ACM Alumna in Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab
ACM Alumna Erin Lau Accepted into Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab
Erin Lau’s (ACM ’15 alumna) short film script ‘The Moon and the Night’ has been accepted into the 2017 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, which takes place May 14-19 in Santa Fe, NM. During the Lab, Lau and the one other fellow selected for the lab will work with a cast, crew, and supervising producer to shoot workshop versions of scenes from their short films under the mentorship of program alumni and staff. Lau will continue to receive support after the Lab, including grants to fund the production of her short film, and she will attend the annual Native Forum at the January 2018 Sundance Film Festival for ongoing support on her project.
During her time as an ACM major, Erin Lau made a number of award-winning narrative and documentary short films that screened at numerous international film festivals around the world. She also took part twice in ACM’s SMART Exchange in Shanghai, and in 2013 her script ‘Little Girl’s War Cry’ was selected out of more than 2,000 scripts for the Ambassador for Peace Film Award in the Film Raro Film Makers Paradise Challenge, which allowed her to travel to the Cook Islands to shoot the film. Later that year the film won the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Eurocinema Best Student Film Award. The film focused on domestic violence against women and children in the Cook Islands.