HIFF of Fall 2011 has concluded. This was my first time ever attending HIFF and it had its ups and downs. I think the most important question I can be asked about HIFF is “Was it worth my time?” and my answer is a strong yes. Oddly, though, I had a better time just talking story with the people there than seeing films.
On the far right of this photo is Chuck Boller, executive director of HIFF. I had the opportunity to just chat with him about HIFF and Hawaii in general when he was just relaxing outside the theater. His beard is awesome.
Another person that I was able to meet is Keiko Matsushita, producer of Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo. She attended the first screening of the film and had a Q&A session afterwards. She is the lady with the beige jacket in the center.
So in conclusion, this may be strange to say, but I actually enjoyed chatting with the people there than seeing the actual films. In fact, I only enjoyed 2 of the 7 films I saw: A Letter to Momo and Patang. It was worth my time for the great experience to be press and chatting and joking with other people there, but the films generally weren’t enjoyable for me.