A Special Message to Hawaii Residents From True Blood Star and Big Island Native Kristina Anapau

Big Island native Kristina Anapau has a special message for all of us:

Please go to http://4g4hope.modernluxury.com/hawaii-anapau/ to vote now!

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

2013 Big Island Film Festival Coming in May

Acclaimed as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Can’t-Miss Festivals,” the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2013 will take place May 23-27 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking, BIFF 2013 includes film screenings, social events, screenwriting workshop and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by the audience from Festival entries.

Photo by Kirk Aeder

Photo by Kirk Aeder

“There are hundreds of film festivals around the country,” said Executive Director Leo Sears, “but how many offer the audience a resort setting like The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i?  Their Plantation Estate is this incredibly beautiful lū‘au area by the tennis garden.  They set up a 20-foot screen and superb sound system, gourmet food stations, a beer and wine bar—all out there under the stars, surrounded by palm trees.  It’s just a magnificent way to spend Memorial Day Weekend.”

The majority of BIFF events take place at various locations within The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, including daytime film screenings in the air-conditioned amphitheatre, filmmaker workshops, celebrity receptions and salutes, as well as “festival films” (up to R) and Best of the Fest, at Plantation Estate.  Family films (up to PG-13) are shown at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, where admission is free.

“We’re not quite ready to announce the celebrities for this year yet,” said Sears.  Generally, one filmmaker and one actor are invited to attend BIFF, where attendees can meet and interact with them at receptions and salutes in their honor, and other social occasions.  “But I can tell you that we’re getting a lot of interest from stars who’ve heard about the Festival and want to experience the Big Island.”

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

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

Past years celebrity honorees have included Hawai‘i actresses Eloise Mumford (The River), Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”, “True Blood”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), Tom Berenger, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, D.B. Sweeney, John Saxon and filmmakers Ron Osborn, Rick Stevenson, David Winning and Scott Stewart.  And, such noted Hawaiian musicians as Makana, Brother Noland, John Cruz, Henry Kapono and Kohala have graced the stage.

Eloise Mumford was honored in 2012

Eloise Mumford was honored in 2012

BIFF 2013’s “Golden Honu” Awards will be presented to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawaii and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 27.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.  One of BIFF’s alumni short films, “The Buzkashi Boys” is a current Oscar nominee, and another, “The Sea is All I Know” starring Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo, was a nominee last year.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking.  Sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, 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.

Kristina Anapau, Maurella on “True Blood”, Participates in the 4G4HOPE Competition

Former Big Island resident and actress Kristina Anapau, known for her role as faerie Maurella on True Blood, is competing against three fellow Hawaiian celebrities to snare $10,000 in a competition run by Verizon Wireless and Modern Luxury Hawaii.

Modern Hawaii

Also participating are Hawaiian natives surfer Jamie O’Brien, artist Heather Brown, and musician Jake Shimabukuro.

Anapau, whose mother was diagnosed with Cancer in 2012, says she will donate the money to the Stand Up to Cancer Foundation should she win.

Islanders Away

“Now more than ever, as funding for cancer research is disappearing, every single one of us must stand up and be heard. My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer just four months ago”, says the actress. “I am proud to support SU2C and its efforts to raise funds for groundbreaking cancer research that can get therapies to patients quickly and save lives.”

Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), was created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

Anapau, who hails from Hawaii, stars on TVs True Blood. In 2013, she will also star in the films BlackJacks and Sighting.

To vote for Kristina go to http://4g4hope.modernluxury.com/hawaii-vote

 

Public Invited to “Magic Of The Season” Holiday Open House

Free fun, food and festivities for the whole family will be part of the County of Hawai‘i’s 2nd Annual holiday open house – the Magic of the Season – to be held December 10-21 at the Hawai‘i County Building in Hilo.

Christmas at the County
County volunteers will decorate dozens of trees, provide refreshments and offer holiday cheer so families may enjoy a safe, community-oriented event. Members of the public may view the exciting decorations daily starting at 8 a.m. Live entertainment, refreshments and holiday activities will be available weeknights between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Cyril Pahinui, Mark Yamanaka, Darlene Ahuna and Henry Kapono will be among the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning performers. Taiko drummers, hula dancers and student musicians also will take turns entertaining audiences.

Local Girl and True Blood Star Kristina Anapau made an appearance last year.

Local Girl and True Blood Star Kristina Anapau made an appearance last year.

School groups, civic organizations and individuals are invited to experience the holiday offerings by touring the office building located at 25 Aupuni St. Attendees may vote for the best displays, which will receive donated prizes.

