APRIL chicago events
no, i'm not goin to all these. sheesh. i want to, tho. ahaha. imma hafta call in sick for the friday events... but... hmm! i have seven days to think of an excuse! woohoo!

APRIL 1 - 14, 2005

BLUE HOUR (feature) - Friday, April 1, 8:15 pm only
SLOW JAM KING (feature) - Saturday, April 2, 7:45 pm & Thursday, April 7, 8:00 pm
ART AND ACTIVISM ON THE ONES AND TWOS (short) - Saturday, April 2, 3:00 pm only
BALIKBAYAN (short) - Saturday, April 9, 5:45 pm only
SPAM-KU (short) - Friday, April 8, 10:00 pm & Monday, April 11, 7:45 pm

Two Filipino American feature films and numerous short films will be premiered at the 10th Annual Chicago Asian American Film Showcase.

Francisco Aliwalas's second independent feature, BLUE HOUR is an exhilarating mystery thriller shot in guerilla-style in the streets of Manhattan.The film boasts an array of Asian American performers that solidifies to a concrete feature that will keep the audience at the edge of their seats.John (Arthur Acuna) is in town visiting his old friend Catfish (Orlando Pabotoy) who asks him for a favor that could save his live.When he wakes up three days later, Catfish isn't out of danger, but now he finds himself in his own set of entanglements. Disturbing flashbacks from the missing three days, encounters with people who seem uncomfortably familiar, and contact from a mysterious organization known as the Foundation provide many questions but few answers.He's not sure who the bad guys are, who the good guys are and -- when he almost kills a man --even what side he's on. Aliwalas produced, wrote, directed, shot, edited, and wrote the music, making him an all-together all-star of the night.

Steven E. Mallorca's award-winning SLOW JAM KING taps into a fusion of themes dealing with cultural exploration, discovery of self-identity, and relationship development that ultimately solidifies into an unforgettable adventure.JoJo Enriquez (Ron Domingo), a Filipino-American adolescent, attempts to live the lifestyle of a hip-hop driven "gangsta pimp" in the streets of New York and falls short in his endeavors.Promising to resurface his reputation, he carjacks a van owned by Vance, a mysterious traveling perfume salesman along with Devaun-JoJo's best friend who desperately tries to protect him from the law.The threesome embarks on a remarkable journey to Nashville that reveals twists and turns not only in highways, but also in their paths of life.

Other films from Filipino American filmmakers include Michael Tuviera's Kung-Fu Love Triangle a beautiful exploration of the dynamics of martial arts while attempting to score a chance with the maiden.For the urban art savvy, Phuong Tang and Jennifer Cho's twelve minute short-ART AND ACTIVISM ON THE ONES AND TWOS will show Kuttin Kandi, a Filipina American DJ in the MONKEY DANCE shorts program.In the IT"S ALL RELATIVE shorts program, Larilyn Sanchez and Riza Manalo's award winning short film BALIKBAYAN centers on a Filipina migrant worker who sends her mother back to the Philippines along with "pasalubongs" (presents given from a trip arrival).Finish the night with SPAM-KU: I WON A HAIKU CONTEST ABOUT SPAM (in the FLYING FISTS OF FUNNY shorts program), a Steven K Tsuchida short about everybody's favorite processed meat that binds Filipinos and Filipino Americans together for a happy meal.

All screenings are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, Chicago's premier venue for independent and world cinema, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening are $9/general admission, $7/students, and $5/Film Center members.

All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office, which opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 p.m. on weekends (for selected EU films on the weekends, the box office will open one hour before the first screening of the day). Only general public tickets are only available through Ticketmaster, 312-575-8000, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Members pay only $5 to see a movie at the Film Center. Memberships are $45 (Individual) and $75 (Dual) and are valid for one year. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

The Interparking SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St., located between Wabash and State, offers Film Center patrons a special rate of $13 with no time limit. Patrons are required to show their ticket stub to receive the discount.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org

eFYI:The director of Slow Jam King, Steven E. Mallorca, will be at the screening of his movie.

SAMAHAN: The Filipino Students Association at the University of Chicago presents

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies University of California - Davis

Friday, April 1st
6 to 7 p.m.
University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration, Room WI
969 E. 60th St.
(Corner of 60th Street and Ellis Avenue)

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is the author of "Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work," and "Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes." Her research on Filipina domestic workers has garnered international attention having been featured in the Wall Street Journal, American Prospect, and produced into an award-winning documentary, "The Chain of Love in the Netherlands."

Her faculty website: http://asa.ucdavis.edu/faculty/parrenas.html

Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago's Center for Gender Studies; Center for International Studies Norman Wait Harris Fund; Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; and the Officeof Minority Student Affairs.

For more information or assistance, please contact Michael Barin at 773-834-2833 or mjbarin@uchicago.edu.
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