Ang, MichelleAll Types30'sLanguages: English (fluent); Indonesian (conversational); Mandarin Chinese (conversational); Italian (conversational)Member, Film Lab, NEW YORK, Non-Union
Boddington, KathleenType: Mother, Upscale Businessperson, Doctor/Nurse60'sLanguages and Level (fluent, conversational, etc.) French - Fluent, Spanish - conversationalFI-COREBona Fide Artists (BFA): email@example.comMember, Film Lab, NEW YORK
Type: Best Friend / Passionate Rabble-Rouser / Advocate
Age Range: 35-47
Languages: English (native), Spanish (Proficient conversational)
Manager: Prestige Management Group
Contact Nicole Astel, (212) 239-6785, Nicole@PrestigeNYC.com
Member, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORK
Union Status SAG-AFTRA, AEA
Chang, LiaLeading/Corporate50's/60'sLanguage: English (native)IMDB Contact Commercial Agent: Abrams Artists 646-486-4600Member, Asian American Film Lab, New YorkSAG-AFTRAAwards 1997 Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”2000 Organization of Chinese Americans 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award2001 Asian American Journalists Association National Award for New Media
Dang, VeronicaLeading40'sLanguages and Level: English (native)Member, Film Lab, NEW YORKSAG-AFTRA, AEA____________________________________________________________David, KimberlyLeading, Young Professional, Character20'sLanguages and Level: English (Native), French (Conversational), Creole (Conversational)Member, Film Lab, NEW YORKNon-Union------------------------------------------------------
Ho, Wai ChingLeading/Supporting70'sLanguages: English (fluent), Cantonese (fluent), Mandarin (fluent)WebsiteContactSAG-AFTRA
Lin, RachelQuirky, Off-beat Comedic Girl-next-door. Dramatic Lead. 20's/30'sLanguages: Native English Speaker, Fluent Cantonese.WebsiteContactMember, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKNon Union
Low, YeujiaAll Types20's Languages: Mandarin Chinese (native), American English (fluent), French (conversational)WebsiteContactNon-UnionMember, Film Lab NEW YORKAwards: Nominated for Best Actress in Film Lab's 2015 72 Hour Shootout
Name: Mizushima, JanType: Leading, Character, Support Age Range: 30’s/40’s Languages: English(native), Japanese(fluent) Website: www.janmizushima.com
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSAG-AFTRA--------------
Novyane, FennyCharacterLanguages: English (fluent), Indonesian (fluent), Mandarin (conversational/basic)20's/30'sContactMember, Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORKNon-Union
Oguma, OliviaAny Type 30's Languages and Level (fluent, conversational, etc.): fluent in English, some Japanese Website AGENCY: Legit- DGRW commercial- CESD Member Film Lab NEW YORK Union Status AEA, SAG-AFTRA Best Actress 2014 for the film Take Out in the Asian American 72 Hour Shootout; Best Actress CT CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for BFE
Languages: English (native), Spanish (fluent)
Member, Asian American Film Lab, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
Shiva, Monisha Leading Woman 30's Languages: English; Hindi/ Urdu Contact Website Member, Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORK NEW JERSEY and CONNECTICUTNon-Union______________________________________
Skirboll, MelissaType: Educated white collar professional, sexy, quirky, grounded but edgy.40-50Languages: English (native)Member, Film Lab, NEW YORKSAG-AFTRAAwards: Filmmaker of the Year, VASTERAS FILM FESTIVAL 2019, Best Dramedy, MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019, Best Sceenwriter, DMOFF Feb 2019, Best Short Film & Best Actor, NY INDIE FILM FESTIVAL 2017, Best Director and Best Playwright PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY
Soong, BeaLeading WomanLanguages Spoken: English50's/60'sContactMember, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKSAG-AFTRA, AEA
Thomas, AdenikeLeading Woman, CharacterLanguages Spoken: English (native), Spanish (conversational)20's/30'sContactMember, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKNon-Union________________
