HOCCI @ HIFF42: Talking about WOMEN TALKING [Vlog]

WOMEN TALKING was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released in U.S. theaters on December 23rd

Here is a VLog review of WOMEN TALKING by HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Carson Lommers, as she discusses Sara Polley’s latest film, the importance of having women directors and their point of view when dealing with heavy and dark themes of sexual violence, and also discussing another HIFF42 film that deals with similar subject matter. Carson also brings in her own experiences as a film student and how WOMEN TALKING breaks traditional barriers of “Screenwriting 101.”


Carson Lommers is a sophomore Creative Media student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Originally from Corvallis, Oregon they moved to Hawaiʻi to attend school and pursue their passion for film. Carson hopes to incorporate their other passions such as philosophy, LGBTQ+ activism, and feminism into their filmmaking and writing while attending college and after graduation. With their degree Carson wants to move back to the Pacific Northwest and apply to work at a local production office while still working on individual film projects.

The mission of the HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) program is to encourage film criticism in Hawai‘i by using the influencer branding strategies to spark career opportunities in the State and not be hampered by oceans, state borders and distance, because geography is no longer a barrier. Ten mentees participated in this program, giving them press industry access to HIFF42. In addition, the cohort attended mentoring sessions by working critics in the online film journalism community in unique silos: Writing, Podcasting, Video Essays and Vlogging.

Mahalo to DBEDT Creative Industries and Creative Lab Hawaii for their support.

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