20th Annual Asian American Showcase

April 3 – 16, 2015

It’s been twenty years, and “Asian American Showcase” is still going strong as a platform for new work by established and emerging Asian American filmmakers. The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) welcome you to this anniversary edition, April 3-16, celebrating the Asian American woman.

This year we put the spotlight on female directors, with five films directed by women, and three more focusing on women. The festival opens with the atmospheric, award-winning neo-noir MAN FROM RENO, starring Ayako Fujitani, and closes with the action-packed documentary 9-MAN, with director Ursula Liang in person.

Director and TV star Ravi Kapoor makes a personal appearance with MISS INDIA AMERICA, his delightful comedy on over-the-top overachievement. Local chefs and restaurant owners will provide an inside perspective on Asian food, following Grace Lee’s heart-warming and mouth-watering OFF THE MENU.

JEEPNEY by Esy Casey and DELANO MANONGS by Marissa Aroy highlight Filipino culture and Filipino American activism. Japan’s first female Country Western singer Tomi Fujiyama is the subject of the documentary MADE IN JAPAN. A native Hawaiian transgender woman serves as cultural activist and role model for her hula students in the inspiring KUMU HINA.

The art exhibit “Flash,” curated by Haley Jung and critically examining the sexploitation of the Asian American woman in mass media, will be on view in our Gallery/Café from April 3 through July. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

— Barbara Scharres

For their essential role in making the “Asian American Showcase” possible, the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) founding members Sooyoung Park, Ben Kim, and William Shin; Festival Directors Tim Hugh and Jonathan Laxamana; FAAIM's extended network of volunteers; the Filipino American Network; the Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

PREVIOUSLY

Opening night film!

MAN FROM RENO

2014, David Boyle, USA, 111 min. With Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Apr 3rd 8:00pm

Director in person!

MISS INDIA AMERICA

2015, Ravi Kapoor, USA, 95 min. With Tiya Sircar, Hannah Simone

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 4th 8:00pm

JEEPNEY

2013, Esy Casey, Philippines/USA, 61 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Apr 5th 5:15pm

KUMU HINA

2014, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, USA/Fiji, 77 min.

Showtimes:

  • Mon, Apr 6th 8:15pm

Chefs’ panel discussion!

OFF THE MENU

2015, Grace Lee, USA, 60 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 11th 5:45pm

MADE IN JAPAN

2014, Josh Bishop, Japan/USA, 90 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sun, Apr 12th 5:15pm

Closing night film! Director in person!

9-MAN

2014, Ursula Liang, USA/China/Canada, 89 min.

Showtimes:

  • Thu, Apr 16th 8:15pm