2021 72 HOUR SHOOTOUT PREMIERE DEDICATED TO ACTOR/WRITER HOWARD FONG
The Film Lab’s 17th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition premiered its winning films at the Asian American International Film Festival, celebrating and empowering voices and stories too often marginalized by mainstream media. For the first time in its history, the premiere was dedicated to an individual.
New York, NY – AUGUST 15, 2021 – The Film Lab premiered the top ten films of the 17th annual 72 Hour Shootout (“Shootout”) filmmaking competition at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City on August 11, 2021. The premiere and awards ceremony remain available as VOD at the festival until August 22, 2021. All the films are based on a common theme and the Film Lab’s 2021 theme was BE A HERO. The Shootout is an annual global filmmaking competition that provides exhibition, exposure, mentorship, and more for all underrepresented filmmakers, with a focus on Asian Americans.
This year, for the first time in its history, the Film Lab dedicated the premiere to an individual – the late actor and writer Howard Fong. Mr. Fong is known for THE JOY LUCK CLUB, TIL DEATH DO US PART, FREZNO SMOOTH, ZEN NOIR, PARTY OF FIVE, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES; “MURDER 101”, ANYTHING ANYMORE, THE SHOWBIZ SHOW WITH DAVID SPADER, FAST MONEY, CLICK, CRASH, CHRISTMAS MAIL, ANITA HO, MICKY’S SUMMER RESORT, THE HERO SUPER, BATTLE B-BOY, AGAINST NIGHT, SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE, and DARLING NIKKI. He wrote the play YUT HO, which debuted at the David Henry Hwang Playhouse and starred now Film Lab President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen. The play was directed by the late Elizabeth Sung. Mr. Fong was an active member of the AAPI community and the Film Lab staff felt he personified the theme of the 2021 Shootout: Be a Hero.
The Film Lab’s Shootout Coordinator, Shing Chung, hosted the first virtual After Party for the Shootout filmmakers on August 14th. At the party, Chung thanked and congratulated the filmmakers and Film Lab staff, noting what an accomplishment the films were, particularly in light of the hardships experienced by everyone this past year, particularly the AAPI community. “The virtual after party represented an exciting finale to this year’s competition,” he stated. The winners this year included:
The Film Lab will roll out the Top 50 films on their online channel – AAFL TV – and, this fall, in the television series Film Lab Presents.