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2019 Urban Action Showcase & Expo Lineup – November 8-9; THE LAST DRAGON Anniversary Celebration Screening on November 9

Lia Chang and Taimak. Photo by Lia Chang

I made my feature film debut as a martial arts student in Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon and am looking forward to experiencing it on the big screen on Saturday, November 9 during The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration at AMC Empire 25 Theaters as part of Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE).

Taimak in THE LAST DRAGON

From 10am to Midnight, The Last Dragon Tribute and Daetrix Productions is sponsoring The Last Dragon 35th Anniversary Celebration which will feature a day-long celebration of Cosplay, Photo Experiences, a screening of The Last Dragon at 8pm, and a Fan meet and greet with Taimak Guarriello, star of The Last Dragon.

Grab your TLD 35th VIP Fan Experience pass and join Taimak aka Bruce Leroy, screenwriter Luis Venosta,  Rudy C. Jones and other cast members for autographs, photo ops, VR Photo and Video experiences, an exclusive TLD 35th Swag Bag and more!

  • Preferred Seating for the TLD 35th Screening
  • Special TLD 35th Anniversary Swag Bag
  • 1 Autograph of the special TLD 35th Poster
  • 1 Selfie Photo with Taimak The Last Dragon
  • ​All Festival and Showcase Films (1st Come 1st Served) 
  • All  Free Action Panels (1st Come 1st Served)
  • All Free Action Seminars (1st Come 1st Served)
  • Urban Action Expo
  • ​VR Anniversary Photo Experience
  • ​UAS Afterparty
  • *Note You must Be On Time to get your Preferred Seat!
  • *Note You are allowed 1 VR Photo Experience per turn.
  • Get the Glow at https://www.urbanactionshowcase.com/eventpasses.html

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Cinemax® is sponsoring the Urban Action Showcase and Expo (UASE) at the AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square in New York on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.  Click here for tickets and more information.

Warrington Hudlin, Lia Chang and Demetrius Angelo. Photo by Patrick Cashin

I had terrific time with my Big Trouble in Little China castmate Peter Kwong in 2016 when the UASE celebrated the 30th anniversary of the making of the film.

Peter Kwong and Lia Chang received the 2016 Martial Arts Cult Classic Cinema Award for Big Trouble in Little China’s 30th Anniversary at the 4th Annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo at the AMC Empire 25 Times Square in New York on November 12, 2016. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Inside the 2016 Urban Action Showcase and Expo with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s Peter Kwong and Lia Chang; Full List of 2016 Honorees 

The UASE is the premier Action entertainment platform advocating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster Action genre bringing awareness and access to heroes of color. Showcasing Independent and Mainstream Action content in the multifaceted Action genre including Adventure, Fantasy, Grindhouse, Action Horror, Martial Arts, Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Urban Action content. The UASE is the only Action entertainment platform offering both fan and professional experiences through its International Action Film Festival, Action Expo and Action Film Awards platforms.By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration, the UASE sets itself apart from other festival platforms as the only one of its kind. The purpose of the UASE is to ultimately see an increase in ethnic heroic principal characters in film and television, increase the development of content and expand distribution platforms reflecting multicultural images and interests as it pertains to the multifaceted Action genre.

HBO/Cinemax® VIP Red Carpet Reception and Awards:
Friday, November 8th, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Theaters (234 West 42nd Street Times Square NYC)
• UAS International Action Film Festival Awards
• Diversity in Action Awards (Honoring the Past Present and Future Mainstream Achievements in the blockbuster Action genre)
• Behind the Action Awards (Honoring the Hidden Heroes in the Action genre)
Knighting of The Black Dragon

 

There is a new Dragon on the horizon. Michael Jai White will receive the mantle of The Black Dragon from Grand Master Ron Van Clief. This will happen during the Awards presentation on Friday November 9th at 8 pm.

Urban Action Showcase International Film Festival and UASE 14 Hour Cinema Mega-Thon: Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – Midnight at AMC Empire 25 Times Square: Screening of Features, Shorts and Showcase Films.

