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October 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Directed by Andrew Ahn
(In English and Korean with English subtitles, 97min., 2016)

An impressive American independent film that is quietly observational and deliberately subdued — it’s about the closet after all — in its chroncile of the haltingly emerging identity of a First Generation American, a Korean American college-age young man, negotiating his self, his ties to his family, and his future.

Set principally in the the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, SPA NIGHT gauges the gradual awakening of David Cho (Joe Seo, who won the Special Jury Award at Sundance for his breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, after he chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.

“Because David Cho (Joe Seo), the glum, bashful 18-year-old protagonist of SPA NIGHT, is struggling with homosexual desire, it would be easy to categorize this cool, exquisitely observant first feature by the Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn as a gay movie. But it is much more. The film is a contemplation of the loneliness, tension and anxiety of outsiders pursuing a piece of the American dream.”  — Stephen Holden, New York Times


+ U.S. Grand Jury Prize, OUTFEST
+ Best First Feature InsideOut, Toronto’s LGBT film festival
+ Best Narrative Feature (Jury Award), Wicked Queer, Boston’s LGBT Film Festival

And for actor Joe Seo:
+ Special Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance, OUTFEST
+ Special Jury Award at Sundance for breakthrough performance


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$10 General
$8 Seniors and Union Cinema passholders
Students: free!

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Or see film(s) at the Union Cinema with a friend of two:
secure a Sixer Pass!*
(* good for admissions at Union Cinema only)

TICKETS: here!

Or via the Union Cinema Box Office (30 minutes before showtime) and Peck School of the Arts Box Office. Passes are available in advanced at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office and at the Festival table during the Festival.

Peck School of the Arts Box Office is located on the ground floor of the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Fall semester hours (beginning September 6): Monday–Friday, 11AM–5PM.

(414) 229-4308 // psoatix@uwm.edu


The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens on Wednesday, October 12th and continues October 14-23.

The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts.

The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.


October 15, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Category:


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival


UWM Union Cinema
2nd Level, UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, United States
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