First held in 2017, HIFF resumes its soon-to-be yearly “The State of 808 Indie Filmmaking” talk story/check-in to speak with locally-based filmmakers who have films at HIFF42, as well as members of Hawai‘i’s indie film community. Along with designated panelists, we encourage all participants who RSVP to have a “talk story” session on the current climate of indie filmmaking.
This year’s topic is WHEN IS LOCAL TOO “LOCAL?” – With regional and cultural specific stories making it to the mainstream–RESERVATION DOGS on FX, MO on Netflix, THIS FOOL on Hulu–And singular visions coming to screen from humble beginnings like Issa Rae’s “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl” on YouTube to INSECURE on HBO, is infusing the local culture, cadence and vernacular of Hawai‘i in our stories still considered a “stigma” or not marketable for a “mainstream” audience? Does it even matter anymore in a world of “Peak TV” and revised metrics for success? This will be the main thread of discussion and also explore the role of social responsibility in telling “our” stories.