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Waimea Ocean Film Festival Sets January Dates

The eighth annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) kicks off the new year January 1-9, in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available starting July 30, 2017.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings an immersive visual experience to the island each January, offering guests heart-pounding adventure, giant surf, marine life, international expeditions and ocean action, all while garnering greater insight and understanding into the ocean environment and island culture. Over 60 films feature ocean experience, ocean environment, island culture, inspiring stories and epic adventure.

In addition to the non-stop program of films, interactive presentations, exhibits and Breakfast Talks, ocean-based activities add a dynamic element to the festival. Breakfast Talks provide an intimate setting for guests to connect with filmmakers and special guests to ask questions and hear the behind-the-scenes stories that bring the films to life.

“Breakfast Talks provide a unique and special opportunity to connect with festival special guests and hear behind-the-scenes stories,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and executive director. “Along with filmmaker Q&As and special presentations, they form perhaps my favorite part of the event.”

Films and programs will be Monday, Jan. 1 to Thursday, Jan. 4 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i, before moving Friday, Jan. 5 to Tuesday, Jan. 9 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. New this year, films screen outdoors at Four Seasons each evening at Hoku Amphitheatre. Waimea venues include Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School Theatre and Anna Ranch.

The 2018 festival program will be completed and posted to the website in PDF format around December 20 for convenient download.

A painting by Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, “Parea,” has been chosen as the festival’s 2018 cover art. Born and raised on Hawai`i island, Teururai lives in Tahiti with her husband and paints scenes of the islands. She is the granddaughter of noted Hawai‘i artist William Twigg-Smith and an exhibit of her work will be on display during the festival.

For event updates, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Facebook. For questions, contact the festival at 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival is a 501c3 organization made possible through the support of patrons, sponsors and the community. Mahalo to the 2017 Ocean Film sponsors: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Holualoa Inn, Big Island Traveler, Matson, K2 Imaging, Sushi Rock, Palani French Bakers, Big Island Brewhaus, Mai Grille, Maile Charters, Starbucks Coffee, Kamuela Inn, Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School, Kamuela Inn, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Kona Law, Emily T. Gail Show, The Beach FM and The Wave FM.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Unveils Films, Filmmakers, Speakers and Special Guests

The action-packed 2017 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The annual event opens the morning of January 2, with films playing simultaneously January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre) and at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Ocean Film brings over 60 films to the big screen this year—most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres—with many filmmakers in attendance to answer questions following the showing of each film. The format of this dynamic festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea—and island culture. Inspirational, thought-provoking films and those that shed light on who we are infuse the program, sharing the extraordinary.

Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Dr. Titley, Ph.D., joins the festival for discussion following the showing of the film The Age of Consequences, in which he is featured.

Retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Director for the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk and former commander of the Naval Meterology and Oceanography Command, Dr. David Titley will be offering discussions at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival in conjunction with the film, “The Age of Consequences.”

Dr. Titley’s career as a naval officer included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy; and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance. While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. Dr. Titley also gives a Breakfast Talk and presentation on the topics of climate as a security risk, the military’s clean energy revolution and the opportunities the U.S. has to take the lead for climate change.

Producer Adam Leipzig joins the festival for discussion following A Plastic Ocean and a talk sharing what it takes to have a movie made. A former president of National Geographic Films and a senior vice president at Walt Disney Studios, Leipzig’s film credits include March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for numerous accolades, including 10 Academy Awards.

The Oscar-winning producer of “Spotlight,” Blye Faust, discusses the importance of investigative journalism today. NBC News Producer Mario Garcia shares stories behind the scenes from the production of Dateline NBC: On Assignment at Palmyra Atoll and from his 20 years at NBC News, during which time he covered stories on all seven continents and earned three National Emmys for outstanding coverage in broadcast news.

BBC film director Tom Mustill returns to this year’s festival with the BBC production Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants and again brings the festival’s 2016 Director’s Choice Award winner, Bat Man of Mexico. Director of the festival’s 2016 People’s Choice winner, Unbranded, Ben Masters also returns to the festival, sharing stories about his cattle roundup with Parker Ranch cowboys following the festival last year, along with three short films.

Harold Mintz, right-hand man to previous festival guest Tom Shadyac, shares the inspiring film 1.800.Give.Us.Your.Kidney, which tells his story and how he opted to become a living kidney donor to an unknown person in need. Mintz speaks to high school students around the country, with the title reflecting the humor he brings to his talks. Producer Marty Syjeco brings the ultimately uplifting Almost Sunrise to the festival, as it follows two Iraq War veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, as they embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700-mile walk across the country—to find answers for themselves, and others, on the way.


