23rd Annual Asian American Showcase

April 6 - 18

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 23rd edition of "Asian American Showcase," April 6 through 18. Enjoy the freewheeling diversity of independent dramas, comedies, and documentaries, including selected screenings with filmmakers in person.

From April 6 through June 3, enjoy the art exhibit "On/Off Grid," curated by Lydia Fu, in our Gallery/Café. The show features contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists who explore ideas, theories, concepts, and dreams of our present and future relationships with technology.

Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming

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 Director Tim Hugh; programming associates Jonathan Laxamana, Huu Ly, and Lydia Fu; FAAIM's extended network of volunteers; the Filipino American Network; the Alphawood Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Opening night film! Joanne Mony Park in person!

Fish Bones

2018, Joanne Mony Park, USA, 82 min. With Joony Kim, Chris Griz.


  • Fri, Apr 6th 8:00pm

Goh Nakamura in person!

The Dragon Painter

1919, William Worthington, USA, 53 min. With Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki.


  • Sat, Apr 7th 5:15pm

The Chinese Exclusion Act

2017, Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, USA, 130 min.


  • Sun, Apr 8th 4:45pm
World premiere! Tom Huang in person!

Find Me

2018, Tom Huang, USA, 104 min. With Tom Huang, Sara Amini.


  • Wed, Apr 11th 8:00pm

Betty Xie in person!

Stand Up Man

2017, Aram Collier, Canada, 85 min. With Daniel Jun, Nathalie Younglai.


  • Fri, Apr 13th 8:00pm

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii

2017, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers, USA, 55 min.


  • Sat, Apr 14th 8:00pm

Closing Night film! Bing Liu in person!

Minding the Gap

2018, Bing Liu, USA, 100 min.


  • Wed, Apr 18th 8:15pm