HIFF Wrap – Up

ROLLING …. My overall HIFF experience was definitely a good one. Despite only having time to view 3 movies, I still had a great time playing a small role in this event. Being able to publish my reviews and thoughts on each film really enlightened me on how to not only reflect on the plot of a movie but also to understand the approach each director / producer took to capture and convey the vision of a story (cinematography, camera

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HIFF Moment 3 : The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako was my third movie screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and it was clearly the most unusual film I’ve seen in a quite a while. The movie introduces the audience to Akikazu, an alcoholic abusing father of one who has lost his family and his career as a detective due to his addiction and radical behavior. Akikazu has one child, a beautiful daughter named Kanako. Since losing both his job and his family, Akikazu

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And The Curtain Goes Down

I only got to see two movies at HIFF this year. I saw Big Hero 6 and In Order of Disappearance. I chose these two mainly because these were the ones that caught my attention. BH6, Disney’s new movie. I love Disney and I had huge hopes for it. Frozen was never my thing, even though it is mostly based on Norway and Scandinavian culture. So I thought, where would Disney go next? IOD movie, Norwegian, I am Norwegian, therefore

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HIFF Moment 2 : Hip-Hop Fellow

For my second, and definitely my favorite movie screening at the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) I went to see a hip-hop documentary called The Hip-Hop Fellow. It features one of my favorite hip-hop producers growing up, 9th Wonder. This documentary takes us into 9th Wonder’s experience as a Harvard University professor where he teaches students about the history and standards of the hip-hop culture. The main focus of the film is to explore the relationship and show the

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HIFF Moment 1 : Jalanan

For my first movie screening at the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), a few of my classmates and I went to see a full featured Indonesian documentary film called Jalanan. Producer Daniel Ziv takes us on a journey through the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia and introduces the lifestyles of a few street musicians in the area. We witness these musicians everyday performances throughout the most unorthodox places, and follow them back to their home villages as they narrate their achievements and

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Big Hero 6

Recently I saw the movie Big Hero 6 and though it was a great film for all ages to see. The story centers around a young robot fighter named Hero. After going to jail for illegal robot fighting his brother introduces him to his college and tells him he should apply since Hero has been doing nothing with school for the year since he graduated from high school at the age of 13. Hero, now 14, decides to apply to his brother’s college

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What We Do in The Shadows vs. MTV’s Real World

What We Do in The Shadows VS. MTV’s Real World   The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) opened on Oct. 30th and for Halloween night Oct. 31st there was a special ‘double feature’ with the vampire satire ‘What We Do in The Shadows’ (WWDITS) a fantasy of what vampires would do in today’s society. The New Zealand film shows the trouble that a group of four vampires face; for example dirty dishes, werewolves, clubbing and learning how to use the

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Wrap up – My HIFF moment

HIFF Wrap Up My experience at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is different then others. At times I had fun but others I was stressed out, nervous and overwhelmed. Normally, I enjoy going to the movies, I enjoy cinema and how each story is a portrayal of art. On the other hand I do not enjoy waiting in a long lines when I have already bought tickets, I do not enjoy the summary being different then the movie, and

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My HIFF Moment Part IV: Student Showcase

This year, the annual Student Showcase at HIFF premiered eleven short films directed, filmed, and produced by young students.  Some were mediocre, some were lacking, and some were amazing standouts.  Overall, it was really cool to see what these kids came up with and how they translated their ideas onto the big screen. The films featured: Cadence – Nicholas Bresnan Lifeline – Talissa Wright The Coralax – Kaya Goosby, Kawelo Higahshino, Troy Lau, and Taylor Redman The Flower Girl – Jasmine

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