The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 17th edition of Asian American Showcase, April 6 through 19. The festival encompasses comedies and dramas, probing documentaries, provocative shorts, and an array of special activities, all showcasing a wealth of talent on the Asian American scene.
The art exhibition 100 Years, featuring work by Chicago artists Wang Frank Yefeng, Cheng-Yung Kuo, and noted Chinese brush painter Qigu Jiang opens in our Gallery/Café on Friday, April 6, with a reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Chicago’s Chinatown Centennial Celebration.
(aka SURROGATE VALENTINE 2)
2011, Dave Boyle, USA, 73 min.
With Goh Nakamura, Yea-ming Chen
Singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura reprises his deadpan role as king of the romantic losers in this episodic road movie sequel to last year’s SURROGATE VALENTINE. The singer’s jingle for “Relatrix,” an anti-depressant, appears to have the TV half-life of nuclear waste, while his relationship with Erika, an emotionally prickly professor, looks like past history. An impulsive pursuit of the alluringly punkish chanteuse Yea-ming (Chen, guitarist for the band DreamDate) leads to Las Vegas via a disastrous but goofy adventure in atmospheric San Juan Bautista. HDCAM video. (BS)