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FUTURE FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE

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A FORGOTTEN STORY, A MIS ESTUDIANTES, BRINGING BACK OLD TRADITIONS, CULTIVATING COMMUNITY, EMBRACE, NOT REJECT, HE’E NALU, KAUA’I FOSTER CARE, LARRY KIMURA: THE LANGUAGE PIONEER THAT REVIVED ‘ŌLELO HAWAIʻI THROUGH THE RADIO, LETTERS TO YOU, MAGIC DUMPLINGS, MOM’S TANGYUAN, MY STORY, OF RICE AND MEN: THE FOOD OF WAIPAHU THROUGH THE AGES, PERPETUATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, RECONNECTING…, REFLECTING AND IMPROVING, RICE IS LIFE, SIVA PASEFIKA, THE BUNNY CLAN HOUSE, THE IMPACT OF COOKING, THE MEMORY OF YOU, THE RECONNECTION, THE STORIES OF MY KŪPUNA, TOUCH OF A LANTERN, WOVEN DOCUMENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS, YEARS OF PEACE

As HIFF partners with organizations like the Daniel K. Inouye Institute and Ted Stevens Foundation, we work to build a better future with students who have a powerful voice to reimagine a new world. For this year’s HIFF-DKII Future Filmmakers theme, we invite young filmmakers (grades 6th to 12th) in Hawai’i and Alaska to reflect on their own traditions that are important to them and to create a short film that presents their culture and what they hope to sustain as they, “Honor the Past to Build the Future.” 

 

Congratulations to the student finalists below! The public is invited to join us at their theatrical showcase. Tickets are FREE!

 

 – HIG SCHOOL DIVISION – 


A FORGOTTEN STORY

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Archie Nitura, Tristan Jackson

Synopsis: A film about the 1946 tsunami that hit Hawai’i and a survivor’s personal story.

 

A MIS ESTUDIANTES

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Lucas Roberts, Lina Clair Reyes

Synopsis: We take you to our corner of Ewa Beach at James Campbell High School to explore Señora Rosa Bell’s method of passing on culture to the next generation.

 

HE’E NALU

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Tamzen Lim, Alina Otsuji, Luke Yoshiyama, Kellan Yamamoto, Kai Kennedy

Synopsis: Boy discovers his passion of surfing through the passing of his dad and honors him by carrying on his legacy through his own son.

 

KAUA’I FOSTER CARE

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Amber Cotter, Lopaka Silva-Barretto, Ella Anderson

 

LARRY KIMURA: THE LANGUAGE PIONEER THAT REVIVED ‘ŌLELO HAWAIʻI THROUGH THE RADIO

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Mālie Keaulaulani Agricula Nee, Kailani McLain

Synopsis: A short documentary about Larry Kimura, and the diplomatic impact, his radio show, “Ka Leo Hawaiʻi” had during a time in Hawaiʻiʻs history where the Native Language was on the decline.

 

LETTERS TO YOU

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Yana Lahoda

Synopsis: The tradition of writing to my brother gets upended by the war.

 

MAGIC DUMPLINGS

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Becky Tian, Lilly Bolton, Jayne Lau

Synopsis: A child travels back in time to find a culinary family tradition that will help resolve her parents’ conflict.

 

MOM’S TANGYUAN

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Jess Braden Cruz, Kaitlyn Mei Lin Chang

Synopsis: A Chinese-American short film about Qingming, mothers and their daughters, family, grief, and sweet, sweet tangyuan. Made with an 100% AAPI cast and crew.

 

MY STORY

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Razjah Plunkett

Synopsis: A girl’s story about how she learns about her past through a school project.

 

OF RICE AND MEN: THE FOOD OF WAIPAHU THROUGH THE AGES
WORLD PREMIERE
United States
Director: Reiko Quitevas
Synopsis: A short documentary about the importance of food in the Waipahu community

 

RICE IS LIFE

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Directors: Cynthia Macaburas, Kotaro Toma

Synopsis: Hawai’i has many different cultures.  One similarity is our love for rice. We honor our past by enjoying rice!

 

THE MEMORY OF YOU

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Charlyn Flores, Khandi-Pearl Holi, Liam Tugas

Synopsis: A girl loses a loved one and honors him by continuing  his passion.

 

THE RECONNECTION

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Amia Datts-Voluntad

Synopsis: A teenage girl expresses her desire to reconnect with things from the past.

 

TOUCH OF A LANTERN

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Len Nguyen, Jennifer Li, Peter Wu, Reece Lapas

 

WOVEN DOCUMENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Nicholas A. Hope

Synopsis: A brief look into the history of Chilkat Weaving in the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

 – MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION –

 

BRINGING BACK OLD TRADITIONS

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Damien Paredes

Synopsis: Students researched how the Hawaiian culture has influenced traditions in Hawai’i and interviewed people in their community to find out how they honor the past to build the future.

 

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Jimmy Pollara

Synopsis: Students examine how the future is being built by the Waimanalo Limu Hui to ensure that a sustainable ecosystem remains on our shores. They honor the past by using ancient traditions to plant limu.

 

EMBRACE, NOT REJECT

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Rica Marie Ragasa

Synopsis: A new girl from the Philippines recently moved to a foreign place. She faces many struggles with her peers. With that experience she used this opportunity to better her community.

 

PERPETUATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Samantha Evelyne Poplin

Synopsis: Taking inspiration from the Daniel Inouye’s idea to “Honor the Past to Build the Future,” students learned about our State Seal. Since Daniel Inouye represented our state in the senate, we learned about what our state seal meant and then thought of ways we can encourage the youth to build the future.

 

RECONNECTING…

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Sophia Santos

Synopsis: In order to reconnect to the internet our main character finds their past is much more important to connect to.

 

REFLECTING AND IMPROVING

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Shiley Yarkone Levinson

Synopsis: A film about what it’s like to be Jewish in Hawai’i.

 

SIVA PASEFIKA

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Lava Andrews

 

THE BUNNY CLAN HOUSE

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Rose Shaawát Tlein Katasse

Synopsis: Bunny makes a clan house and teaches kids about the Tlingit culture.

 

THE IMPACT OF COOKING

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Avery Toczko, Alleli Ponce, Kaiolohia Lau

 

THE STORIES OF MY KŪPUNA

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Kainoa Thole

Synopsis: This short is based on the stories about my kūpuna. Kūpuna means ancestor, grandparent, or elder. This animation is based on two of my great uncle Firpo’s paintings and his stories.

 

YEARS OF PEACE

WORLD PREMIERE

United States

Director: Jennielyn Veluya Flores

 

FUTURE FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE SPONSORED BY:

Daniel K. Inouye Institute         

Virtual Screening Nov 3 – 27th | Accessible anywhere in the World | Access Starts at the Above Time

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