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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