Showcase Features:
Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Feature Documentary Film and Panel (Special Guests: Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Jai White, Warrington Hudlin, Robert Samuels, Ron Van Clief, Ric Meyers)
Above The Law (Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock)
Blood Fist (Don The Dragon Wilson)
Blood and Bone 10th Anniversary (Michael Jai White)
Ninja Assassin 10th Anniversary
Street Fighter: Legend of Chung Li 10th Anniversary
Showcase Anniversary Screenings
The Warriors 40 Anniversary
• The Last Dragon 35 Anniversary

Back 2 Black Action Cinema
Black Dynamite 10th Anniversary
Black Belt Jones 45th Anniversary
That Man Bolt 46th Anniversary
Blood and Bone 10 Anniversary

Retro Action Cinema
Universal Soldier The Return 20th Anniversary
Avatar 10th Anniversary
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra 10th Anniversary

Official Selections of the 2019 UAS International Action Film Festival Urban Action Expo:
Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. – 7p.m. at AMC Empire 25 Times Square
Featuring Entertainment Industry Exhibitors, Comic Book and Graphic Artists, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Seminars, Master Classes and more

Featured Seminars
Action Icon Experience (Master Classes with Cynthia Rothrock, Don The Dragon Wilson and Michael Jai White)
Blunt and Bladed Weapons 4 Film (Grand Master Felix Cortez)
Firearms 4 Film (Hanshi Nikwan Murphy)


JKD 4 Film (Guru Chris Moran JKD NYC)
Batman 30th Anniversary
Kickboxer 30 Anniversary
The Matrix 20th Anniversary
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary

Featured Panels:
• Urban Fists of Legends Panel featuring the legends of Action cinema
• Sheroes in Action: Women in Action Cinema Panel
The Warriors 40th Anniversary Panel
• Martial Arts in Cinema Panel
• Behind The Action: Stunt and Fight Choreographer Panel

Celebrity talent attending the 2019 UASE celebration:
• Nafessa Williams (Thunder of Black Lightning)

• Michael Jai White (Spawn, Universal Soldier, Black Dynamite, Triple Threat)
• Taimak (The Last Dragon)

• Cynthia Lady Dragon Rothrock (Lady Dragon, Sworn To Justice, Yes Madam)

• Don The Dragon Wilson (Blood Fist, Ring of Fire)

• Fred The Hammer Williamson (That Man Bolt, Three The Hard Way, From Dust to Dawn)

• Perry Yung (Father Jun in Cinemax’s “Warrior”)

• Henry Yuk (Long Zii of “Wu Assassins”)

• Celia Au (Ying Ying of “Wu Assassins”)

• Ron Van Clief (The Black Dragon’s Revenge)
• Robert Samuels (Made in China Town, Gambling Ghost)

• Vincent Lyn (Operation Condor)

• Ric Meyers (The Kung Fu Movie Movie, Martial Arts Film Historian)
• David Harris (Cochise in The Warriors)
• Brian Tyler (Snow in The Warriors)
• Dorsey Wright (Cleon in The Warriors)
• David Worth (Director of Kickboxer)


• Stuntman, Actors, Stunt Coordinators
• Other guest TBA

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Sinovision Journal Video: Asian American Film Lab puts “Beauty” to the Test

This year, the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout competition challenged filmmakers to explore the topic of beauty.

Lani Nelson, Sinovision Journal reporter.
Lani Nelson, Sinovision Journal reporter.

SinoVision Journal reporter Lani Nelson went to a screening for the top ten films followed by a panel discussion with innovators in the industry and brings you the story.

The Film Lab, Time Warner and the APEX group hosted a special screening of films from the 2015 72 Hour Shootout that focus on mainstream constructions of beauty and their consequences at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

Lia Chang in Hide and Seek, A Bev's Girl Film production. Photo: Bev's Girl Films
Lia Chang in Hide and Seek, A Bev’s Girl Film production. Photo: Bev’s Girl Films

Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny FacesBareThe Other WomanFinding YouPut It On,  Beautifully Something, Girl’s Knight, and our Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek were among the films screened.

 Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo: Bev's Girl Films
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo: Bev’s Girl Films
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision

I participated in the panel discussion that followed the screening about the societal implications of mainstream beauty images with Rick Guidotti, award winning fashion photographer and advocate for those with genetic differences; Becky Curran, SAG-AFTRA Coordinator for Equal Employment and Diversity; and Blue Michael, Model and Founder of Blue Michael Cosmetics, moderated by Jennifer Betit Yen, Actor and President of the Asian American Film Lab.

