Upcoming Events: Fil-Am Film and Media

Upcoming Fil-Am Film and Media

CFAFF 2012 may be six months away, but there’s plenty of Filipino and Fil-Am programming available on television, the web, and in screens around Chicago.

Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library to feature Forgotten Soldiers

Forgotten Soldiers

From the Official Site: Early in World War II the President of the United States ordered General Douglas MacArthur to leave 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers behind on Bataan where they faced one of the worst atrocities in modern military history – the Bataan Death March. One month later Corregidor, the last Allied bastion in the Pacific, fell to the Japanese.

On Saturday, May 26, Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library will showcase Forgotten Soldiers, a new documentary movie about the U.S. Army’s Philippine Scouts and the terrible ordeal they and their comrades suffered through on Bataan, Corregidor and in the Japanese prison camps.

In this stirring documentary movie narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, ten Philippine Scout survivors describe their gallant stand, the bitter surrender, and their ultimate triumph over the enemy; over photographs, reenactments and actual footage of the events.

The 12,000 American and Filipino soldiers of the Philippine Scouts were the backbone of General MacArthur’s doomed forces, but few Americans today are even aware of this unique segment of the United States Army.

They are America’s FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS.

Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Pritzker Military Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

The Pritzker Military Library is a non-partisan research library whose mission is to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served. Since 2003, the Library has hosted over 300 events featuring the country’s most acclaimed authors, historians, journalists and scholars.

For reservations, telephone the Pritzker Military Library, (312) 374-9333, www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.


Produced and Directed by Donald A. Plata

Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips


On the Web: LOSĀ  FELIZ

Los Feliz

Fil-Am filmmaker Bernard Badion, whose indie hit LEAVE IT TO CHANCE was featured at CFAFF 2005, has a new web comedy series called LOS FELIZ. Check out Season 1 of this ongoing series:





Left by the Ship

An official selection at CFAFF 2012, LEFT BY THE SHIP, will air on PBS starting next week. Please spread the word and tune into this powerful documentary.

From PBS.org:

Three young adults born to Filipino mothers by U.S. servicemen battle against racial discrimination and questions about their own identities 20 years after Subic Bay Naval Base closed and their fathers left them behind. LEFT BY THE SHIP premieres as part of the acclaimed PBS program, INDEPENDENT LENS on May 24. Check local listings at Independent Lens.


HBO ON DEMAND Features CFAFF 2011 Short Film Finalist: The Fisherman


A finalist in last year’s CFAFF/COMCAST Short Film Award, Tim Saguinsin’s animated short film is featured this month on HBO On Demand and HBO GO on the web, mobile apps, and even the XBox 360.

For more info, check out:




Free Filipino Film Screening: MOMENTS OF LOVE on Wednesday June 6 and Saturday June 9

Cinema/Chicago will be showing a Filipino film: MOMENTS OF LOVE, directed by Mark Reyes on Wednesday June 6 at 6:30pm and Saturday June 9 at 2:00pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. This screening is co-presented with the Philppine Consulate General in Chicago. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Theater doors open at 5:45pm.

Film Synopsis: Photographer Marco is on vacation in the sleepy old town of Sitio Verde when a near accident brings three women into his life: Rosa Santos, who saves his life; Lianne, who stirs up deep feelings of love and loneliness; and Divina, a woman from the past who, it seems, has come to rescue him. In this old-fashioned romance, time bends to bring two solitary souls moments of love. 104 minutes. Tagalog with English subtitles. The screening of MOMENTS OF LOVE is part of Cinema/Chicago’s International Screenings Program. The full schedule can be found here.

Fil-Am Kickstarter Campaigns

Gerry Balasta, director of MOUNTAIN THIEF (CFAFF 2010) is gathering support for a new project, Solar Champion, on Kickstarter. Visit his campaign page here.

Do you or any filmmakers you know have campaigns on Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word.

Call for Submissions/Call for Volunteers

The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is hard at work on our next fest in November. Stay tuned for our call for submissions in June. If you are interested in volunteering for the film festival, please contact Jonathan Laxamana at jlaxamana@cfaff.org.

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