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Chicagoans
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 8:00pm

Filmmakers who have called Chicago home are featured in an exciting program of new films and live music. Featuring award-winning director and Grammy-nominated musician Tatsu Aoki and his new band Tokyo Nami. Director appearance: Loo Zihan, Vicky Yen, Gregory Cooke, Mako Fuwa, Shirin Mozaffari and Masahiro Sugano.

Autopsy
Directed by Loo Zihan | Running Time: 7 minutes | 2007


A personal, unwavering documentary of a dialogue between mother and son regarding his sexuality. Interspersed between this dialogue are television images and photographs of the filmmaker's formative years. For more information about the filmmaker please visit here.

 

Bulldozer
Directed by Melissa Hung | Running Time: 3 minutes | 2010


In this stop-motion music video for indie rock band The Invisible Cities, a toy bulldozer with an affinity for whiskey and records heads out for a day at the beach with friends only to find it closed. Oh no! What to do?! For more information about the filmmaker, please visit here.

 

Puzzle
Directed by Tatsu Aoki | Running Time: 30 minutes | 2009


With live music performed by Tokyo Nami! For more information about the filmmaker please visit here.

 

Good Morning & Driving in Bad Weather 
Directed by Vicky Yen | Running Time: 2 minutes | 2010

 

Two vignettes of oil on canvas stop motion animation. Two monologues evolve from small talk to a place of emotional discomfort. In these conversation we see both intimacy and distance between the characters. For more information about the filmmaker please visit here.

 

Let Old Ghosts Rest
Directed by Gregory Cooke | Running Time: 12 minutes | 2010

 

Disenfranchised and alienated as youths by mainstream American culture these first generation Chinese immigrants sought their identity in the little known underworld of Asian organized crime. For more information about the filmmaker, please visit here.

 

Pages of Wings 
Directed by Min Jeong Cha | Running Time: 14 minutes | 2009

 

A story of a lost book. A peephole into other worlds. A catalogue of systems along the borderland of dreams.

 

Stealing
Directed by Mako Fuwa | Running Time: 8 minutes | 2010


"I really wanted to steal something."  "steal what?"  "the essence"  "...of what?"  "I don't know..." For more information about the filmmaker please visit here.

 

The Story of Ama & Baba
Directed by Shirin Mozaffari | Running Time: 8 minutes | 2010


A contemporary creation myth in which God fails to create human beings. The imagery in The Story of Ama and Baba is composed of appropriated graphics from Persian and Indian Miniature paintings along with cut-outs from illustrated books and magazines. Click here to view the trailer.

 

Yarning for Love
Directed by Masahiro Sugano | Running Time: 5 minutes | 2009


A mysterious yarn appears out of nowhere, and it entangles a man and a woman into a passionate romance and subsequent headaches. For more information about the filmmaker, please visit here