The 37th edition of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani, had their opening press conference on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 to announce this year’s Awards Honorees. Those in attendance included Executive Director, Beckie Stocchetti, Chief Executive Advisor Ms. Patricia Tam, Co-Director of Programming, Anderson Le, and Co-Director of Programming, Anna Page. Others included some of the Directors/Producers for the various films scheduled to be screened during the festival.
During the conference I had the honor of joining a conversation with Alexander Bocchieri and Stacy Hayashi who are the filmmakers of Go For Broke: An Origin Story. They talked about the difficulties dealt with throughout the production process. Hayashi was very honest and real about the experience as she mentioned there was “a lot of hair pulling and crying for like 16 years.” She added that she only met Bocchieri about 5 years ago on another film project they had been working on and it has been very long journey.
Bocchieri, who directed the film, shared with us that it took a very long time just to be able to make the film, and then when they were finally able to, the window to make it was very small. They were partnered with the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media so they struggled with creating a schedule that would work for everyone, and had to wait for times when the students would be available which wasn’t until Christmas break. This resulted in their pre-production phase only being about a month long and then rushing to jump right into production. So the whole process was pretty insane, but he added that this difficulties helped them to make decisions and hopefully put together something that the audience will enjoy. They are very excited to be able to share this story and they hope that everyone likes it.
On Oahu, Go For Broke: An Origin Story will be screened at the Hawaii Theatre on Bethel Street on Sunday, November 12 from 7:30pm-9:05pm.
On Kauai, Go For Broke: An Origin Story will be screened at the Historic Waimea Theater on Kaumualii Highway on Thursday, November 16 from 7:00pm-8:35pm.