From the film “Beneath the Surface,” Andrew Cotton surfing the west coast of Ireland. Photo:Olaf Pignataro/Red Bull ContentPool

For the dramatic surf line-up, Beneath the Surface and Red Chargers feature big wave surf partners Andrew Cotton and Garrett McNamara as they seek ever-larger swells in the Atlantic and at Nazaré, Portugal. It was Andrew Cotton who towed Haleiwa-raised McNamara into what became verified as the world record for the largest wave surfed, at 78 feet. McNamara also signs copies of his memoir, HOUND OF THE SEA: Wild Man. Wild Waves. Wild Wisdom.

Mark Healey heads to the festival for a few surf film Q&A sessions, a preview of his next surf film and a talk about how different ocean communities can help move ocean stewardship forward. Filmmaker Curt Morgan of Brain Farm brings View From a Blue Moon, sharing perhaps the most beautiful surf film cinematography yet to be seen. Applying Brain Farm’s signature high-action sports techniques to the natural history genre, Morgan also brings Nat Geo Wild’s Wild Yellowstone: Grizzly Summer to the festival. The film features never-before-seen footage of the park, along with a storyboard of funny, cute and harrowing encounters among the animals that reside there.

Bud Browne Film Archives’ Linked In provides a window into surfing in the 60s. Rarely shown, and only screened live in a few locations, the Waimea Ocean Film Festival is one of a handful of viewing locations chosen by Bud Browne Film Archives to showcase these heritage films. Anna Trent Moore, curator of the collection, also presents the film, Bud Browne’s People, along with the book she penned, Going Surfin’, and a book signing follows. Moore also awards the second annual Bud Browne Surf Film Award, the first was awarded to Garrett McNamara for the film Nazaré Calling during the festival last year.

Dr. M. Sanjayan, Ph.D, an Emmy nominated news contributor and executive vice president for Conservation International, brings a virtual realty presentation to the festival, featuring an immersive experience in the reefs of Raja Ampat. Sanjayan speaks about the making of the film for a few select group showings. Conservation International also staffs a virtual reality booth where the film can be viewed.

Considered pre-eminent among underwater filmmakers, Howard and Michele Hall answer questions following Ocean Stories: Howard and Michele Hall. Howard also worked as director of underwater cinematography and Michele as location manager and underwater still photographer for MacGillivray’s Freeman Films’ feature, Humpback Whales—one of the all-time audience favorites shown at the festival and winner of the 2016 Best Film-Ocean Environment award. With the Halls present to answer questions, and whale season as the backdrop, Humpback Whales will be shown at the festival again in 2017, providing an up-close look at how and why humpbacks communicate, sing, feed, breach, play, take care of their young and migrate nearly 10,000 miles each year.

Dr. Drew Harvell, Ph.D., Cornell University professor and curator of the Blaschka Marine Invertebrates collection, brings A Fragile Legacy, which visualizes the story of the 1885 Cornell University purchase of over 500 Blaschka Glass models of marine invertabrates for use in teaching marine biology. Forgotten, the collection is now helping scientists try to understand the changes occuring in the ocean.

Released in the spring of 2016, Harvell’s book, A Sea of Glass, has been featured and reviewed by Discover, Scientific American, The Guardian, The New York Times and Nature, with full chapters excerpted in Natural History and American Scientist. It recently won the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature and was picked as one of the best eight “Art Meets Science” books of 2016 by Smithsonian magazine. Dr. Harvell will be on-hand for discussion of the project and book signing.

In seeking solutions, the E2 series, which shares solutions to energy issues, returns with episodes Melbourne-Reborn and Seoul. Melbourne Reborn chronicles the transformation from dying city to vibrant, livable streets, walkways and community as a result of visionary leadership and the conversion of alleys to walkways and highways to light rail and pedestrian streets, along with policy designed to green buildings. Seoul traces the project to demolish a downtown freeway to uncover and restore the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream that once flowed beneath it, now again a vital part of the city’s commercial and tourism sectors.

For a taste of adventure, Eric Bendick shares the beautifully filmed Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, featuring the cinematography and work of renowned photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. U.S. Skijor team co-captain Kale Casey brings the dog-powered sports of skijor to life with Dog Power. Harlan Taney offers the BBC production, Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow, as the BBC works to re-create the experience of the Powell expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1869. An American Ascent chronicles the efforts of the first African American team to tackle Denali, as team members seek to become role models encouraging other African Americans outdoors.

