Ward 5: “The Garden of the Phoenix”

Filmmakers: Connor Lifson and Sam Linda

A modern myth of resilience and rebirth set in an origami-cut, watercolor-splashed toy theatre version of Jackson Park featuring evocative strains from MiYUMI Project Reduction Ensemble.

About the Artists


“My family first moved to Chinatown, Chicago in the 1960s. My father lived there with my family for the first ten years of his life. The story is based on what he could remember from his short time living in Chinatown. I have always loved spending time in Chinatown, and I wanted to create something that honored that neighborhood and my father’s experience.

Matthew C. Yee

Ward 5

Chicago’s 5th Ward includes Hyde Park, South Shore, and Woodlawn.

Organizations in Ward 5 to Explore and Support

  • ArtShow Chicago, dedicated to uniting Chicago communities with local artwork while bringing light to social causes.

Restaurants to Check Out in Ward 5

Other Sites to Visit in Ward 5

  • Chinatown Square Plaza, a two-story outdoor mall, at the heart of which lie the Pan-Asian Cultural Center and 12 beautiful bronze zodiac figures.

Film Credits

Conceived by: Connor Lifson and Sam Linda
Designed and Performed by: Connor Lifson, Sam Linda, and Coco Huang
Produced By: Kareem Bandealy and Nikolaj Sorensen
Consigliere: Mary Zimmerman
Cinematography By: Jeff Paschal
Edited By: Connor Lifson
Original Composition By: the MIYUMI Project Reduction Ensemble
Tatsu Aoki
Mai Sugimoto
Jamie Kempkers
Kioto Aoki
And a special guest: Saenghwang by Gamin
Opening Animation By: Matthew C. Yee
Special Thanks: Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center at Northwestern University, Mary Zimmerman, Grace Dolezal-Ng

Originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, IL in August, 2022

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