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Monday, October 17, 2005

Hawaii Film Panorama at LVHIFF

Get a dose (or 40) of Hawaii from the following selection of films made by Hawaii folks and/or made in Hawaii that will be screening at the upcoming Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. Click film title to go to LVHIFF listing and to buy tickets.


The Orb

The Orb [Hawaii Panorama 2]
Dir: Scott Lee Mason
No-budget DIY filmmaking at its bloodiest and boobiest. LVHIFF calls this B-horror zombie flick the "poster 'bastard' child of an Apple Computer with bundled software." Official Site

Pele O Ka Foodmart [HP6]
Dir: Michael Wurth
A shrink becomes convinced that he will find his own salvation in the delusions of one of his patients, an abused Hawaiian woman who believes she is Pele. Film explores how ancient Hawaiian legend can guide us through the tribulations of modern Hawaii. Official Site


The Sand Island Drive-In Anthem

Bracelet [HP6]
Dir: Brianne Castillo-Huang
A woman must decide if she will give up her successful career to care for her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother.

Fishbowl [HP4]
Dir: Kayo Hatta
Based on Lois-Ann Yamanaka's bildungsroman Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this is the last film by Hatta, the late director of "Picture Bride." Official Site

Grandma's Recipe [HP4]
Dir: Imelda Betiong
A sweet grandmother obsessed with winning the Honolulu Dessert contest faces a moral dilemma when she discovers her opponent's secret ingredient.

My So-Called Life: ACM Shorts [HP1]
Dir: UH Academy for Creative Media Students
Seong Whang's "Elevation," Jason Ordenstein's "Waiting to Surface," Tyrone Sanga's "Plastic Leis," Ryan Ishii's "Hopeless in Honolulu," Kevin Inouye's "Wake," Hyun Shin's "Piko," Jay Hubert's "Tunnels," and Renato Fontaine's "Promise of Paradise" make up this collection of short films by students at the University of Hawaii's Academy for Creative Media.

The Sand Island Drive-In Anthem [HP4]
Dir: Ryan Kawamoto
The workaday world of 4 guys behind the counter of a Honolulu drive-inn gets interrupted one day by life-changing tensions in this film by the director of "Paper Cranes."

Three Little Words [HP4]
Dir: Dan Hamamura
A meditation on love, and how 3 simple words can change everything.

True Love and Mimosa Tea [HP4]
Dir: Cam Eason
A kahuna plays cupid by brewing a mystical love potion. Stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tamlyn Tomita. Official Site

Valtor the Great vs. The Universe [HP2]
Dir: Gerard Elmore
The creator of "Amasian: The Amazing Asian" is back with more superhero slapstick. Official Site


Keepers of the Flame

Aloha Live: On the Road With Willie K. & Amy Gilliom
[Hawaii Night at Hawaii Theater]
Dir: Heather Giugni
A documentary that follows the singing duo on their last mainland tour in 2003. Amy Gilliom will perform live after the screening

Hawaii Slam: Poetry in Paradise [HP5]
Dir: Kathryn Xian
Young Hawaii speaks up (and loudly) in this documentary that tracks the HawaiiSlam Team at the 2004 Slam Nationals in St. Louis. Directed by a NYU/Bard-educated local woman who just won the Making A Difference for Women award given by Soroptimist International of Waikiki for her multimedia festival and conference, GiRL FeST Hawaii, which seeks to prevent violence against women and girls.

Heartstrings: The Story of the Kamaka [HP3]
Dir: Stuart Yamane
This film examines how Hawaiian values have shaped the family-run Kamaka and Sons Ukulele Company, which has been serving Hawaii for nearly a century. Official Site

Keepers of the Flame [Hawaii Night at Hawaii Theater]
Dir: Eddie Kamae
A film that pays tribute to Hawaiian historian and author Mary Kawena Pukui, dancer and chanter Iolani Luahine, and kumu hula and teacher Edith Kanakaole. A live performance by the Sons of Hawaii follows the screening. Directed by legendary Hawaiian singer, composer, teacher and filmmaker Eddie Kamae who, along with wife Myrna, received the Hawaii Film Office/HIFF's "Film in Hawaii" award in 2002 .
Official Site

Remember the Boys [HP3]
Dir: Stephanie Castillo
The story of Domingo Los Banos and the 50 other Filipino Americans from Hawaii who fought for the U.S. in WWII. From the regional Emmy Award-winning documentarian Castillo, whose past film subjects include cockfighting in Hawaii and Hansen's Disease on Molokai.

Wahine O Ke Kai [HP5]
Dir: Vince Keala Lucero
To raise awareness of the ocean and our kuleana (responsibility) to protect it, Donna Kahi Kahakui paddled solo from O'ahu to Kaua'i to Lehua to Ni'ihau in just a few days.


The Tao of Zhong Guo

Student Showcase 1: Wainae Seariders' "The Tao of Zhong Guo" ("The Way of China") documents a recent trip to China involving nearly 200 delegates from Hawaii. Curated by Kaliko Palmieri.

Student Showcase 2: Documentaries about Hawaii including Taylor Chang's "Bon Dance," Nicole Chong's "Caution Tape," Julius Pasion's "Dance Hybridz," Kalaheo Communications Academy's "Hawaii Racetrack," Chahati Leslie's "K.S.B.S. Champions," and Peio Pualoa's "Sima Urale."

Student Showcase 3: Visually MTV-ish shorts including Kalaheo Communications Academy's "Darkness Within," "In Between," "Keep the Keys," "The Mob," and "P3R3CT;" Chris Fong's "Hanging Over;" Rusty Alikaawana's "Inertia;" and Iolani School's "The Wages of Virtue."

Student Showcase 4: A mix of narrative shorts and PSAs including Shan Litjestrand and Eliot Cost's "Act Out!" and "The Wood;" Peio Pualoa's "Couch Potato;" Kalaheo Communications Academy's "Deul Desu Ka;" Maryknoll School's "Eat Well, Play Well," "Lesson of Exclusion," and "What Happens When You Eat Junk Food;" Todd Fink and Tristan Davis's "Final Draft;" and Iolani School's "Finding Leonardo."

Other LVHIFF Round-ups:
Honolulu Star-Bulletin [10/17/05]
Honolulu Advertiser's Derek Paiva [10/14/05]
>> UPDATE: Hawaii Film Festival [Hollywood Reporter, 10/18/05]

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