Movies under the stars, “Mad Men” and “Saturday Night Live” celebs, stellar Hawaiian music, multi-star cuisine and more make the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) memorable, May 23-27, 2013, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.
Kicking off Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. with a free Grand Opening at The Shops at Mauna Lani, BIFF welcomes filmmakers representing 54 new movies from Hawaii and around the world, celebrity guests Vincent Kartheiser aka Pete Campbell from “Mad Men” and Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live.” Eleven of the films selected are made-in-Hawai‘i, seven shorts and four features.
After the introductions, seven short films (PG) will be shown:
- “Sway Away” (Hawaii-made), an unlikely love story that plays out on the clothes line
- “The Assistant.” A disgruntled photographer’s assistant pretends to be his boss when a young actress arrives early for her photo shoot.
- “The Regret of the Doubt,” the trajectory of a man who dreams of a paradise, but when he reaches it, the old dream fades and soon others are born.
- “Fight Scene.” A man decides to walk home after his car breaks down in a bad part of town.
- “The Perfection of Anna.” When a stroke leaves Anna’s left side paralyzed, daughter Jesse witnesses her courageous struggle to dance ballet again.
- “Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps,” an animated tale told in song, based on true stories of young detainees during WWII who escaped from their reality came through Big Band music
- “Spaghetti for Two.” How a seemingly ordinary day becomes a significant turning point for an unremarkable man, thanks to a minimal shift of fate.
At the Grand Opening, free programs are available, and tickets, passes and tee shirts are available for sale at the information table. BIFF continues through Monday. Events include:
Film Screenings, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Daytime movies. A selection of shorts and features are screened in two-hour blocks, indoors in the newly renovated Lehua Theatre at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Validated parking.
- Free Family Films. Nightly, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Admission free for two hours of short and feature films up to PG. Some chairs provided, or bring your own.
- Festival Films. Nightly, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Double feature shown under the stars at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i Plantation Estate, near the tennis park. Validated parking. No-host bar, pupus and movie snacks available for purchase. Some chairs provided or bring your own.
Tickets are available for individual events, or passes. Each film will be rated by audience members to determine the Best Short and Best Feature that will screen again at Monday’s “Best of the Fest.”
Social events to meet and mingle with the stars, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.
- Friday, May 24, Party-goers get a taste of film festival glamour, as well as stellar cuisine, and a chance to rub shoulders with celebrity guests at “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood” reception. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest aloha wear, bring cameras and meet up at the red carpet to generate some silver screen buzz. The VIP menu features butler passed hors d’oeuvres, action stations and “Chef Daniel’s Chocolate Film & Stars Dessert Display,” a chocolate centerpiece with Chocolate Silk Tarts, Chocolate Lollipops & Truffles, Chocolate Pop Rock Strawberries and more.
- Saturday Night, May 25, “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Kate McKinnon, known for her doppelganger impersonation of Ellen Degeneres, is in the spotlight at a Reception & Salute in her honor, with onstage interview by Maui filmmaker Brian Kohne (“Get A Job”).
- Sunday, May 26, Vincent Kartheiser aka Pete Campbell will appear at his Reception & Salute, with a cool mid-century vibe and “Mad Men” themed menu that includes mini Beef Wellingtons, Oysters Rockefeller and “Dr. Arnold Rosen and Sylvia’s Fondue.”
- Monday, May 27, Golden Honu Awards Brunch. Posh buffet brunch, Awards presentations and announcement of the Audience Choice films that will be screened at Best of the Fest Monday evening.
Advance reservations required for all social events. Visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com for details and tickets.
Saturday, May 25, veteran screenwriter Ron Osborn shares his tried and true techniques and insider tips to create winning screenplays, in two workshops, “What’s So Funny?” and “Ripped from the Newspapers” at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Limited space is available at $50 per session, with advance registration required (www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com).
“Best of the Fest.”
Monday, May 27, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i Plantation Estate.
- Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.
- HAPA Concert, 5-7 p.m. Ten-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala‘au
- 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
Tickets are available for individual events, or as inclusive passes. For complete schedule information and to purchase tickets on line, visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com.
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.