Watch 76 DAYSfor free and support your local arthouse theater on Saturday, January 23rd, the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China.
MTV Documentary Films will donate $5 per viewing to the local theater of your choice, to commemorate this historical date and support art house theaters that have struggled during the pandemic. North America only. Click here to RSVP.
In 2020, as COVID-19 swept the globe, award-winning documentary filmmaker Hao Wu co-directed a landmark film exploring the outbreak in Wuhan, China. Co-directed by Weixi Chen and Anonymous, Hao Wu’s 76 DAYS offers glimpses into the entire 76 day lockdown through the eyes of patients and medical workers.Begun just days after the January 23, 2020 lockdown went into effect in Wuhan, and filmed without Chinese government approval, 76 DAYS is an intimate experience of life (and death) inside 4 Wuhan hospitals in the eye of the storm. The first 10 minutes feel like a Hollywood horror movie: hordes of desperate people storming the hospital, faced by beleaguered medical staff. Chaos, shouting, and tears give way to what becomes the new-normal – as doctors and nurses, clad from head to toe in hazmat suits, exhibit moving comradery with one another and profound compassion for their patients. There’s even humor and pathos as a new baby is born (dubbed “Little Penguin”), a confused elderly patient insists on haunting the hallways looking for a way out, and workers write messages on their outfits, like “Clay Pot Chicken: I miss you.” The Atlantic magazine hails 76 DAYS as “both unwatchable and utterly compelling… unvarnished and raw, a first draft of a history that’s still being written.”
HAO WU (DIRECTOR) Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His previous feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW festival, among many other awards. It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and broadcasted nationally on PBS Independent Lens. The New York Times calls the film “hyper-charged,” while The Los Angeles Times says it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” His latest short, All in My Family, is a Netflix Original Documentary and launched globally in May 2019. Born and raised in China, Wu now travels between the U.S. and China. From 2008-2011, he was a fellow at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek, and China Daily. He is a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields, who is currently starring in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Yale Rep through December 17th, Rory Pelsue, and Chantal Rodriguez are among the celebrity judges for the 2016 Annual YSD/United Way Cookie Swap on Thursday, December 15th at 2:30 PM in the UT 3rd Floor Lounge and Conference.
Over a dozen YSD students and staff are baking for the win. You are invited to taste their treats, cast a vote for your favorite, and crown the winners!
*Suggested donation of $5. All monies raised will be donated to United Way of Greater New Haven. For more information about UWGNH, visit unitedway.yale.edu.
Yale Repertory Theatre is located at 1120 Chapel Street in New Haven. Tickets for August Wilson’s Seven Guitars range from $12-99 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
On Sunday, December 11, 2016, the Nyack Center is presenting a benefit performance of A Christmas Carol, an audio play written by Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic, for the 21st Annual Music and Readings in a Holiday Spirit. Elliott Forrest directs the performance at 7:00 PM.
Tony Roberts, legendary actor from Annie Hall, stars as Scrooge, and the cast consists of neighbors performing for neighbors-Teddy Bass, James Marshall, Tiffany Card, Noah Morley, Tom Dudzick, Kevin Pariseau, Sean Fleming, Max Reinhardsen, Andrew Greenway, Elizabeth Scotson, Jan Hilliard, Eliza Simpson, Peter Kramer, Steve Taylor, Lorena Mann, Jen Laird White.
Live music performances by John Forster, Martha Mooke and Cause Kidz.
Garth Kravits will provide live sound effects.
The Nyack Center is located at 58 Depew Ave, Nyack, NY. Tickets are $20- adults, $7 – children. All proceeds to benefit the Nyack Center. Tickets available at www.nyackcenter.org
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.
Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
On Tuesday evening, April 12, Liz Abzug, CEO of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute(BALI) will lead a 10 year anniversary celebration at the Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City. This year’s fundraising event will honor Judy Collins, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.
The event will also honor Marcus Vinicius Ribeiro, head of legal and governmental affairs in the Americas for PRISA, one of the world’s largest Spanish and Portuguese language education and media companies.
BALI’s mission is to inspire the current and next generation of girls and young women to take on leadership roles and reignite the fight for equality in our world. BALI utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late Bella Abzug, the legendary Congresswoman, to mentor and train middle, high school and college age women and help develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, dynamic and visionary leaders. (More at www.abzuginstitute.org)
Five teenage BALI graduates will be honored and speak at the event.
Fawzia Rahman, will receive the Reed Scholar and Activist Award. She is a senior at Thomas A. Edison High School in Queens and first-generation Bengali immigrant. The creative writing from her BALI training was shared at the 2015 International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations.
Monica Singh, a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences and BALI intern will receive the Emerging Young Woman Leader Award as a young woman who has displayed outstanding leadership skills in her school, community and in civic life. She is organizing a program at BALI to help high school girls transition to college.
Cassandra Alexandre will receive the Excellence in Mentorship and Advocacy Award. She attends SUNY Oneonta University and has been an active member of the BALI Alumnae Association since participating in the summer program in 2013. A graduate of Bayside High School in Queens, she is a mentor to our young BALI girls and dedicates her time to serving and helping disadvantaged girls in our program.
