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HIFF Talks @ Sundance: More Filmmaker Interviews including Alika Maikau Tengan (EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKI)

HIFF TALKS: The Official Podcast of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival is recorded by and for the HIFF community, we go a little beyond the normal Q&A with filmmakers on their works and interests. Starting with intention, our talks inevitably go into unexpected, spontaneous directions. Such is the life of building community with creatives with …

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HIFF Talks @ Sundance: Sonya Childress & Sahar Driver, co-directors of COLOR CONGRESS

HIFF TALKS: The Official Podcast of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival is recorded by and for the HIFF community, we go a little beyond the normal Q&A with filmmakers on their works and interests. Starting with intention, our talks inevitably go into unexpected, spontaneous directions. Such is the life of building community with creatives with …

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Sundance 2022 Review: EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Alika Tengan’s Every Day in Kaimukī (2022) is the first narrative feature by a Kānaka Maoli filmmaker to premiere at Sundance, but it arrives as part of a cohort of similarly unconventional features from Hawaiʻi, including Christopher Makoto Yogi’s August at Akiko’s (2018) and I Was a Simple Man (2021), and Christopher Kahunahana’s Waikiki (2020). …

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HIFF41 Audience Awards Announcement

The votes have been tabulated and the audience has spoken. Here are the HIFF41 Audience Award winners presented by Hawaii News Now.       The HIFF41 Audience Award winners were officially announced on Hawaii News Now. You can view the broadcast announcement here.  HIFF41 Jury Award winners were announced during the HIFF Awards Gala …

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HIFF Launches First Film Production MAKAWALU

Project Will Incubate and Support Eight Native Hawaiian Filmmakers In the Production of One Collaborative Feature Film (November 15, 2021) Honolulu, HI — The Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani announced today the launch of MAKAWALU, HIFF’s first production project that will bring eight kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) directors together to make one …

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Notes on DUNE from a Native Hawaiian / by Kanani Lyons

Timothée Chalamet (pictured) as Paul Atreides  Not even the dunes of Arrakis could smother the massive-scale retelling of Frank Herbert’s 1965 DUNE and psychedelic-inducing spice pales in comparison to the vision Denis Villeneuve achieves. But with that, we still have to ask: Is Dune a “white-savior” story?   Note from the author: In an attempt …

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HIFF41 Announces Festival Award Winners

Hawai‘i International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners Best Made in Hawai’i Feature – I WAS A SIMPLE MAN, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi Best Made in Hawai’i Short – RIVER OF SMALL GODS, Directed by Bradley Tangonan Kau Ka Hōkū Grand Jury Award Winner – DARK RED FOREST, Directed by Jin Huaqing HIFF Best …

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COMEDY HORROR MOVIES: The Embodiments of “Camp” Are Here to Stay

The world’s first comedy horror film is thought to be ONE EXCITING NIGHT (1922), which was written, directed, and produced by D.W. Griffith.  As the last century added a profound amount of films to this genre, it is valuable to observe why the comedy horror genre has survived in cinemas for this long.  Despite being …

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