Sure to be in the running for the festival’s Audience Choice award this year, The Weekend Sailor brings the exciting tale of the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, now the Volvo Ocean Race, when self-made Mexican businessman Ramon Carlín bought a boat, assembled a crew and entered the race. Director Bernardo Arsuaga attends to answer questions.

Producer Phil Arnone returns with the KGMB production, Jim Nabors’ Impossible Dream, detailing the story of the Hawai’i resident known to millions as Gomer Pyle. Im/Perfection shares the story of Oʻahu architect Hitoshi Hida, whose work graces the cityscapes of Honolulu and who remains one of the few architects to do pencil renderings by hand. Oʻahu based filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford brings films with Hawai‘i roots: Winning Girl, Lotus Root: A Great Granddaugter’s Journey and Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority. In addition, Mele Murals shares the background of the mural painted last year on the side of Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre.

This year, Hokule‘a sailed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, touched land in South America, and sailed as far as Nova Scotia. The Voyager Exhibit, on display at Kahilu Theatre, shares the story with up-to-the minute images of the 2016 voyage. The exhibit, including the 8×13-foot world map developed as part of the festival to highlight the Worldwide Voyage (WWV) route, opens at Kahilu Theatre with a blessing and ceremony 4 p.m. January 2. Master (Pwo) Navigator and Makali‘i Captain Chadd Paishon leads a discussion sharing background about the journey 10 – 11 a.m. January 2-5 in front of the WWV map in Kahilu Theatre.

Big island-raised Alison Teal returns to the festival with another episode of Alison’s Adventures.

Art weaves its way throughout the 2017 festival. Bonnie Cherni offers classes in ocean-inspired origami January 2-5 at The Fairmont Orchid and January 7 at Four Seasons.

Painter Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, granddaughter of noted artist William Twigg-Smith, presents a full exhibit of recent works at The Fairmont Orchid January 2-5 and at Four Seasons Resort January 7. Teururai provided the cover art for the festival program this year.

Tiffany’s Art Agency exhibits the work of noted local artist Mary Spears and photographer Cathy Shine January 2-5 at The Fairmont Orchid and January 7 at Four Seasons Resort.

Puako-based painter Christian Enns displays his artistry at the new Enns Gallery in the lobby at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and offers the chance to observe him in action to gain a sense of his process, 5-7 p.m. January 2-5 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with a Meet the Artist reception 5 p.m. January 5.

From the film, “Making An Ancient Forest.” Photo: ©Rita Schlamberger

Selections and film synopsis from the 2017 film lineup include:

The Accord (Iceland/RC Cone)

The Age of Consequences (USA/Jared P. Scott)•

Alison’s Adventures: British Columbia (USA/Alison Teal)•

Almost Sunrise (USA/Michael Collins)•

An American Ascent (USA/Andy Adkins, George Potter)

Atlantic (Ireland/Risteard O’Domhnaill)

The Bat Man of Mexico (UK/Tom Mustill)•

Beneath the Surface (UK/Mikey Corker)•

Bud Browne’s Surfers (USA/Anna Trent Moore)•

Call Me Peg Leg (UK/Josh Hine)

The Canary Islands-World of the Fire Mountains (Austria/Michael Schlamberger)

Catching the Sun (USA/Shalini Kantayya)

Con Amor Yago (Brazil, Gabriel Novis)

Dateline NBC: On Assignment at Palmyra Atoll (USA/Mario Garcia, Julie Kim)•

Distance Between Dreams (USA/Rob Bruce)

Dog Power (USA/Jordan Schevene & Kale Casey)•

E2-Seoul (USA/Tad Fettig)

E2-Melbourne Reborn (USA/Tad Fettig)

Eclipse (Canada/Anthony Bonello)

Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida (USA/Eric Bendick)•

A Fragile Legacy (USA/David Brown)•

Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (BBC/UK/Tom Mustill)•

1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney (USA/Samantha Smith)•

Hokule‘a Worldwide Voyage: New York (‘Oiwi TV/USA/Kapua Roback)•

Humpback Whales (USA/Greg MacGillivray)•

Im/Perfection (USA/Andrew Hida)

Jim Nabors’ Impossible Dream (KGMB/USA)•

The Joy of Surfing (UK/Simon Cotter)

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Canada/Grant Baldwin)

