Category Archives: Film Screenings

New Short Films by Chi Jan Yin — DePaul Art Museum, Chicago IL

Chinese-born media artist Chi Jang Yin is known for her experimental and documentary artwork, which comments upon the state of Chinese culture, past and present. She often imbues her work with elements from her background in photography and performance art. Her videos were recently awarded: Honorable Mention at the In-Out Festival (Poland); Best Film on Architecture at the Asolo Art Film Festival (Italy); and Second Grand Prize at the Athens International Film Festival, (USA). Her work has screened at the 2008 Asian Art Biennial at the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan); the Los Angeles Film Festival (USA), and the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival-IDFA (The Netherlands).

DePaul Art Museum
Thursday, March 3rd, from 6pm to 7:30pm

Program: total length, 63 minutes
Seven new shorts will be presented and a Q&A with the artist will follow.
For more information about the artist:

“Director Chi-Jang Yin is showing unusual picture of working people in China. This experimental assembly linked with different stories shrouded in mystery. The film reveals the natural human being what reflects the specific nature of the work.”
–Poland Gdansk DocFilm Festival, Tri-City Theater, (April 23-25), Gdansk, Poland, 2010

“Lighthouse, 16 mins (2009), is about Chinese workers working and living at a factory town in southern China. The events of seeing, being seen and remaining unseen open up imagination, understandings and communicate a social statement.”
–The Noe Valley Ministry, Experimental Films by Chi Jang Yin, San Francisco, CA, 2009

“Lighthouse captures reality without comment and leaves the questions and answers to us.”
–Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival IDFA, reviewed by Anna Abrahams, November, 2009

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Matsumi Kanemitsu show at Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles

KANEMITSU! runs from October 29th through December 18, 2010.  The Academy Award-nominated documentary film “Four Stones For Kanemitsu” is shown. The gallery will extend its hours on Saturday, November 6 from 11 to 9 PM in conjunction with neighboring events taking place in Chinatown.

For further inquiries please contact Dane Johnson at or at (213) 620-9404.


Sabina Lee Gallery

Matsumi Kanemitsu


October 29 – December 18, 2010

Opening Reception, Friday, October 29, 2010, 6-9 PM

971 Chung King Road

Los Angeles, CA 90012

While LACMA’s “Kanemitsu in California during the 1960s and 1970s” (2008) showed the allure of Matsumi Kanemitsu’s mastery for sensual lines, which stealthily portrayed an ominous tone of American society back then, from a selection in the museum’s permanent collection, the gallery show at Sabina Lee Gallery presents a variety of never-before-shown nudes of this Japanese American painter persona. Still fondly recalled as Mike, nicknamed by his friend Jackson Pollock, Kanemitsu’s works are records of a man’s determination and journey that took him to the 442nd Infantry, to studio visits with Picasso in Paris, to interact among the painters of the New York School as well as with Mark Rothko and Paul Jenkins, and to collaborate with June Wayne, who founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960 to proliferate the fine art of lithography in the United States. Living in fascinating but turbulent times, Kanemitsu’s life began and ended in the twentieth-century American West but was molded under militaristic pre-war Japan. His decision to return to the United States at the dawn of World War II lead to enduring racism and hardship, but he chose to pay a price for his freedom and passion. His nude drawings as well as his comical and autobiographical Mickey Mouse lithographs portray a universal American tale of survival and dream. It is no secret that pornography has paid the bills of numbers of once-struggling but successful figures in the arts. Kanemitsu’s works show no shame in sometimes explicit images, but even more, illustrate it beautifully, comically, sensually and perhaps even sentimentally. Sabina Lee Gallery in Chinatown, not far from his studio in the artists district in downtown Los Angeles, seems an appropriate space to share some of Kamemitsu’s more private works. For the collectors of and novices to Kanemitsu’s works, this show will be an introduction to another side of this prolific painter and aspires to be an inspiration to future generations of emerging artists, whom Kanemitsu wished to encourage to pursue their love and to live life without regrets.

Ayako Yoshida

Independent curator

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Chicago Asian American Showcase April 2-15, 2010

Featuring Films, Music, Visual Art Exhibition, and Performance


The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) was founded in 1995 by journalist Ben Kim, and musicians Sooyoung Park and William Shin. Known then as Fortune4, the organization’s first project was a New York Times- and MTV-lauded recording and subsequent tour of Asian American rock bands, entitled Ear of the Dragon. Capitalizing on their success, in 1996 the group created the Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase (the Showcase), which, in its fifteen years, has become one of the Midwest’s premier celebrations of Asian American culture, and the nation’s only film festival dedicated exclusively to Asian American film. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1999, FAAIM has succeeded in establishing strong working relationships with artists, community leaders and organizations, and mainstream cultural institutions, including the Gene Siskel Film Center, which has served as a venue and partner for the Showcase since its inception.

Since 2001 Executive Director Tim Hugh has helmed FAAIM in its mission to promote film, video, and other media by and about Asian Americans.  Recognizing Chicago’s distinction as home to a fertile and diverse artistic community, and a city with a rich, vibrant history of Asian American experiences, FAAIM capitalizes on all that the city has to offer in order to achieve its founding goals:

  • Educate communities – Asian American and mainstream, local and national – about Asian American history and issues.
  • Introduce Asian American perspectives into the ongoing self-definition of or multicultural society in Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States.
  • Foster understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region.
  • Sustain growth and encourage excellence in Asian American culture, and elevate Chicago’s place within it.

