Podtalk: Sophia Wong Boccio on Asian Pop-Up Cinema SEASON 16

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CHICAGO – The Asian Pop Up Cinema (APUC), a Chicago cultural institution, launched Season 16 this past week with a sensational pre-season event featuring Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok and the Japan Cinema Showcase. Wrapping up the showcase is “Unami,” CLICK HERE for details.

“With so much streaming content in the market, the festival’s priority is to select films made by new and seasoned filmmakers which are elevating, sophisticated, and told with a distinctive voice,” Sophia Wong Boccio – APUC’s Founder, Curator and Executive Director – explained. “Audiences who come out to see our films in the cinema will come away with new insight on current societies in Asia or enjoy a new, distinctive filmmaking craft.” The festival will focus on a variety of films from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea. Expert moderators representing each of the films/territories will facilitate discussions afterward. Also unique to APUC is their “Movies You May Have Missed” free streaming showcase from April 3rd-9th.

Actor Nahana with Sophia Wong Boccio During the Japan Cinema Showcase
Photo credit: AsianPopUpCinema.org

Season 16 screenings will pop up in Chicago, north suburban Evanston, the Alliance Francaise de Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The festival will feature films by region: Japan (March 18-22); South Korea (March 25-31); Singapore & China, (March 25); Hong Kong (March 31-April 1); as well additionally online for China, Vietnam, Japan, France & U.S.(April 3-9 APUC’s “Movies You May Have Missed”); and Taiwan (April 15-16).

For ticket info, click SEASON 16 TICKETS. To download the PDF version of the program, click SEASON 15 PROGRAM.

In a Podtalk with Founder, Curator and Executive Director Sophia Wong Boccio, she talks highlights for APUC Season 16 with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com…

Sophia Wong Bocchio makes her video pitch for Season 16 …

CLICK HERE for a SLIDESHOW of WEEK ONE of Season 16, Asian Pop-Up Cinema.

Season 16 of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema continues with “Unami” on March 22nd, 2023, at the Alliance Franchise de Chicago, 54 West Chicago Avenue. For a complete overview and schedule for the rest of the season, which runs through April 16th, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2023 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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