Marcia Gay Harden

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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HIFF 31

Closing Press Conference

It was a happy yet melancholy affair today at the Halekulani as HIFF held it’s closing press conference.  Like the cast of a stage production on it’s closing night, or bedtime prayers Christmas evening, we are so thankful for the gifts, but sad to see it pass; happy it happened and looking forward to it’s advent next year.  The closing […]

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The Price of Sex

The Price of Sex

Across the globe there is waxing hot the blazing fires of a sordid industry: sex-trafficking. The Price of Sex is a documentary project my Mimi Chakarova which spans over two continents, six nations and ten years of investigative work.  It focuses specifically on the migration of eastern European women to southern countries where sex tourism is booming, and exposes some […]

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European Cinema

Reflections on Euro Cinema

Part of my coursework this semester is providing coverage for the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival. The festival began Thursday morning with a press conference at the RumFire Waikiki. It was there that I was introduced to the Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, who provides powerful (but not single-handed) leadership to the EuroCinema Hawaii, a festival within a festival at […]

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