Locked In (USA/Bud Browne)•

Lotus Root: A Great Granddaughter’s Journey (USA/Kimberlee Bassford)•

Making an Ancient Forest (Austria/Rita Schlamberger)

Martin’s Boat (USA/Peter McBride)•

The Marvelous Musical Report (USA/Laura & Robert Sams)

Mele Murals (USA/Tadashi Nakamura)

Merchants of Doubt (USA/Robert Kenner)

My Haggan Dream (USA/Laura &Robert Sams)

Ocean Stories: Michele and Howard Hall (USA/Patrick Creadon)•

Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow (BBC/UK)•

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (USA/Kimberlee Bassford)•

Peninsula Mitre (Argentina/Joaquin & Julian Azulay)

Planet Ocean (France/Yann Arthus-Betrand, Michael Pitiot)

A Plastic Ocean (USA, UK & Hong Kong/Craig Leeson)•

Pronghorn Revival (USA/Ben Masters)•

Red Chargers (USA/Rocky Romano)•

Sea Youth (USA/Chelsea Odufu)

Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story (USA/Peter King)

Sonic Sea (USA/Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld)

Spotlight (USA/Tom McCarthy)•

Unbranded (USA/Phillip Baribeau)•

Valen’s Reef (USA/Imraan Ismail)•

Vamizi-Cradle of Coral (Sweden/Mattias Klum)

View from a Blue Moon (USA/John John Florence, Blake Vincent Kueny)•

The Voyage of Swell (USA/Liz Clark, Teva Perrone)

Water from Stone (USA/Ben Masters)•

The Weekend Sailor (Mexico/Bernardo Arsuaga)•

Wild Horse Resolution (USA/Ben Masters)•

National Geographic Wild Yellowstone: Grizzly Summer (USA/National Geo)•

Winning Girl (USA/Kimberlee Bassford)•

  • Filmmaker/Presenter attending Ocean Film and leading discussion

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program will be available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org around December 19. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. Kama‘aina/early rates are available in advance by contacting the festival office through December 19 and gift passes are available.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival is a 501c3 organization made possible through the support of patrons, sponsors and the community. Mahalo to the 2017 Ocean Film partners: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Holualoa Inn, Matson, K2 Imaging, Coast Grille, Sushi Rock, Mai Grille, Big Island Brewhaus, Big Island Traveler, Maile Charters, Mauna Lani Sea Adventures, Kamuela Inn, Starbucks Coffee, Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Kona Law, Emily T Gail Show, The Beach FM and The Wave FM.

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival Early Bird Tickets Now Available

The seventh annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) is January 2-10, 2017 at numerous venues in Waimea, as well as The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Festival passes are available online at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org with extra early purchase pass rates available.

Waimea Ocean Film FestivalOcean Film brings over 60 films to the big screen each year. Most are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance. Films fall into categories of ocean experience, such as surfing; ocean environment; and island culture and history. In addition, films of broader cultural, historic and conservational appeal are also featured, as well as generally inspirational films and stories of epic adventure.

“These films shed light on who we are, give pause for thought, and share the extraordinary,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and executive director. “They infuse and inspire our thoughts.”

Films and programs will be Monday, Jan. 2 to Thursday, Jan. 5 at venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i, before moving Friday, Jan. 6 to Tuesday, Jan. 10 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. In addition to films, the festival offers intimate breakfast talks, Q & A filmmaker sessions, compelling speakers and artistic exhibits.

The 2017 festival program will be completed and posted to the website in PDF format around December 20 for convenient download. As customary each year, last year’s People’s Choice Award winner, “Unbranded,” returns to the festival with the spectacular story of Texas cowboy Ben Masters, who recruits three friends and develops a plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, through the heart of the American West.

A painting by Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, “Parea Day,” has been chosen as the festival’s 2017 cover art. Born and raised on Hawai`i island, Teururai lives in Tahiti with her husband and paints scenes of the islands. She is the granddaughter of noted Hawai‘i artist William Twigg-Smith and an exhibit of her work will be on display during the festival.

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering discounted room rates to festival pass holders from January 2-12.

For event updates, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or follow the Waimea Ocean Film Festival on Facebook. For questions, contact the festival at 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Begins Friday

Welcome the New Year with a superb lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits and more January 1-8 at the 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film).

Waimea Ocean Film FestivalFind the 2016 program posted online, where you can also purchase festival passes, at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Program copies and pass sales will be available starting 9 a.m.-3 p.m. December 31 at the festival hospitality desk at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Also find programs at concierge desks at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Films are shown starting 9:30 a.m. January 1, and play simultaneously January 1-4 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu, HPA Gates and Parker Theatres), plus at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. The festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai the evening of January 4, where passes will also be sold.

