Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.
Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.
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!
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.
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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.
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:
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.
“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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Well it turns out I scored and won big by receiving 5 tickets to screenings of movies!
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.
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.
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.
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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 (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:
For more information about Creative Lab @ HIFF and HIFF from October 10-20, visit www.hiff.org.
Today HawaiiCon announced the start of early pre-sale tickets to their highly anticipated science, sci-fi and fantasy convention.
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.
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 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.
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…”
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“.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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! “
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.
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The HawaiiCon Board of Directors is looking for a unique logo that will appear on various materials used to promote the HawaiiCon Science Fiction and Fantasy convention to be held annually on Hawaii Island.
1. Each logo design must include this copy (font of your choice, be creative!):
2. The logo must be adaptable to multiple uses and sizes and be used online and in print materials including large banners; must be reproducible in solid tones using one color or multiple colors and use only original artwork.
3. The design must be vector based, 3000 x 3000 pixels, tif, jpeg or other compatible.
4. Entries should include:
1. All submissions will become the sole property of HawaiiCon at the time of submission and will not be returned. Each entrant understands, and fully agrees that he or she relinquishes any and all present or future rights to his or her design. HawaiiCon will become vested with all the rights and privileges afforded any owner of the property at the time of submission. Such rights are to include, but are not limited to any use, reproduction, reprint, or publication of the entries by HawaiiCon without the written or implied consent of the artist. HawaiiCon has unlimited rights to use the design in any form or application necessary. By submitting any form of entry for selection, the artist is agreeing to accept and abide by these rules, and the judgment of the logo selection panel. The selected submission will be used on all conference materials.
2. Only entries with a declaration of authorship will be accepted. Please add:
3. HawaiiCon reserves the right to adapt the winning design, if necessary.
4. The selected logo’s artist will receive two free passes to the 2014 HawaiiCon convention to be held at the Hapuna Prince Resort in Waikoloa, Hawaii, September 12-15th, 2014. Passes do not include meals or hotel accommodations.
ENTRY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
1. All entries must be received by August 15th, 2013.
2. Entries should be emailed to: HawaiiCon@gmail.com
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Jessica Hall, 808-217-5860, HawaiiCon@gmail.com
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The Friday Night Crew youth group invites fans of Johnny Depp and “Dark Shadows” to dress in their finest “vamp-attire” and join them for a Movie Night & Costume Party, Wednesday, June 26, 7-10 p.m. at Thelma Parker Memorial Library.
Directed by Tim Burton, “Dark Shadows” (PG13) stars Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter and heartthrob Johnny Depp as the romantic vampire Barnabus Collins. In the new movie version of the classic TV hit, Barnabus returns to Collinwood Manor to find dysfunctional descendants in dire need of his protection.
“The youth wanted a way to raise money that would be different, so they came up with a cool and unique concept,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry (of which Friday Night Crew is a component). “This gives them an affordable way to get together, dress up their ‘dark side,’ and get into a favorite movie—all to help with the Crew’s travel expenses.”
The event is a fundraiser for Friday Night Crew members’ upcoming travel to Austin, Texas for Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) mid-year training program July 21-25. Because the Friday Night Crew has been actively engaged in prevention work, to reduce underage drinking and drug use, they have already put previous years’ CADCA training into action in the community.
Their efforts helped bring Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) forum to Waimea in March, 2013, with Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Dr. Kevin Sabet, former White House drug policy advisor. At the encouragement of Project SAM organizers, the Friday Night Crew will help make a presentation about Hawaii’s Project SAM to the CADCA assembly during the conference.
One youth member, Matt Horne of Waimea, has received a full scholarship from CADCA, and fundraising work is underway to assist Horne with travel expenses, and to support additional youth participants and chaperones.
Youth 13-18 years old are invited to “Dark Shadows” Movie Night & Costume Party, for only $3 per person including snacks. For more information, please call The Pantry, 887-2289.