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Huang Weikai “Disorder” film screening March 3, 2010 6pm DePaul University

To download the PDF flier click here:Huang Weikai_poster


Chinese Documentary Filmmaker–Huang Weikai will be in person at DePaul Art Museum! This is a joint film screening event with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at University of Chicago, and is co-sponsored by Department of Art, Media, and Design/Chinese Studies/Digital Cinema at DePaul University. Assistant Professor Chi Jang Yin will serve as moderator and translator during Q&A.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
DePaul Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

With director, Huang Weikai, in person!
DISORDER (58 mins)
“China’s cities are booming and there is only one word to describe the present social situation…. Disorder.”

“Disorder,” Director/ Editor, Huang Weikai
2009 Young Jury Special mention Award of Cinéma du Réel, France
2009 Jury Special mention Award of Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, China
Official selection at the 11th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2009
Official selection at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany, 2009
14th Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, 2009
49th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2009
2008 Asian Network of Documentary Fund Project (13th PIFF)

Please distribute the event to interested parties. Hope to see you there! Happy Chinese Tiger Year!

Chi Jang

Chi Jang Yin
Assistant Professor, Area Head of Media Arts
Department of Art, Media, and Design
DePaul University
1150 W Fullerton Ave #324
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4285

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Masahiro Sugano “Second Moon” screening Thurs March 4, 2010 6pm DePaul University

Click here to download the PDF flier: SecondMoon_DePaul_March_4_2010

DePaul University Asian American Studies Presents:
Second Moon
Screening and Q&A with Director Masahiro Sugano
Thursday, March 4, 2010
DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library Rm. 400
2350 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Second Moon is a Neo-Yakuza Romantic Farce [90 min.]
Q is an agent of an underground organization called “Art of Love.” Art of Love generates revenue by helping suburban housewives cheat on their husbands under the guise of free love. One day, Q runs into M, a transient Korean girl. M develops a fever, and Q shelters her for a week. Q senses a peculiar compassion developing for M. Don Jim, the leader of Art of Love, strictly forbids his agents from involvement in monogamous intimate relationships. Q decides to sever his relationship with M. But after M recovers, she starts cooking gourmet dishes. The seductive force of her food cripples Q’s aspiration for freedom and jeopardizes his loyalty to Don Jim. Q has to choose between free love and one love–lightness and heaviness–in his quest for ultimate happiness.

Writer/Director/Editor Masahiro Sugano
Born in 1972, Osaka, Japan. Moved to the U.S. at age 18. B.A. in philosophy from CalState, Northridge. M.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently runs a production company based in Chicago, Eye from the Sky, Inc. Sundance Film Festival alumnus (1999). His next project titled “Transcendental Joe” is billed as a “Neo-Fundamental Buddhist Journey” across the U.S.

This event is free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by Japanese Studies

for more info visit:

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Inside Hana’s Suitecase, Feb 20 (Sat) 5-7:30pm at DePaul University

DePaul University Japanese Studies Program presents a special screening of
Inside Hana’s Suitcase
followed by a Q &A A session with special guest, Ms. Fumiko Ishioka

Saturday, February 20
5:00-7:30 p.m.

Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) #154
2320 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Free Admission, No RSVP required



The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine’s best-selling book Hana’s Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Brady’s name painted on it. Larry Weinstein’s masterful film follows Fumiko’s search to discover the details of Hana’s life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. The voices of children from Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic telling Hana’s story are woven around the drama, along with George’s memories and Fumiko’s quest, to create a film of astonishing power and hope.

Film Details:

Country of Origin: Canada/Japan/Czech Republic
Original Languages: English /Japanese/Czech
Running Time: 90 minutes
Cast: George Brady, Laura Brady, Fumiko Ishioka
Directors: Larry Weinstein

Web Links:
Book in English:

Book in Japanese:

Comic Book in Japanese:

Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (Ms. Fumiko Ishioka):

Hana’s Suitcase WEB:

Menemsha Films (US distributor) :

Nobuko Chikamatsu-Chandler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Modern Languages, Japanese Studies Program
DePaul University
802 West Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325 1868 (direct)
(773) 325 7320 (dept. office)
(773) 325 7303 (fax) <>

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Curtis Chin “Vincent Who?” screening Fri, Feb 26, 2010 5pm at DePaul University

To download the PDF flier click here:Vincent Who

Vincent Who?
Date: February 26th
Location: DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus
McGowan South, Rm108
2325 N. Clifton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Time: 5:00 Pre-Show Reception; 5:30 Screening Begins

Producer and co-director Curtis Chin (featured in the documentary) will host a Q&A Session following the film.

In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. In response, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement for the first time in American history. This compelling documentary, inspired by a series of town hall meetings organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th anniversary of the incident, asks how far have Asian Americans come since then and how far do we have to go.

Sponsored by the
Office of Institutional
Diversity and Equity 312-362-6872
Co-sponsored by DePaul Cultural Center and Asian American Studies

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