mentoring workshop at sfiaff

I had a really fun time at Opening Night of SFIAAFF. A little too much fun time, probably. So updates are going to be a little sluggish today. But if you're in the Bay Area, I do want to highlight this really awesome mentoring workshop for aspiring Asian American film professionals, happening tomorrow, March 13: Up Close And Personal with the Asian American Film Industry.
Up Close And Personal with the Asian American Film Industry

Special Live Events
(90 mins)

This workshop presents a rare opportunity to interface directly with leading Asian American filmmakers and industry professionals. Led by producer Karin Chien (THE MOTEL, UNDOING, ROBOT STORIES) and featuring acclaimed editor and documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang (BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT), and celebrated actress Tamlyn Tomita (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) this intimate session will create an interactive mentoring environment where the focus will be on guiding participants through individual and project specific challenges. Mentors will reveal how they started out in the business and talk honestly about the daily realities of working in the industry. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about their own projects, whether they are related to financing, distribution, production, or even problems in the edit. Both narrative and documentary projects will be discussed. Filmmakers, professionals of all levels and the general public are welcome to attend and participate in this insider’s view of how independent films are made. This workshop is part of a new mentoring initiative designed to grow the Asian American industry from within and is funded in part by the Academy Foundation. Filmmakers interested in having their projects workshopped and discussed at this session should send:

1. One-sentence bi of themselves
2. One-paragraph description of their project
3. Up to three questions related to their project
4. Email and phone contact information
to: mentorworkshop@asianamericanmedia.org.
With Karin Chien, Ruby Yang and Tamlyn Tomita, you'll be in the room three awesome industry veterans who know what the hell they're talking about. I'm told the goal is to make it fun and informal, and most of all, helpful. For more information about the workshop, go to the festival website here.

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