Ocean Film brings over 60 extraordinary films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance to answer questions following the showing of each film. The format of this dynamic festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films and films that shed light on who we are, or give pause for thought, form part of the mix.

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering discounted room rates to festival pass holders from January 2-11.

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival is a 501c3 organization made possible through the support of patrons, sponsors and the community. Mahalo to the 2016 Ocean Film partners: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Holualoa Inn, Matson, K2 Imaging, Sushi Rock, Palani French Bakers, Big Island Brewhaus, Big Island Traveler, Maile Charters, Starbucks Coffee, Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Parker School, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Kona Law, Emily T Gail Show, The Beach FM and The Wave FM.

2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival Announces Lineup of Films

The action-packed 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 1-8. The annual event opens January 1, with films playing simultaneously January 1-4 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre) and at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i January 1-4. On January 5, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival 2016

Ocean Film brings over 50 films to the big screen this year—most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres—with many filmmakers in attendance to answer questions following the showing of each film. The format of this dynamic festival immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean and island culture through exceptional films, talks, exhibits and activities. Films fall into the basic categories of ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling); ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea, and island culture. Inspirational, thought-provoking films and those that shed light on who we are infuse the program, sharing the extraordinary.

Producer Phil Arnone returns with the KGMB production, Hokule`a: Proud Journey Home, filmed at the time of the 1985 voyage when Hokule‘a sailed throughout the Pacific, as far as New Zealand. This year, Hokule‘a left the Pacific Ocean for the first time, in a momentous sail from New Zealand, to Australia, Bali, Mauritius and finally Cape Town, South Africa. Voyagers will discuss the 2015 Worldwide Voyage (WWV), following the showing of this film, and throughout the festival.

The Voyager Exhibit, including the 8×13-foot world map developed as part of the festival to highlight the WWV route, opens at Kahilu Theatre with a blessing and ceremony 4 p.m. January 1. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center also joins the festival, with a presentation on wayfinding, using an interactive star compass guide and a full-dome star show on January 8 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

For the surf line-up, Deeper features jaw dropping footage of big wave surfers Andrew Cotton, Garrett McNamara and Kealiʻi Mamala as they charge into the enormous swells pounding the European coastline in winter—from Nazaré in Portugal to Mullaghmore, Ireland. Haleiwa-raised Garrett McNamara, who holds the world record for the largest wave surfed, at 78 feet, joins the festival this year to answers questions following his film, Nazaré Calling.

Ocean Driven chronicles the life of South African big-wave surf champion Chris Bertish as he rises determinedly to the forefront of big wave surfing, becoming a pioneer of paddling into larger waves. A corporate keynote speaker inspiring others to tackle the impossible, Chris Bertish joins the festival this year to answer questions following the film and sign copies of his book, Stoked. The Fisherman’s Son shares the life of Ramon Navarro, winner of the Monster Drop award at The Eddie, with his own true Eddie Aikau story. Nine-time world bodyboard champion, waterman and Waimea resident Mike Stewart joins the festival this year to speak after the showing of Come Hell or High Water, in which he is featured.

Bud Browne Film Archives’ Gun Ho shares a window into surfing in the 60s. Anna Trent Moore, curator of the collection, presents the first annual Bud Browne Surf Film Award during the festival January 4. And, marking the 125th year since his birth, KGMB’s Duke Kahanamoku: Hawaii’s Soul shares the life of Hawai‘i’s legendary waterman and hero.

A Sakada Story tells the tale of Filipino plantation worker Cipriano Erice, who immigrated to Hawai‘i in 1946 to work for Waialua Sugar Plantation, with O‘ahu-based filmmaker and former Miss Hawai‘i Filipina Maribel Apuye in attendance to answer questions. Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi, hosted by Jake Shimabukuro, tells the story of the Japanese immigrants who sang as they worked on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations, creating a Japanese-American equivalent of “the blues.”

The Birth of Saké shares the story of what it takes to make world-class saké in the traditional way at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan, with filmmaker Erik Shirai in attendance. The Roots of ‘Ulu explores the importance of the breadfruit tree to Hawaiian culture, and its potential role as a food source, with John Antonelli, Matt Yamashita and Jerry Konanuit to answer questions.

