Willie K Headlines “Best of the Fest” – Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Blues man, jazz artist, Hawaiian songwriter, slack key master, rock & roll, reggae and occasional opera singer, Hawaii’s own Willie K brings his considerable talents to the stage on Monday, May 26, 2014, for Big Island Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Willie Kahaiali‘i, (Willie K) has been entertaining audiences around the world since age 10; won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards—most recently for “Warehouse Blues”–and a Grammy Award nomination.

Willie K

An eclectic and charismatic guitarist, Willie K has been called “a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix,” by Honolulu Weekly, who also said, “he’s Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key and jazzy, almost baroque, acoustic 12-string.”

In 2011, Willie K appeared on screen at BIFF in “Get a Job,” the outrageously funny comedy written and directed by Brian Kohne.

Willie K and Eric Gilliom

The Maui-created film boasted an all-star lineup of top Hawai‘i entertainers that also included Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Slam Poet Kealoha, Ernie Cruz, Jr., Amy Hanaiali‘i, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, the late Charles Ka‘upu, Willie Nelson, and Henry Kapono.

An entertainer with a generous heart, Willie K finds numerous ways to give back to the community. His annual Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department is now in its eleventh year; and he is Hawai‘i spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. And, he can add Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center to his credit, as “Best of the Fest” includes a silent auction benefit for this important resource for military families.”

Tickets for “Best of the Fest” with Willie K can be purchased online at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com. Admission is $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 7-12. Some chairs will be available as will no-host bar, gourmet pupus and other movie snacks (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes:

  • Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.
  • Willie K in Concert, 5-7 p.m.
  • Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2013, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawai‘i Island Food Basket.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 22-26, with celebrity guests Jackson Rathbone (the “Twilight” series) and Portia Doubleday (“Carrie,” “Youth in Revolt”). Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP grant. Admission to films is free for active-duty military service members with I.D. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

“The Volcano Kilauea” – 1918 Rare Silent Movie Surfaces

This original 1918 film, The Volcano Kilauea, is a version updated through 1924.  Filmed using the Prisma Process, this was the first Hawaii film produced in color on the Islands.

The Volcano

No audio as words/lines were inserted; thus, a silent film. Rare film documented as being ‘lost’.

Ray J Baker was the producer; he was an early Hawaii photographer who progressed into moving film. Produced in Los Angeles by William Horsley Company.

Official Selections: Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Now in its 9th year, the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i (BIFF) has announced its 48 Official Selections, to be screened May 22-26, 2014. The “talk story” film festival is a celebration of narrative films and filmmaking, with free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani, daytime movies and nightly double features for grown-ups with no-host bar and pupus, plus “meet-the-stars” celebrity social events and more at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.


On Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m., BIFF’s Grand Opening at The Shops at Mauna Lani will include a free sampler of short films, and a chance to welcome filmmakers to the Island.  Celebrity guests Portia Doubleday (“Her,” “Carrie” and “Youth in Revolt”) and Jackson Rathbone (“Jasper” in the “Twilight” series) will appear in person, to give fans a chance to show their aloha.

BIFF at Mauna LaniBy special arrangement with Warner Brothers, “Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure” will be presented at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23. The brand-new film stars British cousins, Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Winners and frequent guests of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In the movie, to be released May 20 on DVD, the girls are Ellen’s special correspondents, sent to cover the coronation of a new queen.

Sofia Grace

Other notable BIFF Official Selections include the time-travel mystery-thriller “Time Lapse,” the intense and intimate portrait of homelessness, “3:13,” drama “Pretty Rosebud,” about an ambitious career woman whose unorthodox choices unravel her carefully constructed world, and comedy “Welcome to the Lucky Country” a laughable look at an Australian reality show.

Screenshot from "The Haumana"

Screenshot from “The Haumana”

Contenders from Hawai‘i include Keo Woolford’s acclaimed “The Haumana,” which chronicles the journey of a new Kumu Hula and his high school men’s hālau, with choreography by Robert Cazimero, Lanakila Casupang, Maelia Loebenstein-Carter and Kaipo Hale.  From the Big Island, “Bullitt and the Curse of the Blood Ring” is the next chapter of the continuing island action-adventure,  produced, acted, and directed by Kona filmmakers Richard Gonzalez and Rockwood.