Liel Green will receive BALI’s “Chutzpah” Award as a young woman who is entrepreneurial, takes initiative and risks in developing new projects hat will change the world. Liel is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies. She has led peer discussions at BALI about gender and feminism.
Noam Green will receive the Leadership in Local/Global Sustainability Award. Noam is a senior at Teaneck High School in New Jersey. Since her graduation from BALI’s Summer Leadership and Debate Training Program, Noam has shared her talents with her cohort by leading discussions on sustainability, and volunteering at community gardens in her neighborhood. Noam has a blog writing residency with the Jewish Women’s Archive
BALI is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that has worked with young women and girls since 2005, mentoring and inspiring them to become create positive social and economic change. All leadership and debate programs are provided at no cost to BALI trainees. To date BALI has trained over 1,000 middle, high school and college aged young women. BALI curricula are created to benefit young women and girls enrolled in middle school, high school and colleges throughout New York City and the tri state area.
BALI embodies Bella Abzug’s values as someone who had great principles, heart, passion, and commitment to creating positive social change. Both BALI’s expert staff and interns reflect the great diversity of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds of students who participate in BALI’s programs. BALI engages top professional women mentors from every field who work closely with BALI students. BALI’s programs focus on high-achieving disadvantaged students in underserved and Title 1 public schools as well as those who have had more access to resources and attend some of the most competitive New York City public, middle and high schools. BALI also trains middle and high school students on full scholarships who attend private schools.
THE 10th ANNUAL BELLA & BELLA FELLA AWARDS will be held on Tuesday evening, April 12,from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at The Princeton Club, 15 West 43 Street, New York City. The event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dress is festive. Individual tickets are available from $200 and can be ordered at www.abzuginstitute.org/content/donate or call 212-650-3071.
On Monday, December 14th, the 3rd annual Film Lab benefit holiday gala will feature the NYC Premiere of Tim Savage’s Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Academy Award winner Chris Tashima, at the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center, 1271 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th St.) in New York City. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast, moderated by Star Trek and Allegiance star George Takei. The black tie evening kicks off at 6:30pm.
Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Chris Tashima, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Will Kahele and Mina Kohara, is based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Graham Salisbury, and details the life of Tomi––a Japanese American boy whose family was sent to the internment camp during World War II.
George Takei is well known by fans for his role in Star Trek, along with the decades of advocacy work within the Asian American and LGBT community. His starring role in the Broadway musical Allegiance, opposite Tony winner Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Michael K. Lee, is his latest professional endeavor. Guests will also be invited to join the Film Lab for the post-screening reception and will have the opportunity to share food and drink with the cast and Mr. Takei himself.
“Film Lab is delighted to have Mr. Takei as our special guest. There are many similarities between Allegiance and the film, Under The Blood Red Sun, which is why we believe this year’s event is special,” notes Nick Sakai, the event organizer and Film Lab’s Industry Spotlight Coordinator. Film Lab’s President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen adds, “We encourage everyone to come and mingle with the cast and Mr. Takei while supporting the gender and ethnic diversity in American film and television programming.”
Tickets for the event are currently on sale ranging from $40 for SAG-AFTRA members to $200 for VIP tickets with free entry for media. VIP ticket holders will receive a private meet and greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening, and guaranteed table seats at the post-screening reception. Seats are limited for the event. To purchase tickets for the event visit:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-lab-holiday-galanyc-prem….
In addition to what is included for regular tickets, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre screening meet & greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening and guaranteed table seats at the post screening reception. $200 ONLY 50 seats available so please reserve ASAP.
Pre-screening red carpet, screening with Q&A and the post screening reception with food/drink (wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages). Possible face time with George Takei and Chris Tashima at the post screening reception. $100.
Starving Artist tickets
Same benefits as Regular Tickets for those who have donate time and talent to the Film Lab community and who have established financial hardship. Subject to verification. $60 Discount code required. **Please be sure to obtain advance verification from Nick Sakai before ordering this ticket type. Thank you.**
SAG-AFTRA members: Same benefits as Regular Tickets. Max 3 tickets per person and the purchaser must check in with paid-up SAG-AFTRA card along with the picture ID. Guests can be non-members but must accompany the purchaser at check in. $40
All tickets sales will go towards diversity in media initiatives. These much needed donations will go towards providing free or low-cost programming that includes screenwriting workshops, panels, seminars and screenings and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
About the Organization:
Founded in 1998, The Film Lab is a not-for-profit corporation with members across the globe consisting of diverse filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, editors, actors, and crew members. The organization provides monthly programs to support gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. The Film Lab, a 501(c)(3) charity, works to promote education and support ethnic and gender diversity in films and television through a series of programs and events that include Unfinished Works, a program for writers; Industry Spotlight, a program for filmmakers; Connections, a networking arm that encompasses the Film Lab’s famous 72-Hour Shootout filmmaking competition and the Lab’s Annual Holiday Gala; and AAFL TV, the Lab’s production arm. The Film Lab is currently in pre production on psychological drama involving elder abuse. Read more at www.TheOppositeofaFairyTale.com.
The AsAmFilmLab is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. We are committed to challenging our membership to continually strive to be better through education, outreach and networking.