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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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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: Connecting the East and West Through Film

This Thursday, I had the honor of receiving a full press pass to the Hawaii International Film Festival, and it was truly a memorable experience. This was my first press conference and film festival I have ever intended, making my naive curiosity intrigued from the start. Once I completed one of the most important aspects- figuring out what to wear to my first press conference for […]

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Hang Loose was drop dead funny!

I saw the movie Hang Loose by Kevin Wu on Sunday October 21st at 3:15. The theater was so packed when we got there that people were standing to watch the film and Nina and I had to ask some people to arrange their seating so we could even sit next to each other. Those seats were the very first […]

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Print idea for HIFF: Collaboration with Bank of Hawaii

My print idea for HIFF focuses on reaching more tourists. Through my experience at HIFF, I noticed that not a lot of tourists were attending the festival, at least not as many as could have been. By collaborating with a bank, in this example Bank of Hawaii, since they have the most ATM´s in Honolulu (Waikiki), it is possible to […]

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