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The Film School You Never Had
Our mission is simple but multifaceted:
- We illuminate the rich history of Asians in American Hollywood cinema, journeying from past to present.
- We foster the future of Asian American filmmaking through a robust mentorship program and practical resources.
- We host networking events, building a vibrant, inclusive community for everyone interested in film, from industry veterans to cinema lovers.
At Strong Asian Lead, everyone has a chance to learn and contribute to the evolving narrative of Asian American cinema. Join us as we celebrate and shape the future of this dynamic sector.
Empower Asian American storytellers by providing mentorship, cinema education, and advocacy in the Hollywood and entertainment industry so they have the confidence to create films and media that fully represent our diverse community.
Imagine a thriving Asian American community collaboratively shaping a vibrant, diverse film industry that humanizes our stories as part of the American narrative.
To foster a more inclusive representation of Asian American stories and talent in the American entertainment industry through mentorship, cinema history education, and arts advocacy.
How We Do It
Thousand Lanterns Initiative: We empower aspiring Asian filmmakers by pairing talented Asian professionals with experienced mentors in the entertainment industry, facilitating guidance, support, and opportunities for career advancement.
Script Ninja Writing Program: Our Script Ninja Writing Program offers Asian writers a platform to hone their craft, engage with industry professionals, and gain valuable feedback, fostering the development of authentic and compelling stories.
Legacy Screening Series: Our Legacy Screening Series showcases films that have been influential in shaping Asian representation in media, promoting meaningful discussions and inspiring the next generation of Asian creatives.
Membership: Through our membership program, we cultivate a strong community of passionate Asian professionals in the entertainment industry, offering exclusive access to resources, networking events, and opportunities for growth and collaboration.
What We Do
Make a plan. Set your goals. Take the next step in your career.
Empowering creatives through mentorship, collaboration, and industry representation.
Founded March 2020
Mas Moriya and Emi Lea Kamemoto begin conversations about DE&I for AAPIs in entertainment.
Our 3 hour zoom calls twice a week turned into an activism instagram account and inclusion webinars.
With a website and an instagram account, Strong Asian Lead gains interest holding community audio rooms, holding space.
Our first break into public interest.
Listen to ArchiveDecember 2020
Turned our zoom calls into a podcast, holding discussions with actors in the industry and diving into diversity of AAPIs in Film & TV.Listen NowJanuary 2020
Tableread - Fundraising
Held a tableread contest for screenwriters to have their screenplays read for a fundraiser.
We raised our first $7,000 thanks to the help of virtual writers group.
Read MoreApril 2020
After all the hard work, it was a surprisingly smooth public launch. We're still working on it, but so far it's doing well!
Read MoreFebruary 2022
Hosting our first in-person meetup at the Peking Tavern in DTLA for a 100 Year celebration of AAPI Cinema during AAPI Heritage Month.
Read MoreMay 2022
First In-Person Panel
Produced a panel discussion with Karen Tran Wood, Feliz Bahmanpour, and Travis Atreo at the Terasaki Budokan in DTLA. Sponsored by Makku, Drunk Fruit, Moshi. Food provided by Aloha Cafe.
Read MoreAugust 2022
Official 501(c)(3) status
After 2.5 years of hard work, we officially become a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.November 2022
Legacy Screening Series
An in-person screening series of classic Asian American film from the past century. Our screening have featured 'Chan is Missing' (1982) and upcoming Flower Drum Song (1961).Read MoreMarch, 2023
Thousand Lanterns Initiative
A new micro-mentorship for emerging artists.Read MoreMa 2023
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