Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chicago Asian American Showcase starts April 3rd

Chicago Asian American Showcase @ The Gene Siskel Film Center
Presented by the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM)

Chicago ­ The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media together
with The Gene Siskel Film Center present the 14th annual Asian American
Showcase, April 3 ­ 16. The 2009 Asian American Showcase spotlights film
and videos, along with music and visual art, produced by Asian American
artists from across the United States and Canada, in a varied range of
format and genre.

Festival at a glance

· 44 films and videos
· 20 screenings
· 6 feature length films
· 11 documentaries
· 1 mixed short film and video program
· 1 animation short film program
· 1 visual art show
· 1 music showcase

Highlights include:

Dirty Hands : the art and crimes of David Choe, by Harry Kim, opening
night spotlight ­ Friday April 3

Treeless Mountain, by So Yong Kim, closing night spotlight ­ Thursday
April 16

The First Breath of Tengan Rei, by local directors Ed Koziarski and Junko

Also featuring Dim Sum Funeral - a comical 7day traditional Chinese
funeral, the beautifully crafted coming of age drama - Half-Life, and
Fruit Fly ­ a flashy, trashy, and brazenly fun musical.

Don¹t miss Sarba Das¹s charmingly chaotic comedy about a Hoboken Hindu
family in Karma Calling,
Or Hein Seok¹s documentary - The House of Sharing about an education
center where four surviving Korean ³comfort women² now live. Passing
Poston: an American story, Origns of Now: stories of the Chicago Nisei,
and The Dwelling is a documentary program about the struggles in which the
Japanese and Japanese Americans historically and currently face.

Declare INDIEpendence! 2009: A Showcase of Asian American Music
Celebrate the diversity of independent music in the Asian American
community with performances by: Spark*Shop, Lanialoha & Kupono, Cynthia
Lin and Wallet-Sized Photo. Hosted by Narciso ³Seeso² Lobo with DJ Huu T.
Ly and special guest Dawen. April 15th, 2009 at Subterranean, 2011 W.
North Ave. Show starts at 8:30pm. Doors open and DJ set at 8pm. 17 and
over. $10 cover.

Encounter with Distance - a visual art exhibition at the Gene Siskel Film
Center Gallery/Café

For a complete list of all Showcase films and events, please refer to our
website at

All film programs will be at The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State
(between Lake and Randolph Streets), Chicago, IL, $9 general admission, $7
students, $4 for student, faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and
staff of the Art Institute. $5 Film Center members. (312) 846-2800.

FAAIM is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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