The Official Selections for BIFF 2014 are:

  • 3:13
  • BULLITT and the Curse of the Blood Ring
  • Butterfly Dreams
  • Courting Chaos
  • Day For Night
  • Druid Peak
  • Great
  • Helen Alone
  • Horse for Sale
  • If We Were Adults
  • Light Me Up
  • Limit
  • Little Girl’s War Cry
  • Lost Island of the Firewalkers
  • Makua Charley
  • Meet Anna
  • Mirror
  • Missing Child
  • No More Aloha
  • One Weekend
  • Poison Apple
  • Posey
  • Pretty Rosebud
  • Prinsesa
  • Ravi & Jane
  • Rise Again
  • Rose, Mary and Time
  • Shadow
  • Sheltered Love
  • Solace
  • Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure
  • Suka
  • Suriname Gold
  • Take a Deep Breath
  • The Bathroom Attendant
  • The End
  • The Haumana
  • The Haunting of Heather
  • The Honey Maple Morgan
  • The Maury Island Incident
  • The New Neighbors
  • The Pimp & The Rose
  • Time Lapse
  • Tuesday Morning
  • We Are Enemies
  • Welcome to the Lucky Country
  • Wolf Summer
  • Zone 7

A limited number of ballots will be given to audience members during each screening.  Votes are tallied at the end of the festival, to determine the Audience-choice Feature and Short to be screened at Best of the Fest on Monday, May 26.  Best of the Fest also includes a silent auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, and exciting concert by award-winning Hawaiian musical artist WILLIE K.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 22-26. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.

Best of Vine HAWAII 2013 Compilation

Best of Vine Hawaii 2013 compilation featuring some of Hawaii’s best videos on Vine from Hawaii viners:

Showdown In Chinatown, Honolulu’s Premiere Underground Film Challenge Returns

Showdown in Chinatown presents the launch of the 2014 Showdown in Chinatown Short Film Series, with a 48-hour Challenge! Honolulu’s premier underground short film challenge & showcase is designed to provide a creative outlet to those interested in careers in broadcast, film, and television production.

Showdown in Chinaton

Filmmakers will have 48-hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film, seven minutes or less. Filmmakers will also be given a topic, two props, and a line of dialogue they must use in their film. The top 12 films will premier on the big screen at Wade Warehouse screening hall, 449 Cooke Street, in Kakaako, Saturday March 8 at 7:00pm. The topic will be announced on Wednesday March 5, at 5pm online at www.ShowdownInChinatown.com and at Showdown in Chinatown’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Films are due Friday, March 7 between 5-8pm, the drop-off location to be announced online.

Some of our participants, dubbed “Showdown Graduates”, had never written a story or even picked up a video camera prior to entering their first competition, and are now producing broadcast quality films and showing in festivals around the world. Neil Sauvage and Kurt Loney of Cheap Rental Productions were the winners of our 2013 Championship Challenge with their short Cineparadoxia. Their team received a $15,000 grand prize from Hawaii Photo rental and will have their short entered into Hawaii International Film Festival and other film festivals all over the mainland. Here is a link to their short film https://vimeo.com/81869964

Showdown In Chinatown appeals not only to aspiring actors and filmmakers, but also to ordinary people who have never thought of visual storytelling as a possible means of expression.  Young and old alike… professional and amateur… all are given the opportunity to do something creative and have their work premiered on the big screen.

The aim of Showdown In Chinatown is to improve the talent and strengthen the community within Hawaii’s independent film and storytelling network.  We hope that this creative exercise is a launch pad for filmmakers to discover their talent, try new things and push their own creative boundaries.

Showdown is open to the public and relies on contributions, in-kind donations, and its volunteers to operate.  Visit www.ShowdownInChinatown.com to give today.  Showdown in Chinatown is a registered LLC. Donations are not tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Neil Sauvage or SIC Producer, Cyrina D Hadad.

Last Chance to Enter Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

With three weeks to go before submissions close for the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Executive Director Leo Sears is confident that movie lovers will be captivated with a full slate of entertaining narrative films. The final deadline to enter is February 1, by direct submission with website submission forms, or via www.WithoutABox.com.

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

Vincent Kartheiser, Mayor Kenoi and Kate McKinnon at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

Celebrating its ninth year with the new name that comes with special partnership, the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i continues to deliver a unique, professional film festival experience in a welcoming island style and luxurious oceanfront resort setting.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

True Blood’s “Maurella” Kristina Anapau was awarded a Golden Honu in 2011

“My favorite part of the festival is at the beginning,” said Sears. “When the filmmakers first arrive, especially if they haven’t been to Hawai‘i before, their feet hardly touch the ground. They’re walking around with leis, and these incredulous smiles on their faces. Then later you’ll see them watching their film in a beach chair, relaxing under the stars with a cold drink in hand, surrounded by other filmmakers who are all part of the family now. It’s a beautiful thing; it’s inspiring.”

Huffington Post blogger Jennifer Grisanti, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Actress Eloise Mumford (The River) at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Huffington Post blogger and NBC Story Consultant  Jennifer Grisanti, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Actress Eloise Mumford (The River) at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Attended by returning visitors and independent filmmakers from around the world, as well as local residents who love movies, BIFF also hosts notable workshop leaders, such as NBC story consultant Jen Grisanti and screenwriter Ron Osborn of “Moonlighting” fame, among others. Last year’s actor honorees were Saturday Night Live’s comedic heroine Kate McKinnon, and Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men” who happily mingled with fans at the Fairmont’s 1960’s-themed cocktail reception and salute.