Dr. Greg Stone, Ph.D., executive vice president of Conservation International, Oceans, and one of the world’s leading authorities on marine conservation policy and ocean health issues, speaks after the inaugural episode of Ocean Stories: Greg Stone, along with Ocean Stories producers Susan and Greg Goggin.

Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Stone began his work in the ocean deep-sea treasure hunting alongside Bermuda legend Teddy Tucker. He has since written some of the world’s most important texts on marine biology, helped establish the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, and been named a hero by “National Geographic” for his work. Dr. Stone also answers questions following Teddy Tucker: Adventure is My Life and Paradise Found: Phoenix Islands.

London filmmaker Tom Mustill brings a stunning BBC production that follows Mexican biologist Dr. Rodrigo Medellin, aka “The Bat Man of Mexico,” as he tracks endangered “Tequila” bats on their 1,000-mile migration to the U.S. border, along with How To Win the Grand National, produced by Oxford Scientific Films.

Tad Fettig, producer of an on-going PBS series E2, which shares solutions to energy issues, speaks following episodes on London-Price of Traffic, Paris-Vélo Liberté, Architecture 2030, Affordable Green Housing, Portland – Sense of Place and Harvesting the Wind. Along these lines, Containment asks the question as to whether we can contain some of the deadliest, longest-lasting substances known to man for 10,000 years, let alone for 240,000 years, when they will no longer be radioactive?

The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke whose crowning achievement, the Dayton Peace Accords, brought an end to the war in Serbia and peace to Bosnia. Told through the perspective of his eldest son, David, who joins the festival to answer questions, The Diplomat takes a riveting look behind-the-scenes at international diplomacy, as it follows Holbrooke’s career from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

When Voices Meet is about South African musician Sharon Katz and educator Nonhlanhla Wanda, who risked everything to form a 500-voice multiracial student choir on Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, intent on helping lead the way for a peaceful transition to democracy. Sharon Katz and producer Marilyn Cohen join the festival, with guitar in hand, ready to share songs from the choir.

Dr. M. Sanjayan, an Emmy nominated news contributor and executive vice president for Conservation International, returns to the festival to share stories from his dialogue with E.O. Wilson, considered one of America’s greatest living thinkers, around the showing of Of Ants and Men. Sanjayan also shares a clip from his coverage for PBS of Big Blue Live, the first live television show featuring ocean wildlife.

Set in the waters of Alaska, Hawaiʻi and Tonga, the MacGillivray Freeman Films’ Humpback Whales provides an up-close look at how and why these whales communicate, sing, feed, breach, play, take care of their young and migrate nearly 10,000 miles each year.

Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America tells the story of this man and the birds that captivated him, and his work. Medicine of the Wolf shares the insight of “National Geographic” photographer Jim Brandenburg, from his study and work with wolves over the past 45 years.

Dr. Drew Harvell, Ph.D., Cornell University professor and curator of the Blaschka Marine Invertebrates collection, brings A Fragile Legacy, which visualizes the story of the 1885 Cornell University purchase of over 500 Blaschka Glass models of marine invertabrates for use in teaching marine biology. These exquisitely crafted models enabled study of delicate creatures that could not otherwise be documented or preserved. Forgotten, the collection is receiving new attention as we try to understand the changes occuring in the ocean.

Unbranded is the spectacular story of Texas cowboy Ben Masters, who recruits three friends and develops a plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, through the heart of the American West.

Big Island-raised Alison Teal brings another episode from her Alison’s Adventures series. Returning to the island where her Naked and Afraid episode was filmed, Alison finds it covered with plastic trash. Realizing the trash must have washed ashore with the currents, and that it had been cleared prior to filming, Alison embarks on a quest to understand how to reduce the use of plastic overall, and repurpose what we do have into useful material. On the shortlist for an Oscar nomination, Meru provides an edge-of-your-seat account of a first ascent of the 21,000-foot Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Himalayas.

Art weaves its way throughout the 2016 festival. Bonnie Cherni offers classes in ocean-inspired origami January 1-4 at The Fairmont Orchid. Mollie Hustace, HPA faculty member and director of Isaacs Art Center, offers tours and discussion of art works 10 a.m. and noon January 4. Isaacs will also host a tribute to Mary Koski 11 a.m.-3 p.m. January 3.

Painter Sophie Twigg-Smith Teururai, granddaughter of noted artist William Twigg-Smith, presents a full exhibit of recent works at The Fairmont Orchid January 1-4 and at Four Seasons Resort January 5-8.

