Please join us for the Film Lab's annual Holiday Gala hosted at HBO in midtown Manhattan! The party will include a screening of a specially curated preview edition of Film Lab's most recent production, "The Opposite of a Fairy Tale," a panel moderated by HBO and a fabulous networking reception with door prizes, giveaways, music by Errmine, and so much more.
Check in will begin at 5:45pm. Please do not arrive after 6pm. Tickets will not be guaranteed to latecomers.
All donation proceeds go to support diversity in entertainment and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Dress is festive but, please, NO FUR. We are a cruelty free holiday party! :)
Please choose your level of donation based on what you can give and know that all donations will go to support much needed programming for new and emerging filmmakers and to support bold, innovative, diverse entertainment content!
Please RSVP by December 12th, using your name as it appears on your photo ID. HBO will require you to check in at security with your photo ID prior to the party. Allow a few extra minutes to get through security.
We are excited to announce a special musical playlist by Errmine, who will be at the event in person so you can meet her! Errmine is the Brooklyn-based solo act of Erin Louise Hoagg, hailing from the dunes of Northern Michigan. A percussionist since age 11, Hoagg came to New York City to study the arts and fashion. Hoagg began playing in local Brooklyn bands before she dropped out of college to pursue music full-time. After drumming with local outfits for a year, Hoagg shifted her focus to her practice, performance, and persona as Errmine. With compositions that bring to mind artists like The Soft Moon and The Knife, Errmine has produced a tight-knit soundscape with strands of dissonant, machine-driven beats and ethereal vocals akin to Molly Nilsson. Hoagg's interwoven melodies evoke reveries of bright lights in dark passages, her words spinning the mysteries of romantic entanglement while unravelling betrayal. Hoagg began recording her debut EP (to be released in spring 2017) in early 2016 in her studio in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Errmine is currently touring locally in NYC. Connect with Errmine at: Facebook: https://facebook.com/errmine.ny/, Instagram: @errmine.ny, Twitter: @errmine, tumblr: errmine.tumblr.com, soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/errmine!
Our little teaser screening will be followed by a great panel led by HBO on using and creating film to effectuate positive social change:
Moderator: Tai-Chen Bassin of HBO
Tai-Chen Bassin is a Program Strategy and Planning Coordinator at HBO, where he works on marketing campaigns for original series, films, and documentaries He is the Co-Chair of MOSAIC, HBO’S Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicated to fostering Asian diversity and talent in media. Tai previously interned at HBO’s LA office in their Post-Production department. He graduated from Davidson College with and a B.A. in English and a Concentration in Film & Media Studies. In his free time, Tai enjoys writing scripts, practicing kung fu, and of course, watching HBO.
Jennifer Betit Yen of the Film Lab
Jennifer Betit Yen is an actor (Royal Pains, InFOURTYlity, Love in the Age of Aquarius, The Beacon Street Girls, Interrogation, The Martini, A Reading of Tristan & Isolde), writer (The Opposite of a Fairy Tale) and recovering attorney. She has received shout outs by The New York Times and Backstage Magazine for her work as a stage actor in New York City and played lead roles in the pilot series La La Land, which she also wrote, and My Not So subConscious, which she co-produced. Her latest film, The Opposite of a Fairy Tale, a fictional take on elder abuse, sold out at MOCA and was an official selection of the 39th Annual Asian American International Film Festival, the Palm Springs Desert Film Society and SAG-AFTRA Foundation NY Shorts Showcase. A graduate of Cornell University, Jennifer is the President of the Film Lab (www.film-lab.org), a non-profit promoting diversity in the arts and the founder of MyJennyBook, a company providing diverse multimedia stories for children (www.myjennybook.com) and the blog "Ethical is Beautiful. Be Beautiful." More info at www.jen-yen.com.
Yoko Iwaki, Social Worker and Victim Rights Advocate
Yoko Iwaki is a social worker who has worked in Later In Life programs. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression, grief and bereavement. She has a Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University, where she trained to become a counselor and psychotherapist. She completed her clinical internship at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Crime Victims Treatment Center, where she worked with survivors of trauma. Yoko holds a Ph.D. in Management from Columbia University, where she studied organizational and social psychology with a focus on the role of social identity in human behavior, and a B.S. from Cornell University.
Albert M. Chan, Independent Filmmaker and Actor
Albert M. Chan has appeared on 30 Rock (NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC), Body of Proof (ABC), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Makeover (ABC), Clear History (HBO), and Brotherhood (Showtime), among others. He s also a filmmaker (The Commitment, about an interracial gay couple adopting a newborn baby, and Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future). His films have garnered accolades from the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and the Asians on Film Festival. In 2016, Albert played the Son in The Opposite of a Fairy Tale, written and produced by fellow actor Jennifer Betit Yen, who he met in Boston where they both acted in the feature Film "Interrogation" (a Boston International Film Festival Official Selection). Albert is currently developing a feature-length sci-fi drama, Incarnations, in which a successful biologist unable to come to terms with the death of his four-year-old son makes a startling discovery about the afterlife.
Daniel G. Fish, Elder Law Attorney
Daniel G. Fish is a partner in the law firm of McLaughlin and Stern, where he practices in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Trust Law. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Fish was the Senior Staff Attorney of the Institute on Law and Rights of Older Adults of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, and Hunter College School of Social Work. In 1995, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.
Special thanks to HBO, Mosaic, Time Warner, Time Warner Parent Exchange, and APEX!
No refunds. Thanks for your understanding!