One of BIFF’s many success stories includes 2013 winner “Chasing Shakespeare” which also earned laurels in the First Glance Film Festival, SXSW, and AFI Cannes’ World Peace Initiative. Directed by Norry Niven, the film is now in distribution as “From Above,” starring Graham Greene and Danny Glover. Hawai‘i-made BIFF alumni films include wildly-popular comedy “Get A Job” by Maui filmmaker Brian Kohne, GB Hajim’s animated sci fi love story “Strange Frame,” and the poignant “Land of Eb” about South Kona’s Micronesian coffee worker community.

A celebration of narrative filmmaking, the complete BIFF experience includes not only film screenings for grown ups at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii’s beautiful outdoor Plantation Estate, but free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, numerous networking and celebrity social events, feasts for foodies, screenwriting workshops and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top-rated Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by the audience from Festival entries. “Golden Honu” Awards will be presented to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawai‘i and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 26.

BIFF at Mauna Lani

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i would like to thank sponsors The Shops at Mauna Lani, County of Hawai‘i, Dept. of R&D: CPEP Grant/Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Redeeming Light International, Inc. and others.

For detailed information visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com, find them on Facebook, or 808-883-0394.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Launches 50th Anniversary Tour of ‘The Endless Summer’

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres.

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

As part of its lineup of exceptional films and activities, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer, one of the most popular surf films of all time. In partnership with Bruce Brown Films (BBF), fun launch festivities include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night reception at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2—1960s attire optional. Following the Surfing the Sixties fun, the film will be screened on The Fairmont Orchid’s recently renovated Lehua Theater.

“The Endless Summer is one of the most popular surf films of all time and we are honored to have been asked to launch the 50th anniversary tour,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director.

Produced in 1964, The Endless Summer introduced the notion of surf adventure travel, leading surfers to travel the world in search of their own perfect wave. The novelty, footage and high-energy musical score mesmerized audiences everywhere. Despite studio distributor’s initial reluctance to carry the film, The Endless Summer went on to become a worldwide box office hit, grossing over $30 million.

Renown 60’s surf photographer and former Reyn’s Spooner CEO Tim McCullough hosts Q&As following the screening of The Endless Summer at 6:30 p.m. January 2 at The Fairmont Orchid and 3:15 p.m. January 10 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. McCullough is one of the festival’s many guest speakers, including M Sanjayan, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Alan Cohen, Auntie Queenie Dowsett, Dawn Lippert, Josh Fox, Zach Weisberg and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy alum Alison Teal.

In addition to offering films themed to ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling), Ocean Film features films that examine ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.

Ocean Film opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.

For the latest updates on films, speakers and activities, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival Unveils Films, Filmmakers, Speakers and Special Guests

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival 2014

The festival opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, where Eddie Kamae will share a few songs after the opening night film.

The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres, and all of which are exceptional. On the cultural side, the festival weaves a rich offering, with films by Eddie and Myrna Kamae about the history, culture and music of the islands, a presentation by Hula Preservation Society with historical footage and dances and discussion by hula kupuna, and the showing of the 1951 remake of the 20th Century Fox film Bird of Paradise, with an introduction by local lead Queenie Dowsett.

In this vein, KGMB’s Brother’s Cazimero shares the story of this musical duo, with producer Phil Arnone and writer Robert Pennybacker in attendance to answer questions about the film. The Voyager Exhibit features the upcoming worldwide voyage of Hokule‘a, and will include an 8×13- foot map of the world, showing Hokule‘a planned route, along with interactive exhibits about life on the canoe, and the work of National Geographic photographer Nicholas DeVore III. The exhibit opens with a blessing and ceremony at Kahilu Theatre 4 p.m. January 2. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center also joins the festival this year, with a presentation on Wayfinding, complete with star compass and a full-dome star show.

For inspiration, speaker and author Alan Cohen returns as one of the presenters in Finding Joe, to host a workshop on the Hero’s Journey. National Medal of Arts award recipient and composer Morten Lauridsen attends the festival this year along with the film about his life and work, Shining Night, and will accompany a local chorus in a performance of one or two of his pieces. And, Botso, a beautiful film about a music teacher who made his way to Morro Bay from Stalinist Georgia against all odds, is sure to warm the audience heart.

On the thought-provoking side, Hot Water, produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Don Rogers, explores the legacy of uranium mining in the west, including the possibility of our Fukushima-like event. Gasland 2, an equally compelling sequel to Academy Award-nominated Gasland, comes to the festival with director Josh Fox in attendance to talk about the film. The Last Ocean is a stunning film about the Ross Sea, and GMO OMG, Plastic Paradise, and More Than Honey all provide insight into the issues around us. For those who missed them, 2013 People’s Choice winners Chasing Ice and North of the Sun will also show one more time.

For adventure, the festival offers a heart-pounding and heart-warming selection of surf films, along with a slide presentation and exhibit by 1960s surf photographer and former Reyn’s CEO Tim McCullough. In partnership with Bruce Brown films, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer. And, local HPA graduate Alison Teal premieres the latest installments in her series Alison’s Adventures: Blue Duck Station and The Lost Island of the Firewalkers.