Tiffany’s Art Agency, founded by Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, offers an exhibit based around the book “Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawaii Artists.” The display features the artwork of Kristie Kosmides, Timothy Allan Shafto, Marlene Louchheim, Kate & Will Jacobson and new works by Kathy Long at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in the Lloyd Sexton Gallery January 1-4 and at Four Seasons Resort, near the Ballroom where the festival takes place, January 5-8. Please contact the festival for details, info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Book signing events for Aloha Expressionism, with these and other Hawai‘i Island artists represented in the book on hand, is 4 p.m. January 1 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and 4 p.m. January 7 at Four Seasons Resort.

Print-maker Caren Loebel-Fried shares an exhibit of 20 x 26 framed pieces and a demonstration on printmaking at The Fairmont Orchid January 1-4 and at Four Seasons Resort January 5-8. Loebel-Fried has published six books to date retelling Hawaiian legends with words and art.

Puako-based painter Christian Enns displays his work at the new Enns Gallery in the lobby at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and offers the chance to observe him in action to gain a sense of his process, 8 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. January 2-4 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Enns will is donating the painting he created during last year’s festival, which depicts the vantage point of the 18th hole at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. It will go to the highest bidder at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival Silent auction during the Four Seasons component of the event.

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Waimea Ocean Film Festival Launches 50th Anniversary Tour of ‘The Endless Summer’

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres.

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

As part of its lineup of exceptional films and activities, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer, one of the most popular surf films of all time. In partnership with Bruce Brown Films (BBF), fun launch festivities include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night reception at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2—1960s attire optional. Following the Surfing the Sixties fun, the film will be screened on The Fairmont Orchid’s recently renovated Lehua Theater.

“The Endless Summer is one of the most popular surf films of all time and we are honored to have been asked to launch the 50th anniversary tour,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director.

Produced in 1964, The Endless Summer introduced the notion of surf adventure travel, leading surfers to travel the world in search of their own perfect wave. The novelty, footage and high-energy musical score mesmerized audiences everywhere. Despite studio distributor’s initial reluctance to carry the film, The Endless Summer went on to become a worldwide box office hit, grossing over $30 million.

Renown 60’s surf photographer and former Reyn’s Spooner CEO Tim McCullough hosts Q&As following the screening of The Endless Summer at 6:30 p.m. January 2 at The Fairmont Orchid and 3:15 p.m. January 10 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. McCullough is one of the festival’s many guest speakers, including M Sanjayan, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Alan Cohen, Auntie Queenie Dowsett, Dawn Lippert, Josh Fox, Zach Weisberg and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy alum Alison Teal.

In addition to offering films themed to ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling), Ocean Film features films that examine ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.

Ocean Film opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.

For the latest updates on films, speakers and activities, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or email info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Opens January 3 – Ocean Experience, Ocean Environment, Island Culture

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stellar lineup of films and special guests January 3-11, 2013.  The festival headlines several TEDx and TED global speakers; world, US and Hawai’i premieres; plus a non-stop schedule of 39 stunning and thought-provoking films, breakfast talks and special cultural exhibits and events.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Page

The festival runs at multiple venues in Waimea and the Kohala Coast before moving to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 7.

Find a festival program guide listing all films, talks and activities at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Festival passes are on sale now online or by calling the festival office at 808.854.6095.  Passes will be for sale and available for pickup, along with program guides, at the festival’s hospitality desks January 2-6 at Kahilu Theatre and January 7-11 at the Ballroom Foyer at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Film presenters and guest speakers headlining the festival include:

  • Jon Shenk, director of The Island President
  • Louie Schwartzberg, director of Hidden Beauty/Wings of Life and the video Gratitude
  • Jeff Orlowski, director, and Paula DuPré Pesman, producer, of Chasing Ice
  • Producer/director Phil Arnone of KGMB’s Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai‘i’s Soul and  IZ-The Man Behind the Music
  • M. Sanjayan, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and CBS environment and science contributor
  • Noah Idechong, Speaker of the House of the Palau National Congress and former chief of   Palau’s Division of Marine Resources
  • Bradford Schmidt, creative director of GoPro

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are offering discounted rates to attendees purchasing a festival pass.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival thanks all 2013 Film Festival partners: GoPro, SanDisk Foundation, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Resort, the Matson Foundation, Blacksand Sound and Show, Kona MacNet, West Hawaii Today, Maria Peterson Catering, Island Girl Eats, All About Chocolate, Big Island Weekly, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Big Island Brewhaus, Redwater Cafe, Parker School, Merrimans, gaiacreative, The Computer Doctor, Ke Ola Magazine, Joe Fagundes III (Kona Law), Maile Charters, Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures and Starbucks Coffee.

