On August 10, The Asian American Film Lab (“Film Lab”) presented a micro-comedy series, “SOS,” and a TV pilot “Mirror Mirror” in a sold out screening at the Queens Museum. The Festival of Cinema sponsored the screening, which was followed by a panel discussion on how entertainment media can be used as a means of addressing serious social issues ranging from gender bias in the workplace to xenophobia on the street.
The panel was moderated by CBS Corporation, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Barbara Matos, and included actors Jennifer Betit Yen and Joe Tex, along with the Assistant Commissioner for Community Relations at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Franck D. Joseph II, and the Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition coordinator Kadaja Brown. The panel discussed everything from how the shows were shot to the importance of diversity behind, as well as in front of, the camera.
After the panel, guests enjoyed a reception with “SOS” and “Mirror Mirror” themed cupcakes by Yeh Cakes.
About the Asian American Film Lab
The Film Lab is a non-profit 501(c)(3) headquartered in New York City that has been dedicated to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic diversity in media since 1998. The Film Lab accomplishes that goal in three ways: (1) education; (2) outreach and support; and (3) film, television and online entertainment production.
The entertainment, created by the Film Lab’s production arm, AAFL TV, uses comedy to address hot button topics ranging from race to sex.