A full house was on hand Friday night at the IBM Building courtyard in Kaka’ako for the Hawai’i International Film Festival premiere of Pixar’s latest animated short Lava, produced by Andrea Warren and directed by James Murphy Ford. Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years as a lonely volcano in the vast Pacific Ocean longs for a companion.
Voicing the volcanoes “Uku” and “Lele” were Na Hoku award winners Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig respectively, and both were on hand Friday night to share their experiences making the short animated film with the audience.
Also appearing at Lava‘s premiere were producer Andrea Warren and director James Murphy Ford, who also spent a few minutes on stage talking about their new film. After the screening, audience members participated in a brief Q&A with the cast and producers of the film.
Lava premiered in August 2014 at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. It makes its theatrical release in 2015 alongside Pixar’s latest feature-length film Inside Out.
Be sure to check out Colin and Drew’s adventures as they visit the screening!