The Hawaii International Film Festival
Press Event – Meet the Filmmakers
By Courtney Curran
On Sunday, October 17 at the Sheraton Waikiki, the Rum Fire Lounge hosted the Hawaii International Film Festival’s “Meet the Filmmakers” press event. When I first arrived, I was unsure of what to expect. I followed a very confident, older man (who I noticed was wearing a blue HIFF badge around his neck) out on to the Waikiki Beach front patio, and entered as if I knew exactly what was going on. I have to admit, with the awesome festival we were REQUIRED to be a part of, I already felt important enough wearing my red HIFF Press badge!
The first thing I noticed (aside from the free Stella Artois that was being passed out, ha ha) was a very familiar looking face I couldn’t quite believe I was seeing. I spotted my friends in my ADPR 2500 Creativity class, and immediately went over and asked them if I thought that was who I thought it was… Indeed, it was Kal Penn – I knew him from the television show House and the movie Harold & Kumar. I was so excited that we were thrown into something so cool as to meet someone I’d seen on tv. After getting a feel for what we were about to be doing, Kal came over and introduced himself to our group. He mentioned that his involvement with HIFF was being on the jury for EuroCinema Hawaii, which was a festival within a festival. After we explained that we weren’t Journalism majors and that we were actually Advertising and PR majors, he responded, “Well, no body sees the films just by putting them in the theaters….” That’s right!
I then sat down with Jason, a student from UH in the Academy for Creative Media. He knew a bit more about the films and the behind-the-scenes information about the festival. We went into conversation about random things involving both of our majors, and he was as excited about the access he was given to check out what HIFF had to offer.
The last thing I did was speak to and interview a young girl [unnamed] who played a pretty cool role in the Film Festival that was seen by everyone. What she had to tell me about her path auditioning for her role and acting in it was awesome! I was pretty jealous of her opportunity to be a part of something as big as HIFF. Regardless, I loved the experience I had and am very glad it was all made possible! Thanks HIFF and HPU for coordinating it all!