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He shot his first feature film The Harimaya Bridge in Kachi Prefecture, Japan and San Francisco. The film had a nationwide theatrical release in Japan in the summer of 2009, and had an independent release in the United States in 2010. For his first film, the short Rage! Aaron won a Directors Guild of America award. His short films Eki and Kuroi Hitsuji won several awards, screened in international film festivals, and played on cable television. Aaron was the recipient of an ABC Talent Development Grant, and was later a Walt Disney Studios/ABC Entertainment Writing Fellow. With The Harimaya Bridge, Aaron became the first African American to make a feature film in Japan, and one of the few Americans to direct a movie in the Japanese film industry. Aaron is a veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). He taught junior high school English in Kachi Prefecture. Aaron collaborated with playwright Tim Toyama in writing the play Bronzeville for The Robey Theatre Company, which developed the play and presented the world premiere in association with The Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles in the spring of 2009. Aaron and Toyama received a nomination for an Ovation Award in the category Best Playwriting for an Original Play.

Daryl King, SECRETARY

Daryl, a Brooklyn native,went to high school in New York, and graduated from Columbia University in 2010.  A gifted writer and organized thoughtful artist, Daryl has been inspired by Rei Kawakubo’s playful rebellion against strict and stark subjectivity.  Perfection is part of the requirement and qualifications of art and architecture, which is the reason why, as Daryl puts it, you find him "residing in the wake of the wave of life, taking ideas and inspiration from what has already been practiced.  That designer, above many others, has used subversive tactics to enlighten her crowd. Personal memories and events are necessary for something to be displayed and deemed knack."  Daryl first joined the Film Lab team as a volunteer seeking funding for the Film Lab's annual 72 Hour Shootout and soon moved on to assisting with Grants and Fundraising generally.  

Jennifer Betit Yen, PRESIDENT

Jennifer Betit Yen is an actor, attorney and the CEO of MyJennyBook.com. She has a strong commitment to volunteer work and to fostering and supporting gender and ethnic diversity initiatives. As an actor, Jennifer has performed on stage for East West Players in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City (http://www.backstage.com/bso/advice/paper-dragon-1005151982.story). Jennifer has provided voiceover talent for Random House and Reading Rainbow, among others, voicing the character of Avery€ in the series The Beacon Street Girls.€ Jennifer is an avid kickboxer and a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.  She is the author of several books for children, an article entitled '€œIs My Baby Defective€™? Fetal Genetic Testing as Part of a Public Health Care Plan'€ published by Suffolk University Law Review and the co-author of the Boston Bar Association White Collar Crime 2005 CLE Seminar presentation, entitled 'Issues with Debarment/Exclusion.'€ Jennifer has experience newscasting and hosting and produced the web series La La Land in Los Angeles, which won an Accolade Award for Best Television Pilot.  Jennifer launched the AAFL TV Production Arm in August 2014 and began hosting the television series FILM LAB PRESENTS in 2014.  She is the writer and producer of the movie "The Opposite of a Fairy Tale," which has been screened by the Museum of Chinese in America, the Asian American International Film Festival, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Desert Film Society, Palm Springs, and many more.

James Kyson

Voted by TV Guide as €œHollywood's 25 Hottest€, James finished Hawaii Five-O on CBS, and a 4-year run on NBC's Heroes as Ando€™. A native of NYC, James graduated from Bronx H.S. of Science, then went on to study communications & broadcasting at Boston University, and New England Institute of the Arts. After a stint in a hip-hop rap group in college, and trying out improv comedy, James moved to LA on a one-way ticket & a single suitcase, where he began his training in music, dance, and acting. His first ever Television audition landed him on CBS's J.A.G€. Other TV credits include "CSI", NBC's "Las Vegas", "The West Wing", "Heist", as well as ABC's "Threat Matrix", and FOX's "All About the Andersons."

Chloe Jenkins, TREASURER
Chloe specializes in social media marketing and advertising.  She is an emerging new journalist and the treasurer of the Film Lab.
 
The Film Lab also has a dedicated Advisory Board and a staff of administrative volunteers and interns, who can be contacted via the group email info@film-lab.org.