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NEW AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES

The Vilcek Foundation 

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences. We accomplish our mission through our prizes program and through partnerships like the New American Perspectives program at HIFF.  The creative spirit and innovation of foreign-born artists have made an indelible impact on filmmaking in the United States—expanding the boundaries of filmmaking as an art form and inspiring the next generation of artists and leaders.

The New American Perspectives program shines a spotlight on the contributions of immigrant filmmakers to contemporary cinema in the United States. In 2020, the New American Perspectives program supports films, talks, Q & A sessions, and a panel discussion with foreign-born artists. We are uniquely proud to support HIFF’s opening-night screening of MINARI and a recorded Q & A with Steven Yeun and Lee Isaac Chung as part of our programming this year. Also during the festival, filmmakers Valerie Castillo Martinez, Yi Chen, Roseanne Liang, Bassam Tariq, and Hao Wu will participate in a live panel discussion focused on their careers and experiences as foreign-born artists. All of these artists will also participate in Q & A programs about their work, which will be made available to all festival attendees. A number of this year’s New American Perspectives filmmakers will also participate in HIFF’s Guest Filmmaker Program, which brings filmmakers from around the globe into K–12 classrooms in Hawai’i to speak about filmmaking. 

2020 PARTICIPANTS & FILMS

SPECIAL GUEST: STEVEN YEUN

Steven Yeun | HALEKULANI MAVERICK AWARD
Korean-born Steven Yeun is the Executive Producer and star of 2020 Sundance Award-Winning film MINARI directed and written by Lee Isaac Chung. Yeun gained notice for his portrayal of fan favorite Glenn Rhee in AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD from 2010 to 2016 before his character was killed at the start of the seventh season. He starred in the South Korean mystery BURNING and received the National Society of Film Critics Award for best supporting actor. Other credits include OKJA and SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. Yeun is also starring in A24’s adaptation of the play THE HUMANS alongside Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer.
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HIFF40 Opening Night | HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

MINARI

Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Running Time: 115 min

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT IN THEATER AND ONLINE
NOV 5, 7:00 PM HST | Live on WATCH.HIFF.ORG (Available until 11:00 PM HST)
NOV 5, 7:00 PM HST | Consolidated Ward Theaters


IN CONVERSATION WITH LEE ISAAC CHUNG & STEVEN YEUN

A special extended discussion with director Lee Isaac Chung and Featured New American Perspectives participant, Steven Yeun, will be available to view beginning NOV 5TH. The Discussion link will be available on the HIFF.ORG/PANELS-Q&As, HIFF Facebook page, and in the WATCH.HIFF.ORG listing for MINARI.

FEATURE FILMMAKER: ROSEANNE LIANG

Roseanne Liang
Roseanne enjoys the cut and thrust of genre, social resonance and culture. Her feature film MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS is the most successful NZ-Asian feature film to date, based on her festival hit documentary BANANA IN A NUTSHELL. Roseanne has also made award-winning work across TV comedy and short film including Berlin-winning TAKE 3, cult-favourite webseries FLAT3/FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, and Sundance-SXSW breakout action short DO NO HARM. Roseanne’s latest US action-thriller feature film, SHADOW IN THE CLOUD, stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson. It premiered last month at Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
IN THEATER ONLY | HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

SHADOW IN THE CLOUD

Director: Roseanne Liang
Year: 2020
Country: New Zealand
Running Time: 83 min

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT IN THEATER ONLY
Saturday, November 7 – 8:00 PM | Consolidated Ward
Saturday, November 14 – 2:00 PM | Consolidated Pearlridge

NAP MASTER CLASS: ROSEANNE LIANG

A special Master Class discussion with director Roseanne Liang will be held online during the 40th Hawaii International Film Festival. The Discussion will be presented live on Zoom, and Facebook live. 

13-NOV 6:00 PM | ONLINE | FREE

YI CHEN

Yi Chen, Director of FIRST VOTE
Yi Chen is a documentary filmmaker based in Washington, DC. She is a Soros Equality Fellow and DC Arts and Humanities Fellow. Her debut feature FIRST VOTE is currently in distribution at festivals including AFI DOCS, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Houston AAPI Film Festival, Nevertheless Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival. Yi holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from American University and taught at George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies program.
RETURN ENGAGEMENT

FIRST VOTE

Director: Yi Chung
Year: 2020
Country: United States
Running Time: 59 min

AVAILABLE NOV 5 – 29 | Nationwide

VALERIE CASTILLO MARTINEZ

Valerie Martinez Headshot
Valerie Castillo Martinez was born in the Philippines and moved to the US in 2001.She has written, directed and produced several projects set in the US and international locations. She started her company IndieFlip, to make films that deal with underrepresented subjects and cross-cultural themes.Her emphasis in innovative storytelling, collaboration and international co-productions highlighting diversity and inclusion with underlying social themes has led to some of her films’ successes. DEATH OF NINTENDO is her first feature film as writer and producer. It held its world premiere at Berlinale 2020, and is continuing its festival rounds.
DEATH OF NINTENDO
HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

DEATH OF NINTENDO

Director: Valerie Castillo Martinez
Year: 2020
Country: Philippines, United States
Language: English, Tagalog w/English subtitles

Running Time: 99 min

AVAILABLE NOV 5 – 29 | Nationwide

BASSAM TARIQ

BASSAM TARIQ Headshot
Bassam Tariq is a writer and director. His debut narrative feature MOGUL MOWGLI, starring Riz Ahmed, premiered at Berlinale 2020 and won the International Critics Prize. He is a TED Fellow and was named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” His previous film GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND (2019) won the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance, shortlisted for the Oscars, and released as a Netflix Original. His first feature documentary, THESE BIRDS WALK, premiered at SXSW and is distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
MUGHAL MOWGLI
HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

MOGUL MOWGLI

Director: Bassam Tariq
Year: 2020
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English

Running Time: 90 min

AVAILABLE NOV 5 – 29 | Nationwide

HAO WU

2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Portraits - Filmmaker, Hao Wu of THE ROAD TO FAME - DGA, Los Angeles, CA - Friday, May 2, 2014. Photo by: Sthanlee B. Mirador_PRPP.
Technology executive-turned-filmmaker Hao Wu takes a raw and human approach to story-telling in an era when culture evolves online and across borders. Wu’s award-winning documentary films have received support from Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance, Tribeca and international broadcasters. 76 DAYS, Wu’s latest work and the first feature documentary on the COVID-19 pandemic to play at a film festival, held its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020.
HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

76 DAYS

Director: Hao Wu
Year: 2020
Country: China
Language: Mandarin w/English Subtitles

Running Time: 93 min

AVAILABLE NOV 5 – 29 | Nationwide

HIFF TALKS: NEW AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES IN FILMMAKING

14-NOV 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Register Here

As part of 2020’s New American Perspective’s program presented in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, HIFF will present a FREE panel discussion with filmmakers spotlighted in this year’s program: Yi Chen, Valerie Castillo Martinez, Bassam Tariq, and Hao Wu. The filmmakers will discuss their careers, their works, and their experiences as foreign-born artists. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

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