The Orange Story: Chicago Premiere by Hannah Kim

Join us Friday December 2nd for the Chicago premiere of The Orange Story at the Chicago Cultural Center! This FREE event will include a screening of The Orange Story along with other short films, and a post-screening discussion panel with the filmmakers and other special guests. This event is generously co-presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The troubling story of Japanese American incarceration during WWII is an important but often glossed-over part of American history. Hidden Histories and the Power of Narrative Film commemorates and explores this complicated history through four short films, coupled with a post-screening discussion. These films are unique in their creative use of narrative techniques to bring audiences into the emotional core of powerful first-person stories. The screening will be followed by a discussion about Japanese American incarceration and how this history is still relevant today.


We are incredibly excited to share this story with the Chicago community. Admission is free with RSVP. More information available at



October 21-22 7:30-10:30pm
Silent Funny, 4106 W Chicago Ave

Performances by: 
Elaine Lemieux (vocals and movement)
Hanna Brock (violin, vocals and movement)
Sara Zalek (vocals and movement and design)
Heather Marie Vernon (vocals and movement)
Jason Soliday (handmade instruments, sound and movement)
Jeff Schroeder (guitar and effects)

Costumes and Props by: Sky Cubacub (Rebirth Garments), Here Heather Vernon, Sara Zalek

Created by Sara Zalek and Eugene Sun Park, this event is an immersive experience of projections, live performance, and sound as we begin to edit the series of short films Formidable Dreams, about an androgynous trickster hero, often out of time, who travels through watery environments where present, sudden memory, and dream states co-mingle.

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Newcity Announces This Year's Film 50 by Hannah Kim

Newcity’s fourth annual Film 50 list came out today, showcasing the top fifty Chicago filmmakers creating quality work that reflects and uplifts our community.  This year’s roster features six artists whose work has been produced or distributed by Full Spectrum Features. We are proud to have worked with so many powerful local voices including:

6. Jennifer Reeder, director of Signature Move; director of "Girls Love Horses" (featured in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2)

15. Fawzia Mirza, writer and lead actor of Signature Move; director of "The Queen of My Dreams" (featured in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 1)

27. Jim Vendiola, director of “Violets” (featured in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2); curator of the upcoming Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3

36. Lonnie Edwards, director of “Parietal Guidance” (featured in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2)

42. Chris Rejano, director of photography for Signature Move

47. John Wong, sound designer and mixer for The Orange Story and Signature Move

(Be sure to check out Lonnie Edwards’ featured cover story interview where he discusses “Parietal Guidance.” )

Full Spectrum Features is committed to supporting filmmaking that reflects the Chicago community. We're excited to see so many of our affiliated artists on this list, and we hope to continue collaborating with these artists who champion our city with their work.


Full Spectrum Features' latest project, THE ORANGE STORY, has been named one of 20 recipients for a Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant by the National Park Service.

Official NPS press release can be found here:

This tremendous award will support the production of a short narrative film, an accompanying educational website, as well as distribution and outreach. Join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on the latest developments as we move this production into full swing!