For more details, please contact Jason Armstrong, Department of Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us. Inquiries may also be sent to T. Ilihia Gionson, Executive Assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi, at 961-8211 or tigionson@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Entertainment Lineup

Monday
December 10
5:00 – Boni & Doug
5:45 – Stan Kaina
6:30 – Puna Taiko Drums
7:00 – Ira & Dru Kekaualua
Tuesday
December 11
5:00 – Cyril Pahinui and the students of
Connections Public Charter School
6:00 – Braddah Waltah Aipolani
7:00 – Hawai‘i County Band
Wednesday
December 12
5:00 – The Young Brothers –
Moku & Kalei of the Kuahiwis
6:00 – Ben Kaili & Friends
Thursday
December 13
5:00 – Mark Yamanaka & Friends
6:00 – Hālau Nā Pua O Uluhaimālama
7:00 – Bill Noble Trio with Desiree Cruz
Friday
December 14
5:00 – Mokuleo
6:00 – Randy Lorenzo & Friends
7:00 – Darren the Lion, McGruff & Friends
Monday
December 17
5:00 – Yisa Var
6:00 – Henry Kapono
Tuesday
December 18
5:00 – Waiākea Elementary Choir
6:00 – Guy Cruz
7:00 – Cruz Family
Wednesday
December 19
5:00 – Harmony on Tap
6:00 – Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē
7:00 – Times Five
Thursday
December 20
5:00 – Dexter & Jeff of Crescent City Band
6:00 – Darlene Ahuna & Friends
Friday
December 21
5:00 – Ol’ School Band
6:00 – Lehua Kalima

Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival 2013 Accepting Entries

Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2013, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “25 Coolest Film Festivals,” is now accepting entries for the May 23-27 events at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking in inspiring Hawai‘i Island settings, BIFF includes 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 Eloise Mumford (“The River”) and NBC’s award-winning Story/Career Consultant Jennifer Grisanti.

Eloise Mumford at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Deadlines.  Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2012 will be considered.  Deadlines are:

  • Early Bird – November 1, 2012.  Early Bird Entry Fees: $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student
  • Regular – January 1, 2013.  Regular Entry Fees: $60 Feature, $50 Short, $35 Student
  • Late/Final February 1, 2013.  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).

Outdoor evening screenings (Kirk Aeder photo)

Awards.  BIFF 2013’s “Golden Honu” will be awarded 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 27, 2013.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

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

Success stories.  The made-in-Hawai‘i comedy “Get A Job,” was screened in Spain during the Marbella Film Festival and numerous other festivals around the world.  “Get A Job” is currently being shown in Hawai‘i theatres, prior to mainstream DVD release this fall.  From Canada, “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” continues to garner acclaim at international film festivals, and both the film DVD and its soundtrack are enjoying commercial success.

Get a Job... The Movie

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 Drummond Will” (2011) has been acquired by House Lights Media Partners for Theatrical and Non-Theatrical North American distribution.  “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.

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the "No Ka Oi" Award

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the “No Ka Oi” Award in 2011 (Photo Courtesy of Devany Vickery-Davidson)

“It’s hard to believe we’re in production for the eighth annual Big Island Film Festival with our resort partners at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i,” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “Thanks to them, and to our wonderful audiences, filmmaker family and supporters, we’re able to bring a little bit of the ‘Sundance’ experience to Hawai‘i.  Filmmakers from around the world have told me it’s one of the most inspiring and rewarding film festivals they’ve been to, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Jennifer Grisanti, Mayor Kenoi and Eloise Mumford at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars, international features and shorts screened days and evenings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, 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, Kenwood Vineyards, 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.

Local Girl Kristina Anapau on Last Night’s True Blood – Who is the Father of Maurella’s Baby?

I’ve gotten a chance to become friends with Kristina Anapau over the last couple years and she let me in on a secret last year that she was going to be in the final episode of last years True Blood television series.

Yesterday, I noticed a lot of folks visiting that post for some reason and now today Kristina has posted the following youtube clip to her “fan page” on Facebook.

Kristina Anapau as Maurella on True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’

Sookie found an ancient/vintage scroll under Gran’s bed and took it to Maurella so she could translate the contract. The burning question is: Who is the father of Maurella’s baby?!

My son with an autographed picture of Kristina

Local Girl Kristina Anapau in “The Stndrd” Magazine

The national magazine The Stndrd has hit the bookshelves at Barnes and Nobles across the mainland today and inside of it is an article by Big Island actress Kristina Anapau.

I had the opportunity to interview Kristina at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival and at the time I found out that she would be starring in the finale of last seasons HBO Vampire series True Blood.

Here is a clip that Kristina said I could publish on my site from the article she wrote for the Stndrd.

2012 Big Island Film Festival Begins Next Week – Interview with 2011 Celebrity Guest Kristina Anapau

The 2012 Big Island Film Festival begins next week and at last years festival I had the opportunity to meet and interview local girl Kristina Anapau (Black Swan, True Blood, Sightings, Blackjack etc).

Kristina Anapau and I

Kristina and I at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Unfortunately this year she Kristina was supposed to be in Cannes this week and next week, however, she is stuck in Los Angeles working on some other projects so she won’t be able to make this years Big Island Film Festival.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

She recently emailed me and sent me a link to the following article from the Italian fashion and design website Marie Claire entitled “Kristina va a Hollywood“.

Kristina translated the following and said I could use the pictures that were taken by photographer Aaron Heck.

Hi Kristina, here some little questions:

- Studying something completely different and then leaving the Hawaii’s sea for your dream on a big city: what are your suggestion for the new actresses?

I would encourage everyone to follow their passion, no matter what it is.  This is a very short life and there is no time to waste doing anything but what you absolutely love. 

