“Tenderly told and visually sublime…striking in its subtle and meticulous allure.”-- Kathy Rong
Zhou, Slug Magazine
“Cinematically innovative and deft, and a lovely work of art.”-- Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail
A Korean American brother and sister follow diverging paths to independence in this polished
and stylish first feature distinguished by innovative camerawork and dreamy interludes. Brother
Christopher recedes into the background as the traditional good son, sacrificing stoically for the
family, while daughter Hana (fashion model Kim), leads a double life, pursuing a covert career
as a model while working as a waitress in the family restaurant and serving as a caregiver to their
chronically ill mother. Hana is also secretly exploring her growing attraction to women, and
when a new relationship with the warmly openhearted Latina Nico (Griz) threatens to turn
serious, she is forced to choose between love and her conservative family. In English and
Korean with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Park will be present for audience discussion. Ticket-holders are invited to the opening
reception for the art exhibit “On/Off Grid” from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in our Gallery/Café.
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
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.
BUY TICKETS: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/tickets
Validated parking is available at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph, which is across the street from Macy's (there's also an entrance on Wabash near the corner of Randolph). Parking is $18 for 10 hours with a validation ticket, which can be obtained from the box office. There is also limited street parking after 6:00 PM on Lake Street and Wabash Avenue.