Tsai, MiginaLeading30's/40'sEnglish (native), Mandarin Chinese (conversational)WebsiteContactMember, Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORKSAG-AFTRA
Lee, Grace Leading Woman / Girl Next Door20'sLanguages: English (fluent), Korean (conversational/basic)ContactMember, Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORKNon-Union
Wetta, Natalie Leading 20's/30'sContact Photo/WebsiteAgent / manager Name and Telephone Number: Justin Busch 325 W 38th St. Ste 1203, New York, NY 10018, (212) 840-4100Languages: English Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKSAG-AFTRA, AEA
Wu, Mallory20'sLanguage: English (native)teens - early 20'sWebsiteContactMember, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKNon-Union
(formerly Zhang, Kara) Stage Name: Siying ChenLeading Woman20'sLanguages: Mandarin Chinese (fluent), English, Korean (conversational)ContactWebsiteMember, Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIANon-Union
Zhu, DiCharacter, Leading30's/40'sLanguages: Mandarin (fluent), Cantonese (fluent)ContactWebsiteMember, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKNon UnionAward Info: First Prize Winner, Inaugural New York International Piano Competition
Character40'sLanguages: English (fluent), Cantonese (conversational)Manager: Ted BrunsonCobalt Sky EntertainmentMember, Film Lab NEW YORK, CT, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLANDSAG-AFTRA, AEA
Bassin, Tai-ChenComedic, Character, Young Professional30'sLanguages: English (fluent, native), Spanish (conversational)Member, FILM LAB NEW YORKAwards:2015: Abernathy Endowment Research Grant (Partner) – Between Kane & The Castle2013: Project HBO: Best Original Script and Marketing PitchNon Union
Languages: English (fluent, native)
Member, FILM LAB NEW YORK
SAG - AFTRA
Mercado, JacksonLeading/ Character20s/30sLanguages: English (native), Spanish (fluent)Contact: email@example.comCommercial Agent: CESD (212) 477-1666Member Asian American Film Lab, NEW YORKUnion: SAG-AFTRA Must Join_____________________________________________________________________
Smilow, DavidType: CharacterAge Range: 50 to 70Languages: French (conversational)Member, Asian American Film Lab NEW YORKNon-UnionAwards won: Best actor, 2007 Ed Wood Film Fest (Albany NY).Writing awards: 2 Emmys and 3 Writers Guild Awards for Daytime Drama _________________________
Simba, JaysonLeading/Supporting30's/40'sLanguages: English, Spanish (conversational)Contact: Sylvia Hutson/Hutson Talent Agency (freelance); (757) 673-6436WebsiteMember, Film Lab NEW YORKSAG-AFTRASun, Cherng-MaoLeading/Supporting20's Early 30sLanguages: English, Chinese (Mandarin)Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgNon-Union___________
Walters, BrianLead / Supporting / CommercialLate teens to 20sFluent JapaneseNicole Astell/Prestige ManagementMember, Asian Amerian Film Lab NEW YORKSAG-AFTRA______________________
The Actor Directory and the Unfinished Works Program
The Unfinished Works program is the Film Lab's longest running program (since 1998) and provides screenwriters with the opportunity to see their work brought to life by Film Lab Actor Directory members and then led through a constructive workshop by the Unfinished Works Coordinator for the Asian American Film Lab, at no cost.
Actors interested in joining the Actor Directory should email UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org.
Overview and Purpose
The purpose of the Unfinished Works program is to provide (1) screenwriters of color (all colors) or (2) screenwriters writing about diverse and/or Asian American themed stories or with at least one Asian American character to receive honest and practical feedback on their unfinished screenplay through seeing and hearing their screenplay read aloud by professional actors in a table read, followed by a workshop of their script utilizing the Liz Lerman technique.
Screenwriters can submit their logline and synopsis for consideration by the Film Lab Unfinished Works (“UW”) coordinator via email to: email@example.com.
In general, expect the process to take a minimum of 4-6 weeks.
