CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents Chicago Premiere of ‘The Projects’ on Apr. 5, 2017
CHICAGO – The fourth season of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema series continues with the Chicago premiere of “The Projects” on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, at the AMC River East Theatre in downtown Chicago. “The Projects” has been described as one of the “zanier elements of Japanese cinema.” For complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.
‘The Projects,’ Directed by Junji Sakamoto, Presented by Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema Series
Photo credit: AsianPopUpCinema.org
“The Projects,” directed by Junji Sakamoto, is a comedy involving Hinako (Naomi Fujiyama) and her husband Seiji (Ittoku Kishibe). They have lost their son to an accident, and they give up their herbal medicine business, moving to a housing project. They are contacted by Mr. Shinjo (Takumi Saito), because only their herbal remedies help an affliction that he has. When Seiji suddenly disappears, the mystery of his whereabouts and who Mr. Shinjo really is are all in question.
The Asian Pop-Up Cinema series – founded by Chicago film program veteran Sophia Wong Boccio – is a revolving showcase of diverse Asian films, with China, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Tibet and Vietnam all represented for the 2017 Spring Season, in films with English subtitles. Screenings occur at the AMC River East 21 in downtown Chicago, the Wilmette Theater in Wilmette, Illinois, and various locations (including free screenings). For a full schedule and location guide to the 2017 Spring Season, click here.