Panelists Becky Curran and Lia Chang at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Panelists Becky Curran and Lia Chang at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Award-winning filmmaker Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmaker Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmakers Garth Kravits and Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision
Award-winning filmmakers Garth Kravits and Lia Chang being interviewed after a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo: Sinovision

AsAmNews.com: 72 Hour Shootout Films Tackle Mass Media & Beauty

Lia Chang. Photo by GK
Lia Chang. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 and Hide and Seek. She is a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and FebOne1960.com Blog.

Film Lab Screening of 72 Hour Shootout Films at Time Warner Theater & Panel Discussion of Mass Media Constructions of Beauty

Rick Guidotti, Becky Curran, Jennifer Betit Yen, Blue Michael, Daryl King and Lia Chang attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Lil Rhee
Rick Guidotti, Becky Curran, Jennifer Betit Yen, Blue Michael, Daryl King and Lia Chang attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Lil Rhee

The Film Lab, Time Warner and the APEX group hosted a special screening of films from the 2015 72 Hour Shootout that focus on mainstream constructions of beauty and their consequences, which was followed by a panel discussion and a networking reception at the swank Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by David T. Kim.
Panelists Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and moderator Jennifer Betit Yen at a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by David T. Kim.

Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny FacesBareThe Other WomanFinding YouPut It On,  Beautifully Something, Girl’s Knight, and our Bev’s Girl Films’ Hide and Seek were among the films screened.

Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits in a scene from Hide and Seek. Photo by Lia Chang

I participated in the panel discussion that followed the screening about the societal implications of mainstream beauty images with Rick Guidotti, award winning fashion photographer and advocate for those with genetic differences; Becky Curran, SAG-AFTRA Coordinator for Equal Employment and Diversity; and Blue Michael, Model and Founder of Blue Michael Cosmetics, moderated by Jennifer Betit Yen, Actor and President of the Asian American Film Lab.

Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and Jennifer Betit Yen attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
Blue Michael, Becky Curran, Lia Chang, Rick Guidotti and Jennifer Betit Yen attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
72 Hour Shootout winners Toy Lei (BOXER), Grant Chang (FINDING YOU) and Lia Chang (HIDE AND SEEK) attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK
72 Hour Shootout winners Toy Lei (BOXER), Grant Chang (FINDING YOU) and Lia Chang (HIDE AND SEEK) attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by GK

It was such a treat for me and my filmmaking partner Garth Kravits  to have the opportunity to see our film, Hide and Seek on the big screen at the Time Warner Theater. We caught up with other 72 Hour Shootout filmmakers including Toy Lei (BOXER- Top Ten Film; Grand Prize Winner; Best Actress; and Best Action Film) and her team, Edmund Kwan and Diana Yanez, and Grant Chang (FINDING YOU- Top Ten Film; Best Actor, Best Director) and his team, Aimee Ng, Jake Manabat and Kerri Davidson at the reception.

#AAIFF2015: Top Ten Winning Films of the Film Lab’s 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition- Awards and Wrap Party

Daniel Cho, Eugena Oh, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner, Inc., Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Marissa Martin and a guest attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.
Daniel Cho, Eugena Oh, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner, Inc., Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Marissa Martin and a guest attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015.

About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production. The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings. The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson, Ed Wong and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.
www.asianamericanfilmlab.com

Peyton Worley, Christopher Bourne, Jennifer Betit Yen, Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner and Rick Guidotti attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Diana Yanez
Peyton Worley, Christopher Bourne, Jennifer Betit Yen, Roger Chu, Director, Corporate Human Resources at Time Warner, Inc., Lia Chang, Sandy Lee, Architect, Systems Development at Time Warner and Rick Guidotti attend a special screening of 72 Hour Shootout films and panel discussion at the Time Warner Theater in New York on October 7, 2015. Photo by Diana Yanez

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AsAmNews.com: 72 Hour Shootout Films Tackle Mass Media & Beauty

Lia Chang. Photo by GK
Lia Chang. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 and Hide and Seek. She is a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and FebOne1960.com Blog.