Screenwriters are asked to send a logline, synopsis of their script to UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org with a short email explaining why they think Unfinished Works will help them develop and improve their script. Film Lab will work to help create a relationship with the writers we workshop, so, ideally, you’ll come back and workshop edited versions of your script all the way to, in the case of films, a rough cut. If you are selected, congratulations! The process begins with providing the Unfinished Works coordinator with your full length script and explaining the aspects that are most critical to you to work on. Then, you participate in the casting process, per the below guidelines, sit back, relax and -literally!- enjoy the show!
We require that participants cast ALL their actors from Film Lab members with first priority going to the Film Lab Actor Directory members.
The Actor Directory is comprised of actors who have shown excellence in their craft and a commitment to supporting diversity in the arts. For more information about joining the Directory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your screenplay is chosen for workshopping, you’ll email your character breakdowns to email@example.com and we will post them to our members. You are encouraged to also scroll through this Actor Directory and submit your preferences from it to the Unfinished Works Coordinator, who will contact actors from the Directory to determine their availability and let you know. Once the Directory has been exhausted, the remainder of the casting is opened to our social media sites via the UW Coordinator, who will forward the submissions to you and you contact the actors directly and take it from there. We post the initial casting notice and forward the replies to the writer in order to avoid giving the writer's personal email to too many people and also so as to allow us to keep records of who and how many submit. Then, we provide a venue for you, free of charge, and conduct a structured workshop in a style the Coordinator can explain to you in more detail, which is designed to give each artist writer specific, individualized feedback that expressly focuses on his/her needs. If you have a particular actor or actors you simply must cast who are not members of the Directory, you can "fast track" their membership, however, you or they will be responsible for the (de minimis) $20 set-up charge per actor.
Rehearsals and Directors
You are free to choose a director or to have the Film Lab post a call for directors for you or to take a risk and let the actors self-direct and see what happens! This is an experimental creative process and you're free to try out what you think will best help you improve the piece in this regard. Any director must agree to abide by these program requirements and to work closely with Coordinator, to ensure the best possible collaboration and efficient use of talent for the program. You may also self-direct.
The Film Lab will cover the cost of a venue chosen by the Film Lab, subject to the venue's availability for one rehearsal (at the UW Coordinator's discretion, the Lab will sometimes cover two rehearsals, especially for a feature length screenplay). You are required to compensate the actors and, if applicable, the director, for their time for any rehearsals beyond that. The Film Lab does not cover this extra cost. We ask that a minimum of one week's notice be given for us to provide a venue for you for rehearsals.
Programs and Press
The Film Lab often puts out a press release and/or social media news releases about our Unfinished Works program.
The Film Lab provides programs for the Unfinished Works events at its discretion.
Film Lab Credit
In the event you find the workshop useful and produce the script you agree to provide Film Lab with a credit.
Many participants make a "thank you" donation to Film Lab for the gratis space, hosting and casting of their screenplay. If you would like to do so, please let our admin know if you will need a receipt for tax deduction purposes (we are a 501(c)(3)). Thank you.
If Your Submission is Not Chosen
If your submission is not chosen, please do not be disheartened. We receive a large number of submissions and sometimes have a 2-3 month waitlist. Please come to our events, network and enjoy and keep submitting!
Other FAQs about CAST, DIRECTOR, REHEARSAL, RELEASES, and/or Venue
As mentioned above, we do require that participants cast all of their actors from the Asian American Film Lab Actor Directory (you can peruse headshots and reels online at www.film-lab.org). We also require all actors and the writer to sign releases priot to the reading as we will livestream the event for our members on both coasts and to do press and media photography.
Should you wish to cast a specific actor who is not a member of the Directory, he or she may become one in advance of the workshop by filling out a submission and providing a de minims $10 fee to cover costs for uploading their information and web hosting. For details, email your Unfinished Works coordinator. In the event that not enough Actor Directory members are available to fill all of your roles, simply speak with a UW coordinator, email your character breakdowns to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them to our members, allowing one week for actor submissions. We then forward the submissions to you and you contact the actors directly and take it from there. We post the initial casting notice and forward the replies to the writer in order to avoid giving the writer's personal email to too many people and also so as to allow us to keep records of who and how many submit. Then, we provide a venue for you, free of charge, and conduct a structured workshop in a style our UW coordinators can explain to you in more detail, which is designed to give each artist writer specific, individualized feedback that expressly focuses on his/her needs.
