2012 Big Island Film Festival Kicks Off With Reception Hosted by Mayor Kenoi

The 2012 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with workshops by Brian Kohne and Jennifer Grisanti, then from 5:00 – 7:00, the festival had an opening reception hosted by Mayor Billy Kenoi which included light pupu’s, wine from Kenwood Vineyard and Hula performed by a local Halau.

Mayor Kenoi flanked by Hollywood consultant Jennifer Grisanti (Left) and television star Eloise Mumford (Right)

The festival continues for the next few days ending on Monday night with a concert by Kohala.

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KOHALA Live in Concert at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest”

GRAMMY award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, with Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido are the celebrated acoustic trio “Kohala,” headlining the Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest” Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, Monday, May 28, 2012.

Charlie Recaido, Charles Michael Brotman and Rupert Tripp, Jr. of "Kohala." Photo by Sarah Anderson

A blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Big Island’s Kohala region, the talented guitar trio has performed for enthusiastic audiences around the world and produced eight albums.  Brotman’s slack key song “Hapuna Sunset” was included in the acclaimed soundtrack of Oscar nominee “The Descendants.”  He has won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards and his recordings have reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Charles composes, records, and produces from his Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii, and is the President of Palm Records.

“Kohala was with us for the very first Big Island Film Festival,” said Executive Director Leo Sears, “And we’ve been eager to get them back ever since.  Their music is ageless, timeless, and every song tells a story without words.  It’s perfect for this event in this beautiful place.”

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com. Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 6-12.  Some chairs will be available and food and beverages for purchase (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes:

Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.

KOHALA Concert, 5:30-7 p.m.

Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2012, 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 24-28, 2012. 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.

2012 Big Island Film Festival Announces Official Selections – 57 Films From Hawaii and Around the World Selected

What do a mysterious silver case, super-competitive Scrabble and a secret drug underground have in common?  They’re some of the subjects of this year’s Official Selections for Big Island Film Festival, May 24-28.

Folks enjoy some of the outdoor movies at the Shops at Mauna Lani

Now in its 7thyear, the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) delivers unique entertainment for film lovers of all ages, with free family films at The Shops at Mauna Lani, daytime movies and nightly double features at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and much more.

BIFF 2012 will showcase 57 films from around the world, including nine from Hawai‘i, four of those from the Big Island.  Along with short and feature-length narrative films, BIFF will for the first time spotlight two documentary films: “Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)” and “Family of the Wa‘a,” both near and dear to the hearts of Big Island fans.

“We think it’s important to show these two documentaries due to their cultural significance,” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “’Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)’ shares the story and the music of the legendary Beamer ‘ohana—Aunty Nona, Keola, and so many more talented musicians. It’s a beautiful film by Award Winning Film Producer Kenneth Burgmaier.  The Beamer family is planning to attend, so we hope the community will come to The Shops at Mauna Lani, show their support and enjoy the film.”

The second documentary, “Family of the Wa‘a,” chronicles a canoe voyage of over 1,750 miles across the Hawaiian archipelago.  “Chris Luedi, General Manager of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, was one of the paddlers on that journey,” said Sears, “And it’s an honor for us to share their amazing story at BIFF 2012.”  Luedi is a committed student of Hawaiian language and culture, who opened last year’s BIFF alongside historian Danny Kaniela Akaka, with an authentic chant and blowing of the pū (conch shell).

“Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) screens Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani (free).  “The Family of the Wa‘a” screens Sunday night (approximately 9:30 p.m., as the second feature at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate (adults $15, kama‘āina $10, late film only $7.50).

During BIFF 2012, a variety of narrative feature films full of surprises, action, romance and lots of laughs will be screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Just a sampling:

  • “The Silver Case” is a complex thriller from Italy, starring Eric Roberts (“The Young and the Restless,” “Heroes,” “Crash”).  It follows the trail of a silver attaché case, as it passes hand-to-hand through murders and mysteries to its inevitable end.
  • The moving Native American family drama “Shouting Secrets” is rich in tradition and redemption.  It stars Chaske Spencer (“The Twilight Saga”), Q‘oriana Kilcher (“Princess Ka‘iulani”), and Tantoo Cardinal (“Blackstone,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”).
  • “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” walks the dark and gritty path of a loveable drug-runner between Scotland and Amsterdam, starring Adam Sinclair (“The Day of the Triffids,” “Painkiller Jane,” Kristina Kreuk (“Chuck,” “Smallville”) and Billy Boyd (“Lord of the Rings”).
  • Even the short cartoon “Cadaver” has voices the audience will recognize:  Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates.

The 2012 Official Selections are:

“34”
“A Finger, Two Dots Then Me”
“Ad & Subtract”
“Anos Despues”
“Aunty Nona Beamer – Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)”
“Beatrice”
“BLIND”
“Bunker 731”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Byte-Sized”
“Cadaver”
“Children of the Air”
“Citizen Jia Li”
“Dancing Freak”
“Donkeys”
“Dissolving Destinies”
“Easy Street”
“Election Day”
“Faceless”
“Family of the Wa‘a”
“Flat”
“Found”
“French Immersion”
“Giant Monsters Attack Hawai’i”
“Hi, Honey”
“Incest! The Musical”
“Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”
“Just Like Her”
“Life Through A Lens”
“Love & Other Unstable States of Matter”
“Miss Minoes”
“Mr. Babbo”
“Nani”
“Nobody’s Child”
“Over the Line”
“PORK … a short film”
“Qwerty”
“Reflector”
“Scenen (Act 1, Scene 1)”
“Searching for Sonny”
“Shouting Secrets”
“Silver Case”
“Steve Phoenix-The Untold Story”
“Subjective Expressions”
“SWOOSH!”
“Technicality”
“The Ballad of Sandeep”
“The Darkest Game”
“The Glue King & His Castle”
“The Italian Key”
“The Potstickers”
“The Sea Is All I Know”
“Todd & the Book of Pure Evil, Episode: See You Later”
“Viewer Discretion Advised (Tape 96)”
“Viti”
“Waking Up”
“Welcoming Departure”
The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 24-28, 2012. 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.