Photo by Aaron Heck

- How was going back to your dance world, then in front of a camera for Black Swan?

I always had an element of regret about not having realized my childhood dream of being a classical ballerina.  Being given the opportunity to portray one in Black Swan, and with such an amazing cast and director, was a dream. The filming process and all of the dance training required to prepare helped heal a part of me that still wished I had followed that path.  It was an amazing experience.

Photo by Aaron Heck

- You once said that playing a blind woman was one of the most “rewarding acting experiences” of your career. Tell us something about that experience…

I studied at the Los Angeles Braille Institute with the same woman who trained Al Pacino for the film Scent of a Woman.   Having to “loose my sight” for a month opened my eyes to something entirely different.  My other senses became very well developed.  I would turn all the lights off in my hotel room at night and after a few days, didn’t ever feel the need to turn them on when I walked in. An almost extra-sensory perception developed in me.  I could feel the energy of all the objects in the room…I could almost hear them.  The need to see them became irrelevant.  This heightened perception eventually started to occur in daylight with my eyes wide open.  This world is much more interesting when you open yourself up to observe every detail…there are so many delicate intricacies that go unnoticed by us in daily life.  

- From the big screen to the TV with True Blood: what do you prefer? And how was playing in such a successful series of our days?

Both film and television have their respective pleasures and challenges.  I can’t say that I prefer one to the other….I love them both.  True Blood is such an fantastic show, great cast, a very smoothly run production.  I just love my job.  I feel very grateful to wake up every day and do what I love in life.

 

Photo by Aaron Heck

- Sighting is your last project: how do you felt acting in an horror movie?

Sighting was a great experience in every way.  The emotional extremes that are required daily when filming a thriller can be taxing of course, but  also an incredible release.  There was something very rewarding and freeing about delving into the depths of fear and panic on an almost daily basis.  I left set each morning (because we were filming at night) feeling very expressed emotionally and very much at peace.    

- And…What’s next?

I did a military action film called BlackJacks which is going to be absolutely spectacular.  We are finishing up additional photography for the film this week.  I have also just formed a production company based in LA called Amygdala Films (www.amygdalafilms.com) and we have several projects in development that I am very excited about.  There are some other projects that I have coming up that I’m not allowed to discuss yet.  My days are very busy!

- What’s your relationship with fashion? What cannot ever be missed in your bag and what’s your fashion/style obsession?

My relationship with fashion is like a chameleons relationship with it’s skin… to protect and transform myself.  I do have quite a love affair with exquisitely made things.  I definitely have a bit more of an old world sensibility in that way…always quality over quantity.  In my bag, you will always find kiehl’s #1 lip balm with SPF and a little travel bottle of their SPF 50.  My phone and iPad are always in there as well…and always a book of some sort.  I’m currently reading Arnon Milchan’s biography, Confidential.

My son with an autographed picture of Kristina

Maurella Meets Pele – Going on a Lava Tour with Kristina Anapau and Lava Ocean Adventure Tours

Local “True Blood” celebrity Kristina Anapau has been back on the Big Island during this holiday season and she has been getting a chance to do more stuff on the island now that she has more then a few days on the island.

Kristina Anapau at the County of Hawaii's Magic of Christmas Celebration

The other day she had the opportunity to go check out the Gemini Astronomy Center up on top of Mauna Kea and today she got invited to go on a lava tour with Lava Ocean Adventures.

Captain Shane and Kristina

We arrived at Isaac Hale park at 5:00 this morning and signed in with Captain Shane Turpin and then we were off for our adventure.

Getting ready for the tour at Isaac Hale Park (Pohoiki)

The newspaper was correct in their statement this morning:

…”Compared to the past two nights, the flow field and ocean entry plume seemed quite inactive yesterday afternoon and overnight,” geologists wrote in their daily activity update, posted Thursday morning. “The webcams picked up no surface activity on the pali, weak, sporadic surface flows near the coast, and a weak ocean entry plume generated by lava entering the ocean at the West Ka’ili’ili lava delta within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

The lava flow may be reached by foot from the national park side, by tour helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, or by one of the tour boats that provide viewing opportunities along the coast

While the lava wasn’t pumping as much as the last time I visited… there were still at least three lava fingers entering the ocean while we were down there.

Pele meets the ocean

One thing about Pele is that you never really know how much lava is going to be flowing into the ocean until you actually get out to the site as the flows can stop and start at anytime.

Picture taken a couple of days ago from Lava Ocean Adventures Facebook page

Captain Shane mentioned that just a few days ago… there was much more lava visible then there was today.

Lava enters the ocean

Here is a video of the flow from last week:

Recorded on the south shores of the Island of Hawaii Saturday morning, December 17, 2011. Video shot from a boat without any stabilization can tend to roll around a bit … so I kept it short so you won’t get seasick :)

The volume of surface lava being sent from fissures at Pu`u O`o Crater through insulating tube systems seven miles south to the ocean changes daily, but yesterday I went by boat to witness this. For more information on how to see the lava by boat and to see some of the still images that I took there, go to my Hawaiian Lava Daily blogspot website.

I’d like to thank Captain Shane for taking us out there and providing us with a great seat at the back of the boat where we were allowed to stand up and get an even better view of things.  Mahalo Shane!