Sometimes, writers ask us about rehearsals, directors and changing to a different venue of their choosing. With regard to rehearsals, because the actors are performing gratis, only one (optional) rehearsal is provided free of charge and only if it occurs the hour prior to the reading itself and in the same venue. If the writer would like an additional rehearsal or a rehearsal at another time, the writer must pay the actors and coordinator each a nominal stipend of $20-$50 (depending on the writer’s financial situation) per person, provided that the Unfinished Works coordinator and the actors agree. The writer may direct such rehearsal or provide her or his own director, at her or his own cost. Directors are purely optional and the Film Lab does not provide one. The Film Lab does provide a workshop moderator, who is an experienced screenwriter, to provide feedback and solicit structured feedback from the audience. The moderator is provided free of charge. The Film Lab also provides a gratis venue of the Film Lab’s choosing for the reading and workshop. If a writer would like to switch to a different venue, provided the Unfinished Works coordinator gives advance approval, the writer may arrange her or his own venue, at her or his own cost.
Thank you in advance for your submission and we look forward to hearing from you!
The AsAmFilmLab Team
**ACTORS interested in being included in the Asian American Film Lab's Actor Directory should email UnfinishedWorks@film-lab.org, attn: Georges**
LEGAL NOTICE TO THOSE SUBMITTING TO UNFINISHED WORKS
Please be advised that the workshop of your submission, if chosen, will be open to the public and may be tape recorded, live streamed and otherwise used for promotional and teaching and other purposes. Applicants are advised to register their works with the Writer's Guild of America prior to any public dissemination of their work. By submitting your screenplay, television pilot, web series, or other writing (“Entry”) to the Asian American Film Lab (“Film Lab”), you (“Entrant”) irrevocably grant to the Film Lab a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, fully-paid, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable (in whole or part) worldwide license to use, reproduce, transmit, display, exhibit, distribute, index, and comment on, the workshop of your submission, in whole or in part, in all media formats and channels now known or hereafter devised (including on WDIG sites, on third party web sites, on Film Lab’s broadcast and cable networks and stations, on Film Lab’s broadband and wireless platforms, products and services, on physical media, and in theatrical release) for any and all purposes including entertainment, news, advertising, promotional, marketing, publicity, trade or commercial purposes, all without further notice, with or without attribution, and without the requirement of any permission from or payment to the Entrant or to any other person or entity.
Without limiting the foregoing, the above grant of rights includes Film Lab’s right (but not obligation) to display any Videos, or portions thereof (including without limitation, news feeds or reviews from the Unfinished Works program in its sole discretion. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant further agrees that Film Lab shall have no liability in conjunction with the failure to post video, news or other information regarding the Entry.
By submitting an Entry, and to the full extent permitted by law, each Entrant grants Sponsor and its designees the right to use his/her Entry, name, biographical information, voice, performance, photograph/video, life story, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and in perpetuity, without compensation or additional consents and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific written consent to such use if asked to do so.
Writers submitting to their works to the Film Lab are not permitted to use Film Lab’s trademarks without written consent and understand that doing so will be a violation of Film Lab’s or its applicable licensors’ intellectual property rights. Each Entrant further expressly acknowledges that Film Lab does not owe him/her a duty of confidence (or fiduciary duty or the like) with regard to his/her Entry and that Film Lab has wide access to ideas, brand names and tag lines, photos, videos, designs and other literary/artistic materials submitted to it from outside sources or being developed by its own employees and that such ideas/brand names/tag lines/photos/videos/designs/literary/artistic materials may be competitive with, similar to (or even identical to) the Entry submitted by Entrant and that Film Lab shall have no liability to Entrant or any third party in conjunction therewith. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) he/she has all rights in and to the Entry and that submitting the Entry and granting the rights granted herein will not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
Film Lab reserves the right to request written proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Film Lab from any Entrant at any time.
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