Online Casting and Filmmaking with Backstage Magazine

Monday, May 18, 2020
5:30 – 7:30PM

Join Us May 18th for a Filmmaking & Casting Workshop Featuring Backstage Magazine, Los Angeles
TIME: May 18th 5:30-7:30pm EST / 2:30-4:30pm P
In this Virtual Workshop, Christina Kleppinger of Backstage Magazine’s LA Office gives casting tips for the 72 Hour Film Shootout. Followed by a Filmmakers Panel and Q&A with past winners! RSVP to Join here.
About this Event
The Film Lab is delighted to be partnering yet again with Backstage Magazine to support ethnic and gender parity in the arts through the Film Lab’s annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, an global filmmaking competition for everyone from novices to established filmmakers. Backstage will be conducting an intensive virtual workshop, led by Christina Kleppinger, to teach filmmakers, step-by-step, how to utilize all the resources for free (a special code for free services from Backstage Magazine will be given to attendees at the event and to those who register for the 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition). Afterwards, attendees who RSVP’d will receive a private, password-protected, invitation to join a Filmmaker Panel on Zoom. The panel will be moderated by Shootout Coordinator Tyler Ham Pong, and will feature Christina Jun and Rommel Andaya, previous winners from the 72 Hour Film Shootout. If you would like to submit questions for Backstage or the Filmmaker Panel, please email them to
In the 72 Hour Shootout, filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start of the Shootout (usually 8pm EST, the first Thursday of June) and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. For almost two decades, the Film Lab and the Shootout have provided a platform for faces, voices and stories too often marginalized, whitewashed or silenced by mainstream media. Registrants can obtain screen tests and mentorships from major TV networks and established industry professionals to help develop their careers and the top ten films screen at the Asian American International Film Festival, on the TV series “Film Lab Presents,” and are promoted online via AAFL TV. Every year, registration opens online in MARCH and the Film Lab runs a series of workshops between March and June, free for registrants, to teach basic filmmaking skills and help people network and form teams. The events are live-streamed for registrants around the globe. Teams compete for access to a year of free educational and networking events, mentorships with executives at NBC, ABC, and more, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color – focusing on Asian American filmmakers – and women to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film. Past Judges include hip hop icon Russell Simmons, producer Teddy Zee, ABC Primetime Casting Director Marci Phillips and playwright David Henry Hwang, among others.
About Christina Kleppinger of Backstage Magazine:
Originally from the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Christina Kleppinger is a Casting Specialist at Backstage, working with filmmakers, casting directors, and actors across California. She studied film at the University of Colorado and The National Academy of Performing Arts in Prague before moving to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining the Backstage team, Christina worked with talent at CESD Talent Agency and the Nickelodeon Talent Development & Outreach Team. When she’s not working, Christina can usually be found writing her next project or volunteering with NKLA.
About Tyler Ham Pong of the Film Lab:
Born in Ottawa, Tyler Ham Pong first appeared onstage as Lorenzo in “The Merchant of Venice” at the National Arts Centre in Canada. He would later move to New York City to further his acting career where he wrote and starred in “Moony Mercury” at the Lee Strasberg Theatre, and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. A ten-time 72 Hour Film Shootout competitor, Tyler has won Best Actor, Best Writer, and Grand Prize. Aside from acting and filmmaking, Tyler is currently a travel host for Visit the USA, and has been an Associate Producer on several reality TV shows. He is based in Los Angeles and is the proud owner/operator of Kill the Pig Productions.
About Christina Jun:
Christina YR Jun is a Korean–American director and writer whose work advocates for APA and female voices in mainstream media. Her work has screened in multiple film festivals including Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, and CAAMFest. Most recently, Christina directed “Happy Ending,” a comedic film in Shanghai and co-directed “Samir,” a feature film funded and distributed by Warner Bros Studios, which premiered at Heartland International Film Festival. She is currently developing her first feature to auteur as well as a pilot series with Kyra Sedgwick’s production company, Big Swing Productions. Christina is an alumni of Yale School of Drama’s directing lab and holds an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
About Rommel Andaya:
Rommel Andaya is a filmmaker known for his comedic dramas and time travel stories. With his production company, RAWMIX Productions, Rommel has been providing a platform for actors and creatives for a decade. As a proficient contributor to the 48 Hour Film Project in San Diego-Los Angeles and the 72 Hour Film Shootout, he has garnered a couple of award-winning films that have been featured in many film festivals across the nation. Rommel immerses himself in all aspects of production and continues to create and have a foothold in both film and new media platforms.
Read more about the Shootout in Backstage here!
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