M. Sanjayan, an Emmy nominated news contributor and the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, returns to the festival to share a sneak preview of a star-studded series produced by James Cameron, The Years of Living Dangerously, which will be aired on Showtime in April. Dawn Lippert, who leads the Energy Excelerator, a program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), joins the festival to talk about innovations in energy technology and investing in a clean energy future. The Crash Reel, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom), and currently under consideration for an Academy Award nomination, will have its Hawai‘i premiere at the festival.

Receptions include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2 (1960s surf attire optional), leading into the launch of the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer. The Taste of the Island January 5 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel again features the culinary delights of many of the island’s top chefs and has grown into a festival highlight. And, new this year, the closing night reception at Four Seasons moves to Hoku Amphitheatre on January 10, for what promises to be a beautiful evening with island fare, music and film.

Selections and film synopsis from the 2014 film lineup include:

  • Alison’s Adventures: Blue Duck Station and Lost Island of the Firewalkers (USA/Alison Teal Blehert-Koehn*)
  • Botso (USA /Tom Walters*)
  • Brothers Cazimero (USA/Phil Arnone* and Robert Pennybacker*)
  • Energy Excelerator (USA/Dawn Lippert*)
  • Finding Joe (USA/Alan Cohen*)
  • Gasland 2 (USA/Josh Fox*)
  • GMO OMG (USA/Jeremy Seifert)
  • Good Morning Miyazaki (Canada/Matt Wescott)
  • Hot Water (USA/Lizabeth Rogers)
  • Jane’s Journey (Germany/Lorenz Knauer)
  • Li‘a: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man (USA/Eddie Kamae*)
  • Sons of Hawai’i (USA/Eddie Kamae*)
  • Maverick Moments (USA/Rocky Romano*)
  • More than Honey (Germany/Markus Imhoof)
  • Ocean Frontiers (USA/Karen and Ralf Meyer)
  • Paniolo O’Hawaii (USA/Edgy Lee*)
  • Paradise Found (USA/ Tom Swartwout)
  • Queenie Dowsett: Spirit a Dancer (USA/Qweenie Dowsett*)
  • Red Gold (USA/Ben Knight)
  • Sea of Rock (Germany/Sebastian Doerk)
  • Serendipity (Australia/Simon Lamb)
  • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen (Switzerland/Morten Lauridsen*)
  • Silver of the Sea (Norway/Are Pilskog)
  • Sine Qua Non (USA/Richard Yelland)
  • Snows of the Nile (USA/Neil Losin)
  • Bud Browne’s Surfing the 50s (USA/Anna Trent Moore*)
  • The Coral Reef (Spain/Pepe San Martin)
  • The Crash Reel (USA/Lucy Walker)
  • The Last Mountain (USA/Bill Haney)
  • The Last Ocean (New Zealand/Peter Young)
  • The Questions We Ask (Canada/Bruce Kirkby)
  • What If (Germany/Sebastian Doerk)

*Filmmakers attending Ocean Film and leading a discussion

Every January, this dynamic festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.

Participants can begin the day with sunrise yoga on the beach, power up with coffee at the morning talks and then head out for a day of thought-provoking film and discussion.

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering discounted room rates to festival pass holders from January 2-10. Starbucks awards a prize to Ocean Film attendees who complete the festival’s 20-Punch card, showing they attended 20 film or presentation blocks.

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program will be available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org around December 21. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. Kama‘aina/early rates are available in advance by contacting the festival office through December 21.

Pearl Harbor: Then and Now

Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.


The “Maka Project” on the Big Island

Full of aloha and adventure, the Island of Hawaii is an epic place to call home – especially for the Maka crew.

Most of the footage in this montage was shot in the last three weeks, and all was shot entirely on the Big Island of Hawaii with the GoPro 3+ Black, 3 Black and Hero2 cameras on the Big Island. Huge thanks to everyone that was involved!

Maka Projectwww.themakaproject.com

FREE – “Ola – Health is Everything” at UH Hilo November 14th

The public is invited to a special screening of “Ola – Health is Everything” on Thursday, November 14 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo University Classroom Building Room 127. There is no admission charge and seating is limited.
The Hawaiʻi documentary premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in April 2013. It highlights the power of communities to heal, explores how society must rethink what it means to be healthy, and portrays individuals who bring hope to communities across Hawaiʻi. A Q & A will follow the screening with film writer and producer Matthew Nagato of the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association.

The screening is supported by UH Hilo’s Student Health & Wellness Programs and the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

For additional information, call 932-7458.

Ola (Hawaiian for “life, well-being”) is a feature length documentary which explores the widespread social factors that helped create Hawai’i’s health care crisis and offers an intimate look at individuals who have, in the face of these challenges, brought hope to their communities.