Hide and Seek, Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny Faces, Bare, The Other Woman, Finding You, Put It On, and Beautifully Something will been screened at Film Lab & Time Warner Screening on October 7; Panel on Media Constructions of BEAUTY featuring Rick Guidotti, Becky Curran, Blue Michael, Jennifer Betit Yen and Lia Chang to follow


Mass Media Constructions of Beauty: The Consequences of Allowing Judgment Based On What We Look Like Rather Than Who We Are
A Special Film Lab/Time Warner/Turner/HBO Event

Hide and Seek posterHide and Seek, a short film that I star in and co-produced with Garth Kravits, will be screened at Mass Media Constructions of Beauty, presented by Film Lab, Time Warner and the APEX group, during a special screening of films from the 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking competition, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Time Warner Theater in New York. The films that are being shown have themes that focus on mainstream constructions of beauty and their consequences. Some of the other films that will be shown include Look Deeper: Beauty, Funny Faces, Bare, The Other Woman, Finding You, Put It On, and Beautifully Something.

The Time Warner Theater is located at One Time Warner Center, 10th fl. Screening Room (58th St. between 8th & 9th Ave. Columbus Circle) in New York. The event is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Click here to RSVP.

https---img.evbuc.com-https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F15218473%2F49855550916%2F1%2ForiginalI will also be on a panel moderated by Jennifer Betit Yen, Actor and President of the Asian American Film Lab, that features Rick Guidotti, award winning fashion photographer and advocate for those with genetic differences; Becky Curran, SAG-AFTRA Coordinator for Equal Employment and Diversity; and Blue Michael, Model and Founder of Blue Michael Cosmetics. We’ll address the societal implications of mainstream beauty images.  A networking reception follows the discussion.

Rick Guidotti
Rick Guidotti

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer, has spent the past fifteen years working internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to effect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic difference; his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine. He founded Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization, working with individuals living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences.  His photographic exhibition, Positive Exposure; The Spirit of Difference, premiered at the People’s Genome Celebration, June 2001, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in DC. and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally.

Blue Michael
Blue Michael

Blue Michael was born a raised in NYC from Puerto Rican parents. As a performer in Lower Eastside of Manhattan, he picked up the natural talent of Makeup Artistry. After many years of working with other brands he decided to start Blue Michael Cosmetics. A brand that mirrors his true belief in #BYourBeautiful “Let us celebrate You”.

Jennifer Betit Yen
Jennifer Betit Yen

Jennifer Betit Yen is an award winning actress, writer, producer, and a “recovering” attorney.  She is the President of the Asian American Film Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in media, the CEO of MyJennyBook, a company providing multimedia stories for children, and is currently in production on a film entitled “The Opposite of a Fairy Tale,” designed to draw light to the issue of elder abuse, funded by a grant from the Ms. Foundation.  As an actor, Betit Yen has appeared in productions at East West Players and Lodestone in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan Theatre Source and Snapple Theatre in New York.  Her television credits include Royal Pains, Dirt, Film Lab Presents, The Beacon Street Girls, Reading Rainbow, and America’s Most Wanted, among others.

Becky Curran
Becky Curran

Becky Curran is coordinator of EEO & diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Since joining SAG-AFTRA in April 2014, she has assisted with several diversity and inclusion efforts within the entertainment and news media industries. Curran graduated with a bachelor’s of science in marketing degree from Providence College in 2006, then moved to Los Angeles where she worked for one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). After CAA, she worked at CBS Television Studios in casting. Curran also served as the marketing director and co-founding board member of the Catalina Film Festival.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographerand the Arts and Entertainment reporter for AsAmNews.com. Chang recently received a Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout.  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 and Hide and Seek. She is a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media and a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and FebOne1960.com Blog.

About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production. The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings. The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson, Ed Wong and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.

www.asianamericanfilmlab.com

HIDE AND SEEK named among Top Ten Film Winners of Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout; Lia Chang receives Best Actress nomination

Hide and Seek final copyMy Bev’s Girl Films producing partner Garth Kravits and I are now award-winning filmmakers. Our debut indie short Hide and Seek was named among the top ten films of the Asian American Film Lab‘s 11th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout filmmaking competition, at the sold-out World Premiere screening at Cinema Village East during the 38th Asian American International Film Festival in New York on July 25, 2015.