To learn more about Lava Ocean Adventure Tours or to book your own tour click here.

 

Celebrate With a Local “True Blood” Celebrity… Kristina Anapau to Make Appearance at Hawaii County Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas has been happening this past week at the Hawaii County Council building from 8 am to 8 pm each day with entertainment happening in the evenings.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by the Andrew Stevens Group at 5, followed by Yisa Var at 6 and rounding the night out will be ‘Old School.

I just got wind that tomorrow evening, Friday December 23rd, Hollywood Celebrity and Local Girl Kristina Anapau will be making an appearance at the Magic of Christmas.

Mayor Kenoi and Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival held at the Fairmont Orchid

She was last on the Big Island back in October for less then 24 hours where she lead an acting and directing workshop at UH Hilo.

I arrived late to the class and had to leave early so I didn’t get a chance to talk with her directly back in October but I did talk to some folks that attended the class and they were very stoked to be getting acting and directing lessons from someone like her.

The last time I had a chance to actually speak with Kristina she had just finished filming her role of Maurella in the seaon finale of last years HBO hit series “True Blood”.

Don't mess with Maurella!

So come check out the Magic of Christmas tomorrow night as the little bird told me that she would be making an appearance sometime between 5 pm and 6 pm.

Besides Kristina making an appearance, Victor Chock and Island Harmony will be on hand to entertain folks so come check things out at the County Building.

2012 Big Island Film Festival Call for Entries

One of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “25 Coolest Film Festivals”, Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2012 is now accepting entries for the May 24-28 events at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking, BIFF 2012 includes screenings, social events and networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshop and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen from Festival entries.

Last year’s celebrity honorees included Hawai‘i actresses Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”, “True Blood”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”, “The Walking Dead”).

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau

Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2010 will be considered.  Deadlines are:

  •  Early Bird – November 1, 2011.  Early Bird Entry Fees: $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student
  •  Regular – January 1, 2012.  Regular Entry Fees: $60 Feature, $50 Short, $35 Student
  •  Late/Final February 1, 2012.  Late Entry Fees:  $70 Feature, $60 Short, $40 Student

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

BIFF 2012’s “Golden Honu” will be awarded to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawaii and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 28.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.

Some of the 2011 winners of the Big Island Film Festival

Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears (in red) and some of the 2011 winners of the Big Island Film Festival

BIFF 2011 Best Foreign Film “The Drummond Will” has been acquired by House Lights Media Partners for Theatrical and Non-Theatrical North American distribution.  Audience Choice 2011, the made-in-Hawai‘i comedy “Get A Job”, was screened in Spain during the Marbella Film Festival and has enjoyed a successful festival circuit release, as have “The Dead Inside”, “Uncle Melvin’s Apartment” and numerous other BIFF alumni film projects.  “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.

“We are extremely grateful and very excited to be working on the seventh annual Big Island Film Festival with our resort partners at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.  There aren’t too many places more beautiful and inspiring—than here under the stars and the tropical palm trees—to watch your film and enjoy the company of fellow artists from all over the world,’” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “With our new dates over the Memorial Day holiday, we’re hoping filmmakers and film-lovers will start a new Memorial Weekend tradition, come join us, relax, and enjoy meeting fellow artists and appreciative audiences.”

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, international features and shorts screened days and evenings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, stellar social events, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops, film awards and much more in an outstanding island setting.

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

Latest True Blood Cast Member Kristina Anapau to Present Workshop at UH Hilo Sunday

The Big Island Film office and the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Department have teamed up to bring local girl Kristina Anapau home for a one-day acting workshop covering the business of film and television.

The workshop will be held this Sunday, October 9th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at UH Hilo.

Kristina Anapau Workshop

Anapau’s most recent role on television was the character of “Maurella” in the HBO series True Blood and when I asked her if she would be returning to the role next season she stated, “The creators of the show like to keep what is to come a secret and I honor that completely.”

Anapau did send me a few still shots from the episode that she was in:

Maurella

Kristina Anapau playing the role of Maurella on True Blood

I asked Kristina what her initial reaction was when she found out that she had been chosen to play the role of “Maurella” on True Blood and she stated,  “I was thrilled.  I absolutely love Alan Ball’s work and True Blood is one of the best shows on television.

Maurella

Maurella captured fans attention during last seasons True Blood and wonder if she will be back for the next season

I noticed that Anapau seems to play characters in a lot of suspense type of movies and so I asked her what her favorite suspense movies were and she noted that “Sea of Love” and “Witness” were two incredible suspense films that she favorites.

Don't mess with Maurella

Don't mess with Maurella

I had the opportunity to meet Kristina at last years Big Island Film Festival and when I asked her if she was going to be present for this years film festival she said, “I love the festival and adore Leo and Jan Sears.  If I’m not filming at that time, I’d love to attend next years fest.”

Kristina at the Big Island Film Festival

Kristina at last years Big Island Film Festival

I asked Kristina if she believes in vampires and she said, “Yes, but not the kind that suck your blood.”

Maurella

Dang Blood Suckers!

