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MRS. NOISY | Q&A with Chihiro Amano & HIFF Programmer, Anna Page

MRS. NOISY Director: Chihiro Amano Cast: Yukiko Shinohara, Yoko Ootaka, Takuma Nagao, Chise Niitsu, Taichi Miyazaki, Raiki Yonemoto Language: Japanese with English subtitles Synopsis: A small quarrel between two neighbors quickly snowballs into a major internet frenzy. Based on a brilliant script by the writer director Chihiro Amano, this modern-day comedy takes an unexpected turn …

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FREE Films/Events at HIFF41 includes XR, Bishop Museum ‘Ohana Day, Keiki Films & HIFF Talks

As a non-profit, cultural organization, HIFF’s mission is to be as inclusive as possible for film enthusiasts, from keiki to seniors, to be engaged, entertained and inspired. Every year, the Festival offers a myriad of film screenings, family-friendly content, panels and workshops and a major XR showcase ALL FOR FREE. All in all, HIFF41 presents …

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Sterlin Harjo & Indigenous Filmmakers Spotlight at HIFF41

November is American Indian Heritage Month and its only apropos that we celebrate the works of First Nations filmmakers, including Pasifika and Kanaka Maoli artists, at #HIFF41. We continue our annual partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with PACIFIC SHOWCASE, presenting new features and shorts from Pacific Islander filmmakers, as well as Hawaiian filmmaking …

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HIFF41 SERIES Section features premium television from around the world

For the first time ever, the 41st Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (#HIFF41) has included a SERIES section to highlight the convergence of film and television series in today’s streaming world. As the world sheltered in place for well over a year and a half, binging TV series on major streamers like Netflix, …

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HIFF40 Recap: Inspiring Students to "Talk Story" Through Films

The visual mediums of motion picture and animation betray an illusion of seamless, life-like fluidity presented through a director’s lens. Often overlooked is the functionality of the camera as a device capturing multiple frames per second, or the sheer number of drafts an animator puts into a single frame of a scene. Films and animation …

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Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti's Top 10 Films to watch with the HIFF40 10-Pack

For the next couple of days, we are going to be sharing HIFF staffers TOP 10 FILMS TO WATCH. With varying personal tastes, these lists are a great starting off point for the uninitiated who want to dive in and purchase our newly announced HIFF40 10-PACK, a discounted ticket package of 10-online vouchers for only …

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HIFF40: 5 Asian American films to watch & 1 special birthday to celebrate

With the focus of Asia-Pacific Rim cinema at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, Asian American films are an important component of our festival programming. The late and famed film critic Roger Ebert hailed HIFF as a destination for emerging Asian American filmmakers, and this year is no different. Therefore, here are five …

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FIRST VOTE: Chinese Americans and the Presidential Election

As the United States comes to understand the full outcome and implications of the 2020 election, we know that voters turned out in unprecedented numbers to practice their civic duty and fundamental right. Following the 2016 Presidential election, Chinese American filmmaker Yi Chen was fascinated by the divides she witnessed during that year’s campaigns. “I …

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Polynesian Voyaging Society and ʻUluʻulu presents VISIONS OF HŌKŪLEʻA film series & live panel

ʻUluʻulu is Hawaiʻi’s official state archive for moving images. Located on the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu campus, the archive is dedicated to the care, preservation, and digitization of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Hawaiʻi. The archive’s mission via preservation is to honor the past and ensure their availability …

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