The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which comprises The Friday Night Crew youth group and community coalition, Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store. The Friday Night Crew coalition is a collaboration of youth and adult organizations for the purpose of prevention, mentoring, recovery, community awareness and creative activism. For additional information, or to make a donation, please contact: Beth Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.
Two weeks ago at the Fairmont Orchid, Saturday Night Live’s own Kate McKinnon was awarded a “Golden Honu Award” on the third day of the 2013 Big Island Film Festival.
The third day of the festival began with a Filmmaker Workshop given by Ron Osborn entitled “What’s So Funny?”
The content of the workshop explored into the fine line that separates comedy and drama, the current market for comedy, and how to approach just about any subject from a comedic standpoint.
The second workshop was on adaptation and finding inspiration in existing stories or events, classic stories, previously filmed stories and making them your own.
If you weren’t interested in the workshops that were going on during the day, there were also films that were being screened throughout the day beginning at 9:00 with “Side Walk Wars”, “The Lion’s Den” and “Stenwyken”.
At 4:30 a reception began for Kate McKinnon where the public was allowed to mingle with her, talk story with her agents and take pictures with her.
Food was catered by the Fairmont Orchid and consisted of a Moo Shu Duck Station and a dessert bar.
After folks ate their food people moved from the Wailana Garden into the theater where the reception and salute to McKinnon continued with a one-on-one interview with Hawaii Filmmaker Brian “Get A Job” Kohne.
I had to leave early the next morning, however, on Sunday a reception and salute was also held for Vincent Kartheiser of the TV show “Mad Men” amongst other things.
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Last week at the Fairmont Orchid over on the Kohala Coast, the 2013 Big Island Film Festival took place.
On the second day of the festival the morning began with a “Filmmaker Orientation and Talk Story” held with Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason and Big Island Film Festival Director and Founder Leo Sears.
Sears and Mason talked about how the Big Island was an ideal place to make movies and how the festival was run amongst other things. After the orientation and talk story, the daytime films that were scheduled were shown.
Films shown were “Coffee, God & Gasoline” “Caterpillar’s Kimono” “Hangdog” “Last Call” “Shoot the Moon” “Stigma” and “If I Were a Bell”.
I went back to my room and relaxed for a bit before the evening events began. They added a day to the festival this year and with that came a new event.
At 5:00 in one of the Fairmont’s Ballrooms, the public was invited to meet and take pictures with celebrities and filmmakers on hand at an event dubbed “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood”.
Some of the celebrities that were on hand were Brad Turell from Paradigm Agency, Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live and Hollywood Story Consultant Jennifer Grisanti among others.
Screenwriter Ron Osborn (Night Court, The West Wing, Duckman, Meet Joe Black, etc.) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men, Little Big League, Iron Will, Indian in the Cupboard, etc) were also was on hand to take pictures and talk to the general public.
And of course there was food and wine provided by Kenwood Vineyards.
After the event, folks headed to either the Shops at Mauna Lani for free family films that included “The Invention” and “Upside Down, or folks headed to the Plantation Estate for the Festival films where folks watched “Home”, “A Perfect Day” and “The Land of Eb”.
I myself ended up taking a late night soak in the Fairmont’s “Hidden” hot tub.
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The animated film “Strange Frame” produced by Big Island’s Planet One Productions won the Best Animated Feature award at the Big Island Film Festival.
I had the opportunity to meet Big Island film producer GB Hajim at the Big Island Film Festival this week and I took a few pictures of him with some of the celebrities that were on hand.
I spoke to Hajim about his film and this is what he had to say:
Here he is with Saturday Night Live Star Kate McKinnon:
Folks who attend the festival are very fortunate they get to network and connect with so many people in the industry.
This gorgeous animated sci-fi story is centered around the theme of the transformative power of love between two women. As our story begins it is the 29th century, 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. We’re on Ganymede, one of Jupiters moons. Our hero Naia (prolific voice actress Tara Strong) is a feisty, young singer-songwriter who falls in love with the beautiful saxophonist Parker (Claudia Black — Farscape, Stargate SG-1). The two embark on their new relationship and also form a new band — and now they have to not only make it as musicians but also to fight for their freedom. Featuring an all-star cast including: George Takei, Claudia Black, Tara Strong, Ron Glass, Cree Summer, Tim Curry, Juliet Landau and Alan Tudyk.