I asked Anapau what she would like to say to Big Island residents in general about the upcoming workshop at UH Hilo and she said,  “I’m very excited to be able to share a bit of what I’ve learned throughout the years.  There is a lot of talent on the Big Island…I hope my experiences and guidance will inspire the attendees to go out and make their own dreams a reality.”

Big Island Girl Kristina Anapau in TONIGHT’S TRUE BLOOD Episode… “Maurella”

Well I’ve known for quite sometime now that local girl Kristina Anapau would be starring in tonight’s episode of “TRUE BLOOD” the popular HBO vampire series that has capture folks imaginations through out the entire world.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii during the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

I swore to Kristina that I wouldn’t tell anyone and I thought for a second that Tiffany Edwards Hunt let the cat out of the bag when she posted the blog post entitled “Acting Workshop Slated for Oct. 9” where she posted the following flyer for an upcoming workshop at UH Hilo that she will be presenting at:

Kristina AnapauIf you look closely it states the following on the flyer:

Last night on twitter she posted the following… notice the little wink ;)

I had an opportunity to meet and spend some time talking with her during the 2011 Big Island Film Festival and she is really a sweet girl.

Kristina Anapau and I

Kristina and I at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Tonight’s episode is called “Soul of Fire” and here is a brief description of it:

As the Wiccan-vampire standoff reaches a critical juncture, Sookie summons her faerie powers to prevent Marnie from bewitching Bill, Eric and Pam into a suicide march, while Jesus casts a secret spell designed to un-bind Antonia and break the witch’s deadly defenses. Sam settles a score with Marcus; Alcide confronts Debbie about her allegiances; Andy finds unexpected passion in the forest; Lafayette is consumed by the past.

This morning I asked her a few questions regarding tonight’s episode and she said the following:

“My characters name in tonight’s episode of True Blood is “Maurella” and “It may be a recurring role… it’s up to the producers and HBO… We won’t know until later in the year when filming the next season starts up again.”

When I asked her about internet rumors of her also being in Season 3 she stated that she was not in any episodes in season three.

Kristina has been very busy of late as she mentioned that in a few weeks she will be shooting another film on location in Utah called “BlackJacks”.

My son with an autographed picture of her

I’m glad that Kristina is finding great success in Hollywood and look forward to seeing her at UH Hilo on October 9th.

Local Girl Kristina Anapau Clears Rumor About Michelle Rodriguez in “Sighting”

Last May at the Big Island Film Festival I had the opportunity to meet and interview local girl turned Hollywood movie star Kristina Anapau.

Kristina and I at last years Big Island Film Festival

Well she has been keeping busy this year since filming The Swan with Natalie Portman.

According to IMDB she has had roles in the following films of late and they are are currently in post production:

  • 5 Souls where she plays the role of Jessica
  • Cornered  where she plays the roll of Jade
  • The Speak where plays the roll of Paige Stone

I asked Kristina about a rumor that was going around that she was filming a movie with Michelle Rodriguez called “Sighting“:

It’s a horror hottie double news explosion here in the Horror Asylum’s pants right now. Michelle Rodriguez (‘Machete’, ‘Resident Evil’) and Kristina Anapau (‘Black Swan’, ‘Cursed’) are the latest hot-pots on Ted Sarafian’s new spooky feature ‘Sighting’…

Kristina stated that the rumor is incorrect and that while Kristina is in the movie… Michelle is not.

Kristina Anapau at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

Kristina Anapau at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

Here is what IMDB says about “Sighting“:

King’s Ransom Winery is one of the most haunted places in America, with a long history of bazaar suicides. Six ghost hunters have been given the rare opportunity to conduct a paranormal investigation. What they discover terrifies them.

2011 Big Island Film Festival… And the Winners Are

The 2011 Big Island Film Festival awards were held this morning at the Fairmont Orchid Resort.

group shot

The group shot (click for larger version)

Festival Director Leo Sears addressed the group around 10:00 and folks started in on their food.

Leo Sears

Leo Sears addresses the audience

Anna Akaka, wife of Danny Akaka, Jr., lead off the opening pule and blessed the crowd and the filmmakers for making it a great festival this year.

The filmmakers enjoying brunch

The filmmakers enjoying brunch

Golden Honu Award recipient Kristina Anapau and her boyfriend Moran Cerf were in attendance.

Kristina Anapau and her boyfriend Moran Cerf

Mr. Sears began by thanking the Sponsors of the Festival such as the Fairmont Orchid, the Shops at Mauna Lani, the County of Hawaii and John Mason with the Hawaii County Film Office, “Redeeming Light International” as well as others were also thanked.

Sponsors

Kenwood Vineyards was recognized as a “big sponsor” since they have sponsored the festival for so many years.

Some Kenwood wines

Some Kenwood wines

Naketha Mattocks was recognized for her support and workshop that she put on called “The Inside Pitch” and Ron Osborn was recognized for his continual work with the festival.

Ron Osborn

Ron Osborn

Mayor Kenoi was on hand and signed a bottle of wine that all of the celebrities and filmmakers signed that would be auctioned off later for the Wounded Warriors project.

Mayor Kenoi signs a bottle of Kenwood Vineyards wine

Mayor Kenoi signs a bottle of Kenwood Vineyards wine while BIFF Director Leo Sears looks on

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies who was the recipient of the “No Ka Oi” award earlier in the week was also present.

