Hawaii Film Blog

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Whatever Happened to Haiku Jones?

You'll have to come see "Epic" to figure out what this means

Find out what happened to beloved stoic poet Haiku Jones and his nemesis, "Epic Poem" Eric, in "Epic," the sequel to the uproariously funny and widely beloved and praised film "The Tale of Haiku Jones" (2004) by the Hawaii Film Office's own young genius auteur Kevin Inouye. ("Haiku Jones" happens to be my favorite made-in-Hawaii film of all time.)

The WORLD PREMIERE OF "EPIC" will be screening for FREE on Saturday, December 30th, 8pm at UH Manoa. Discover what happened to all of your favorite characters and meet a few new hilarious ones. And if you didn't get a chance to see the original "Haiku Jones," now's your chance because it will be screening before "Epic"! Here are the details:

WHAT: "Epic" World Premiere
WHERE: Crawford Hall Rm. 115, University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus [full map]
(Enter campus via Maile Way and park along Campus Rd or Varney Circle for $3, or park on Metcalf Street)
WHEN: Sat, 12/30, 8pm

WHO: The entire cast and crew will be present for a Q&A after the screening!

Please join
Pretentious Productions for the world premiere of "Epic," the fifty minute short film follow-up to "The Tale of Haiku Jones."

Directed by Kevin Inouye, produced by Christopher Yogi, and starring "Epic Poem" Eric Callahan, Scott Henderson, "Slam Poet" Stevie Yoo, Anne Misawa, and Amanda Young, "Epic" takes place two years after the events of "The Tale of Haiku Jones." Finding himself struggling with relevancy in the fickle and increasingly commercialized world of contemporary poetry, "Epic Poem" Eric (who is now flanked by the ubiquitous Scott Henderson) begins a blood feud with fast rising star "Slam Poet" Stevie. The war quickly intensifies as "Epic" finds himself fighting not only for his own survival, but ultimately, in a metaphorical, and perhaps even metaphysical manner, for the quality of the human condition itself.

"Epic" will be preceded by "The Tale of Haiku Jones," the Academy for Creative Media produced short about a stoic Haiku poet that stole hearts at the 2005 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the 2005 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the 2004 Hawaii International Film Festival, and "Wake," a short about a lonely college student, a girl, a poem, and a tree, that largely confused audiences at the 2006 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival.

>> Haiku Redux [Hnl Advertiser, 12/15/06]
'Haiku Jones' will be shown at California festival [Hnl Advertiser, 2/17/05]
>> Festival showcases student filmmakers [Hnl Advertiser, 10/24/04]
UH doing just fine at film school [Hnl Advertiser, 6/25/04]

Hawaii Films at HIFF 2006
Meet the Hawaii Film Office!
LVHIFF 2005: A Retrospective
Hawaii Film Panorama at LVHIFF
Asian American Film Festivals

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