Call For Entries – Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid Hawai‘i is accepting film entry submissions through February 1, 2014.  Acclaimed as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals,” the popular event series for filmmakers and film lovers takes place May 22-26, 2014 in an elegant oceanfront setting along Hawai‘i Island’s luxury Kohala Coast.

Kate McGinnon

Kate McKinnon

Specializing in narrative filmmaking, the “talk story film festival” includes multi-location screenings, social events and networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops and more.  A closing night “Best of the Fest” features a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by our audience from Festival entries. Last year’s celebrity honorees included Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” and Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live.”

Deadlines.  Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2013 will be considered.  Deadlines are:

  • Early Bird – November 1, 2013.  Early Bird Entry Fees: $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student
  • Regular – January 1, 2014.  Regular Entry Fees: $60 Feature, $50 Short, $35 Student
  • Late/Final February 1, 2014.  Late Entry Fees:  $70 Feature, $60 Short, $40 Student

All films shot in Hawai‘i or created by filmmakers who live in Hawai‘i receive a 25% discount on entry fees (verification required).

Awards.  “Golden Honu Awards” will be presented to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawai‘i and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 26, 2014.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.

Success stories.  Last year’s feature winner “Chasing Shakespeare” starring Danny Glover and Graham Greene continues to win acclaim at international film festivals, including AFI Cannes World Peace Initiative.  The animated made-in-Hawai‘i film “Strange Frame” is also enjoying success on DVD and filmmakers are creatively organizing the island’s first sci-fi convention, “Hawaiicon,” next fall.

2012 films “Searching for Sonny”, “Qwerty”, “The Italian Key” and numerous others have enjoyed success on film festival circuits, as have 2011’s “The Dead Inside”, “Uncle Melvin’s Apartment” and numerous other BIFF alumni film projects.  The comedy “Get A Job,” by Maui filmmaker Brian Kohne was screened in Spain during the Marbella Film Festival and numerous other festivals around the world, and has been released on DVD.  Kohne and Malama Pono Productions are working on a new film, “Kuleana,” slated for production in 2014.

“Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets” (BIFF 2009) was distributed in 10 states through Carmike Cinemas, and by North American Home Entertainment DVD contract with Seminal Films.  “Remarkable Power” starring Kevin Nealon (2009 BIFF Best Feature) was released through most cable outlets as a PPV title before DVD release.  “Two Tickets to Paradise” (BIFF 2008), and “Rain in the Mountains” and “Sixes and the One-Eyed King” (BIFF 2007) have been released on DVD.

Photo by Kirk Aeder

Photo by Kirk Aeder

“Our resort partnership has been win-win from day one, and we are extremely proud to be taking the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i into its ninth year,” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “We’ve watched filmmakers grow and mature into accomplished artists.  We’ve seen technology coming within reach of more and younger filmmakers.  We have mainstream celebrities, Hawaiian entertainers and chefs contacting us to offer their support and participation.  We’ve reached a new level, and it gets better every year.”

The Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars, international features and shorts, stellar social events, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops, film awards and much more in an outstanding island setting.  Anchor sponsors include: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County Department of Research and Development CPEP, Redeeming Light International Inc. and many other generous sponsors and supporters.

For submission rules and application visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.  For further information call 808-883-0394.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Costume Party at the Kahilu Theatre

The Kahilu Theatre will present a screening of the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday October 25, with a Costume Party and Contest starting at 8pm, and the movie at 10pm.  Tickets are $10 per person, they will be on sale at the door and also are available in advance online 24/7 at www.kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

There will be food and drink for purchase, and Rocky Horror “props” will be for sale – audiences are invited to bring their own props too – confetti, rice, umbrellas, newspapers, toast, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and all – the only caveat is that no squirting water will be allowed in the theatre and hot dog throwing will not be encouraged.  There will be prizes for “Audience Choice (Under 20)”, “Audience Choice (20 and over)”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Likeness” (to a Rocky Horror character).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film and an adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play by Richard O’Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The movie is rated R – children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.  A Kahilu Theatre donor has provided funds so that one under 17 with one adult will get in free.


Brian Evans, Tom Arnold & William Shatner Live in Kona – Big Island Celebrity Series

The Big Island Celebrity Series Begins in December:
Enjoy an evening of comedy and song when crooner Brian Evans (“At Fenway”) takes to the stage on Kona, introduced by legendary film star William Shatner, followed by a full stand up performance by the hilarious Tom Arnold (“True Lies,” “Roseanne”). Get your tickets now to experience this unexpected surprise in Hawaii!
Autographs will be available and cameras are welcome at the show.

Cameras are welcome at the show.

Tickets: $95 (General)
VIP: $125
Photo with William Shatner (prior to show in personal Meet & Greet): $350 (includes 1 VIP seat to the show)
Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at The Hilton Waikoloa Village in The Monarchy Ballroom
Time: 7:30 PM
Camera’s are allowed at this performance.  Tickets available online here: Big Island Celebrity Series

I Won 5 Free Tickets to Hawaii International Film Festival! Mahalo @InsideOutHawaii


“Hi Damon,

Hope you had a great weekend. I was just informed that the tickets can only be used on Oahu. I’m so sorry about the inconvenience. I had already sent the prize package before I knew, so you’ll be receiving it in the mail.