11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth is a very talented actor, singer, composer and musician, so I knew we were more than up to the challenge of  writing, shooting, editing, scoring and delivering our 5 minute short film, within 72 hours of learning the theme – Two Faces – at the Shootout launch party on June 4th.

Lia Chang, Lori Tan Chinn and Garth Kravits at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Lori Tan Chinn and Garth Kravits at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

A worldwide filmmaking competition celebrating gender and ethnic diversity in film, Shootout teams compete for cash and prizes and the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival, the only festival of its kind on the East Coast, as well as at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California.

Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A Bev's Girl Production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab's ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. ‪#‎twofaces‬
Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A Bev’s Girl Production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. ‪#‎twofaces‬

I seized upon the idea to play a character with two very different personalities.

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Evan Daves on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Best Actress Nominee Lia Chang in Hide and Seek of “Bev's Girl Films” (Top Ten Film
Garth Kravits and Best Actress Nominee Lia Chang in Hide and Seek of “Bev’s Girl Films” (Top Ten Film)

We co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in Hide and Seek. Making the film was an exhilarating ride. No stranger to multi-tasking, Garth shared camera operator duties with Evan Daves, composed the original score by singing his vision of the soundtrack over the phone to guitarist Tyler Kent in the last two hours before our deadline, directed and edited the film. The cast also features Evan Daves and Alicia Manns.

Lia Chang during a photo shoot in the 90's with Guardian Angels, on the streets of New York.
Lia Chang during a photo shoot in the 90’s with Guardian Angels, on the streets of New York.

At the World premiere screening, filmmakers learn for the first time whether they have made the Top Ten winners, and individual prizes are awarded in numerous categories. You could feel the collective breath being held.

What?! In the darkness of the theater after the eighth film played, I sat there in shock as our title credits for Hide and Seek appeared on the screen. I was so overwhelmed that I had tears streaming down my face.

Hide and Seek speaks to the societal challenge that women, and especially women of color, endure every day.  To look in the mirror and to hope to see a face other than your own.  One that is closer to what magazines, television and movies define as beautiful or even normal. What face do you see when you look in the mirror?

Because of competitions like the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout, we had the invaluable and rare opportunity to tell our fully realized story with an Asian American woman in the lead role. Hide and Seek is a very personal film to me as I began my life in front of the camera as a model at the age of 15, before working in film, television and theater.

The icing on the cake was to be recognized with a Best Actress, Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout of 2015 nomination.

Film Lab President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen, Lia Chang and Shootout Coordinator, videographer and vocalist Youn Jung Kim at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK
Film Lab President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen, Lia Chang and Shootout Coordinator, videographer and vocalist Youn Jung Kim at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

After all of the winners had been announced and we filed out of the theater, men and women shared how they had been moved or touched by our film. They found it to be inspirational and self-affirming.  They related to the character’s feeling of being invisible, being unhappy with her looks and uncomfortable in her own skin, and having the need to embrace another form of beauty or attractiveness other than her own.

Award-winning filmmakers Lia Chang and Garth Kravits doing interviews on the Red carpet for #AAFLTV and Live at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Red Carpet Awards Ceremony and wrap party at The Azure in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of 72 Hour Shootout/Facebook
Award-winning filmmakers Lia Chang and Garth Kravits doing interviews on the Red carpet for #AAFLTV and Live at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Red Carpet Awards Ceremony and wrap party at The Azure in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of 72 Hour Shootout/Facebook

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This year’s 72 Hour Shootout judges included Emmy nominated director Rodrigo Garcia, ABC Executive Director of Casting Marci Phillips, playwright David Henry Hwang, agent David Elliott, stuntman Lane Leavitt, and director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan. Several of the judges were in attendance at the premiere and awards ceremony and judges David Henry Hwang and Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, who could not appear in person, gave remarks via video and congratulated the filmmakers.

Click below to see all of the winners.