The 2013 Big Island Film Festival was held at the Fairmont Orchid at the Mauna Lani Resort from Thursday, May 23rd to Monday, May 27th.
The opening of the festival began with a Mayor’s Welcome Reception that was open to filmmakers, press, sponsors and Ali’i and Reception Pass holders.
Attendees were treated to a welcoming performance that the Mayor has at many of the receptions he attends.
Mayor Kenoi gave a short speech about growing up in the islands and what it meant to the Big Island to have such a great Film Festival on the Island.
Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears introduced some of the celebrities that were on hand and some of the folks that came from off island to attend the festival.
Celebrities Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men, Untamed Heart, Little Big League, Ironwill, Indian in the Cupboard, Alaska, etc.) and Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live, made themselves available to folks at the reception… and to Mayor Kenoi as well.
“On behalf of the people of the County of Hawaii, I am honored to congratulate Big Island Film Festival Executive Director/Founder Leo Sears and Festival Producer Jan Sears as 2013 marks the 8th year of this wonderful film festival set here on the beautiful and dramatic Kohala Coast.
Set amidst stark fields of lava, just steps away from the blue Pacific with coco palms swaying beneath a Hawaiian moon, the 2013 Big Island Film Festival will showcase 54 independent narrative films, shorts and features from around the world, including 10 from the State of Hawaii and five from the Big Island.
Independent filmmakers help us learn more about the significance and depth of our culture and this event celebrates their masterful works of visual imagery and vibrant sound that preserve the rich stories of our lives and times. The County of Hawaii is pleased to support this festival and applaud these outstanding film industry professionals.
We extend our warmest aloha to all guests and participants involved with the Big Island Film Festival. May you enjoy a successful event in 2013, and many more in the years to come.”
Billy Kenoi, Mayor
Some of the staff was on hand to help with the registration process.
Fairmont Orchid General Manager Chris Luedi was recognized at the reception as being a longtime sponsor of the festival and was given a koa bowl as the recipient of Mayor Kenoi’s “Aloha Spirit Award”.
After the reception ended, many folks went up to the Shops at Mauna Lani where they began the series of Family Films that were free and open to the public.
Films that were shown at the opening were: Sway Away, The Assistant, The Regret of the Doubt, Fight Scene, The Perfection of Anna, Searching Serenade, and Spaghetti for Two.
Feel free to click on the pictures below to make them larger:
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From sinister to seriously funny, this year’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) celebrity honorees bring some of the best talent in television to Hawaii over Memorial Day Weekend. Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” will appear in person, as will Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live,” known for hilarious impressions of Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz.
Named after Vincent van Gogh, Kartheiser began acting as a teen, in “Untamed Heart” with Marissa Tomei. His many film credits include “Little Big League,” “Ironwill” and “Another Day in Paradise” with James Woods and Melanie Griffith. Most recently he appeared in the sci-fi thriller “In Time” with Justin Timberlake. On television, Kartheiser starred in Joss Whedon’s “Angel,” and has guest-starred in numerous other series including “ER” and “The Cleveland Show,” before joining the skyrocketing success of Mat Weiner’s “Mad Men” on AMC.
Kate McKinnon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” last April and has cracked up fans with creatively wacky characters and killer celebrity impressions ever since, one of which earned an invitation to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” last month. McKinnon also earned a spot on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2012. Prior to “SNL,” McKinnon performed with numerous at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre, becoming beloved by the New York comedy community for the three one-woman shows she wrote and performed at the UCB: “Disenchanted,” “Best Actress” and “Kate McKinnon On Ice.”
BIFF 2013 celebrity events:
The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 23-27, 2013. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP.
For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.
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