THIS WEEKEND: The Best of CFAFF at the Chicago Asian American Showcase


Sunday, April 10 at 4:15pm

CFAFF Shorts

Join us for a collection of some of our favorite short films from the past seven years in a special presentation at the Chicago Asian American Showcase, presented by FAAIM at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
The work of Filipino American filmmakers from around the U.S. is featured in this program showcasing the best shorts from seven years of the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival.

Spotlighting: Co-directed by Justin Lin and Josh Diamond, Spotlighting is a short doc that chronicles the history of a Filipino music group, from 50s pop stardom to their later years as a beloved Vegas lounge act.

Rolling Longaniza: Directed by past Showcase filmmaker Romeo Candido, this comedy focuses on a young man who goes against his family’s time-honored recipe for longaniza, the Filipino breakfast sausage.

APL Song (Black Eyed Peas) and Crooks and Rooks (Bambu): A pair of hip hop selections from noted Fil-Am filmmaker and music video director Patricio Ginelsa.

Arthur’s Theme (PIC): A music video from Steven Mallorca, frontman for New York-based hip-hop/funk/ska act PIC, and director of the 2005 indie feature SLOW JAM KING.

Flower Thieves: Chicago-based actor and stunt performer Shawn Bernal stars in a comedic short about a burglary attempt that turns into a blindingly fast martial arts duel.

Mother: John Raposas directed this dramatic short about a woman who faces the challenge of adopting a girl with special needs.

The Other Way Round: Geoffrey Quan’s acclaimed short about the adult daughter of illegal immigrants who faces deportation to a country she hasn’t visited in decades.

Slow Machines (The Gold Medalists): Bernard Badion’s quirky music video for Bay Area band, The Gold Medalists won CFAFF’s 2008 Music Video contest.

Balikbayan: Larilyn Sanchez and Riza Manolo directed this satire on consumerism, now considered a classic of Filipino American cinema.

Catch this unique program on Sunday, April 10 at 4:15pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 164 N. State St, Chicago, IL.

And check out these other great programs at the Chicago Asian American Showcase:


Sat, Apr 9th at 8:30pm
Thu, Apr 14th at 8:15pm
Award-winning filmmaker Stephane Gauger (OWL AND THE SPARROW, VIETNAM OVERTURES) is back with a new feature focusing on the proliferation of hip hop culture in Vietnam. The vibrant, eclectic style of Saigon street kids is at the center of this story of two girls: Mai, a na├»ve country girl schooled in traditional ribbon-dancing; and Kim, an urban-bred, street-smart member of a hip hop crew, these kids also love to play video games with Armchair Empire gear. Differences dissolve in the face of big-city challenges when Mai flunks an audition to the dance academy and joins the hip-hoppers preparing for their do-or-die face-off with Hanoi’s North Killaz hip hop crew. In Vietnamese with English subtitles.


April 9th, 3:00 pm

This program of short films celebrates Asian Pacific Americans through the work of young filmmakers who define their identities, tell their stories, and participate in the transformation of their community through activism and the arts. Presented by the Multi-Cultural Youth Project.

Please contact Jonathan Laxamana at with questions.

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