I hope you still get a chance to experience HIFF when it arrives on the Big Island. Thanks again for your support.

Take care,”

I entered a Twitter contest for tickets to the Hawaii International Film Festival by Re-tweeting the following to @InsideOutHawaii:

Inside Out

Well it turns out I scored and won big by receiving 5 tickets to screenings of movies!

HIFF tickets

The festival moves from Oahu to the Big Island beginning on October 24th.

Established in 1981, the Hawai’i International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of cultural exchange and media awareness in the Pacific Rim. HIFF is a premier international film event that has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders across the globe. HIFF’s programming has two specific mandates: to be a festival of record for emerging films from Asia and the Pacific and to present the top festival films from around the world. HIFF annually screens films from over 45 countries and presents content and panels in film, music, mobile entertainment and gaming.

UH Hilo Hosts Talk on Climate Change and World Peace

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo marks International Day of Peace (September 21) with an address by Professor Maxine Burkett, entitled “Is Climate Change a Threat to World Peace?” The event, to be held on Friday, September 20, in University Classroom Building (UCB) 127, is free and open to the public.
Climate Refugees

Burkett’s talk will be preceded by a viewing of the award winning film “Climate Refugees.” The documentary about the human face of climate change has been shown to audiences including prime ministers, presidents, the United Nations, and universities around the world, and is credited with changing the way the world is looking at climate change. The screening of “Climate Refugees” begins at 3:30 pm, followed by Burkett’s address at 5 pm.

Burkett is a professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. She will discuss how vulnerability to climate change may reverse human development gains globally and increase the possibility of conflict through events like climate-induced migration.

“Migration might introduce unprecedented strains on the global community, while demanding that international law resolve novel questions of statehood and self-determination,” Burkett said.

The event is supported through funding UH Hilo received from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and is being organized by the UH Hilo International Student Services and Intercultural Education program.

For more information or to request accommodations, call the UH Hilo International Student Services and Intercultural Education office at (808) 974-7313.


Check Out the Editing in This Video!

This film uploaded to YouTube and apparently filmed in Hawaii has some incredible editing!

This is what was said about the video on YouTube:

Amazing Video Editing That Blows Your Mind-Mind Blowing video Editing-Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind Pt. 1 -Very Amazing Cool Stairwell Illusion – Will Blow Your Mind – Watch!!! -Power of Nanotechnology Video Blow Your Mind -The Detailed Universe: This will Blow Your Mind.

Hawai‘i International Film Festival Adds Screenwriting and New Media Programs To This Year’s Festival

Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), Hawai‘i’s premier international film event – together with the Creative Industries Division (CID) of the Hawai‘i state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) – is launching new tracks in Screenwriting and Broadband Content as part of Creative Lab, which will hold Accelerator Programs in each of these two areas during HIFF in October in order to accelerate the growth of Hawai‘i’s creative content industry.


Through hands-on mentorship, panels and workshops taught by mentors from across the globe in writing, acting, music, new media and finance, Creative Lab provides entrepreneurs with the business and creative skill sets necessary to profit from their intellectual property and expand their distribution channels.

“Our vision is to establish Hawaii as a center of creative development, providing business opportunities in media, music and the arts,” said Robert Lambeth, HIFF deputy director.

“The program provides an environment to connect, collaborate and create content for export on multiple platforms, through guidance from industry leaders who are committed to mentoring talent.” said CID chief officer, Georja Skinner.

An impressive collection of organizations and strategic partners is collaborating to expand the scope of the Creative Lab @ HIFF program, which was launched at HIFF in 2012. Leading industry organizations participating in the program include the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW); Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA); SAG Indie; Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists (HARA); the State of Hawai‘i Film Office and Hawai‘i’s county Film Offices.

This year’s Creative Lab @ HIFF launches a Writers Accelerator in partnership with the Diversity Program of the Writers Guild of America West. “The WGAW Diversity Department is pleased to support the Creative Lab program in collaboration with the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and the state’s Creative Industries Division,” said Kimberly Meyers, WGAW’s Director of Diversity. “This annual program is an important outreach effort to accelerate the careers of aspiring television, film and new media writers. Our WGAW members are looking forward to serving as mentors to program participants, helping develop future writers and WGAW members at the outset of their careers.”

Additional collaborators include the executive producer and writers from CBS Productions – “Hawaii Five-0”; National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences (NARAS); American Society of Composers; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); and the Hawai‘i Association of Media Artists (HAMA).

