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My HIFF Experience

My  2016 HIFF Experience was wonderful to say the least. Incredible films and incredible people to share them with. I watched two  films and I must say that without a doubt the best two independent films I have seen in a while. I saw the film Lion first and it was certainly an inspirational and true story which was quite the tearjerker. I […]

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Reaching New Heights!

NEWS RELEASE Carina Lara, HPU B.A. Communication   October 26, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   REACHING NEW HEIGHTS! The HIFF Press Conference at the Halekulani launches HIFF 2016 HONOLULU, HAWAII – Executive Director of HIFF Robert Lambeth starts off the Press Conference on the right foot. The 6 foot tall Executive Director proudly presents this years incredible 2016 Hawaii International […]

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Moonlight A+

One of the films I attended during HIFF this year on Oahu was Moonlight. It made me really glad I did. Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins was set in Florida about an underprivileged boy called Chiron (pronounced shy-ROWN). Chiron was different from the other boys and he was always being picked on whilst growing up. He had little emotional support until […]

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Opening Press Conference Kicks Off Hawaii International Film Festival

Hawaii’s International Film Festival started the 10-day cinematic event on Thursday, November 12, 2015 with the opening press conference at the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, HI. Key speakers such as Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer for Halekulani, and Robert Lambeth, HIFF’s Executive Director, got the ball rolling. While Georja Skinner, Chief Officer of the State of Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division, […]

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Love and the Gun: “Slow West”

In the late 19th and early 20th century, America still consisted of vast stretches of wilderness, waiting to be settled by crusading European settlers or battled upon by warring native tribes. Families protected each other in these areas of practical lawlessness in order to ensure their family name’s survival in the New World while looking still for new opportunities to […]

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All good things must come to an end; HIFF wrap up

The Fall 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival was successful to say the least. During the festival I attended the opening press conference and three Films; Stations of the Cross, Kabukicho Love Hotel, and Mary Kom. There were more films that I wanted to see like Beyond the Surface, Imitation Game, and others, but those films either didn’t fit with my schedule or they were sold […]

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HIFF: Pixar’s Lava

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 […]

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Respect the Gloves: A Review of Mary Kom

This Saturday after seeing Kabukicho Love Hotel, I stuck around and was wowed by Mary Kom. The way the film was shot, the acting skills the characters displayed, and the overall story had me so enthralled into the plot, that I felt I was transported to India and was watching this woman’s life in fast forward. Mary Kom was an incredible […]

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Dangerous work: A review of Kabukicho Love Hotel

This Saturday, I saw a double feature of Kabukicho Love Hotel and Mary Kom. I started off with Kabukicho Love Hotel, and it was not what I was expecting, to say the least. Kabukicho Love Hotel is about a hotel in Japan that is primarily used for sex. They deal with pornography, prostitution, cheating, and it is very dangerous work. The story follows […]

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Warriors of God: A Review of Stations of the Cross

Today at 3:30, I saw my first film of the Hawaii International Film Festival. I am upset I haven’t had time to make it to any previous ones, but I felt like Stations of the Cross was a good starting point for the rest of the films to come. The film started off with a view of the priest sitting […]

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HIFF Review: The Vancouver Asahi

One of the first big events at the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival was the U.S. premiere of the new Japanese film The Vancouver Asahi. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Yuya Ishii and starring Satoshi Tsumabuki (from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), the film is roughly based on the story of Japanese immigrants in Canada during the onset of […]

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