Directed by Justin Chon
2017 | Narrative, Drama/Comedy | USA | 94 min
Audience Award Winner at Sundance Next Fest!
A heartfelt film exploring families and relationships between Korean and African American communities set during the LA Riots
Exhibition opening, March 31st
“Fierce Tidings: On Rage and Hope” invites contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists to draw from their experiences of personal or external events relating to injustice and trauma which may bring to the fore mixed feelings of rage and hope
*Exhibits now continue through July 15, 2017
Directed by Robin Lung
(Emmy Nominated Composer Miriam Cutler in person for Q & A)
2016 | Documentary | USA | 75 min
“Amazing.” “If you love movies or history see this film.” Steve Kopian (Unseen Films)
A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.
Directed by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki (To appear in-person!)
2017 | Narrative, Experimental | USA | 57 min
LIGHT highlights the lives of women, including Bessie M. Lee, who through the resilience and triumph over unimaginable experiences, were grounding forces in the creation of the New York Chinatown community in the early 1900s.
Preceded by a live performance by dancer Leonora Lee and music by Tatsu Aoki and Francis Wong
Directed by Joyce Wong (To appear in-person for Q&A)
2016 | Narrative, Comedy | Canada | 80 min
Awarded Best Narrative Film at CAAMFest 2017!
A misunderstood sexual encounter unravels the life of a lonely female security guard and her deadbeat paramour.
Directed by Konrad Aderer
2017 | Documentary | USA | 81 min
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE is a crucial update to previous documentaries on the World War Two incarceration of Japanese Americans. Driven by intimate first-hand stories of men and women who lived this tumultuous history, this documentary conveys the emotions, values and family bonds that compelled them to resist, to protest their incarceration, and to salvage a livable future for their families.
Directed by Ramona S. Diaz
2017 | Documentary | USA/PHILIPPINES | 94 Mins
"Lively and engaging" - Variety
Taking us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital, this cinematic experience drops the viewer like an unseen outsider into the hospital’s stream of activity. At first, the subjects are strangers. But, as the film continues, it becomes absorbingly intimate, rendering increasingly familiar.
Directed by Lena Khan (Starring Actor Danny Pudi to appear via Skype!)
2016 | Narrative, Comedy | USA | 94 Min
"...the film consistently resonates with genuine affection and abundant authenticity."
- The Hollywood Reporter
A young Indian man relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.
As I sit here on the eve of the Showcase, nervously and anxiously anticipating what this year's festival brings. With so much uncertainty in the air, not just politically but with arts funding, cultural and social services being cut, I feel privileged to still be able to be part of our community. Most of you do not know, but we (The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media / Asian American Showcase) work on a volunteer basis with no sponsorship, federal or state funding. We are comprised of less than a handful of people and work on passion, love and the belief in what we are doing is good for our community, and year after year we strive to find you the best films that Asian America has to offer. We have the utmost gratitude and respect for our partner The Gene Siskel Film Center (and all of the staff) to help us make our dream a reality.
General Admission: $11
Valid student ID required. Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
Youth (aged 6-17): $7
Please note our policy on children & film ratings.
Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
Film Center Members: $6
Students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute: $5
Valid ARTICard required. Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the box office.
There is no senior admission price for individual tickets. However, seniors receive a $5 discount on Film Center membership.
There is no late seating 30 minutes after the film's listed start time.
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