Creative Lab @ HIFF is led by Director Michael Andres Palmieri, a Los Angeles-based producer, writer and instructor, whose executive, producing and writing career spans motion pictures, television and new media. “I am thrilled to be working with HIFF, the State of Hawaii, and our partners and sponsors, to fulfill this vision of developing Hawaii as a world-class destination for creative talent in media, content and music seeking the perfect environment to collaborate and accelerate their projects and careers.” Palmieri has a long history in Hawai‘i – his first producing credit was on the feature “Six Days, Seven Nights” which was shot on Kaua‘i, and he was the Director of the Screenwriting Program for the Maui Writers Conference and Retreat for five years. He has mentored writers, taught and lectured at USC, UCLA, Chapman University, Columbia College, American Film Institute (AFI), and the University of Texas – Los Angeles.

Creative Lab @ HIFF Writers Accelerator – October 16 to 20, 2013

HIFF is seeking writers and storytellers to submit material to participate in the four-day intensive Accelerator program. A final 12 writers will be selected by a panel of industry professionals to participate. Writers in film, television, mobile and new media who have a treatment, script or concept to develop are encouraged to apply. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, September 11. For details visit www.hiff.org/education/creative-lab/writer-accelerator.

One-on-one instruction and mentoring by a team of industry professionals in features, television and new media include Palmieri, along with WGAW writers Dennis Leoni (“Resurrection Blvd”), Julia Cho (“Betrayal”) and Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”) and Peter Lenkov (CBS Productions’ Hawaii Five-0).

Up to three top writers will be selected as finalists to attend a week-long career-building program in Los Angeles, including a week in the Writers Room at CBS Productions’ Hawaii Five-0, attending WGAW workshops and meetings with leadership, as well as meeting other industry insiders designed to network these writers with people who can help advance their career goals.  All 12 writers will continue to hone their craft through a 12-month follow-up coaching process conducted by Palmieri.

In addition to the four coaches, this year’s keynote speaker will be Academy Award-winning  actor, director, producer and writer Bobby Moresco (“Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash”), who will partake in a one-on-one conversation open to general audiences entitled “A Conversation With…” as well as meet with the 12 participants. Moresco recently finished writing the feature “Hubris” for Universal, to be directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Field (“Little Children,” “In the Bedroom”). Also slated for production in 2013 is “Castro’s Daughter,” a script he wrote with Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, to be directed by Academy Award nominee Michael Radford (“Il Postino”).

Creative Lab @ HIFF Broadband Accelerator – October 10 to 12, 2013

Broadband, as defined by the Producers Guild of America, is the platform whose primary distribution outlet is the Internet. The Broadband Accelerator is a three-day immersion workshop for up to eight pre-qualified participants with one-on-one instruction and mentoring by Palmieri, along with creatives Bernie Su, creator of the webseries “The Lizzie Diaries,” Wendy Jo Carlton, creator of the webseries “Easy Abby,” and Laura Allen, Yahoo! Head of Production for Third Party – Video & Original Programming.

Participants in the Broadband Accelerator will be instructed and coached on writing and producing, as well as intellectual property protection, licensing, marketing, distributing and monetizing content on the Internet and mobile platforms.

Up to two participants will be selected from the eight to participate in a week-long immersion program in Los Angeles in which they will visit and meet with Guild representatives and other industry insiders. All eight participants will be coached for an additional 12 months by Palmieri.

Writers/Producers/Directors/Talent interested in applying for the Broadband Accelerator are asked to visit www.hiff.org/education/creative-lab/broadband-accelerator and apply. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, September 11.

The Modern Honolulu is the hotel partner for Creative Lab @ HIFF.

Additional programs to be offered by Creative Lab @ HIFF will be announced shortly. They will include:

  • Producers Accelerator
  • Sound X Vision
  • Acting Workshops

For more information about Creative Lab @ HIFF and HIFF from October 10-20, visit www.hiff.org.


HawaiiCon Early Pre-Sales Offers Mega Deals

Today HawaiiCon announced the start of early pre-sale tickets to their highly anticipated science, sci-fi and fantasy convention.

Hawaii Con 2014

HawaiiCon is scheduled for September 12-15, 2014 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort.  Pre-sales, via Kickstarter, give members big breaks on hotel rooms and Con passes.  Three night hotel packages with convention pass will start at only $595. For a 3-day pass without hotel, prices start as low as $75. Getting in on these pre-sale deals assures members the best experiences HawaiiCon has to offer.  Attendance will be limited to 2,500. Once the pre-sale is sold out, regular costs are $250 for the Con pass and $795 for the pass plus hotel and up.

Discount Passes and hotel packages are available here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289378015/hawaiicon

In additional to the usual panels and workshops in the convention rooms, HawaiiCon will also provide members the unique opportunity to go on tours, share a luʻau or go to the beach with their favorite stars.

HawaiiCon founder, GB Hajim, says, ”We want to create a unique event that will set us apart from other Cons, to give folks both the feeling of ʻOhana and an inspirational experience that only can be found through the adventures that the Big Island offers.”

