“Mad Men” and “Saturday Night Live” Stars Shine on Hawaii Island at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

From sinister to seriously funny, this year’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) celebrity honorees bring some of the best talent in television to Hawaii over Memorial Day Weekend.  Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” will appear in person, as will Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live,” known for hilarious impressions of Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz.

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Vincent Kartheiser and Kate McKinnon

Named after Vincent van Gogh, Kartheiser began acting as a teen, in “Untamed Heart” with Marissa Tomei.  His many film credits include “Little Big League,” “Ironwill” and “Another Day in Paradise” with James Woods and Melanie Griffith.  Most recently he appeared in the sci-fi thriller “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.  On television, Kartheiser starred in Joss Whedon’s “Angel,” and has guest-starred in numerous other series including “ER” and “The Cleveland Show,” before joining the skyrocketing success of Mat Weiner’s “Mad Men” on AMC.

Kate McKinnon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” last April and has cracked up fans with creatively wacky characters and killer celebrity impressions ever since, one of which earned an invitation to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” last month.  McKinnon also earned a spot on Forbes’  “30 Under 30” list for 2012.  Prior to “SNL,” McKinnon performed with numerous at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre, becoming beloved by the New York comedy community for the three one-woman shows she wrote and performed at the UCB: “Disenchanted,” “Best Actress” and “Kate McKinnon On Ice.”

BIFF 2013 celebrity events:

  • Friday, May 24, 5-6:30 p.m., “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood” reception in the Kilohana Room.  $75 VIP admission includes The Fairmont Orchid’s elegant “Legacy Menu” pupus, Kenwood wines and other beverages.  Or—new this year—the “Paparazzi Pass” at $15 invites the public to bring cameras and watch for photo ops as celebrities and filmmakers arrive on the red carpet, then mingle with the stars, and enjoy a no-host bar.  Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in aloha wear and join in the fun of celebrity buzz and Hollywood style “Aloha glam.”
  • Saturday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Kate McKinnon, starring chef’s select Asian appetizers, Moo Shu duck station and desserts, like fruit “sashimi,” mango nigiri and chocolate chopstick matcha torte.  After the reception, Brian Kohne will talk story with Kate in a one-of-a-kind interview and Q&A.  $35, advance tickets required.
  • Sunday, May 26 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Vincent Kartheiser, with a “Mad Men” theme:  mini Beef Wellingtons and Oysters Rockefeller, “Dr. Arnold Rosen and Sylvia’s” cheese fondue and Baked Alaska.  Video career retrospective and personal interview with Vincent to follow.  $35, advance tickets required.
  • Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Golden Honu Awards Brunch in the Kilohana Room.  $50 per person, reservations required.  Posh buffet brunch, Awards presentations and announcement of the Audience Choice films that will be screened at Best of the Fest Monday evening.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 23-27, 2013.  Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

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