If you love script reading and films then this showcase is just for you! The South Asian Film Lab (“SAFL”), a filmmaking collective, will host its inaugural Script Reading Showcase (“Showcase”) of original screenplays by emerging South Asian writers on February 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM (EST) at Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The evening will also include an interactive talk with SAFL’s co-founders and supporters, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGA-East). It will focus on the opportunities for South Asian storytellers to hone their craft.
“SAFL received an overwhelming response from its members, for this Showcase. The works represent eclectic genres highlighting the untapped writing talent in the South Asian community.”
said Giri Coneti, a screenwriter and co-founder of SAFL.
The Showcase will feature table reads of excerpts of three selected scripts that are currently in development at SAFL: Love Comes Later, by Sonejuhi Sinha, Winners, by Kamran Khan, and Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess, by Shilpa Mankikar. In addition to the screenwriters, the Showcase will be attended by actors, producers and directors in the South Asian community.
SAFL was formed in June 2014 by a small group of writers, filmmakers and actors who recognized the need for a collaborative environment to nurture emerging stories and original content by and about South Asians. The group runs interactive workshops every two weeks, offering their expertise and resources to support each other and break new grounds. The scripts range from shorts, comedy skits and web series to television pilots and feature films. The diverse themes, topical issues, genres and time periods reflect the tremendous talent for both mainstream and world cinema.
“SAFL’s rapid growth stems from a real need that exists within the South Asian community to nurture creative works and succeed in an increasingly competitive industry,” said Vishesh Sharma, co-founder of SAFL and a producer/director.
“The Showcase is the perfect forum to share our stories and enthusiasm with the wider New York film community and we are thrilled to have MINY Centry by IFP and WGA-East on board for this exciting event.” said Pulkit Datta, a SAFL founding member, whose script ‘Colony’ was selected in the Emerging Storytellers program at IFP Film Week.
Kamran Khan, a New York-based screenwriter whose script will be featured said,
“The SAFL Showcase provides a unique opportunity to present our works to industry professionals who have the potential to positively impact the future of our projects.”