The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) and Gene Siskel Film Center will host the Seventeenth Annual Asian American Showcase in Chicago from April 6 to the 19.
The festival will open with the Dave Boyle film Daylight Savings (also known as Surrogate Valentine 2), and closes on the 19 with Richard Wong's Yes, We're Open.
Alongside a variety of films and shorts, the showcase will feature the "100 Years" arts exhibition in partnership with Chicago's Chinatown Centennial Celebration. The exhibition marks Chinatown's 100th anniversary in its South Side location.
"100 Years" will feature artwork from local artists Wang Frank Yefeng, Cheng-Yung Kuo and Chinese brush painter Qigu Jiang. According to FAAIM, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will present a group show, titled "Mapping," focusing on remapping a neighborhood, its inhabitants and the ways in which communities change, through student creations.
The exhibition's end segues into the inaugural opening of "Gang of Nine," another exhibit which features Shanghai ink-and-rice-paper artists Zhang Haitian, Chai Yiming, Cai Xiaosong and He Saibang.
Following the opening night art exhibitions, FAAIM will screen the following films:
Daylight Savings (Dave Boyle)
No Look Pass (Melissa Johnson)
Knots (Michael Kang)
Instant Slapping (Masahiro Sugano)
Big in Bollywood (Bill Bowles, Kenny Meehan)
Ah Sou Desuka: Is That So! (Tatsu Aoki)
Suite Suite Chinatown (Aram Siu Wai Collier)
Open Season (Lu Lippold, Mark Tang)
Among B-Boys (Christopher Woon)
I Am Ghost (H.P. Mendoza)
Animal Style (Various Directors)
Salad Days (Hiram Chan, Jeff Mizushima, Emily Yoshida)
In the Family (Patrick Wang)
Sing China! (Frieda Lee Mock)
Jake Shimabukuro Documentary (Tao Nakamura)
Resident Aliens (Ross Tuttle)
Restoring the Light (Carol Liu)
Yes, We're Open (Richard Wong)
For more information visit FAAIM's official website.