10 Reasons why you should watch Gaza Surf Club

If you didn’t watch the documentary Gaza Surf Club by directors Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, don’t panic. You can still catch it on Big Island on November 19th. Or on Kauai on November 20th. But why? Here’s 10 reasons why you should:   Gaza Surf Club is a very touching documentary about a group of young men with a […]

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  Earlier today, I went to see the Indonesian action movie called “Headshot” at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 2016 at the Regal Dole Cinema. I really wanted to watch this movie because it is from my country and I miss watching a movie in Indonesian language. When I was about to enter the studio, a HIFF staff handed […]

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Miss India America Misses the Mark

I had the opportunity to watch the Hawaii premiere of Miss India America, directed by Ravi Kapoor. The ninety-five minute film was about valedictorian, perfectionist and winner at all costs, Lily Prasad. Her seemingly perfect life comes crashing down when her boyfriend, Karim, breaks up with her for the reigning winner of Miss India National. Always being number one, Lily […]

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The Boy and the Beast invites viewers into a supernatural world

“The Boy and the Beast”, by director Mamoru Hosada’s made it’s United States debut on November 21 at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The theaters were teeming with viewers for both of the HIFF showings as hundreds flocked to watch the anime adventure film. The film tells the story of a ill-tempered runaway boy named Ren from Tokyo Japan, who finds […]

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2015 Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum

In honor of Hawaii International Film Festival’s 35th anniversary, this year HIFF teamed up with Winston Baker, the leading producer of film finance forum around the world, to create the very first Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum. APEFF is HIFF’s very first comprehensive conference that includes panels, keynote speakers, and presentations that all discuss the financial strategy of the film […]

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Here is a short video from the world premiere of Pali Road. After the screening, HIFF invited to a Q&A session with producer Jonathan Lim, and the actors Jackson Rathbone, Henry Ian Cusick, Lauren Sweetser and Maddox Lim. I wasn’t aware of this Q&A part, so the only camera I had was my GoPro.

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#MyHIFFMoment: Pali Road

The American/Chinese film Pali Road is nominated “Best Narrative Feature” at HIFF this year, and it had its world premiere at the film festival this week. What I did not know was that the main actors actually were present, and that they were doing a Q&A session afterwards. I’ll admit this might have influenced my film review, because I found myself […]

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HIFF 2015 Opening Ceremony

With excitement in the air, the official 35th Hawaii International Film Festival came into commencement on Thursday, November 12th. Once again, the Hawaii International Film Festival was presented by the Halekulani Hotel. The Opening Ceremony was marked by a commencement speech given by HIFF executive director Robert Lambeth on the third floor pavilion of Waikiki Hanekulani hotel. Directors, HIFF staff, […]

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TRANSFATTY LIVES — Transcending Illness Through Filmmaking

By Silje Solland (Ebert Young Writers Participant) An internet phenomenon, an artist, an unconventional young adult. This was Patrick Sean O’Brien. He made interesting videos and had fans all over the United States praising him for his various projects ranging from hilarious sketches to mixing music. TRANSFATTY LIVES perfectly shows how a man can choose to live with the incurable disease of […]

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Film review: Throuple

The American film Throuple had its world premiere on HIFF this weekend, and I went to watch the film yesterday. Film location is here in Hawaii, filmed on Big Island, which I thought was pretty cool. The director has taken advantage of the surroundings using tide pools, beaches, volcanos and Hawaiian nature as important parts of the setting. The film […]

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