#AAIFF2015: Top Ten Winning Films of the Film Lab’s 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition- Awards and Wrap Party 

Garth Kravits, Lia Chang, FINDING YOU’s Grant Chang (Top Ten Film; Best Actor and Best Director) and co-star Jake Manabat at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015.
Garth Kravits, Lia Chang, FINDING YOU’s Grant Chang (Top Ten Film; Best Actor and Best Director) and co-star Jake Manabat at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015.

 For more information, check out www.asianamericanfilmlab.com

Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK
Lia Chang at the 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East in New York on July 25, 2015. Photo by GK

The top 40 72 Hour Shootout films can be viewed on the Film Lab’s online channel AAFLTV (subscribe for free at YouTube.com/asamfilmlab and many will also be featured on the Film Lab’s TV series, “Film Lab Presents.”

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Behind the Scenes of the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout with Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and Alicia Manns in HIDE AND SEEK

Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A GK film production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab's ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. Photo by Evan Daves ‪#‎twofaces‬
Alicia Manns, Lia Chang and Garth Kravits on the set of Hide and Seek, A GK film production, as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s ‪#‎72HRSO‬ filmmaking competition. Photo by Evan Daves ‪#‎twofaces‬

I took the plunge into indie filmmaking with my producing partner Garth Kravits of GK films, an actor, singer, composer and musician, as part of the Asian American Film Lab’s 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition. This year’s theme is Two Faces and our film is called Hide and Seek. Also featured in the cast are Evan Daves and Alicia Manns.

Garth Kravits and Evan Daves on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Evan Daves on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The Shootout is a worldwide filmmaking competition celebrating gender and ethnic diversity in film in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length.

Garth Kravits and Alicia Manns on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Alicia Manns on the set of HIDE AND SEEK on June 5, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Teams promote gender and ethnic diversity in media and compete for cash and prizes and the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival, the only festival of its kind on the East Coast, as well as at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. Judges include Emmy nominated director Rodrigo Garcia, ABC Executive Director of Casting Marci Phillips, playwright David Henry Hwang, agent David Elliott, stuntman Lane Leavitt, and director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan.  Several of the judges were in attendance at the Launch Party to witness the start of the competition and wish the filmmakers luck.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

THE 2015 72 Hour Shootout world premiere and wrap party is on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Cinema Village East, 181-189 2nd Avenue in New York at 2:00 PM during The Asian American International Film Festival.

Check out the world premiere of the top ten most incredible films of the 2015 72 Hour Shootout! Enjoy prizes from sponsors, network and collaborate with fellow artists.

Asian American Film Lab president Jennifer Betit Yen and 72 Hour Shootout coordinator Youn Jung Kim at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Asian American Film Lab president Jennifer Betit Yen and 72 Hour Shootout coordinator Youn Jung Kim at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Find out who won the awards, including mentorships from NBC, ABC and so much more! Tickets to the screening must be purchased through Asian CineVision. Click here to buy tickets.

The Wrap Party is for ALL who participated in this year’s Shootout and will be an extravaganza of prizes and celebration. The Wrap Party is free for REGISTERED Shootout competitors only (registration automatically RSVPs you). All others can RSVP in June. Of course, it’s not really a wrap, because the winning films will go on to screen at many other festivals and on AAFL TV!

Film Lab management team- Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Edwin Wong (Board Member), director Berth Bay-Sa Pan and guests at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
Film Lab management team- Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Edwin Wong (Board Member), director Berth Bay-Sa Pan and guests at the 72 Hour Shootout Launch party at The Korea Society in New York on June 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes ethnic and gender diversity through outreach, education and production.  The Film Lab provides free or low cost programming ranging from screenwriting workshops to panels to seminars to screenings.  The Film Lab produces the television series “Film Lab Presents” and a wide variety of online content on AAFL TV. The Film Lab management team consists of Jennifer Betit Yen (President and Board Member, founder of AAFL TV Production Arm), Huseina Sulaimanee (Treasurer and Volunteer), Daryl King (Secretary and Board Member), Cecilia Mejia (Unfinished Works), Youn Jung Kim (2015 72 Hour Shootout Coordinator), Nick Sakai (Industry Spotlight), along with a dedicated Board, interns and event volunteers. Board members include James Kyson, Ed Wong and Aaron Woolfolk, among others.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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