Mayor Kenoi, Film Commissioner John Mason and Actress Sarah Wayne Callies

Mayor Kenoi, Film Commissioner John Mason and Actress Sarah Wayne Callies

An autographed picture of Kristina Anapau was auctioned off for charity as well and I just had to drop the big bucks to keep my son happy!

Hayden with an autographed photo of Kristina Anapau

Hayden with an autographed photo of Kristina Anapau

I’d like to thank all those that worked so hard to put this on and especially thank Leo Sears for working so hard at ensuring such a smooth festival happens.

Leo Sears

Mahalo Leo... Who needs drive-in movies when we have the Big Island Film Festival?

Media Release:

Twelve films received Golden Honu Awards at the 6thAnnual Big Island Film Festival today.  Best Feature went to “Queen of the Lot,” starring Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, produced by Rosemary Marks.

Celebrity actresses Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”) were present to receive special “No Ka Oi” awards from Big Island Film Festival Executive Director Leo Sears.

Leo Sears and Kristina Anapau

Leo Sears and Kristina Anapau (Photo Courtesy of Devany-Vickery Davidson)

Winners were selected from 63 entries from across the country and around the world, including 10 made in Hawai’i.  The made-on-Maui film, “Get A Job,” starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Henry Kapono and many other top Hawaiian entertainers, won 2011 Audience Choice Feature.

Get a Job!

Get a Job!

2011 Big Island Film Festival Golden Honu Awards:

Actress “No Ka Oi” - Sarah Wayne Callies

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the "No Ka Oi" Award

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the "No Ka Oi" Award (Photo Courtesy of Devany Vickery-Davidson)

Actress “No Ka Oi” – Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

The Barbara Award – “Regular Kids”

Best Family Short – “The Green Tie Affair”


Best Animated Short – “Bait”

Best Hawaiian Short – “Layover, On the Shore”

Best Foreign Short – “Futility”

Best Student Short – “Thief”

Best Short – “Wounded”

The Producer of "Wounded" receives his award

The Producer of "Wounded" receives his award

Best Family Feature – “Trainmaster II: Jeremiah’s Treasure”

“Best Student Feature” – “Farmer’s Tan”

Best Hawaiian Feature – “Get A Job”

Writer/Director Brian Kohne, Leo Sears and Eric Gilliom

Best Foreign Feature – “The Drummond Will”


Best Feature – “Queen of the Lot”

Audience Choice Short – “The Historian Paradox”

The Historian Paradox

The Historian Paradox wins an award


Audience Choice Feature – “Get A Job

Some of the winners that were present to receive their awards:

Winners

Some of the 2011 Big Island Film Festival Winners


“Reception and Salute” to Sarah Wayne Callies at the Big Island Film Festival

Tonight at Ruth Chris Steakhouse at The Shops of Mauna Lani, actress Sarah Wayne Callies was the celebrity honored at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.

Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies and Ruth Chris's Steakhouse General Manager Kyle Nishimura

The following is from her Internet Movie Data Base listing:

Sarah Wayne Callies was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the daughter of two university professors. She graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Denver’s National Theatre Conservatory.”

Sarah Wayne Callies and her mother

Sarah Wayne Callies and her mother

She currently stars in the breakout hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” (2010) as “Lori Grimes”. Prior to “The Walking Dead” (2010), Sarah was a series regular on the FOX TV series “Prison Break” (2005), playing the role of Dr. Sara Tancredi.

Sarah with Big Island Film Director Leo Sears outside of Ruth Chris's Steakhouse

Sarah with Big Island Film Director Leo Sears outside of Ruth Chris's Steakhouse

Additional television credits include the role of “Officer Jane Porter” on the WB’s “Tarzan” (2003) as well as a recurring role on CBS’ “Queens Supreme” (2003) with Oliver Platt. Callies has also appeared on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1999), “Numb3rs” (2005) and “L.A. Dragnet” (2003). She has also starred in three feature films, _”Bittersweet” (2010)_ Stewart Hendler‘s Whisper (2007) for Universal Pictures and Barnet Bain‘s independent, The Celestine Prophecy (2006).

Here Sarah Wayne Callies shares a moment with last night’s “Golden Honu Award” recipient Kristina Anapau.

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau

Sarah Wayne Callies and Kristina Anapau at the Big Island Film Festival

If you think she looks tall compared to Kristina Anapau in the above picture… it’s because she is tall!

Sarah and myself

Sarah and myself

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“Reception and Salute” to Local Girl Kristina Anapau at the Big Island Film Festival

Tonight there was a “Reception and Salute” to local girl Kristina Anapau at Monstera Noodles & Sushi at The Shops at Mauna Lani where she was presented with the Golden Honu Award for Acting at the Big Island Film Festival.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid

She is a very nice young lady and most folks that I have talked to have all talked about how genuine and sweet she is.

Talking to fans at Monstera Restaurant

Talking to fans at Monstera Noodles & Sushi

Big Island Film Festival director Leo Sears and movie star Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa were on hand to give her the award.

