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Podtalk: Season 15 Asian Pop-Up Cinema Focus on South Korea, Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2022

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CHICAGO – South Korea takes the spotlight at the 15th Season Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) film fest, from September 24th through October 2nd, 2022. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with Sophia Wong Boccio … the Founder, Executive Director and Curator of APUC … for a preview of the South Korea Cinema Showcase and her launch of the new season so far. For more information, click SOUTH KOREA.

Podtalk: Mark Schilling, Japan Cinema World Expert, at Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Sept. 17-23, 2022

CHICAGO – It’s Japan’s turn at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC), and the guest emcee is Mark Schilling, an American from Tokyo who in the 1980s began his journey as a world expert in Japanese cinema. For more info on this weekend, click JAPAN CINEMA.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 15 Begins Sept. 10, 2022

CHICAGO – Out of the gate for Fall film fest time is the milestone 15th Season of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC). This season is taking “the show on the road” with screenings around Chicagoland and their diverse communities. APUC opens on September 10th with the U.S. Premiere of “I Am What I Am” (From China, CLICK HERE).

On-Air Film Review: ‘Bullet Train’ Has the Need for Speed on Track

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on August 4th, reviewing “Bullet Train,” featuring Brad Pitt and a very fast train in Japan. The film is in theaters beginning August 5th.

Film News: Season 14 Final Weekend of Asian Pop-Up Cinema Features Taiwan, April 9-10, 2022

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CHICAGO – Season 14 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) … the 2022 Spring Season … wraps up this weekend with two films from Taiwan. “Increasing Echo” is a tense relationship drama about husband and wife trust (April 9th, click here).

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Presents the Filipino ‘Islands’ to Stream April 1-3, 2022

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CHICAGO – Season 14 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) continues with the Midwest Premiere of “Islands” – written and directed by Martin Edralin – streaming on APUC’s website from April 1st-3rd, 2022, and featuring a post-film Q&A from Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

Film News: Asian Pop-Up Cinema Season 14 Begins March 13, 2022

CHICAGO – The 2022 local film festival scene is picking up steam as the Spring Season 14 of Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema (APUC) kicks off on March 13th at AMC Niles (Illinois). The South Korean film “Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” has its Midwest Premiere, beginning nearly a month of APUC through April 10th.

Via Zoom: Sophia Wong Boccio on Hong Kong Films in October 2021 for Asian Pop-Up Cinema

2021 Asian Pop Up Cinema

CHICAGO – The Season 13 “second half” of Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) will focus on several Hong Kong films, leading up to the Season 13 Closing Night (“Limbo”). Click each film to link for more info and tickets.

Film News: Chicago's Asian Pop-Up Cinema Opening Night, Sep. 15, 2021

CHICAGO – Season 13 of Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC) is about to launch on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at the AMC River East in Chicago. The Opening Night film is “Ascension” – directed by Jessica Kingdon – an artistically cinematic documentary on the new Chinese Dream. For ticket information, click here.

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio review of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first film of one of the most successful film franchises in movie history, spun off from the original breakthrough sci-fi TV series of the 1960s. Beam me up.

  • A League of Their Own 2022

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on The Eddie Volkman Show with Hannah B on WSSR-FM (Star 96.7 Joliet, Illinois) on September 2nd, reviewing the new TV series “A League of Their Own,” a parallel universe adaptation of the popular 1992 film, now streaming on Prime Video.

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