Greg Chaney on the Move Again

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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

                       Anchorage, Alaska

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

                       Seattle, Washington

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:

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

                      Juneau, Alaska

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.


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