Leo Sears and Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa

Leo Sears and Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa

I had to leave early as I had to meet my wife and son as they finally made their way over from the other side of the island, but I look forward to talking to her again before she leaves.

Kristina Anapau talks to fans at Monstera Noodles and Sushi

Kristina Anapau talks to fans at Monstera Noodles and Sushi

Local Girl Kristina Anapau to Receive Golden Honu Award for Acting at Big Island Film Festival Tonight

Today is the third day of the 2011 Big Island Film Festival that has been going on at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Resorts properties.

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Tonight there will be a “Reception and Salute” to local girl Kristina Anapau at Monstera Noodles & Sushi at The Shops at Mauna Lani where she will be presented with the Golden Honu Award for Acting.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Kristina about her career and her life away from the Big Island.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina at the Fairmont Orchid

Kristina is the daughter of Richard and Gloria Roper from Hilo, Hawaii and she attended Hilo High School for a couple years while also attending UH Hilo.

Kristina's Parents and her Boyfriend

In her most recent film, the thrilling movie “The Swan” directed by Darren Aronosky,  with Natalie Portman, she played the role of “Galima” a ballet dancer which really is not even like acting for her as she has been active in ballet since she was four.

For all you guys who may be wondering… she is very much in love with her boyfriend Neuroscientist/Neurosurgeon Moran Cerf whom she met at a dinner party in Los Angeles.

Here is her Biography listing on the Internet Movie Database website:

Proving to be a true triple threat to Hollywood, Kristina Anapau has wowed audiences on the big and small screen. Her latest endeavor, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, is a thriller set in the professional ballet world. Kristina plays “Galina” and stars opposite Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey. Black Swan debuted as the opening film at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, and was also shown at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theater. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, and that same year began her studies at The University of Hawaii. With dreams of pursuing a professional dance career, Anapau’s life would soon take a fateful turn, as she was cast in Universal Television’s, Escape From Atlantis, landing her first professional starring role at the age of 16. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles where she continued to work steadily both theatrically and commercially. At age 20, Kristina landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and spent much of that year recording an album and opening for Destiny’s Child on MTV’s TRL Tour, but her true love and passion remained performing in film and television.

Anapau recently completed the independent film, The Speak, in which she stars opposite Tom Sizemore. She also acted alongside Golden Globe winner Diane Venora and Greg German in ThinkFilm’s Independent Feature, Self Medicated, winner of over 35 International film awards. Anapau also starred with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg in the Dimension Films’ thriller, Cursed, directed by Wes Craven, and shined as Cassie Merteuil in the Sony Pictures/Newmarket Films release, Cruel Intentions 3. She appeared in the films, Madison, starring Jim Caviezel and Bruce Dern, as well as, the Lions Gate comedy, 100 Girls.

Her television credits are impressive as Kristina has recurred and guest starred in many noteworthy productions, including: The Glades, House, Monk, CSI:NY, Without A Trace, Once & Again, General Hospital, and Knight Rider. She also starred opposite popular comedian, Dane Cook, in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked.

In her spare time, Kristina enjoys taking ballet classes, traveling, writing, and working with Beyond Shelter, an organization that combats poverty and homelessness among families with children in the LA area. She is a graduate of Skidmore College in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Trivia:

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Hollywood’s Most Wanted – The 50 Hottest Women To Watch”.

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Sexiest Women In The World” in 2003.

Graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old. Started her first year of college at University of Hawaii while she was still 15.

Daughter of a scientist and an artist.

Graduated from Skidmore College in New York with a major in Performing Arts and a minor in Art History.

Kristina is definitely a go-getter type of a person who when she was younger idolized Madonna and when I asked her about some words of wisdom she has for aspiring local kids who may want to become actors or actresses she stated, “…I think you just need to jump into it (acting) as soon as possible!”

It was great talking to Kristina and I just want to personally say congratulations to her for winning this years Golden Honu Award.

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Mayor Kenoi Kicks Off the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

The 2011 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with a VIP welcoming party for the filmmakers and stars that made their way to the Big Island this year.

This was the first time that Mayor Kenoi has opened the festival and it was good to see such a large turn out of people.

The opening was held at the Fairmont Orchid for the first couple hours for drinks and light pupus while people socialized and got to know each other

I was taking pictures up front… when all of a sudden someone tapped me on my shoulders and asked if I was Damon… I said yes… and the next thing I knew… I was talking to one of the FEATURED STARS of the festival… Kristina Anapau!  A few days ago she agreed to meet with me on Thursday (Tomorrow) for an interview!

I will be meeting with her tomorrow for a short interview… but in the meantime… I realized that no one in the place knew that she was in attendance so I asked her if she would be willing to meet Mayor Kenoi and she agreed!

Mayor Kenoi gave Kristina a bunch of compliments for representing the Big Island and I asked the two of them to come outside and take a few pictures together.

I like to think of these shots as “The Beauty and the Beast”  LOL!

After the reception was over, free screenings of movies happened over at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Despite a minor technical difficulty… folks were able to view the shows on the screen under the stars and the weather stayed clear.

Festival Director Leo Sears apologized for the technical difficulty to the crowd while also introducing the stars to the general public.

