Chicago – The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media and The
Gene Siskel Film Center present the 17th annual Asian American
Showcase, April 6 – 19, 2012. The Asian American Showcase spotlights
film and videos, produced by and or about the Asian American
experience. The festival encompasses comedies and dramas, probing
documentaries, and live soundtracks being performed to films, all
showcasing the wealth of talent on the Asian American scene.
Feature film highlights:
Opening Night Film!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS – by Dave Boyle; the follow-up film to last years
break out hit – SURROGATE VALENTINE. Takes musician Goh Nakamura back
on the road on an impulsive pursuit for love and closure. Actors Goh
Nakamura and Michael Aki will be present, and Goh will be performing a
special set on opening night Friday April 6
Closing Night Film!
YES WE’RE OPEN – by Rich Wong; a “swinging” comedy that revolves
around sex, gourmet meals, and bad choices. Starring Lynn Chen, Parry
Shen, Sheetal Sheth. Writer H.P. Mendoza will be present on Sunday
IN THE FAMILY – by Patrick Wang; one of the most talked about films of
the year, this masterful drama merits every minute of it’s epic
length. Director/actor Patrick Wang will be present on Saturday April
I AM A GHOST by H.P. Mendoza; join us on a journey to the other world
with this atmospheric ghost story, on…you guessed it…Friday April
13th. Director H.P. Mendoza will be present.
KNOTS – by Michael Kang; a marriage proposal goes awry, sets the tone
for this wacky comedy from the director of THE MOTEL and WEST 32nd,
starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Illeana Douglas, and Sung Kang
Documentary film highlights:
NO LOOK PASS – the coming of age story of Harvard’s women’s basketball
star Emily Tay
BIG IN BOLLYWOOD – the highly unlikely rise to fame of Omi Vaidya, the
star of India’s biggest blockbuster 3 IDIOTS.
THE JAKE SHIMABUKURO DOCUMENTARY – a behind-the-scenes profile of
Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, directed by one of our
festival favorite, Tad Nakamura.
OPEN SEASON – a look at Chai Vang, the Minnesota Hmong immigrant
convicted of the 2004 murder of 6 deer hunters in the Wisconsin woods.
SIGHT AND SOUND: FILMS WITH LIVE SOUNDTRACKS featuring AH SUO DESUKA:
IS THAT SO! and SUITE SUITE CHINATOWN, with music performed by Tatsu
Aoki, Arthur Yeung, Jon Monteverde, along with a few special guests
Art Shows (free to public)
MAPPING – Chinese American Museum of Chicago
100YEARS – The Gene Siskel Film Center
GANG OF NINE – Research House for Asian Art
For the complete schedule, list of films, guest appearances, and
www.faaim.org all events (unless otherwise noted) are at the Gene
Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street, Chicago
A downloadable program booklet will be available soon and don’t forget
to check the festival blog for director interviews and film trailers
FAAIM is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
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