Founded by international film and cultural curator Sophia Wong Boccio, SOPHIA’S CHOICE ( 蘇菲亞的精選) is a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit cultural organization incorporated in May 2015. Our vision is fostering appreciation for diverse Asian cultures.
We are realizing our vision through a multi-pronged mission by:
• cultivating an interest in and understanding of Asian cultures via a diverse offering of Asian films;
• connecting the Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students; and
• promoting Chicago as a destination for international visitors.
Asian Pop-Up Cinema (亞洲躍動電影展) is our semi-annual film festival - every spring and fall - that shows a series of specially curated films in their original languages with English subtitles. Films are presented at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago. Extended runs for selected films are shown at the Wilmette Theatre in the northern suburbs. Thanks to our diverse cultural partners and sponsors, we continue to add pop-up events in the city.
Since our inaugural season in the fall of 2015, APUC has presented 5 North American premieres, 28 Chicago premieres and a total of 42 contemporary Asian titles including films from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. To date, APUC has also hosted 15 Asian filmmakers, actors and other industry specialists from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and S. Korea. Each APUC film and its filmmaker receive their own spotlight, since we do not host multiple events on the same day. This results in a more meaningful dialogue and connection with the audience and local Chicago media. Based on the filmmaker’s availability, we collaborate with local professional and academic institutions to create outreach opportunities such as classroom lectures, industry panel discussions and industry networking.
The festival cannot sustain itself solely from tickets revenues. We hope that you are excited to partner with us building brand recognition through this unique platform, and at the same time supporting the art and stories crafted by the filmmakers from Asia that will bridge the east and the west.
We offer customized partnership packages designed to meet your marketing, advertising, and sales needs. We Look forward to discussing in more detail about our future collaboration. Please email Sophia Wong Boccio, founder & executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions or wish to meet up!