The Empty Chair, a documentary created by filmmaker Greg Chaney, will be having a bit of an amazing run February 19th and 20th. The following four showings are in conjunction with the Day of Remembrance which honors the legacy of the 110,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated in camps during World War II.
First there will be a showing in Anchorage, Alaska on February 19th sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. Their flyer is quoted below:
The program will feature the acclaimed documentary film The Empty Chair, a story of Japanese and Japanese Americans living in Southeast Alaska prior to WWII, their internment during the war and return to Alaska, and the support they received from their Alaskan communities. The film features the Empty Chair Project undertaken by the community of Juneau, Alaska, to commemorate those of Japanese ancestry who were forced to leave Juneau when they were sent to internment camps, in particular, John Tanaka, who was to have been Juneau High School Class of 1942’s valedictorian, but was absent from the graduation ceremonies due to his internment. Speaking at the conclusion of the film will be filmmaker Greg Chaney and John’s sisters, Alice (Tanaka) Hikido and Mary (Tanaka) Abo who were interned at age 9 and 2 yeas old, respectively.
Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Alaska Public Media News Room
3877 University Drive
Then it will be shown at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival in Seattle, Washington on February 20th. Greg Chaney and Mary (Tanaka) Abo will also be attending this event.
Date: February 20th
Time: 12:00 noon…theater opens at 11:30
Location: Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue
For further information go to the following link:
Next, it will be shown in San Francisco on February 20th by the Nichi Bei Foundation as part of their Films of Remembrance program.
Date: February 20th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: New People Cinema
1746 Post Street
San Francisco, California
Their link is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJUNqRvxGRI
Also, on February 19th The Empty Chair will be shown at the new Valley Library in Juneau, Alaska.
Date: February 19th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: New Valley Library
A reception and discussion will follow the showing.
We are all so delighted that Greg’s documentary is reaching such a wide and diverse audience! Hope you’re able to attend one of these events if you’re in the neighborhood.