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

 

 

2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival

The pastoral town of Waimea and the sun-drenched Kohala Coast provide the backdrops for the 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film). Opening Thursday, Jan. 3, the third annual event immerses participants in a greater understanding and awareness of the ocean. Through a combination of films and activities, Ocean Film inspires, educates and engages participants in a celebration of the ocean and island culture.

Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero

Cinematic fun is January 3-6 in Waimea before moving January 8-11 to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. In addition to screening 30 to 40 exceptional and award-winning films, Ocean Film offers breakfast talks, Q&A filmmaker sessions, compelling panel discussions, artistic exhibits, receptions, a Taste of the Island and ways to get wet—try yoga on the beach and outrigger canoe lessons.

Family of the Wa’a

“We’re proud to be partners again in the Waimea Ocean Film Festival,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “The works and events presented within this festival are inspiring, entertaining and quite frankly, a lot of fun.”

Festival passes are available as six-punch passes, film passes and contributor passes and can be conveniently purchased now online. Kama‘aina and Early Bird Pass Rates are available until Nov. 15. A festival schedule will be posted online in mid-December 2012 and updates can be found on facebook at Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Special hotel rates are offered to festival pass holders at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawai‘i and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai—ask for the Waimea Ocean Film Festival rate when phoning a reservation.

For festival details, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org or phone 808-854-6095.

WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL thanks its 2013 supporting partners: Go Pro, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Blacksand Sound & Show, Parker School, Mac Net, gaiacreative, Ke Ola magazine, Joe Fagundes III of Kona Law and Starbucks Coffee.

 

Coming Up – Waimea Ocean Film Festival

This January, as temperatures drop and snow falls those seeking the warm sun and sandy beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island will be in for another treat, The Waimea Ocean Film Festival. With special offers on lodging during the festival, it’s best to book travel now to be part of this amazing event!

The festival will be held January 5-9, 2011, in the town of Waimea on the Big Island, and at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea resorts. A smaller version of the festival will show again at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 13-15, 2011.  An opening gala for patrons, filmmakers and speakers will be at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai the evening of January 5 and will include a multimedia journey of our world by Kenji Williams.

The film festival will feature screenings of 30-40 documentary films and exclusive footage by local Hawaiian flimmakers. The festival includes inspiring paddling footage and surfing films, important and thought provoking documentaries, stunning nature films, and films about island history and culture. A few of the films to be shown include Melali, 180˙ South, Waverider, Sun Come Up, I Am, The Watermen Experience, Papa Mau, Bag It! and Ocean Voyageurs.

The festival will also host presentations by experts and industry leaders, such as Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura Pet Detactive and the Nutty Professor, to speak on the making of his first documentary film, I Am, and Flip Nicklin, photographer and author reknown for his work on humpback whales. Filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A sessions after many of the films.

Early morning activities, such as yoga on the beach, ocean swims and outrigger canoe lessons, will be available for participants to start the day. Breakfast talks each morning allow for more intimate discussion with filmmakers and speakers over a cup of coffee.

Films and presentations will run throughout the day and into the evening, with a break to enjoy the sunset hour. Festival art exhibits include a work in progress by artist Aurora Robson made from plastic debris collected on Kamilo Beach as part of a volunteer clean-up and an exhibit of photography by the National Geographic photographer who traveled with the Hokulea to Tahiti in 1976.

Na Kalai Waa, the Hawaiian voyaging society on Big Island, will host sunset picnic talks each evening, with one evening on the ancient art of Wayfinding, and one evening with a traditional hula telling the story about the sail of Makali’i to Tahiti.

As a grand finale, participants can enjoy a lua’u feast at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, on one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches.

“There’s an extraordinary combination of people and films coming together for this festival. Not only will the festival bring many of the best filmmakers, surfers and speakers of our time to the Big Island, but in better understanding what our ocean means to us, and how what we do impacts the ocean, we can better protect and preserve the unique beauty and rare treasure we have on the Big Island. ” Tania Howard, Executive Director.

Sponsors of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival include: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Parker School, Hawaii Preporatory Academy (HPA), Fujimama’s, Gaia Creative, Milsal+Partners, Kona Law, Ken Ransford, PC, Wallis Estates and Starbucks Coffee.

TICKET INFORMATION – Film, Event, Contributors and Hualalai passes for the festival may be purchased by calling 808-960-9744 or via email by contacting info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.