On Oct 13, I attended the opening day Press Conference for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). The conference was held at the Rumfire that is located in the Sheraton Waikiki. The conference consisted of a panel that was introduced by Chuck Boller, who is the Executive director of HIFF. The panel people were Peter Shaindlin, Doug Chin, Princess Dialta, Goh Nakamura and George Drakoulias.
Peter Shaindlin, the Halekulani Chief Operating Officer, was the first one to speak after Chuck Boller. Shaindlin expresses that the “International” part of the festival is the films exchanging humanities. He feels that films are contemporary literatures that enrich the community. For the enrichment of the community, there is prosperity and that makes the beauty of the films last for a long term.
Doug Chin, the City and County of Honolulu managing director, was next in the panel. Chin felt that the festival is the best showcase for Hawaii films. He also said that this festival is good because that both tourists and locals attend this festival and that these films bridge cultures. Chin also expressed excitement that APEC would be in Hawaii as well. He continues that the Mayor Carlisle was in Korea and the Governor in China building relationships. At the end of his section, Chin presents HIFF with a $20,000 check for Chuck Boller.
Princess Dialta, the princess of Florence, was next and she was promoting the European films that were in the festival. One of the films that she was very excited about was La Dolce Vita (Sweetness of Life), which was an old film that was restored.
Goh Nakamura, an actor on the film Surrogate Valentine, talks about the film and how they made it. He explained how some films in the festival were on a shoestring budget and then tells the audiences, “This was less than a shoestring budget more like the little plastic thing on the tip.” Nakamura also said that the film script was done entirely on Facebook chat.
The last person in the panel was George Drakoulias, sound composer coming back a second time to HIFF, was representative Search Party supervision company, who bought Michael Giacchino, a composer for Super 8, to the panel discussion for Super 8 in the festival. He also talked about his involvement with the composing of Super 8.