The festival runs for the next four days and you can still purchase individual tickets at the Big Island Film Festival Website.

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Big Island Film Festival Coming Up Next Week!

Media Release:

Hawaii stars come out to play at the 6th Annual Big Island Film Festival (BIFF), including celebrity honorees Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), and Kristina Anapau (Black Swan).  These women will help celebrate independent narrative filmmaking at the May 11-15 event at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Sarah Wayne Callies
Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies grew up in Honolulu, where her parents are professors at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.  She currently stars as “Lori Grimes” on AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on the popular comic book of the same name. Past television credits include her role as “Dr. Sara Tancredi” on Fox’s popular Prison Break, as well as appearances on Queens Supreme, Tarzan, House, NUMB3RS, Law and Order: SVU and many more.  Her screenplay Elena’s Serenade, an adaptation of the children’s book by Campbell Geeslin, has been optioned by The Film Farm.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina Anapau

From Hilo, Kristina Anapau grew up studying classical ballet, began her professional acting career on TV at age 16, and last year starred opposite Oscar-winning Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Television credits include House, Monk, CSI: NY, Without A Trace, General Hospital, and Knight Rider.  In 2006 Anapau appeared in Self Medicated, winner of over 35 International film awards, including BIFF’s Best Feature, and today she stars in a new short drama Verdict screening Wednesday, May 11 at BIFF.

More special guests include previous BIFF Golden Honu Award winners David Winning (Todd & the Book of Pure Evil) and Ron Osborn (Duckman), along with producer Naketha Mattocks, and, from Hawaii Five-0, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, and producers Angela Laprete and William “Chico” Powell.  Laprete and Powell will appear at a live “insider” Q&A with Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason at The Shops at Mauna Lani, Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

A true professional, producer Angela Laprete has worked on Emmy award-winning television shows and independent films and major blockbusters including ER, Blue Crush, Godzilla, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Tempest and the Hawaii/U.K. co-produced independent feature film, Princess Kaiulani. She is currently Production Supervisor on the #1 new TV show remake of Hawaii Five-0.

With partner William “Chico” Powell, their company cre808films produced One Kine Day and Lychee Thieves, circulating the film festival market right now, and are in development with The Tattoo, based on the award-winning book by Chris McKinney.  Powell has been production accountant for many projects over the last 10 years including Hawaii Five-0, Lost and The Tempest. He was recently Production Supervisor on Soul Surfer and was the Line Producer on Princess Kaiulani.

BIFF 2011 will showcase 63 independent narrative films from 7 countries, 10 of them filmed in Hawaii, including:

  • All Collected Things, looking back at a love story. Michael Tanji producer, director, writer.
  • Layover, on the Shore, a contemporary Honolulu filmmaker’s edgy story, A Christopher Makoto Yogi Film, Producers William Kwok, Yu Gu.
  • Mute, a deaf high school junior wants to try out for football, by Jeremy Johnson Films.
  • The Green Tie Affair, a puppet musical about identity and wardrobe

And these, from Big Island filmmakers:

  • Hawaii’s Undersea Ohana, Hawaiian proverbs put to music, includes a segment filmed on Ni‘ihau, by Fasano Underwater Productions, Charles Fasano.
  • Alison’s Adventures: Snaked, a surf adventure to Morocco, Alison Tea Productions.
  • Sproot, Produced and directed by Loring Robbins, is a whimsical animation about telekinetic power and personal strength
  • The Pick-Up Artist, two people meet in a bar, but are they who they seem to be?  Beckwood Entertainment, producer/director/writer: Rockwood.
  • Waterfall, loss and grief, embraced by nature. Keyland Productions, Braide Keyland producer, director and writer.

From Maui, Get a Job written and directed by Brian Kohne, is an outrageous comedy with an all-star lineup of top Hawaii entertainers including Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Slam Poet Kealoha, Ernie Cruz, Jr., Amy Hanaiali‘i, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, Charles Ka‘upu, Willie Nelson, and Henry Kapono (who headlines BIFF’s “Best of the Fest” concert May 15).  Get a Job screens Thursday, May 12 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, in the set beginning at 7:30 p.m. (free parking).

Complete schedule and individual event tickets available online. www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com

BIFF 2011 Highlights

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Free Grand Opening at The Shops at Mauna Lani, to welcome the filmmakers and celebrities, and enjoy short films, including The Verdict, starring Hilo’s Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”)

Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

“Insider” Q&A with Angela Laprete and William “Chico” Powell of cre808film, The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage

Thursday-Friday-Saturday, May 12-13-14

Daytime movies at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Amphitheatre (times vary, parking validated).

Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nightly double-feature (up to R) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, 7:30-11:30 p.m. (free parking)

Saturday, May 14

Filmmaker Workshops: “Inside Pitch: How to pitch effectively in an evolving marketplace” by Naketha Mattocks (9:00-11:30 a.m.) and “It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Your Characters” by Ron Osborn (12:30-3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

“Best of the Fest” – Henry Kapono in concert and audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short of BIFF 2011, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate. (There will be a Silent Auction on site during the concert, to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project for U.S. veterans.)  Free parking.

Lawn seating for outdoor shows, beach chairs welcome, no coolers please.  For complete schedule information, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.