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In partnership with Honolulu Civil Beat, HIFF presents a special conversation with the directors of STORM LAKE, Beth Levison and Jerry Risius. The conversation will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair. Chad and the filmmakers will discuss the making of STORM LAKE, as well as issues centered around the importance of on-the-ground journalism and local news in today’s rapidly changing and diffuse media landscape.

About The Panelists:

Jerry Risius, Director & Cinematographer

Iowa-born and raised, Risius brings over 25 years experience as a Director of Photography on such projects as THE KINGMAKER (Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2019),  GENERATION WEALTH (Sundance 2018),  and SEEING ALLRED (Sundance 2018/Netflix) to STORM LAKE, his directorial debut.

Beth Levison, Director & Producer

NYC-based, Levison’s most recent producing credits include WOMEN IN BLUE (Tribeca Film Festival, 2019) MADE IN BOISE (AFI DOCS, 2018) and  32 PILLS (Hot Docs 2017).  STORM LAKE marks her return to directing after a 10-year pause.  She is a co-founder of the Documentary Producers Alliance and an AMPAS member.

Chad Blair, Honolulu Civil Beat

Chad Blair has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 30 years. His job as politics and opinion editor for Honolulu Civil Beat is to cover Hawaii, especially how political and policy decisions impact people and communities.



Online Access

Live Stream

Showtime Dates: November 9, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual

Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Beth Levison, Jerry Risius

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RUN TIME: 45M Minutes


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