The signed list of celebrities continues to grows every week: Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, and Andee Frizzell from Stargate: Atlantis are scheduled to appear for a 10th year reunion, along with Claudia Christian and Patricia Tallman from Babylon 5 and voice actress Cree Summer (Drawn Together). David Franklin is coming for 15th reunion of Farscape.  More actors and actresses will be added in the next few weeks. Panelists and workshop experts include world reknown Mars mission scientists, Hawaiian cultural experts, cosplay designers, robotics teams, astronomers, and aerospace experts.

HawaiiCon expects to add $1-2 million to the islandʻs economy in its first year and grown 15-20% per year.

Hawaii Con Group


HawaiiCon is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of science, the science fiction genre, and mythologies, past and present, which guide humanity.  HawaiiCon will emphasize education and uniquely Hawaiian contributions to science, including navigation and ensure that Native Hawaiian culture is accorded an honored place in the conversation of science and science fiction.

HawaiiCon founder is GB Hajim, Producer and Director of the award winning film, Strange Frame.  The Board of Directors is made up of Performing Arts Learning Center Director Jackie Seaquist, Realtor Jessica Hall, Dave Steiner, owner of Hawaii White Mountain Coffee Company, and UH-Hilo Communications student Jessie Minick.

HawaiiCon has partnered with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Big Island Visitors Bureau, Gemini Telescope, Big Island Film Commission, and Imiloa Astronomy Center, with more organizations coming aboard every day.

Follow HawaiiCon on FaceBook at: facebook.com/HawaiiCon and Twitter: @HawaiiCon


Big Island Woman Wins Grand Prize on Twitter Contest – Attends Hollywood Premiere of Paranoia

Big Island resident Merle Gornick recently entered into a Yahoo.com contest where the winners of the contest would be flown to Hollywood to attend the premiere of the movie Paranoia starring big wigs such as Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard amongst others.

Merle Outside the Director

Merle at the premiere

I asked Merle how she heard about the contest and she stated “I heard about the contest on twitter. I was following @YahooMovies who ran the contest and @RelativityMedia who sponsored the grand prize…”

Stalking Harrison Ford

Stalking Harrison Ford

When asked when did she apply for the contest and what did she have to do win the prize and what her compensation was, she said, “I had to tweet the phrase “Even a pawn can change the game! I want to win a trip to the #Paranoia LA Premiere from @yahoomovies http://yhoo.it/ParanoiaLA #YGiveaways” to enter the contest….entered on July 24 and was notified on July 26 around 6:20 am that I had won the Grand Prize (airfare on Hawaiian Air and hotel accommodations at The Standard at 8300 West Sunset Blvd for two people!)  I had to give them an answer by 9:00 am or they would draw another winner. Of course i said that we would go. The contest description said that prize was valued at $3000. This is the contest:  http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/wanna-win-airfare-accommodations-hollywood-premiere-paranoia-155913170.html“.

Merle on the Red Carpet with her husband John

Merle on the Red Carpet with her husband John

She took her husband John with her and “left Hilo on August 7 and returned on August 9. it was a whirlwind trip…” She stated, ” The premiere and after party was at 7:30 pm on August 8 at the Director’s Guild of America and we didn’t get back to the hotel until almost 1:00am.”

Gornick stated “I got to meet for the second time, one of my favorite thriller authors, Joseph Finder.

Merle and Joeseph Finder

Merle and Author Joseph Finder

“Meeting author Finder was a treat as  Joe is a NY Times best-selling author, @JoeFinder on twitter, which is where I initially heard about him. I also got to meet his daughter, Emma for the first time after only hearing about her from Joe.”

Merle with Director Rob

Merle with Director Rob Luketic

I asked her about some of the stars of the movie she may have met and she stated, “I also got to meet the Director of the movie, Robert Luketic aka, @Robluketic for the first time…  We approached and spoke to actors in the movie, Harrison Ford, Christine Marzano and Liam Hemsworth. We saw Miley Cyrus, Calista Flockhart (wife of Harrison Ford), Kevin Kilner, Richard Dryfuss, but didn’t choose to approach them. There were other show biz people there but we didn’t know who all of them were by name.   We think that we saw the actor who played Hercules, Kevin Sorbo, as someone mentioned the same thing.”

Merle and Liam Hemsworth

Merle and Liam Hemsworth

I asked her how she liked Paranoia the movie itself and she said, “Paranoia was awesome. While less detailed than the book, Liam Hemsworth was perfect as Adam Cassidy and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman played Rivals very well and intensely. Watching the movie and knowing that the cast was watching it as well was unbelievable! Everyone clapped in the beginning as the credits appeared! That never happens in the theater! As a huge fan of Joseph Finder’s books, I couldn’t see it getting any better than this! ”

Miley Cyrus in the house

Miley Cyrus in the house

She thought of the bonus that, “We got the best seats in the house in theater one. Row A (first row) Center, seats six and seven which are pretty much right smack dab in the center of the screen!”

You can read more about her adventure on her website “Merle Reads

The movie itself doesn’t officially come out August 16th however, this trailer can give you a good idea about what the movie is about:

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.