I was able to see one screening for the university section that featured multiple short films within it. I chose to see the university section because I wanted to support up and coming filmmakers, especially other students here at HPU.  The highlight of the film festival for me personally was getting to see all the … [Read…]

Skating is (my) Life

Arguably my personal favorite short film shown at the HIFF university students screening was Skating is (my) Life which was Produced, directed, shot and edited by Kyle Motonaga. This documentary style film follows aspiring local skate boarder Kekoa Andrade as he takes us through his every day skating routine as he prepares for upcoming competitions (spoiler: skating … [Read…]


One of my favorite short films I got a chance to view at the HIFF University students screening was SHELL YEAH, directed by Ridge Hirano. SPOILER ALERT: This animation tells the story of a sea turtle’s first day at his new college. He quickly befriends his roommate, a dolphin, and they have a blast playing … [Read…]

Wrap Analysis (2018,HIFF)

During the Hawaii international film festival, I had the privilege of viewing 7 films. The 7 films were apart of the university student showcase. Personally, I did not attend an in-person press event but instead was able to connect with others that had attended the event to get multiple perspectives. The highlight for me was … [Read…]

Skating is (MY) life

Directed by Kyle Motonaga the short film Skating is MY steps into the life of Kekoa, an early 30’s skate obsessed resident of Hawaii. The documentary film dives into the different avenues of his life slitting each chapter into the parts of his equipment. Kekoa finds himself experiencing the struggle that most young athletes suffer … [Read…]

Silent Music

The insightfully titled, Silent Music examines the situation of love without sound. Character Josh catches the eye for a girl that he meets in a coffee shop and is then challenged with finding ways to get to know her after he learns that she is hard of hearing. Ironically Josh is in a band and … [Read…]

Mr. Silverman

Mr.Silverman was a film telling the story of a street performer based in the heart of Honolulu. Waikiki is the hub for thousands of travelers of all different walks of life all providing a mixed bag of attitudes that poke holes at his silver screen. Mr. Silverman is depicted as an alcoholic who paints himself … [Read…]